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Today's Program

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

The room: in the middle of it is Brandon and Melody D’s conversion van. The grid is higher than it was before, with colored streamers or tablecovers from its edges out to the walls. 

  • “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell
  • Leslie and Bethany make announcements

Worshiping with Our Children

  • A Journeyer leads our children in talking about how you have to pack things before a trip, but God says that we’re to not only do what we need to do to walk with God, but also to trust that God knows things we don't know, and God will help us and give us what we need.

Welcome and Breathe

  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you 
  • Take a breath...

God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • The community sings “King of the Road”
  • A Journeyer reads from Exodus 16:1-11

From the Jewish scriptures, the book called “Exodus” or “The Escape.” 

The Israelite community left the oasis of Elim, and traveled to the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula. They had been traveling for six weeks. And the people began to complain against their leaders. They said to Moses and Aaron, “If only we had been among the people that Yahweh God killed with his hand back in Egypt! There, at least we sat at supper with meat stew, and had plenty to eat. But you have dragged us out into this desert and this whole group of people are going to starve to death!”

Yahweh God spoke to Moses: “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people must go out each day, and gather enough for that day. That is how I will test them. We’ll see if they will follow my instructions. On each sixth day, they are to gather enough for that day and the next day, and prepare all of it. They should not gather on each seventh day. There will be enough.” 

So Moses and Aaron said to them, “Tonight, as the sun sets, you will know why you are out here in the desert. You will be reassured that it is Yahweh God who has led you out here, and this is how Yahweh God freed you from slavery. When the sun comes up, you will see the power of Yahweh God, because Yahweh God has heard you grumbling against him. We’re not the ones who did this for you; it was Yahweh God. Why are you complaining against us?” Moses also said, “And when Yahweh God gives you meat to eat every evening, and all the bread you want every morning, you will know it is Yahweh God who has done this to save you. Yahweh God has heard your complaining against him! Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Yahweh God.” 

And Moses said to Aaron, “Bring the entire group together; tell them, ‘Come here. Yahweh God has heard your complaints.’” 

And Aaron gathered them. And as he began to speak to the whole Israelite community, they looked out into the desert – and the clouds began to glow with fire and light. It was the shining power of Yahweh God. 

And Yahweh God said to Moses, “I have heard the grumblings of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. And then you will realize who I am: I am Yahweh God, who brought you out of slavery.” 

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

  • Brandon and Melody talk about their van 
  • One of them says an offering prayer
  • "Traveling Mercies" by Billy Crockett plays as the ushers pass the baskets 

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • A Journeyer reads from Matthew 6:24-27, 32-33

From the Jesus story called Matthew, the collection of Jesus’ teachings called Sermon on the Mountain 

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Think about it: a slave will resent one master and love the other master; a servant will be devoted to one master and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth at the same time. They are conflicting masters.

“Listen to this: Do not worry about your life. 

Do not worry about what you will eat or what you will drink.

Do not worry about your own body.

Do not worry about what you will wear.

True life is more than food. The body you live in is more than clothes. 

Look at birds. They don't plant seeds, they don't harvest crops, they don't gather sacks of grain into barns. And yet God, your Perfectly Loving Parent, feeds them. 

Aren’t you more valuable than birds? 

Can any of you add a single hour to your life’s length by worrying?

People who don't follow God, who serve other masters, work hard to make sure they possess all the things they worry about. But God, your Perfectly Loving Parent, knows everything that you need. 

Work for one thing: the Community God is Building. And God’s goodness – and everything you need, on top of that – will be given to you.” 

  • Rick talks
  • The community sings “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”

Hit the Road with Courage and Grace

  • Leslie leads us in a closing prayer
  • Leslie dismisses us 
  • “Runnin’ Down a Dream” plays again as folks depart

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