Afterthoughts

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The chairs are in straight rows (for once) facing the screen. A small table up front holds our series’ centerpiece bowl. This week, it is filled with balls of modeling clay. Another front table holds our oil lamp. Long tables are set up along the side of the room, holding last week’s dream cards, as well as blank ones for this week. The Dream Tree is at the back end of the side tables. 

  • “Quitting Time” by The Roches (from the cd The Roches) plays loud enough to help
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • DeAnn leads our children in talking about making space

Look at this bowl full of things -- keys, stones, twigs, and other stuff. Now look at this bowl with fruit, fruit snacks, nuts, and other tasty treats. This is the bowl I like to eat my snacks from. It’s my favorite bowl for snacks. But sometimes other people put things in it and then it’s too full for me to use. And sometimes I forget what I love to do with this bowl, and I put other things in it. But I have these nice snacks; what do I do now? I could eat the snacks without the bowl. But you know, I think maybe I want to move some things around. Make space. Will you help me? Can everyone take something out of the bowl? And you can keep that thing, or give it to one of the grownups around us. Now, let’s put the snacks in the bowl together. Okay, THAT’S what this bowl is for! Sometimes we forget what we are truly created for, and fill our lives and thoughts up with things we don't need and that aren’t important. So let’s ask God to help us remember to make space for the very best things – and then we can eat the snacks out of my favorite snack bowl!

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • Rick’s invitation to Journey Dreaming video plays

  • Rick introduces Dream Time; Leslie talks about the soil
  • We hang last week’s dream cards and write new ones
  • We are invited to put on the Journey “Dream Big” wristbands
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath... 

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Ace reads a poem called “The Christ’s Breath” by the 4th-century Persian poet Hafiz

I am
a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through –
listen to this
music. 

  • Lindsey leads us in singing “Be Thou My Vision” and “You Gave Me Flowers”
  • Sedora talks about what Journey means to her

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

  • Ryan B. reads from the early Christian scripture called The Gospel of John, chapter 20 (the same one as last week, on purpose)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. What and whom you release and empower here on earth, is released and empowered; if you choose not to, they will not be released, and the thing will not come to pass.”

  • Ryan says an offering prayer
  • Lindsey sings Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie introduces a prayer activity

We are invited to read the Christin Lore Weber poem in silence as a meditation. Then we each take one of the balls of clay from the bowl and pray into it: What is important to be molded in you? What are you making space for? 

God,
Some of us, You will hollow out.
You will make me a cave.
You will carve me so deep the stars will shine in my darkness.
I will be a bowl.
I will be the cup in the rock collecting rain …

You will do this because the world needs the hollowness of me.
You will do this for the space that I will be.
You will do this because I must be large.
A passage.
People will find their way through me.
A bowl.
People will eat from me and their hunger will not weaken them to death.
A cup to catch the sacred rain … 

Light will flow in my hollowing.
I will be filled with light.
My bones will shine.
The round open center of me will be radiant.
You will call me Brilliant One.
You will call me Daughter, Son, Who is Wide.
You will call me transformed.

Go Out to Make Space for the Breath of God

  • Leslie leads us in a closing prayer
  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Quitting Time” plays again as folks clean up the room

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