We remember that God is God and we are not ~ We remember and thank God ~ We listen for God’s voice ~ We care for each other ~ We go out to serve ~ We follow Jesus
March 5 - now.
This is going to be a beautiful Lent worship series. We will look at wandering in our deserts -- about finding new things, God, direction, gifts, and new life in the midst of what we think is dead, despairing, lost, empty. Not all who wander are lost.
January 22 - February 26, 2017.
What is community? What does it provide to us, and how do we create it? Various aspects of community will be explored in this series.
November 27, 2016 - January 15, 2017.
Advent is a season in which we anticipate the incarnation of God, present in the world in the coming of the Christ. When we are confused … humble … broken … what might it mean, to celebrate that the God of the universe was -- and is -- seen in the lowliness of a baby, a poor family, confused and scared and faithful people, just like us?
October 16 - November 20, 2016.
The Beatles said, "Give me money; that's what I want" and "I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love..." What do we really believe about money? Let's dig into it.
July 3 - October 9, 2016.
What can we learn from the tasty goodness of snacks? Find out in this worship series.
April 10 - June 26, 2016. Jesus talked about Love that is real, not theoretical or metaphorical. In this unit, we are exploring what it means to really live that kind of love, every day, for real.
February 14 - April 3, 2016.
The Lent unit this year is about The Fertile Unseen. There are flowers and branches and leaves embedded in every tree's branches; there are buds and bulbs waiting, in the ground, until it's time to emerge and bloom. That's like the life of the spirit, and like following Jesus.
January 10 - February 7, 2016.
Shakespeare said, "Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast." In this unit, we'll explore how the sacred feasts of Jesus' time and their theological ideas reflect our own spiritual paths.
November 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016.
This Advent, we are exploring the many ways God is with us, as well as the many ways we know this is true.
November 8 - 22, 2015.
As Advent approaches, we are entering a process of listening for, looking for, waiting on, and opening to the God who reveals God's Self in all times and in all places -- including your life, and all around you. Let's sit in that together.
August 23 - November 1, 2015.
This series explores a simple question: "What if there's nothing wrong with you?" Hey, it could be true!
May 24 - August 16, 2015.
We are sharing stories about the journeys, paths, trips we take -- and the lessons and losses and growth those journeys bring.
April 12 - May 17, 2015. As Journey moves from our rented space at RSS to a building we purchased, we consider the spiritual aspects of leaving and arriving.
February 22 - April 5, 2015.
This Lent, as we approach the cross and resurrection in 40 days, our worship series is about following Jesus. We'll be using a more or less chronological approach to Jesus calling people to follow him, and what that involves.
January 11 - February 15, 2015.
What does it mean to bring all that we are in the present moment, into our awareness? And to choose what we will do to find our meaning, happiness, and purpose? It's a new year. We have seen the Christ arrive. So, what now? First: what've we got? What are you carrying; do you still need it? What is most important; what can be tossed? What beliefs, practices, attachments, plans, stories? Let's Be Here Now together.
November 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015.
What was it really like to be Mary? Or Mary's mother? (Did you know Mary's mother, Anne, is a saint revered in much of Christian tradition? She's "Santa Anna.") Let's look at the arrival of the Christ through the eyes of women -- King Herod's wife; Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, the mother of John the Baptizer; the woman who welcomes the homeless couple; and more. And, what does it mean to welcome the Christ ourselves?
October 5 - November 23, 2014.
God tells people over and over in the Bible to take a step, a leap of faith, to trust God and act, and God will do mighty things. Not to wait until we get it in our heads, but to act and be faithful and it'll soak in as we go. Let's test that and see if it works in real life.
July 20 - September 28, 2014.
We feel the pressure to be good, to be successful, not to make mistakes, not to fail -- i.e., to be perfect. We think of God as the Judge and Jury, but Jesus seems to think God is simply the loving Parent and we are to be courageous and trust God and then ... let go. Let's test what it might feel like to be Imperfectionists together.
May 11 - July 13, 2014.
Jesus told his followers, "The Father sent me; now I send you," and he breathed on them and told them to breathe in God's Spirit - which he then named "Power." What if it's not just God that's powerful, but all of us - breathing in, and out, the power of God's presence? Let's explore Jesus' definition of God's Power, and apply it to our real lives in real time, locally and worldwide. P.S. Expect hero -- and superhero -- references.
March 9 - May 4, 2014.
This year, our worship unit for Lent -- the seven weeks until Easter -- is about descent leading to ascent, surrender leading to awareness, and birthing being entering a larger story than our own. Good stuff.
January 12 - March 2, 2014.
"This being human is like a guest house." -- Rumi
December 1, 2013 - January 5, 2014. In this Advent worship series we looked at what it means to take the Third Way, the Middle Way, of Jesus - not to fight back or return violence with violence, and not to run in the face of what is dangerous or wrong ... but to stand. Mary, Joseph, angels and shepherds, the tiny poor king vs the rich powerful king - and where are we?
October 6 - November 24, 2013. God is limitless; Spirit is limitless; Soul is limitless; maybe we're limitless too? In which case, maybe we might limit less -- and see what'll be born.
July 28 - September 29, 2013. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive. Really.
June 30 - July 21, 2013. Exploring the fifth element: love.
June 2 - June 23, 2013. This worship unit, called Elemental, explores how God is -- and we are -- reflected in, and expressions of, the most basic elements in our world: earth (the basis which Genesis says God used to create all of life), wind (which the Bible uses repeatedly to describe God's presence), fire (the first moment of creation -- "Let there be light"), and water (which the Jewish God calms and masters, and Jesus enters and is unafraid of -- and which is what all human bodies are made of). Come experience the earth and wind and fire and water at the heart of God and God's creation.
April 7 - May 26, 2013. We're not sure what to call it, because it's really about all resurrection. The renewing of life, the hollowing out of what is no longer needed so that the new and alive can be seen and known. What if our lives are not for us alone? Then let go of assumptions, understandings, shapes and sizes that no longer can hold what God is creating.
February 17 - March 31, 2013. Lent is the 40-day season leading up to Easter Sunday. This year we are exploring this line from the scriptures: "for the darkness and the light are both alike to God." We may automatically think of light as good and dark as bad, but the dark can be nourishing, and we may not want too much light. Let's find God in both.
January 20 - February 10, 2013. Our tendency sometimes in our busy culture and with our busy minds is to try to fill time, fill space, fill schedules, fill silence. But God seems to be in the spaces in-between moments and thoughts and noises. Let's examine what it might be like to be still, open, and connect to the in-between spaces.
December 2, 2012 - January 13, 2013. Meister Eckhart said, "We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? What good is it for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture?" What might it look like for the Christ to be present, here, now, in this culture? As a man, a woman, straight, gay, friend, enemy? Come and enter this mystery during Advent 2012.
October 28 - November 25, 2012. A seemingly central concept in Western Christianity is "atonement." But what does it mean? Turns out there's not one doctrine of what Jesus' death was, what God was doing in the death and resurrection of Jesus, or what "salvation" is. We're exploring how different viewpoints of God suggest different ways to understand what Jesus was doing, and what it might mean to see God in new ways.
September 2 - October 21, 2012. The early Christian leader Paul wrote, in an instructive letter to a network of Jesus followers in the region of Asia Minor known as Galatia, that God's Spirit creates something beautiful in the world. Paul used a metaphor of Spirit's work being like fruit - fruit which has characteristics that can be experienced. We're looking at those characteristics and asking how to get in on what Spirit is doing.
June 3 - August 26, 2012. We go together in The Heart and The Spirit, in a loving and safe container of worship, into looking at basic beliefs in the Judeo-Christian traditions. What does it mean to me - what do I even see as important, if anything - about the Adam and Eve stories, or the Ten Commandments, or sin, or community? We're digging in together and there's no need to "answer" any of it...
April 29 - May 27, 2012. During Lent we looked at what our deepest callings are - the parts of us that God put there. Passion. Hope. Nudges and whispers. In Spirit Speaking, we explored what it might be like to live those out in real life. Acting upon and trusting our callings and hopes.
February 26 - April 22, 2012. Our worship series for Lent this year explores what it might look like when we allow and affirm God's Spirit flowing through us. If I want that, I will have to make room in myself for that to even happen - and I will also have to participate. Listen. Agree. Show up. Be God's hands and feet and words and breath in the world. This worship unit is about us doing that together.
January 8 - February 19, 2012. In this worship series, we're digging down, individually and together, to the heart of following Jesus. Past faith as a belief, or an affiliation, or a nice idea. When we look deep within ourselves, it turns out God is there - and so are our passions, our deepest desires, and what gives our lives meaning and heat and power.
November 27, 2011 - January 1, 2012. Each gospel has a different "Christmas story." But all the stories - including in Mark and John, in which there are no stories about Jesus' birth - celebrate Jesus' coming to Earth as an act of hope by God. The people who wrote the gospels are like us - looking back in hope that God continues to work and be present with us.
October 16 - November 20, 2011. In this worship unit we’re exploring ways in which we as a faith community follow Jesus. Embrace imperfection; practice radical inclusivity; create safe community; ask, follow and obey God. Let’s dig in and see what it feels like – to believe this, and to do this.
June 26 - October 9, 2011. What does it mean to be a Journeyer? In this worship series, which we're doing as we move from one physical location to another, we're focusing for a number of weeks on what we believe and practice as a faith community. What does it really mean to love God, love other people, and love ourselves as God loves us? Like, in real life? Come and experience radical inclusion, listening to God, following Jesus, embracing imperfection...
May 1 - June 19, 2011. Day 41 is what we're calling what Jesus refers to as "The Kingdom of God." Which isn't a "kingdom" at all, at least not a political entity here on Earth. Jesus is talking about a way of life, a path, with guidelines from him about how we are to be connected to God, connected to each other, and connected to the world around us. Let's see what adventures happen as we practice this life path.
March 13 - April 24, 2011. Lent, the preparation for the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, is 40 days. It remembers the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai receiving the Torah, the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his ministry. But on Day 41, Jesus was ready. And the message he proclaimed was that God's Dream was coming true. What work is God calling you to, in order for you to be ready to enact Day 41 where you are?
January 9 - March 6, 2011. To re-member is to join something back together, or to recall and reflect on what is at the heart of something. Perhaps something lost, or something left behind, or just something important that it's good to reinforce. In this worship series we're experiencing together what's at the heart of a community of people following Jesus and loving each other and the world in the midst of the joy and mess of being together with each other and God.
November 21, 2010 - January 2, 2011. While our pastors take a much needed and well deserved sabbatical, the community is creating its own worship gatherings. At the November 14 service, we divided into six small teams of 30 or so journeyers, with each team taking the responsibility for creating the space and experience for the rest of the community for one Sunday. Let the journey unfold...
September 26 - November 14, 2010. Discernment is the process of hearing and acting on what we feel God birthing within us and around us. How can we learn to hear God; how can we learn to see how God is at work in us, whether in our souls, or in the supermarket and on the highway and in a business decision? Let's see and hear God together.
August 15 - September 19, 2010. Jesus said the most important commandment is to love God, love others, and love ourselves. What does it mean to see the God who is Love in other people and in ourselves? What does it mean to embrace the Divine within ourselves and others, and in so doing, love God?
June 13 - August 8, 2010. There are many ways to understand and respond to the presence and work of God. We're looking at, and experiencing together, different ways to feel God's presence -- and to respond to God's work in the world and in each of us.
April 18 - June 6, 2010. In the weeks after Easter, the risen Christ appeared to his followers, teaching them, commissioning them, and sending them to do the work. God's Spirit continues to flow into us. Jesus promised to give us "power" -- so what is that power for, as we love God and love the world?
February 14 - April 11, 2010. We are now in Lent, the season in the traditional year of 40 days (not counting Sundays), beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending at sunrise on Easter Sunday. Traditional liturgical language has said that as we are in this season of preparation for experiencing Christ's suffering on the cross and the darkness of his death, we are to remember that "we are only dust and to dust we will all return." It's a time to connect to that deep place within us, where God's message can speak to what our lives truly mean. And all of us have a life -- a garden --that God has entrusted to us, to care for, and to nurture, and to weed, and to use. Whether we use that garden for love and service, or for selfishness and fear, is what we're looking at and experiencing together in this season.
January 24 - February 7, 2010. Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet..." We believe that God is God no matter what name we use.
January 3 - 17, 2010. This short unit is about being present, and still, and feeling God's presence with us. That can be scary, but also beautiful.
November 8 - December 27, 2009. As our world struggles with hate, fear, prejudice, slavery, and environmental danger, how can we -- both as a community and as individuals -- respond with compassion and strength to the issues facing us today?
September 13 - November 1, 2009. Journey is a place of action, a place where we don't just talk about service, we serve God, each other and the world. Service though, when at its healthiest, comes naturally from a heart connected to the heart of God. In this series we will examine several stories from the scriptures where men and women of faith had powerful, life-altering encounters with their Creator.
July 19 - September 6, 2009. The theme for this series builds on the Serv-O-Matic theme from this year's annual picnic T-shirt. As a community of faith, we at Journey know we are called to serve. This series delves deeper into the Biblical origin of service and the practicalities of how we live out our calling to feed, clothe, repair, encourage, love, support and liberate.
June 7 - July 12, 2009. The days following Pentecost proved to be formational in the life of the young community of believers. Learning to sacrifice for the community, solve problems and deal with opposition strengthened their devotion to Jesus and to each other.
April 19 - May 31, 2009. The followers of Jesus were horrified, confused and elated (and not necessarily in that order) at the events that unfolded the weekend of Jesus' execution, burial, and resurrection. In the seven weeks that leading to Pentecost, we will look at the stories in scripture to see what we can learn about how to respond to our own horror, confusion and joy at the events taking place in the world around us.
March 1 - April 12, 2009. We at Journey believe that our calling as a faith community is to be a portrait or mirror of Jesus. This series will examine our guiding principles and talk about how they remain at the core of who we are as individuals and as a faith community.
January 25 - February 22, 2009. We are a faith community in Austin. Jesus says to love the world. But how? It’s a world with billions of people who don’t have enough to eat every day, and millions of whom are in slavery or warfare or disease. What can we do? God calls us to bring what we have, and in this worship unit, we are experiencing God’s call – and our response – together.
November 30, 2008 - January 18, 2009. The coming of God in the form of a human being changes everything – for those who were affected by it in those beginning moments, and for everyone who’s taken it seriously ever since. Jesus’ call says that some things need to be cherished, and some things need to be let go. So, let’s make room.
November 9 - 23, 2008. In this short series we are examining and experiencing God as shepherd to a flock like us who are often clueless, perpetually needy, occasionally fearful, and all looking for home.
August 24 - November 2, 2008. We believe God is Love, and that we are all the beloved children of God, but what does this Love look like in our world? We will use the 1963 pledge from the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights to explore this question.
June 22 - August 17, 2008. When Jesus said, "When you know the truth, the truth will set you free," what did he mean? As Journeyers we believe God is Love -- and a Mystery. We're looking at many ways to know God, and become free.
March 30 - June 15, 2008. We can often feel stuck, lost, or alienated -- not only from other people, but even from what's happening just in our own lives. But the biblical message is that we’re part of a larger meaning, a story in which God is at work, and our lives matter.
February 3 - March 23, 2008. In our Easter series we remember what Jesus sacrificed to teach us all about Shalom, and examine the things that keep us from following God's way.
January 13 - 27, 2008. As the Advent season ends and the new year begins, we reflect on the deep and abiding love, the tremendous power, and the amazing grace of God.
December 2, 2007 - January 6, 2008. This worship series centered on what the coming of Jesus as a new kind of king meant. Jesus wasn’t interested in worldly power, but in a different kind of power.
October 7 - November 25, 2007. In this worship series, we looked at people who have "communicated" with God, from Jacob wrestling with an Angel, to David who asked God for forgiveness, to Jesus who experienced the Silence of God at the Olive Press.
August 19 - September 30, 2007. In this worship series, film characters help frame our discussion of what God is like, and how God plays various roles with us as we travel in life.
July 1 - August 12, 2007. The Bible is full of stories of imperfect, flawed people -- and God’s work in and through them. We felt ourselves reflected in these least likely heroes.
May 6 - June 24, 2007. What does it mean truly to rest? The Jewish commandment to observe Sabbath reflected a deep belief in the God that can be trusted.
March 4 - April 29, 2007. “The Passion” refers to Jesus’ suffering at the end of his life. The people in Jesus’ life reacted to his death in ways that reflect how we live as well.
January 14 - February 25, 2007.
November 26, 2006 - January 7, 2007.
October 1 - November 19, 2006.
August 20 - September 24, 2006.
July 2 - August 13, 2006.
May 7 - June 25, 2006.
March 5 - April 30, 2006. Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart.
January 8 - February 26, 2006.
December 4, 2005 - January 1, 2006.
October 16 - November 27, 2005.
August 14 - October 9, 2005.
June 26 - August 7, 2005.
May 15 - June 19, 2005.
March 29 - May 8, 2005.
February 13 - March 24, 2005.
January 2 - February 6, 2005.
December 5 - 26, 2004.
November 7 - 28, 2004.
September 12 - October 31, 2004.
July 25 - September 5, 2004. Let the Journey unfold...