Afterthoughts

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

The archway is still focus. Black cloth is draped at the back, so the far side of the threshold cannot be seen.

  • “One Step Closer” by U2 plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell
  • Rick makes announcements

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Leela leads our children in talking about Dark Rooms

Welcome and Breathe

  • Leslie welcomes, has us breathe
  • Caitlin D. makes art throughout service
  • Leslie talks about liminal spaces

God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Steve F. (E) & Gary L. (L) read poem “Letting Go” by Stephanie Kaza

Let go of the place that holds,
Let go of the place that flinches,
Let go of the place that controls,
Let go of the place that fears.
Just let the ground support me.
Listen, the wind is breathing in the trees.
Sensing the edge of soft and hard,
I follow the unseen path.
Walking in the dark night,
I practice faith,
Building confidence in the unknown.
Walking in the dark night,
I practice courage,
Accepting the vastness of what I cannot see.

  • Lectio Divina: Stephanie S., Dina and John C. (E) and Avery, Terry Z., and Dina Montgomery (L) read Isaiah 49:15-16

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.

  • Renee leads community in singing “They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love”
  • Leslie explains the Images of God activity (paper passed out)
  • Fran leads a responsive reading adapted from the Anglican Litany prayed in Canterbury Cathedral April 18, 1986

For the Darkness

For the darkness of waiting
Of not knowing what is to come
Of staying ready and quiet and attentive,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of staying silent
For the terror of having nothing to say
And for the greater terror
Of needing to say nothing.
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of loving
In which it is safe to surrender
To let go of our self-protection
And to stop holding back our desire.
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of choosing
When you give us the moment
To speak, and act, and change,
And we cannot know what we have set in motion,
But we still have to take the risk,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of hoping
In a world which longs for you,
For the wrestling and the laboring of all creation
For wholeness and justice and freedom,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

Giving -- To Help God Do God's Work in This World

  • Karen C. reads "A Prayer"

God of the torrents,
not for containment
of this blessed rage
but for this I ask:
strength to burst
the vessel
that keeps it bound
and for grace
to take the pieces
and form
not a fence
around its danger
but a path
through its power.

  • Karen C. leads an offertory prayer
  • Judi S. sings “For the God Whose Name I Used To Know” by Cary Cooper as the ushers pass the baskets and then set them at the foot of the threshold

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks [and Journey talks back]
  • The community participates in the Standing in the Threshold exercise
  • "The Space Between" photo slideshow plays during this time

Go Out to Serve with Courage and Grace

  • Mandy M leads us in reading the shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

  • Mandy M. dismisses
  • “One Step Closer” by U2 plays again as folks depart

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