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Here is our link to our Pride Liturgy,  June 26, 2022

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/SjtMJazxv3og4QnPU-FJ086PbGVii8ih8L6JCUSbdSOEBCMPvMoreKAxIZ6P1mzx.eDbytQmvoB_Wa6kP?startTime=1656250785000

Pride Sunday June 26, 2022 / Jesus Accepted All!

We pray for others please mute yourself

Introduction                                                                                          Peter

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month and most major cities in the United States and throughout the world celebrate a Pride Day. So welcome to our Pride Day Liturgy: Grateful, Proud, and Connected!

This day and this month we recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer people and allies have had on local, national, and international history. Remember the White House, along with other prominent buildings and monuments, lit up in rainbow colors in 2015 in tribute to marriage equality!.

We gather not simply to celebrate the rights and achievements of same-sex loving people, and especially not to capitulate to corporate interests that simply see these rights as a way to expand their markets. We gather to rejoice that LGBTQIA people and allies are working on and bringing together many struggles for justice—especially for immigrants’ rights, against racism, in support of Muslims, to protect the environment, and many more. While we will focus this morning on the same-sex love aspect this day honors, it is also important to be grateful, proud, and connected.

By Diann Neu, Stirring Waters, page 213

Opening Song                                                                                          Mike    

“Singing for Our Lives” Holly Near, on Singer in the Storm, ©1990

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=johabhy URIw              (2.31 minutes)

We are a gentle, angry people

And we are singing, singing for our lives x 2

We are a land of many colors

And we are singing, singing for our lives x 2

We are gay and straight together

And we are singing, singing for our lives x 2

We are a peaceful loving people

And we are singing, singing for our lives x 2

Humming

 

Wisdom Bowl                                                                           Margie

Opening Prayer                                                                       Mike                                      

Blessed Are the Queer

By HP Rivers

 Blessed are the wanderers,

Seeking affirmation.

Blessed are the worshipers,

Praying from closets,

Pulpits, pews, and hardship.

Blessed are the lovers of leaving –

Leaving family and familiarity,

Leaving tables

Where love is not being served.

Blessed are those who stay.

Blessed are those

Who hunger and thirst for justice –

For they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the queer

Disciples of Truth,

Living, breathing, sacred

Reflections of

Divine Love.

First Reading                                                                 Linda and Kyritz   

A Responsive Reading Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

We are grateful for the gift of our lives and the gift of others in our lives.

Each of us is created with dignity and worth.

We are called to love each other and to do nothing to others that we would find hateful to ourselves.

We honor the many ways that people live and love.

We repent for the times when our faith traditions have named lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people unworthy.

Love does not exclude. We are all worthy. 

We suffer when LGBT persons are oppressed, excluded and shamed by religious people who overlook the fundamental call to justice in our scriptures.

True justice flourishes when we can live with authenticity and integrity.

May we work to build a community where LGBT people are celebrated as full and equal members, recognizing their many gifts.

We celebrate sexual and gender diversity as a blessing that enriches us all.

© Religious Institute, 2014

Psalm: “I Am with You” by Kathy Sherman on Always with You           (3.18 minutes)

Slide Show containing gay, lesbian and trans individuals.

I am with you on the journey, and I will never leave you.

I am with you on the journey, always with you.                                                   Repeat two times / interlude / repeats twice

Second Reading                                                                                    Janet

Living with Pride

By Lori Gorgas Hlaban

We light our chalice flame

For those who lived their lives in closets of shame;

For those who furtively visited the bars, where nobody knew your name;

For the Stonewall riot—and the fierce transwomen who fought;

For the plague, which still takes far too many, too young, too soon.

So many gone. So many never lived to see

Out gay kids singing on TV

Out gay people serving in the military

Marriage equality

Families formed by intention

We light our chalice flame for all these,

and for all our siblings of the rainbow,

surviving,

living life out,

in the open,

with Pride.

Inspired Words

A reading from the Gospel in the tradition of Luke                      Louise

As the time approached when he was to be taken from this world, Jesus firmly resolved to proceed toward Jerusalem,

and sent messengers on ahead.

They entered a Samaritan town

to make preparations for him, but the Samaritans would not welcome Jesus because his destination was Jerusalem.

When the disciples James and John saw this they said,

“Rabbi, do you want us to call down fire from heaven

And destroy them?”

But Jesus turned and reprimanded them.  Then they set off for another town.

Inspired Words.

Homily                                                                                                    Mike

Prayer of the People                                                    Kathy, Colleen, Bill S 

Leader 1: Holy One, you have given us a world rich beyond measure in variety and diversity of people. Today we proclaim and celebrate your love for all people, especially those who are LGBTQIA.

Leader 2: We pray for all people who are marginalized for their sexual orientation, their skin color, their gender, their economic or educational poverty, their physical or mental disabilities, or their age.

Leader 3: Response: We proclaim and celebrate the Divine’s love for all people.

Leader 1: We remember those young people who struggle to understand and accept their sexual orientation within families, schools, and communities where diversity is not honored.

Leader 2:  We give thanks for all children who are members of gay and lesbian families.  May these children never lose sight of the goodness within themselves and their families, even when others fail to honor them.

Leader 3 Response: We proclaim and celebrate the Divine’s love for all people.

Leader 1:  We pray for parents, family members, and friends who are unable or unwilling to accept or understand the sexual orientation of their loved ones.

Leader 2:  We give thanks for PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lebsians and Gays, for Lambda Families, for New Ways Ministry, and for the education, advocacy, and support they provide for families and friends.

Leader 3: Response: We proclaim and celebrate the Divine’s love for all people.

Leader 1:  We pray for changes in federal, state and municipal ordinances which allow persons to be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and denied access to public services solely on the basis of sexual orientation.

Leader 3: Response: We proclaim and celebrate the Divine’s love for all people.

from Redeemer’s A Simple Matter of Justice Annual Liturgy

Sharing of Peace                                                                               Mike

 

Blessing of Bread and Wine                                                           Mike

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

All:  Blessed be the Holy One forever.

Eucharistic Prayer                                                                  Mike & Sue B

Michael Morwood’s Eucharistic Prayer The Gift You Are: Think of Yourself As a Gift of the Universe.  From Prayers For Progressive Christians, pages 53-57

P: We gather here conscious of the gift

each one of us is.

We are gifts of the universe

unfolding for billions of years

to produce a wondering and wonderful life-form

with awareness, appreciation, and creativity.

Voice: We are gifts of the universe,

bringing us forth

to sing, to dance

and to be joyful

on its behalf,

on behalf of all of creation.

P: We are gifts of the Great Mystery,

permeating

penetrating

and embracing

everything that exists,

and coming to human expression in us.

We are gifts of human love,

of commitment

of risk

of hope

of trust

of promise

of dreams of what could be.

We are gifts

of all the joy that love can bring,

of dreams come true,

of Divine possibilities.

Voice: We are earthen vessels,

gifted

with the power and impulses

that drive the universe.

 

P: We are earthen vessels,

charged with the Great Mystery

at work everywhere

in the vastness of the universe.

 

Voice: We are gifts

to be opened and shared,

called to be co-creators

of an evolving humanity,

enablers of the “kindom of God”.

 

P: We come to this gathering to affirm our commitment

to expansion, to risk

to possibilities

to the gift we want to be, and can be

for anyone whose lives we touch.

 

Voice: As we gather once more around bread and wine

we recall Jesus sharing bread and wine

with his friends shortly before he died.

He invited them to eat and drink

as a sign of their readiness to keep his memory alive

to give their all for what he believed and taught.

 

P: We eat and drink today

signifying our willingness

to see what Jesus wanted us to see,

to hear what he wanted us to hear,

to understand what he wanted us to understand

to expand as he wanted us to expand.

We gather around bread and wine

and the story of Jesus

who lived the gift

of human existence wholeheartedly.

Voice: We eat and drink today

thankful for every person and for every influence

in our lives

that have helped and opened us

to live beyond our fearful inner voices

and have led us to embrace life wholeheartedly.

 

P: We eat and drink

as a public sign of our readiness

to BE the gifts we are,

open to the Spirit of Life and Love

moving in our hearts and minds.

 

Voice: To wherever the Spirit of Life and Love

may lead us

we give our, Amen.

 

Prayer of Jesus                                                                            ?????

Divine Birther of all that is – from the smallest particle to the vastness of the cosmos, you are present.  Holy are your infinite names chanted, sung or whispered.

 

Abba, Beloved, Divine Breath, Great Mystery, Sophia

 

May we walk in peace, speak with tenderness, touch with compassion, and love unconditionally.  With gratitude for the abundance we’ve been given, may we always share with any who hunger or are in need.  May we be filled with humility and regret for the times we did not reflect your love.  May we always offer forgiveness to those whose words or actions have caused us pain.  May we understand our individual purpose and seek to fulfill it without distraction.

We pray what we believe and believe what we pray.  Amen.

By Colleen Walsh White 2020

 

Breaking of the Bread                                                        Alice or Colleen

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.

 

Communion                                                                                                 Mike

 

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”

 

Song                     The Pride Festival Alleluia video for the Gospel Acclamation:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ghlPsOx_QvK-Dpj022E-sL1spc3a2j3E                                              

 

 Closing Prayer                                                 

We are aware of the vast responsibility which is ours for the common life.  In so many ways we have been silent when we should have spoken out.  We have withheld the hand when we should have extended it in grace and in companionship.  We have been blind to so much because we would not see.  There are doors of truth into which we have not entered because of our preoccupation with lesser things and minor goals.  In our private lives we have failed to meet the inner demands of our own conscience.  We have done violence to the truth that is within us.

 

On the other side, there have been so many moments of wholeness in which we have participated when we have felt purified, cleansed, and somehow redeemed.  We have been surrounded by so much of grace and goodness in which we have shared consciously and deliberately.  We have been cognizant of needs that extend beyond our household and friends.

 

May we be Infused with the Spirit to awaken us from the slumber that keeps us isolated from one another.  May we be Guided reaching out to one another as brothers and sisters of the one human family to which we all belong,  May we have a living awareness of our interconnection that we may realize in hurting one individual we are inflicting pain on ourselves and the entire human community as well.  We pray for peace in the world, for the dignity of every human soul, and for the unity of all Creation.

In  the Divine that encompasses all of us and accepts us where we are, we pray. Amen. (Boldface:  Howard Thurman, The Centering Moment, p. 24) adapted

 

Sending Forth                                                 

Let us go forth to act with pride.

May we be grateful, proud and connected.

May we not rest until all the stones of injustice have been rolled away.

May we believe out loud!

By Diann Neu, Stirring Waters, page 218.

 

Closing Song                                                                                     Mike

“Believe Out Loud” by David Lohman from Fling the Church Doors Open Wide

 

 

Here are links to our Triduum liturgies.

Recording of Easter Vigil
Recording of Good Friday Service
Recording of Holy Thursday Liturgy

 

Here is an example of a recent liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle C – March 27, 2022

 Theme: Reconciliation

We pray for those individuals in need                                         Mike

Gathering Song                                                                     Mike

Let the Healing Begin Jan Novotka

Wisdom Bowl                                                                           Margie

Opening Prayer                                                                       Mike

We pray that the Spirit that calls us to Jesus may continue to open our hearts.  We acknowledge here in prayer, our constant connectedness with the Divine, with all human beings, and with all that exists.  We acknowledge the pain and hurt that comes when we act as if we were disconnected from the Divine or one another.  We acknowledge our responsibility for this disconnectedness and profess our readiness to heal, to mend, and to work for reconciliation.  We pray this and all prayer in the name of Jesus.

First Reading                                                                                     Mike

God Rejoices When the Lost Is Found (Luke 15:1-32)

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: (Luke 15:1-3)

A man had two sons, and the younger one said:
“Pop, give me all the money that I’ll get when you’re dead.”
So the father gave half of all that he had to the child,
and the son took the money and ran off to start living wild.

Well, he squandered his money on wine and women and song.
Yes, he squandered his money on wine and women and song,
and he damaged his health by partying all night long.

And when the money was gone, he found his friends were gone, too.
When the money was gone, he found his friends were gone, too;
no more partying songs. The son was singing the blues.

There were no more buddies to play with,
there were no more fish in the sea,
there were no more guys to hang with –
nothing is free.

And the times got so hard, he soon had nothing to eat.
Oh yes, the times got so hard, he soon had nothing to eat;
he was feeding the pigs and living out on the street.

Bereft, broke, beat down, and busted,
so corrupt and callous and crude,
He fed those pigs and lusted after their food, ’til the son said,

“Back at home, I had it good: lots of comfort, lots of food,
lots of love – I wish I could go home again.”

And when the son had thought it through,
he turned to bid the pigs, “Adieu,”
and started home. He finally knew where he belonged.

From far away the father saw the boy,
ran to meet him in his joy, wrapped his arms around him there.

“I’ve sinned against you, Father,” said the son.
“Treat me like the lowest one in your household –
I will serve you there.”

“Fetch my son a robe and ring and shoes;
set a feast and spread the news that my long-lost son is home again.”

O sing rejoicing, for the lost is found;
raise a mighty shout and a joyful sound.
Spread the feast of welcome – let us all sit down,
for this son of mine once lost is found.”

God rejoices when the lost is found,
when the sinners’ footsteps are homeward bound,
when the chains are broken and the walls come down.
God rejoices when the lost is…

“I can’t believe you’d throw a party for this punk,
who spent your hard-earned money on his women, wine, and junk,
and now that he has blown it all he comes to you with all this bunk
and says, ‘Oh, I am sorry. Please forgive me.’

Through all these years, I slaved for you, did everything you asked me to –
you never gave me so much as a goat.

And now my brother gets the fatted calf
as a prize for losing half of all of your possessions.”

“My son, you are always with me, and all I have is yours.
Can’t you understand my joy
when my lost and desperate boy comes home again?
So come in and break the bread, for your brother who was dead is alive,
your brother who was lost has been found.”

So God rejoices when the lost is found,
when the poor and broken are gathered ’round.
Oh, the blest amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
God rejoices when the lost is found.

Song Response Prelude John Michael Talbot The Lord’s Supper/Be Exalted 1979                                                                                        

Second Reading                                                            Peter                                                  

A Journey Toward Healing

Deep inside San Quentin Patty O’Reilly stands before eight men doing hard time, her shoulders slumped, a man’s gold wedding band hanging from a chain around her neck.

Three of the inmates are sobbing. The others sit motionless on metal chairs, eyes locked on the small, sad woman in front of them.

O’Reilly’s words seep out. A ballet teacher from Sonoma, she has come to San Quentin to share a story — about the killing of a husband and the trauma caused by that loss.

She tells of two daughters left fatherless, of a widow, not yet 40, paralyzed by grief. Weeping now, O’Reilly describes happy futures shredded in an instant by one man’s single, terrible act.

But she also talks of the unlikely journey that has led her through the gates of San Quentin, to face this group of veteran cons. They can’t believe she’s come. But to hear her tell it, O’Reilly really had no choice.

O’Reilly’s unwitting acquaintance with the concept began on a rural Sonoma County road one misty April evening in 2004. With one of the family cars sidelined for repairs, her husband, Danny, had offered to bicycle the 30 miles to work that day.

Curly haired and 5 feet 8, the 43-year-old was a doting father with a knack for storytelling and a passion for playing Twister with his daughters, Erin and Siobhan. He remembered everyone’s name, loved Halloween, played the cello and was famous for his homemade soups.

Setting out for home that April day, Danny O’Reilly was well-equipped for the ride — with flashing safety lights, a bright yellow jacket, a helmet and a headlamp. It wasn’t enough. Rounding a bend on a two-lane road at dusk, he was struck from behind by a pickup truck, his body sent flying 25 feet, over a guardrail and into a patch of weeds. He died instantly.

Late that night, Patty O’Reilly and the girls arrived home to a dark house, Danny was not there. Before long, the sheriff’s deputy had arrived, a priest was on the way and a man who had been driving home from a bar with a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit was under arrest.

In the beginning O’Reilly would simply sit on the floor and cry. For a time, she felt crippled, her walk an awkward shuffle. Sleep was futile, disturbed by visions of Danny’s body and the wheels of a truck.

The garden — so meticulously tended by her husband — became overrun with weeds. After friends and family stopped supplying casseroles, O’Reilly hauled the girls to local delicatessens, too shattered to cook. Her 13th wedding anniversary came and went, another agonizing reminder of the loss.

Meanwhile, William Michael Albertson, 47, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. With a former felony conviction on his record, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Case closed.

For a time, O’Reilly hated the man who killed her husband. She wanted the cell door slammed and never reopened. She wanted him to spend every waking moment agonizing over what he had done.

“I hated him,” O’Reilly recalled. “I really thought he was the scum of the earth. Worse than scum.”

Then she saw Albertson at the sentencing hearing. Clearly distraught, he wept throughout. At the end, he stood, apologized and said he hoped that someday he might be forgiven.

O’Reilly read the report on Albertson’s background, prepared for the court. His childhood, she learned, was full of unspeakable abuse. It was easy to see why he might become an alcoholic, she said, to escape a past filled with so much pain.

Finally, she thought about the anger riding around inside of her, day in and day out. She worried that it might corrode her relationship with her young daughters, struggling themselves to find their footing, to make a new life without a father.

She also remembered her faith. “I had to let go of all that negativity,” she said. “I happen to be a Catholic, but whether you’re Christian or Jewish or Muslim, it comes down to the same thing, love and forgiveness.”

“It’s not excusing — he did this thing and he needs to suffer the consequences, because we sure as heck are suffering the consequences. But at some point I just had to acknowledge that he is not a monster.” And so, in her heart, Patty O’Reilly forgave William Albertson.

*Adapted from: https://www.sdrjmp.org/stories/journey-toward-healing/

Written by Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer

Homily                                                                                       Mike                                         

Prayer of the People                                                              Coleen

Each prayer will be followed by a brief silence.

In the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation, we lift up our prayers.

Our response will be a silent prayer.

For our church and the divisions within; for unity among all religions, we pray:

  • For peace and reconciliation among nations, among leaders and among individuals; for a fervent desire to work toward unity and understanding with other cultures and celebrate our diversity, we pray:
  • For healing of broken relationships within families; unreconciled losses due to death or alienation; children of divorce and abuse; the sins inherited from our ancestors, we pray:
  • For reconciliation with creation, for the abuses we inflict on our planet to meet our earthly desires; for the waste we mindlessly create and discard; for forgiveness for our gluttony, we pray:
  • For the pride that keeps us from confessing our sins; for fear that binds us; for reconciliation between those we have hurt and those who have hurt us, we pray:
  • In thanksgiving for those who work to protect and mend bodies, minds, spirits and relationships; for peacekeepers in foreign lands, we pray:
  • For all who suffer mental and physical illnesses and disabilities; for forgiveness and peace for all who will soon draw their last breath; and for all who have died, we pray:
  • For our sisters and brothers in Sophia, in our sister parishes in Rochester and Fort Meyers, for all those involved with Pathways to Prosperity and for our sisters and brothers in Voice of the Faithful and RAMP, may they know of our love and care for them. May they continue to do good as they follow the Way of Jesus… we respond,

For what else shall we pray?  Allow 4 petitions.

We pray that we may always be attentive to the Divine’s call.  May we always celebrate the joy of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Jesus welcomed sinners and ate with them from the same table.  May our gathering here these many tables bring us reconciliation and peace with one another and all we meet.  We ask this and all prayers in the name of Jesus.

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                                                                 Mike & Joanne

(Please pray Voice part in your home)

P:  We acknowledge that the Divine is beyond all imagining, we give thanks for the gift of reflective awareness that allows us to recognize this presence in our universe.

Voice:  Everything we have, everything we see, everything we do, everyone we love and everyone who loves us reveals this sustaining presence.  We are grateful that this presence brings energy to life and all that exists.

P:  We recognize that the Divine expresses itself in human life and that – through us – it can sing and dance, speak and write, love and create.  In this, we never cease to hope, and for this, we are always filled with praise and thanksgiving.

Voice:  This season of Lent invites us to be more and more open to the Divine’s call as we reflect on the life and mission of Jesus.

P: We acknowledge that the Divine is the Source of our health and wholeness, healer of body, mind and spirit; in this Eucharist, we bring the darkness of our world, and the pain and suffering of all people.

Voice: We seek to be healed and made whole; we seek to be reconciled and united; we seek peace in our hearts and in our world.

P:  May our hearts be awakened to the empowering grace of the abundant Spirit, the same Spirit of Jesus.

Voice: We recognize all is holy. As we celebrate our commitment to Jesus, we acknowledge these holy gifts of bread and wine, which provide energy for life, to nourish and sustain us in our time of need.

P: As we gather once more around bread and wine, we recall Jesus sharing bread and wine with his friends shortly before he died.  He invited them to eat and drink as a sign of their readiness to keep his memory alive to give their all for what he believed and taught.

Voice:  We recall the blessing and love from ages past, and we celebrate anew the gift of life, which we share among us at this Eucharistic feast.

P:  May the Spirit of life and wholeness, who transforms the gifts we present, transform us, too, that we may be refreshed in our inner being and be empowered to bring mercy, love and healing to those whose lives we touch.

Voice: The bread we break and the cup we share are symbols of our world of abundance where all are invited to partake of the fullness of life.

P: But that life is often impeded by greed and selfishness, and by the exploitation of people.

Voice:  In union with all peoples, living and dead, may we strive to create a world where suffering and pain are diminished, where justice and peace are restored, and where all people can live in health and wholeness, united in acclaiming the Spirit of life, whose abundance is offered to each and to all, ‘til the Kindom arrives in the fullness of time.

P:  We pray, inviting the Spirit of Life, Love and Goodness to move free in our words and actions. To this, we give our Amen!

Prayer of Jesus (Please pray along)                          Bill Stevens

Great divine spirit of love that is at the core of everything

and from which all life flows,

we acknowledge your healing and transforming power.

May the spirit of unconditional love and forgiveness flow through each of us and enable the realm of love to spread throughout the world.

Like the flowers in the fields, ensure that we have the basics we need to live

and give us the love and commitment to ensure that others have what they need too.

Give us the courage to acknowledge when we have done wrong,

to seek forgiveness from those we have hurt

and to forgive those who have hurt us,

so that we may be reconciled.

We acknowledge the power of self-giving love to transform individual hearts and the world.

We recommit ourselves to the unconditional love of others and the work of justice and peace.

Amen

A 21st Century Lord’s Prayer  by Roger Courtney

Presider will say a few words

Breaking of the Bread                                                            Alice or Colleen

In the breaking of the bread, we knew you, brother Jesus.  Make us One Now.

In the breaking of the bread, we know you, brother Jesus.  Make us One Now.

In the breaking of the bread, we know you, brother Jesus.  Make us One Now.

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                                                                             Mike

Lovingkindness by Earth Mama on Loving Kindness CD

Closing Prayer                                                                                   Mike

Prodigal

When we are farthest from ourselves, lost in a strange and foreign world,

Hungry and empty, homeless and poor, weary of wandering, weak and worn,

The Divine, as it were, runs the pathway to our hearts, opening arms that bring new starts.

“Celebrate now, my child is found!” the Divine cries with joy.

When we are tempted to deny this grace to others we despise;

When we cry out: “Unworthy! Unfair!  That such a sinner has a share!”

The Divine seeks us in our righteous pride, pleading with us to come inside:

“Celebrate now, my child is found!” The Divine cries with joy.

Hope is the Divine whose welcome brings music, new sandals, robes and rings.

Grace is the table set for the feast, offered to all, from great to least.

Love is forgiving when we stray, Love is affirming when we stay.

“Celebrate now, my child is found!” the Divine cries with joy.

~ Copyright © 1998 by Colleen Kristula.  The author gives permission for this hymn to be used in worship, as long as credit is given. (adapted)

Sending Forth Song                                                     Mike

Change our Hearts     Rory Cooney, Gary Daigle, Theresa Donohoo 2000                                                   

https://youtu.be/tBDG_2gSOlQ?t=14

Announcements

Here is an example of a recent liturgy for the Season of Creation.

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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