Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is full of the sets for the school play. We make use of that by putting the cross to bed with a teddy bear. The day is about transformation. Transformation and change may scare us, but when we are ready for God’s Spirit to change things, they change. And this happens many times, and we grow and change. And as we open up more and more, we are changed – transformed – and the world is changed, too. And there’s no hurry; it comes when it’s time.

  • “Lord, Protect My Child” by Susan Tedeschi plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • A Journeyer leads our children in talking about mothers

Do you know what special day it is today? Yes, it’s Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a day when we are grateful for the mamas, and grandmothers, and all the women in our lives who love and care for us. The Bible says that God is like a mother, too – God gives birth to us, God is our creator, and God nurtures us, hugs us, cares for us when we are sad, God watches over us, God guides us. I’m grateful that God has given us the women who care for us, aren’t you? Let’s say a prayer and thank God for them.

  • Vicki leads our kids talking about their Journey dreams

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world -- including the vote on by-laws after the service
  • We recognize our women -- not only mothers, but all feminine energy
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Leslie’s slideshow of the Christin Lore Weber poem "Mother Wisdom Speaks" plays

  • Renee leads us in singing “Spirit of the Living God, Fall Afresh on Me”

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

  • Ace reads from the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 8:

Jesus traveled about Galilee from one town and village to another. His Twelve students were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out—and many others. These women were helping to support Jesus and his school with their own money.

And from Luke, chapter 23:

The women who had followed Jesus from Galilee followed as Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’ body, and they saw the tomb, and where Jesus’ body had been placed. Then they returned to the house where the group had been staying, and prepared spices and oils to put on Jesus’ body.

  • Steven M. reads from the Jesus story called John, chapter 20:

Mary stood crying outside the empty tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look in, and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She said, “They have taken away my Master, and I don't know where they’ve put him.”

Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?”

Mary thought he was the gardener, so she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him, “Master!”?He said to her, “Go to my brothers and tell them I am going to my God and your God.” And Mary of Magdala went and told Jesus’ students, “I have seen the Master!”

  • Steven says an offering prayer
  • Renee sings “Full of Grace” by Sarah McLachlan as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie introduces Dream Time
  • Quiet music plays while we do dream time writing

Go Out to Transform the World

  • Leslie leads us in a responsive closing prayer

Leader:

May your imagination know
The grace of perfect danger,
To reach beyond imitation
And the wheel of repetition,
Deep into the call of all
The unfinished and unsolved

Journey:

Until the veil of the unknown yields
And something original begins
To stir toward your senses
And grow stronger in your heart

Leader:

In order to come to birth
In a clean line of form,
That claims from time
A rhythm not yet heard,
That calls space to
A different shape.

All:

May it be its own force field
And dwell uniquely
Between the heart and the light
To surprise the hungry eye
By how deftly it fits
About its secret loss.
Amen.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” plays as folks clean up the room

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