Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The 4 Hearts banners are now in the back of the room. Some of the comfy chairs from the Lounge are now centered tightly around a platform in the middle. Chairs are in five relaxed groups, gravitating from the center platform. Five new banners — comfort, sight, healing, hope, freedom — are hanging on the stage. The piano is in the door between the Living Room and the Lounge.

  • “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)” by Sly & the Family Stone plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell three times

Worshiping with Our Children

  • DeAnn leads our children in talking about teamwork

I really like to do some things myself, but there are other things that aren’t as much fun unless I do them with other people, like playing a sport or working as a team. I can do more things with other people helping me, and me helping them. Jesus took his friends and put them into groups to love and heal the world. And we’re a kind of team, too. 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

In her experimental performance art pieces, “Eunoia” and “Eunoia II,” Lisa Park uses a commercial-grade EEG headset to create a stunning visual metaphor for her search for enlightenment – by translating her physical and emotional pain into energy, and that energy into art.

The headset measures brainwaves as Park delves into her past, disturbing layers, dismantling walls, quietly deconstructing her reality so that it may be built back up stronger - more solid. Constructing the self that could be.

Will be.

The brainwaves become vibrations – quickly moving waves of sound through the basins of water surrounding the artist. Five feelings, five basins: Happiness. Sadness. Hatred. Anger.

Desire.

Dancing. Healing. Centering.

Creating.

Experiences tumbling like waves from one mind, energy pulled from the past, manifested, molded, no longer maintained as a laundry list of sentences and scars set to dictate a path and a life. Her past. Our present. Coalescing into a single experience as we continue towards our future.

  • Renee leads us in singing “World” by Five for Fighting
  • Woodie reads from the Jewish scripture called Second Isaiah, chapter 61, a 6th-century-B.C.E. message of hope to those in exile

The Lord God’s spirit is upon you, Journeyer,
because the Lord has chosen you.
God is sending you
to bring good news to the poor,
to patch the wounds of the brokenhearted,
to announce that all captives are to be released,
and that all prisoners are to be given freedom,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s pardon,
and a day of vindication for our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
to provide for those who are pain,
to give them a crown in place of ashes,
ointment of joy in place of mourning,
a coat of praise in place of discouragement.
Those who hear your message and receive your gifts will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
planted by the Lord for our God’s glory.

Because of you, Journeyer,
They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
they will restore once-deserted places;
they will renew ruined cities,
places deserted in generations past.
Instead of shame, they will inherit joy;
instead of disgrace, they will be thrilled with their share.
They will possess a double portion in their land;
everlasting joy will be theirs.
I, the Lord God, love justice;
I hate robbery and dishonesty.
So, I will faithfully give a fair wage to the ones you are caring for, Journeyer;
and I am making a promise to them, that will last forever.
Their children will be known among the nations,
and their descendants among all people.
Everyone who sees them will recognize
that they are the ones whom the Lord God loves.

Because of what you have done, Journeyer,
you will be called a Priest of the Lord;
all will say you are a servant of God.
So, surely, be joyful because you know God;
let your heart be joyful because of our God,
because the Lord has put clothes of victory on you,
wrapped you in a robe of goodness,
like a bridegroom in a priestly crown,
and like a bride in beautiful jewelry.

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

  • Rick talks about serving and the “My Gifts” forms
  • Rick says an offering prayer
  • Renee plays an instrumental version of “World” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • We get into Ministry Areas and share a little about our hearts; those who feel their gifts could help in leading are nominated for leadership positions to be elected next Sunday
  • Rick talks some more
  • We hold hands and pray

Go Out to Serve with All Your Hearts

  • Renee reads a poem called "Not Easily" by Jack Gilbert, 20th-century American poet

When we get beyond beauty and pleasure,
to the other side of the heart (but short
of the spirit), we are confused about what
to do next. It is too easy to say arriving
is enough. To pretend the music
of the mountain needs only to be heard.
That the dance is known by dancing,
and the lasagne is realized by eating it.
Not in this place on the other side
of desire. We can swim in the Aegean,
but we can't take it home. A man finds
a melon by the road and continues up
the hill thinking it is the warm melon
that will remain after he has forgotten
the ruins and sea of the summer. He tells
himself this even as the idea of the taste
is replacing what the melon tasted like.

  • Renee dismisses us
  • “Thank You” plays again as folks clean up the room

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