Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room has a number of different kinds of light in different areas of the room: a spotlight; warm light from a floor lamp; a black light; a flashlight shining on something; a fluorescent light; a group of candles. The rest of the room is as dark as we can get it. The chairs are in a horseshoe, so we can see each other in the light-and-dark mixture. 

  • “Winter Light” by Hammock from CD Kenotic plays loud enough to get us focused
  • A young Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • A clip from the movie Monsters, Inc. plays 
  • Rick leads our children in talking about how sometimes we might be scared of things but it turns out that we don't need to be afraid.

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

  • A clip from Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz plays
  • Bethany and Orquidea read from the Hebrew Scriptures, Psalm 139

O Lord, You have looked through me and have known me.
 You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You understand my thoughts from far away.
You look over my path and my lying down.
You know all my ways very well.
Even before I speak a word, O Lord, You know it all.
You have closed me in from behind and in front.
And You have laid Your hand upon me.
All You know is too great for me. It is too much for me to understand.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I run away from where You are?
If I go up to the heavens, You are there.
If I make my bed in the place of the dead, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea,
even there Your hand will lead me and Your right hand will hold me. 
If I say, “For sure the darkness will cover me and the light around me will be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to You.

  • Catherine K. sings “The Shadow Proves the Sunshine” by Switchfoot

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

  • Julie Ann reads a poem called “Radiance” by Hildegard of Bingen, 12th-century German nun and mystic

There is
no creation
that does not have
a radiance.

  • Julie Ann says an offering prayer
  • Catherine sings her own musical adaptation called “Tao Te Ching 2” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie talks

Go Out to Serve in Darkness and Light

  • 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.

For the darkness of loving
In which it is safe to surrender
To let go of our self-protection
And to stop holding back our desire,
We praise you, O God.

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

For the darkness of choosing
when you give us the moment
to speak, and act, and change,
and we cannot know what we have set in motion,
but we still have to take the risk,
We praise you, O God.

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

For the darkness of hoping
In a world which longs for you,
For the wrestling and the laboring of all creation
For wholeness and justice and freedom,
We praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to yo
u. Amen.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Winter Light” plays again as folks clean up the room

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