Afterthoughts

This song by the Indigo Girls is all about what we can do with our Building hearts."Gotta get out of bed and get a hammer and a nail..."

"Hammer and a Nail"

Clearing webs from a hovel
A blistered hand on the handle of a shovel
I've been digging too deep, I always do.
I see my face on the surface
I look a lot like narcissus
A dark abyss of an emptiness
Standing on the edge of a drowning blue.

I look behind my ears for the green
Even my sweat smells clean
Glare off the white hurts my eyes

Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I think myself into jail
Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

I had a lot of good intentions
Sit around for fifty years and then collect a pension,
Started seeing the road to hell and just where it starts.
But my life is more than a vision
The sweetest part is acting after making a decision
I started seeing the whole as a sum of its parts.

Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I think myself into jail
Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

My life is part of the global life
I'd found myself becoming more immobile
When I'd think a little girl in the world can't do anything.
A distant nation my community,
A street person my responsibility --
If I have a care in the world I have a gift to bring. 

Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands,
Not just my head -- I think myself into jail.
Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand and a thoughtful pose.
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round, mostly. The four Heart Energy banners are still up, with words added to the Building banner. This is week is building energy – but also doing energy, which is the theme for the second half of this unit. What do these four energies become in real life when we activate them and welcome them? Near the entry is a bowl of Lego pieces for us to take as we enter, like holy water in a cathedral; on the stage is a big pile of Legos for us to use during worship.

  • A video of “Heigh Ho” from Snow White plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell three times

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Rick leads our children in talking about building

Do any of you like to build things? Like what? I like to think about how to put things together. The Bible says that God made the first people and told them to work the earth and take care of it, like a garden. Our job is to do good work and build good things. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that all of us are created with those gifts. Let’s thank God for all our building gifts.

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • The bowl of Legos is passed around for everyone to take a few
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Rick invites everyone to go play with the Legos on stage whenever we want to during the service
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Sabrina reviews the 4 Hearts assessment tool from this series, and then talks about Building energy and this week’s Building words.
  • Sabrina invites everyone to go play with the Legos on stage whenever we want to during the service
  • Steve K. and Sedora read about early followers of Jesus

My name is Simon. I’ve been part of a political group that supports our nation’s sovereignty. They use violence and terror to make a point; now that I follow Jesus, I’m not sure that's what God wants for my country. Jesus says he picked me to be part of his school because of my passion and my strength.

I am helping to carry out Jesus’ vision.

I am Joanna; my husband is the Chief of Staff for the Governor. I began studying what Jesus was teaching, and other women and I joined Jesus’ work, and we found healing and hope. Susanna, and Mary, and I, all provide money and connections for Jesus’ work. My husband doesn’t understand.

I am helping to carry out Jesus’ vision.

  • Randy, Sarah, and Julia perform Randy’s original song, “Look for the Love”
  • Justin and Sarah read about early followers of Jesus

I’m Philip; I was studying with John the Baptizer, because I love my country and I saw John as having a powerful message. But Jesus’ vision is one that can truly bring change. He gives me special tasks because I’m practical and smart, but it’s also because he is challenging my thinking, and my soul work.

I am helping to carry out Jesus’ vision.

I’m Martha, and I own a large home in the suburbs of the capital. I love catering ; we have a great staff and large groups are welcome. My family and I met Jesus and we wanted to help, so he uses our estate for his headquarters when he’s here. I make sure Jesus and his students have a place to stay and plenty to eat.

I am helping to carry out Jesus’ vision.

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

  • Rick talks about Butch the Cowboy as an example of giving and commitment
  • Rick says an offering prayer
  • Rick invites everyone to go play with the Legos on stage whenever we want to during the service
  • The band performs Randy Langford and Abby Loudermilk’s song, “Not Done,” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • The community does a prayer exercise with Legos

Two helpers bring our group Lego creation to the center. We are invited to share or consider quietly what we can do/build/follow through/organize to help carry out Jesus’ vision

Go Out to Build with Your Building Heart

  • Sabrina reads a quotation from contemporary author Neil Gaiman

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

  • Sabrina dismisses us
  • “Heigh Ho” by Little Eva plays as folks clean up the room

Images

  • Building banner  » Click to zoom ->

    Building banner

  • A Building prayer exercise  » Click to zoom ->

    A Building prayer exercise

  • A Building prayer exercise  » Click to zoom ->

    A Building prayer exercise

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    A Building prayer exercise

  • A Building prayer exercise  » Click to zoom ->

    A Building prayer exercise

  • A Building prayer exercise  » Click to zoom ->

    A Building prayer exercise

  • A Building prayer exercise  » Click to zoom ->

    A Building prayer exercise