Afterthoughts

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Today we talked about asking questions and figuring out what we believe. To explore this further, check out This I Believe. It'll make you think. Promise.

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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 Seeking banner. This is week is seeking 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? There is an empty bowl in the center of the room.
“Maybe Angels” by Sheryl Crow plays
A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell three times
Worshiping with Our Children
Susan McK. leads our children in talking about seeking. I have some questions, sone things I wonder about. Do you? Jesus taught his people by asking them questions and letting them ask him questions. It’s a good thing to wonder, and see what God can teach 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...
And now for something completely different: breathing time is interrupted by a video clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail https://youtu.be/pWS8Mg-JWSg
Breathing resumes…
Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit
Sabrina reviews the 4 Hearts assessment tool from this series, and then talks about Seeking energy and this week’s Seeking words
Susan C. and Julie P. begin reading from (and then questioning) the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 6
And Jesus went to his home church and read this scripture from the ancient prophet named Isaiah: 
“God’s Spirit is within me, because 
God has chosen me to bring hope to the poor.
God has sent me to announce 
that all those in captivity must be released; 
that everyone who is blind will soon see; 
that everyone who is oppressed will be set free; 
and that all debts are cancelled, and everyone may rest.”
Jesus, we say at Journey that you have asked us to follow you and bring your vision to life. 
So, Jesus, when you say, “bring hope to the poor,” do you mean, government handouts to the poor? And who or what is “the poor?” Are we supposed to give hope to the poor? And does that mean money? Or do we mobilize for social justice?
Judi S. and Mike L. perform Carrie Newcomer’s “I Believe”
Suki and Michelle continue reading questioning the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 6
Also, what does “all in captivity will be released?” Is that possible? All the murderers and violent criminals and drug dealers? Are we supposed to give sight to the blind? Are we supposed to cancel all debts? How would that even work? 
Jesus, how much of our money are we supposed to give to the government, or Caesar, or whatever, and how much of our money are we supposed to give to the church, or God, or whatever?
Giving -- To Help God Do God's Work in This World  
Rick talks about giving and commitment 
We look at the word cloud representing Journey dreams, and we call out the words that resonate with us
We meditate on those words as an offering prayer
Judi and Mike lead us in singing James Taylor’s “Shower the People” as the ushers pass the baskets 
Telling The Story and Our Story
Lisa S. finishes questioning the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 6
And, Jesus — What if I’m the poor? What if I’m the oppressed? Do I get helped as I’m helping your vision come true?
Rick talks about having the courage to ask questions: what is your seeking heart; what is Journey’s seeking heart; what do we do with that energy? 
Rick leads us in a seeking energy prayer exercise 
Our writing prompt is “Say something you have in the purple seeking energy and how that can be applied in the real world.” For example, “I question beliefs and assumptions; I could facilitate a class” or “I love to sit in silence and listen to Spirit; I could help create a meditative gathering.” We then write our responses and place them in the bowl in center of room with candles lit around it as symbolic offering to God.
Go Out to Seek with Your Seeking Heart
Sabrina talks about seeking
Sabrina dismisses us 
“Maybe Angels” plays again as folks clean up the room
AF this i believe; piece of sky

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 Seeking banner. This is week is seeking 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? There is an empty bowl in the center of the room.

  • “Maybe Angels” by Sheryl Crow plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell three times

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Susan McK. leads our children in talking about seeking

I have some questions, sone things I wonder about. Do you? Jesus taught his people by asking them questions and letting them ask him questions. It’s a good thing to wonder, and see what God can teach 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...
  • And now for something completely different: breathing time is interrupted by a video clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail 
  • Breathing resumes…

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Sabrina reviews the 4 Hearts assessment tool from this series, and then talks about Seeking energy and this week’s Seeking words
  • Susan C. and Julie P. begin reading from (and then questioning) the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 6

And Jesus went to his home church and read this scripture from the ancient prophet named Isaiah:

“God’s Spirit is within me, because
God has chosen me to bring hope to the poor.
God has sent me to announce
that all those in captivity must be released;
that everyone who is blind will soon see;
that everyone who is oppressed will be set free;
and that all debts are cancelled, and everyone may rest.”

Jesus, we say at Journey that you have asked us to follow you and bring your vision to life.

So, Jesus, when you say, “bring hope to the poor,” do you mean, government handouts to the poor? And who or what is “the poor?” Are we supposed to give hope to the poor? And does that mean money? Or do we mobilize for social justice?

  • Judi S. and Mike L. perform Carrie Newcomer’s “I Believe”
  • Suki and Michelle continue reading questioning the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 6

Also, what does “all in captivity will be released?” Is that possible? All the murderers and violent criminals and drug dealers? Are we supposed to give sight to the blind? Are we supposed to cancel all debts? How would that even work?

Jesus, how much of our money are we supposed to give to the government, or Caesar, or whatever, and how much of our money are we supposed to give to the church, or God, or whatever?

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

  • Rick talks about giving and commitment
  • We look at the word cloud representing Journey dreams, and we call out the words that resonate with us
word cloud of Journey dreams
  • We meditate on those words as an offering prayer
  • Judi and Mike lead us in singing James Taylor’s “Shower the People” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Lisa S. finishes questioning the Jesus story called Luke, chapter 6

And, Jesus — What if I’m the poor? What if I’m the oppressed? Do I get helped as I’m helping your vision come true?

  • Rick talks about having the courage to ask questions: what is your seeking heart; what is Journey’s seeking heart; what do we do with that energy?
  • Rick leads us in a seeking energy prayer exercise

Our writing prompt is “Say something you have in the purple seeking energy and how that can be applied in the real world.” For example, “I question beliefs and assumptions; I could facilitate a class” or “I love to sit in silence and listen to Spirit; I could help create a meditative gathering.” We then write our responses and place them in the bowl in center of room with candles lit around it as symbolic offering to God.

Go Out to Seek with Your Seeking Heart

  • Sabrina talks about seeking
  • Sabrina dismisses us
  • “Maybe Angels” plays again as folks clean up the room

Images

  • Seeking banner  » Click to zoom ->

    Seeking banner

  • Judi and Mike  » Click to zoom ->

    Judi and Mike

  • Seeking banner close up  » Click to zoom ->

    Seeking banner close up

  • Bell and bowl of questions  » Click to zoom ->

    Bell and bowl of questions