What is our Liturgy like?

Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Liturgy

The Liturgy is a Eucharist, and contains innovated prayers and songs.

The two most noticeable differences are that we always share in a Shared Homily, and we use inclusive language.

So that all may participate in Eucharist, we use gluten free bread and alcohol free wine.

 

Eucharistic Liturgy

1st Sunday of Creation Season – September 5, 2021

 Theme:  The Indwelling Sacred;

We are all part of one living, spiritual being

 

We pray for those individuals in need

 

Gathering Song                                                                     Margie

We Are The Church by Miriam Therese Winter from the album Woman Song

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXKYOBZIKYo         Need slides

 

Wisdom Bowl                                                                           Margie

 

Opening Prayer                                                                       Mike

 

This is from the Acts of Love for the Season of Creation powerpoint …maybe modify it for our theology & theme, and use it as both an intro and a prayer?

 

The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect God’s creation.

 

The season starts 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

 

We hope that this Season of Creation renews our baptismal call to care and sustain this ecological turning so that life may flourish, and all creatures may find their place to flourish in our common home.

 

Reading                                                                                    

From the Introduction to Spiritual Ecology, The Cry of the Earth

Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

 

The Earth is in distress and is calling to us, sending us signs of the extremity of its imbalance …and some of us are responding to these signs, hearing this calling, individually and as groups, with ideas and actions – trying to bring our collective attention to our unsustainable lifestyle and the ways it is contributing to ecological devastation, accelerating pollution, species depletion. And yet, sadly, much of this response comes from the same mindset that has caused the imbalance: the belief that we are separate from the world, that it is something “out there”, a problem we need to solve.

The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature. When our Western monotheistic culture suppressed the many gods and goddesses of creation, cut down the sacred groves and banished God to heaven, we began a cycle that has left us with a world destitute of the sacred, in a way unthinkable to any indigenous people. The natural world and the people who carry its wisdom know that the created world and all of its many inhabitants are sacred and belong together. Our separation from the natural world may have given us the fruits of technology and science, but it has left us bereft of any instinctual connection of the spiritual dimension of life – the connection between our soul and the soul of the world, the knowing that we are all part of one living, spiritual being.

It is this wholeness that is calling to us now, that needs our response. It needs us to return to our own root and rootedness: our relationship to the sacred wholeness and reverence can we begin the work of healing, of bringing the world back into balance.

Inspired Words

Psalm                                                                                         Margie

The Colors of the Wind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9MvdMqKvpU

 

Reading

From Sister Miriam MacGillis in Spiritual Ecology, The Cry of the Earth

                                                            Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

One of the aspects Thomas Berry is so clear about in his description of Western origin stories – and why it has meant so much to me growing up within those stories – is the sense, conveyed by the book of Genesis, that God’s original intention was a perfect garden, a state of perpetual bliss. This belief held that in the beginning there was no death or suffering, no negative anything and that was the original divine intention. But human experience was certainly not like that. The world was full of suffering and violence…children died, and locusts came in and destroyed the crops…So why were these things happening?

Thomas Berry suggests that this understanding rests on the notion of a divine being who was perfect and transcendent. So people might ask, “How could a divine, perfect, transcendent being create a world that has sorrow, death, suffering, and illness?” The Judeo-Christian answer is that the original world must have been different – must have been perfect, like its Creator- and that “something” happened to it. What we’re experiencing now, a world where children die and locusts come, is abnormal. Normal was the garden, the state of bliss.

And the “something” that happened, in this explanation, is that the original world was changed by the infidelity of the first parents. But just as importantly, the original world was made of matter, so it didn’t participate in the transcendent part of God’s nature. In the Genesis story, even though the world is described as good, God directly breathes a transcendent soul into Adam. This soul – the spirit, the psyche – is a direct infusion of spirit from the transcendent divine Creator. But the rest of the world doesn’t get one. So there’s the origin of the break! Thomas Berry would describe it as a “radical discontinuity of the human from the other-than-human world.”

So, if the divine is not in matter – if it’s transcendent – then how can humans make a meaningful life? How to recreate happiness? How to make a better world? We can see Western Civilization’s answer in how we define progress and development and how it drives us to perfect the “fallen” natural world. We redesign it, reengineer it, and attempt to bring it back closer to our idea of its original state, a state of perfection and perpetual bliss…

As humans we are always hungering for a meaningful wholeness, a fullness that would embrace life as it’s really given – with chaos, destruction, death and sickness and suffering, as much a normal dimension of it as happiness, health, love and joy. Instead, our beliefs have tended to teach us that pain is a punishment and it’s abnormal; or it’s temporary, but that we should get over it because the world is going to end and we’re going to get the perfect world back again. It won’t be earth as it is now. Thomas Berry points to this deep, deep psychic drive within the Western psyche and how it tries to fill a vast empty part of ourselves with meaningless pursuits. Typically the religious meanings we hold are still based on our separation from nature – the pursuit of God is equally separated from nature – and so they do not bring us to truly reverence nature. We don’t go out into our backyard and kneel down before the soil and know that we are in the face of sacred mystery. It’s just dirt to us; it’s opaque. It’s real estate. Whoever has the deed to it owns it.

Inspired words

Homily                                                                                       Mike                                         

 

Prayer of the People

 

Response: We are all part of one living, spiritual being

 

As we join in prayer it is important, now more than ever, to remember that we are all part of one living, spiritual being. Let that be our response to each petition:

Sharing of Peace

 

Blessing of Bread and Wine

Response to blessing of both the bread and the wine will be

All:  Blessed be the Holy One forever.

  

Eucharistic Liturgy                                                                 

All Is One. Everything and Everyone is Connected by Michael Morwood, Prayers for Progressive Christians 2018

(Please pray Voice part in your home)

P: We gather today

conscious of the gift that is ours:

the capacity

to give voice to all that is.

Voice: In us,

the power and energy that drives the universe

has conscious awareness.

In us,

the universe

can express wonder, appreciation

and gratitude.

P: We marvel at this privilege that is ours,

to give voice to all that is,

to all that has been

and to all that will be.

Voice: We are one

with everything and everyone

in the past, in the present,

and in the future.

P: We are one with whatever sustains and drives the universe, the Great Mystery beyond all names, incomprehensible to our minds,
always and everywhere present and active.
Voice: We are one with billions of galaxies, with exploding stars, with newly forming planets, with life emerging in places and in ways beyond our imagining.
P: We pray for life here on earth,
a prayer
for the mountains,
for the rivers,
for the forests
for the flowers,
for the desert
for the ocean
for the children
for the dreamers.
Voice: We want our prayer

to be one with men and women

throughout the ages

who have recognized

the interconnectedness of all things,

women and men of religious faith

women and men of no religious faith

men and women who gave clear expression

to the Universal Spirit

sustaining and energizing

everything that exists.

P: We gather around the voice of Jesus,

a voice of faith

of promise, of hope

of dreams and possibility

of challenge

of urgency

a voice of no regrets.

Voice: We give thanks

that his voice

and so many like his

are voices of inclusion

calling us to believe in

and to be true to

our innate connection

with every person and with every thing.

P: We are connected with this bread

and with this wine

with the crops and the vines

with every person

who worked to produce and prepare

these gifts of the earth

for us.

Voice: We eat and drink today
mindful of this connectedness.
May our mindfulness carry over into all we do and say in the days and weeks ahead.
P: May the mountains

the seas

the rivers

the woods

the flowers

the desert

the children

and the dreamers

be better off

because we honor our interconnectedness

and walk lightly on the earth.

Voice:  To this, we give our Amen!

 

Prayer of Jesus (Please pray along)

All: Creator of the Cosmos, Source of Life, Divine Mystery,

You are in nature, all around, you are within me, in my cup of wine and loaf of bread.

Blessed be your names:

Allah, Beloved, Great Spirit, Radiant One, Yahweh, HaShem, Sophia

Your presence has come, your will is done on earth as it is in the cosmos.

May we give each other strength, mercy, tenderness, and joy and forgive each other’s failures, silence, pettiness, and forgetfulness as we ask to be forgiven by those we’ve hurt.

Lead us home to ourselves and each other, to clarity, to oneness and deliver us from the darkness of our ignorance and fear.

So we pray and so we receive.  Amen.

Adapted from The Lord’s Prayer in There Are Burning Bushes Everywhere by Jan Phillips

 

Presider says a few words

Breaking of the Bread                                                            Alice

In the breaking of the bread, we knew you, brother Jesus.  Alleluia.

In the breaking of the bread, we know you, brother Jesus.  Alleluia.

In the breaking of the bread, we know you, brother Jesus.  Alleluia.

 

Presider: “…happy are we to share in this meal”

 

All:  Our sharing in this meal is a sign of our willingness to follow Jesus.

 

When sharing the bread: “This is, and you are, the bread of life”

Presider:  With great joy, we state.

All: We are followers of Jesus.

 

When sharing the cup: “The cup of the Covenant”

 

Communion Song                                                                             Margie

Playing with the Moon

 

Closing Prayer                                                                                   Mike

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the Sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is…. Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” Pope Francis.

Our lives will not be measured by the big things we do but rather by the little steps we take to make a difference. Each day during the Season of Creation take a step to change the world

 

Sending Forth Song                                                                         Margie

Everything is Holy Now       by Peter Mayer from Million Year Mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_SgAmljIJc

 

When I was a boy each week, on Sunday,

we would go to church

And pay attention to the priest, he would read the holy word

And consecrate the holy bread,

and everyone would kneel and bow.

Today the only difference is everything is holy now .

Everything, Everything, Everything is holy now.

 

When I was in Sunday school, we would learn about the time

Moses split the sea in two, Jesus made the water wine.

And I remember feeling sad, that miracles don’t happen still,

But now I can’t keep track, ‘cause everything’s a miracle.

Everything, Everything, Everything’s a miracle.

 

Wine from water is not so small,

but an even better magic trick

Is that anything is here at all,

so the challenging thing becomes

Not to look for miracles, but finding where there isn’t one.

 

When holy water was rare at best, it barely wet my fingertips

But now I have to hold my breath,

like I’m swimming in a sea of it.

It used to be a world half there,

Heaven’s second rate hand-me-down,

But I walk it with a reverent air, ‘cause everything is holy now.

Everything, Everything, Everything is holy now.

 

Read a questioning child’s face, and say it’s not a testament

That’d be very hard to say, see another new morning come

And say it’s not a sacrament, I tell you that it can’t be done.

 

This morning, outside I stood, and saw a little red-winged bird

Shining like a burning bush, singing like a scripture verse.

It made me want to bow my head,

I remember when church let out.

How things have changed since then, everything is holy now.

It used to be a world half-there,

Heaven’s second rate hand-me-down.

But I walk it with a reverent air, ‘cause everything is holy now.

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Business

As any organized group, we have business to which we have to attend. Our Planning Meetings are held after Liturgy normally on the last Sunday of each month. All are welcome to participate, and all participate as equals. All have an opportunity to contribute ideas and opinions which lead to the success and health of the community as a whole. The community will be what the members want/need it to be in order to promote spiritual growth and health.