Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

Colored plastic table runners are hung vertically in front of all the windows with their edges overlapping, so that the colors flow into each other. Cross is front and center, including thorns.

  • “In God’s Country” by U2 from The Joshua Tree plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell 7 times

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Catherine plays Jessie Jay’s “Stand Up” as marching music while the kids come parading in, go around room twice, then put their palm fronds by the cross, and sit down in front for Children’s Time.
  • Vicki leads our children in talking about trust

What holiday is coming this week? That’s right, it’s Easter next Sunday. This week everyone who follows Jesus is remembering that Jesus did a brave thing. He went to a big city, Jerusalem, and told everyone about God’s love – even though he knew the people in charge didn’t want him to do that. And he knew those people were going to try to keep him quiet. But he trusted that God had a plan. Sometimes our hopes don't turn out the way we thought. Sometimes we get sad or confused. But God tells us to trust and be brave, and God will help us. 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

  • The Palm Sunday Vintage 21 video plays
  • Darren reads a quotation from Hafiz
  • Catherine leads us in singing U2’s “Pride”

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

  • Terry and Cory read from the Jesus story called the Gospel of Luke

When he had come near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his students to borrow a colt. They brought it to Jesus, and put their cloaks on the colt, and Jesus rode the colt toward Jerusalem. As he went, people spread their cloaks on the road. All of his students and followers began to say how wonderful God is, shouting and singing, because of all the great things they had seen. They sang lines from psalms, “The king who comes with The Lord’s power is welcome! There is peace in heaven, and shining power in the highest heaven!”

As he came nearer, and saw the city, Jesus began crying. He said, “Jerusalem! If you could recognize the things that lead to peace – but you can't. They’re hidden from your eyes!”

And then he entered The Temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there.

  • Cory says an offering prayer
  • Catherine sings Coldplay’s “Fix You” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie leads a demonstration with ink droplets on finding beauty in the blur

Go Out to Serve in the Beautiful Blur

  • 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 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
we praise you, O God

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

 

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “In God’s Country” plays again as folks clean up the room

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