Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round. A central table holds the Journey lamp, surrounded by rocks and candles. All four panels are around the edges of the room.

  • “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Rick leads our children in talking about natures

What is this? Right, it’s an orange. How did it get to be an orange? Yes, it grew, on a tree, and the tree grew from a seed in the ground, that came from another orange. So, what makes the orange taste like an orange? Or a flower smell like a flower? Or a tree know how to grow? God made them that way. They can't help but give what's inside them! And that’s you, too, children of God – God’s inside you, so the beauty of God that looks and smells and talks and acts like you has to come out into the world and bless the world. Let’s thank God for that.

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

Pens and name tags are passed around to everyone. We are invited to write our names on them and put them on. Instead of “Hello. My name is...” the tags read, “Never underestimate the POWER of...”

photo of name tag reading "Never underestimate the power of yourself"

  • Ken reads a quotation from Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington was born to slavery in Virginia and was freed by the Civil War in 1865, when he was nine years old. He went on to become an American educator, orator, author and the dominant leader of the African-American community nationwide from the 1890s to his death in 1915. Hear this quote from him:

“Character is power.”

  • Sarah A. shares an original poem

"Third Spaces" by Sarah Alarcon

Kindness is timeless
Love is so easy to give
It just takes a moment
To show somebody that you care
To show somebody that you care

I am not naturally kind
You should,
See me when I get cut off on Mopac
Or, when I get overcharged
For clearance items at HEB
Three times in a row

But Kindness is timeless,
It’s like a little black dress,
A classic red lipstick
It never goes out of style 

So between casual moments of road rage
And impatience,
That dirty hooker, who never stops working
from the tip of my tongue...

I think logically

To me, it is logical to take ten seconds away
From my selfish thoughts and say “Hello,
And how do you do?” to the check out lady at HEB.

In my apartment office, I’m known as, “the girl who
Dances”

When I see Scott, our maintenance man,
I can’t help but
Shake my shoulders
Put my hands in the air like I just don’t care I
Literally wave my hair back and forth

As a businesswoman,
I understand the importance of knowing
the human’s name is in front of me

As a former dishwasher and busser,
I understand the importance of saying
“thank you” to the custodian who cleans the
Bathrooms I use

As a waitress who waits on people who don’t
Look at me for the duration of their meal
I understand that it’s important to
Acknowledge that there is a beautiful life
In front of me, even if I don’t know it yet 

I love
having a conversation
About pastries, and cake pops
With the girls I just met in my yoga class who
Work at the Starbucks on 3rd and Lamar

Paige
was my yoga instructor yesterday
Sweet Susan, was on a mat in front of me
She’s, went to Black Swan three times last week!
To my right were Jess and Katie, BFFs!!
And I wished I had met the guy behind me
Maybe if I had encouraged him,
He wouldn’t have given up halfway through

What is the point of this thing?
I could,
Keep my head down
Say, “I’m tired”
Go to yoga, the pool, the grocery store
Never looking forward

Don’t get me wrong,
I’m not saying that
As a GOOD Christian it is
YOUR DUTY TO
Meet everyone you look at,
Change every life you meet
Give a hundred dollars to every homeless person you see

No

What I’m saying is,
Kindness is timeless
And,
Even if you’re not naturally nice,
Or you suffer from RBF,
Love is so easy to give
It’s a simple, logical choice

And a smile,
Sure does go a long way
For, you never know
How many times it will be
Passed along

Lately,
I’ve been thinking about death
I know that may sound morbid,
But I’d like to think that if I died while swimming today,
Heather,
The girl I met this morning at Deep Eddy
with the, “Some Chicks marry chicks,
So get over it” t-shirt would know my name, would
Know that I,
Sarah Alarcon support HER, someone I didn’t know before 8am.

You don’t have to be in someone’s life very long to
Make a difference
To let them know you
Love them
To
Show them you aren’t like every other prejudice
Christian, human
We are so human 

But, Love, is so easy to give
It is a simple choice

I
Want to be known as
“the girl who dances”

Hi, I’m Sarah,
I mess up a lot
Imperfection is my favorite accessory

And I know we just met but,

I love you

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Brian K. and Nathalie S. read from the early Christian scripture called the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 1

Jesus gathered his disciples and gave them the power to throw out darkness and to heal every kind of sickness and disease.

Here are the names of his disciples: Debbie, Pat, Sharon, Joan, Rachel, Brian, Mac, Beau, DeAnn, Judi, Donald, Maggie, Cheri, Sarah, Jess, Julie, Zoe, and many others, too many to name.

Jesus sent them out with these instructions: “Don’t go to faraway places or important conferences; go to your towns, your villages. Tell everyone that the Kingdom of Heaven is here, now, where they are. Heal those who are sick, raise what is dead, cure what is diseased, and get rid of what is harmful.

You have received more than you can contain; now give yourselves away!”

And Jesus said, “Don’t take any money with you; don't take your resume or your growth plan or your recruiting materials. Don't have a plan at all! Be with those you're caring for. Find the people who will receive what’s flowing from your hearts, and share with them. Be polite. And if people don't want what you’re sharing, that’s fine; don’t worry; shake it off — Shake off the dust of that place from your feet as you leave. 

And when someone challenges you, don't worry about what to say. you will know what to say and what to do. You’re not alone; it’s the Spirit of God that will flow through you!

  • Rick talks

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

  • Alan S. says an offering prayer
  • Quiet music plays as the ushers pass the baskets
  • Leslie invites us to share in a word or two the power we offer to the world

Never underestimate the power of:

being open
courage
listening
my own experience
empathy
a smile
music
my ability to speak words and have them mean something
being stubborn
kindness
imagination
love
being present
girls
encouragement
knowing another language
hope
truth
needing help
creativity
a hug
full self-expression
silence
taking notes
humor
giving back
learning
claiming what's possible with God
forgiveness
healing
grace
man
caring
being different
sarcasm
positive thinking
using your voice
being a role model
self-control
truly seeing oneself and others
follow through
community
a paintbrush
friendship
speaking your truth
great cake
passionate discourse
what children teach us
letting go
showing up
acceptance
poetry
being a survivor

Go Out to Serve with All Your Powers

  • Cindy H. leads us in a closing prayer
  • Cindy H. dismisses us
  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams plays as folks clean up the room

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