Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is warm and welcoming. Lights are around – candles, lamps, spots – and we are looking at each other. The big cross is present.

  • “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel plays
  • A young Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • A Journeyer leads our children in talking about speaking up

Have you ever wanted to say something but no one would listen? Have you ever been afraid to say what you think about something? Sometimes we can feel that we don't have a voice. But God made each of us special, and each of us has many gifts to give to the world. Let’s ask God to help us have courage and know that our gifts are special.

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

  • Aidan reads a quotation from Maya Angelou

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.

  • Kevin reads a quotation from Helen LaKelly Hunt

The point of telling our stories, even if only to ourselves, is to help us resurrect the parts we have buried. Often in our buried self our true power lies.

  • Darden Smith sings “Shadow”

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

  • Jeff and Nathalie read from the Hebrew scripture called Jonah, a prophet of the northern kingdom of Israel

‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ sent a message to an Israelite named Jonah: “Go to the great city of Nineveh, the capital of your enemy, Assyria, and deliver a warning to the people there, because I see the city’s wickedness.”

But Jonah went to the seaport city of Joppa, where he found a ship bound for Tarshish, the farthest port across the Mediterranean Sea, to run from ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’.

Then ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ sent a violent storm, and the ship threatened to break up. The sailors were afraid and threw lots to find out who was responsible for the disaster, and the lots showed it was Jonah.

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm.”

The sailors did their best to row back to land, but they couldn’t. So they threw Jonah overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. And from inside the fish, Jonah prayed to his God.

And then ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ made the fish vomit Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah obeyed the ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ and went to Nineveh, announcing, “Forty days from now, Nineveh will be destroyed!”

The Ninevites heard Jonah’s message and believed in ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’. The king rose from his throne, and put on mourning clothes.

When ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

But Jonah became angry: “Isn’t this what I said when I was still at home? I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to become angry and overflowing with love, a god who stops from sending disaster. Now, ‘God-Called-I-Am’, kill me!”

But ‘The-God-Called-I-Am’ replied, “Is it right for you to be so angry?”

  • Nathalie says an offering prayer
  • Darden Smith sings “Come a Little Closer” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Ken reads a poem by David Whyte

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
Confinement of your aloneness
To learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

  • Judi reads a quotation from Mohandas Gandhi

My life is my message.

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie introduces and reads her original poem “Viva Voce”
  • Lanna reads another poem by David Whyte

Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born.

  • Alan reads a quotation from Sonia Croquette

Your own words are the brick and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and use establish the life you experience.

Go Out to Serve with Sound and Silence

  • Leslie leads us in a closing responsive prayer called “For the Darkness” adapted from an Anglican litany prayed in Canterbury Cathedral, April 1986

Leader:

For the darkness of waiting
Of not knowing what is to come
Of staying ready and quiet and attentive,
We praise you, O God.

Journeyers:

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of staying silent
For the terror of having nothing to say
And for the greater terror
Of needing to say nothing,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.
Amen.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “The Sound of Silence” plays again as folks clean up the room

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