Afterthoughts

by Rick Diamond and Margaret Zimmerman

The times that negative feelings become a problem is when we deny them. So fear not the feels!

drawing of girl with word "feels" written several times

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

In this unit, the center of the room is the focus. The screen is closer back to wall, almost flat against it. The chairs are in clumps, with areas of candles and ferns. Banners representing the four hearts hang in the corners of the room, with a spotlight on the red banner for the Feeling Heart. A table in the center of the room holds communion elements.

  • “Canvas (Instrumental)” by Imogen Heap plays
  • A young 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 feeling the feels

We all have hair colors and skin colors and eye colors, right? The Bible says that we have those because God created us like that. We also all have feelings — sad ones, happy ones, angry ones — and they come from God because God made us exactly as we are. Grownups will help us know how what to do with our feelings, hopefully in healthy ways that are good for us and good for the world around us, but God never wants us to put away who we were created to be.

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • Rick welcomes us
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

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

  • Rick says an offering prayer
  • A slideshow of people’s feelings plays as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Darren, Mac, and Michelle read from the ancient Jewish songbook, The Psalms, slowly and from where they are seated in the room

From Psalm 142:

With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
In the path where I walk,
they have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
I cry to you, O LORD;
Listen to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
Bring me out of prison,
so that I may give thanks to your name!

From Psalm 94:

The Lord is a God who avenges!
O God who avenges, shine forth!
Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked gloat?
They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
They slay the widow and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.
They say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
Does the One who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does the One who formed the eye not see?
Does the One who disciplines nations not punish?
Does the One who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
The Lord knows all human plans;
The Holy One knows that they are futile.

From Psalm 126:

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,?
when God returned the exiles to our home. ?
We laughed, we sang,?
we couldn’t believe our good fortune!?
We were the talk of all the nations—?
“God was wonderful to them!”
?God was wonderful to us;?
we are one happy people.
And now, God, do it again—?
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives?
So those who planted their crops in despair
?will shout hurrahs at the harvest,?
So those who went off with heavy hearts
?will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

  • Rick talks, including some images from Postsecret.com
  • We remeber that Jesus felt for us by sharing in a self-serve Holy Communion of bread and juice
  • During Communion, “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “All Creatures of our God and King” by April Stace/Harp 46 play

Go Out and Feel

  • Renee leads us in a closing prayer

God, we are here, Your creations. Like You – in every part of ourselves.
In some moments we feel afraid, and we cry out to You. We beg for mercy.
In some moments of dread, it is as if the world has hidden traps for us.
In some moments of sadness, we cry. It feels as if no one cares for our souls.
In some moments, we feel fury because of the injustices of the world and the gloating of the wicked.
In some moments of anger, we want You to punish and judge everyone.
In some moments, we feel joy – we laugh. We sing. We can’t believe it.
In some moments of relief, we say how good You have been to us, and we want to tell the world. 
Thank You that we are exactly as You have made us. That You love and accept us exactly where we are, as we are. Help us to do that, too – to accept and celebrate where we are, as we are.
Help us to bring who and what we are to You – for You to use for Your good work.
Amen.

  • Renee dismisses us
  • “Canvas” by plays again as folks clean up the room

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