Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Homily at Holy Spirit Catholic Community , 8th Sunday of OT, Feb. 26th, Beverly Bingle RCWP

Today’s readings
are the perfect antidote to the troubles of our time.
They tell us we don’t have to worry...
but we do need to get our priorities in order.
First, Isaiah reminds us that, in times of trouble,
God is the one who will not forget us.
Then the psalmist calls us to remember
that our hope and our strength comes from God.
And Paul tells the Corinthians
not to pay attention to any person or any human court,
but to Christ, who is the ultimate judge,
Finally, Jesus tells us that we can’t divide our loyalties.
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Just like with last week’s gospel, scholars conclude that Jesus
probably said something like the first part of today’s gospel,
the part that is printed as the first paragraph in the bulletin.
They think the last part, the part printed as a second paragraph,
was added to address specific concerns
of the Christian community.
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So Jesus really said
that we can’t split our loyalty to God
with someone else or something else.
We can’t serve both God and money.
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As we get ready to step into Lent this Wednesday,
we can prepare ourselves by asking what really matters to us.
Do we have our priorities in order?
One of the ways to figure that out
is to look at how we spend our days,
which turns out to be, as author Annie Dillard said,
how we spend our lives.
It’s not a question of what we do for a living,
or where we live,
or even where we volunteer in our spare time.
It’s HOW we spend our lives wherever we are,
in the middle of whatever task we’re doing.
_______________________________
I was walking into the Y last week
when a teenager ahead of me slowed down
and held the door open for me.
When I stop at the Lagrange branch library,
I see one of the librarians smiling and listening
and patiently explaining things to patron after patron.
Grandparents travel, sometimes very long distances,
to spend time with their children and grandchildren.
I notice a friend who always gives generous tips,
sometimes twice the cost of the meal.
I heard that Elsie sat at the hospital all day
with a member of her church
waiting for doctors to tell her test results.
_______________________________
These folks have their priorities in order.
God is Number ONE for them,
so wherever they are and whatever they’re doing,
it’s the way they are—their very being—
that shows their choice between God and not-God.
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The opposite of that is also true.
We can see when priorities get out of order,
or, as Jesus puts it,
when someone tries to give himself to both God and money.
The Golden Rule gets broken.
It becomes “Do to others before they do it to you.”
We can see examples of that these days,
especially in the major shifts to public policy.
Immigration enforcement that breaks up families.
Refugee policy that targets Muslims.
Health care policy that makes the poor pay more than the wealthy,
and, if they can’t afford to pay,
takes away their insurance.
Tax breaks for the wealthiest people
but not for the working poor.
Public policy that’s prompted by half-truths and outright lies.
We hear diatribes against people
because of what country they come from
or what religion they believe in.
These days we hear too many elected officeholders judge people—
as Martin Luther King put it—
by the color of their skin
rather than the content of their character.
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The principles of Catholic Social Teaching—
those basic rights and dignity of all human persons
that are honored not only by Catholics
but also by other Christians and by Jews
and by Muslims and by every other religion—
those principles are being violated every day
in the public arena.
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The first thing we are called to do in the face of injustice
is to keep our priorities in order.
God is God: our Number One.
All of us earthlings, as children of God,
are required to stand in holy relationship to one another.
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So we will take peace with us as we go about our daily business,
whatever that may be.
We will choose to act with justice
toward all our sisters and brothers.
We will think about how we want people to treat us,
and we will go out of our way to treat everybody like that. -
With our priorities in order, we can leave worry behind.
Amen!

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Rev. Dr. Bev Bingle, Pastor
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Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria performs first consecration of deaconesses

Bridget Mary's Response: There were thousands of women deacons in the east. now the Patriarch of the Ancient Church of Alexandria is ordaining women deacons. Will Pope Francis follow in his footsteps? We share the same faith, sacraments and ancient traditions, including ordaining women deacons. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org




On the feast of the Saint and Great Martyr Theodore of Tyre, 17 February 2016, the day on which His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa celebrates his name day, a festive Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Holy Church of St Nicholas, within the Missionary Centre of Kolwezi.


Together with the Alexandrian Primate concelebrated Their Eminences Nicephorus, Metropolitan of Kinshasa, Innocent, Metropolitan of Burundi and Rwanda, and the local Metropolitan Meletios of Katanga, accompanied by the Clergy of the Hy Metropolis.





As the official site of the Patriarchate reports, His Beatitude the Patriarch spoke during his homily about the Great Martyr St Theodoros, emphasising the confession of martyrdom before the persecutors of faith and his love for Jesus Christ.


At the end of the Divine Liturgy the Primate of the Alexandrian Throne consecrated the Catechist elder Theano, one of the first members of the Missionary staff in Kolwezi, to “Deaconess of the Missions” of the Holy Metropolis of Katanga and read the prayer for one entering the “ecclesiastic ministry” for three Nuns and two Catechists, in order for them to assist the missionary effort of the Holy Metropolis, particularly in the Sacraments of Baptisms of adults and marriages, as well as in the Catechetical department of the local Church.


Note that it is the first time in the history of Missions in Africa that these consecrations have been done.






The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria restored the deaconess ministry during its working session held in November 2016.


Several holy women who fulfiled the deaconess ministry are enlisted in the Orthodox Calendar, among whom the most well known are St Tatiana (January 12), St Olympias (July 25), and St Foebe (September 3).



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SILVIA BRANDON PÉREZ to be ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in Berkeley, CA

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
La Asociación de Presbíteras Católicas Romanas
joyfully invites you
les invita con júbilo
to the / a la

PRIESTLY ORDINATION
ORDENACIÓN PRESBITERAL

of/de

SILVIA ANTONIA GUILLERMINA BRANDON PÉREZ

Ordaining BishopLa obispa que ordena
Olga Lucía Álvarez Benjumea


April 8, 2017 – el 8 de abril de 2017
11:00 AM / a las 11 a.m.
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
en la Iglesia Presbiteriana de San Juan
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, California 94705

All clergy are invited to wear stoles with the color of their choice.

Roman Catholic Woman Deacon to be Ordained in Sarasota Florida


The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Invites you to the

Diaconate Ordination
of 

Elena Garcia
and

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community
Invites you to the

Baptism of Elena’s Grandson

Brohdi Lucas Courtney

Presiding Bishop: Bridget Mary Meehan

March 25, 2017 
4:00 PM

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community
St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ
6908 South Beneva Road
         Sarasota, FL 34328

One of Pope Francis' Cardinals Visits Fresno, Speaks on Social Justice and Enviornment

http://www.fresnobee.com/living/religion/article133918574.html

Ash Wednesday Prayer Service of Repentance Outside the White House


When: Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from Noon-1:00 p.m. Where: White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.) "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel." (Mk.1:15) "A Church that doesn’t provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of […]

News Article from Ireland from Tony Flannery: "Cardinal O'Connell is Dead"

http://www.tonyflannery.com/cardinal-connell-is-dead/

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Upper Room Liturgical Celebration - February 19, 2017

Lindy Sanford, ARCWP and Deb Trees led the community’s liturgical celebration today.




Opening Prayer

Presider 2: Holy One, You are with us in our space today, as we move through our lives seeking your nourishment to love with all our hearts. You fortify us to walk in courage as we take up the challenges before us. We live in gratitude and listen with open minds and hearts to your sacred inspired words shared here now.  AMEN.

First Reading:
First, You Shall love the Lord your God with all your  heart, and with all your soul,  and with all your strength.'  "The second is this, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."  Mark 12 /verses 30 & 31
These are the inspired word of Mark


Alleluia

Second Reading:
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.
These are the inspired word of Teilhard de Chardin




Lindy’s Homily Starter…
Jesus was a man who stood out in his community because he was dedicated to sharing the joy he found in the only commandments he found important. No matter the cost he shared with anyone who would listen how loving the Divine with our whole being, and to treat others the way we want to be treated changes us and the world around us.
He reminds us over and over that all we need is already here.  Being aware that She always provides what we need gives us the strength we need to overcome anxiety in our lives, and fills that empty space within our hearts with peace and joy.  It opens us up, too.  That love the Holy One pours out on us soaks in.


         As we absorb that love and return it with our whole being we, too, radiate it out onto all Creation.  We see that Paul was right when he was inspired to write in Galatians “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
We begin to yearn for equality and justice for everyone. Striving for inclusivity and justice is one of the greatest acts of love.  Treating all our global neighbors as we would like to be treated is the great challenge in the 21st century...
 What do you hear in these readings?




Closing prayer
Presider 1:  As we go now, help us live our lives as Your Daughters and Sons, centered in knowing Your love for us, giving that love to others in every thought word and deed, honest, just, and kind.

Presider 2:  Hold us in the palms of Your hands as You show us where we can best go, how we can best serve, who we can best help, what we can best say, when we can best listen, to pour out Your Love. Amen








LEADING: Newsletter about Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

http://arcwp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Winter2017FINAL_PRINT.pdf







Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea ARCWP: "Colombian Post Conflict Women Have the Worst Part"



Let's not lie to ourselves.  Between December 16, January and February of this year (2017), and we are only on the 17th day of February, five female leaders have been vilely murdered!  Their deaths have been neither for reasons of "passion" because of jealousy, nor because of family violence, nor because of fights between neighbors or couples, nor because of accident.  Yes, the hands of the murderers have been male, no doubt of that, by the way they were found and assassinated.  Young and mature women, wives, mothers, grandmothers.  Their crime was to be defenders of life, protectors of life, protectors of "the common house."  Women who thought differently, ACTED differently, as to life, human rights and the environment.  They had no trial or sentence.  No one saw or heard anything.  Secrecy and impunity, the stone of corruption covers them, to ignore them and not study what happened.  How LONG will Colombia and her people keep silent?    How long are we going to continue believing that political groups, religious leaders, with their VICES, care about the people?  These are women who are the bearers of life, KEEPERS OF LIFE, OF THE HARMONY OF LIFE, why doesn't anyone care about this situation?  Why are the JAILS filled with women?  NOT ONE MORE WOMAN ASSASSINATED.  NOT ONE WOMAN LESS.  WE WANT THEM ALIVE AND WE NEED THEM to preserve life.  In only three months WE HAVE LOST 5 women leaders...  What are waiting for, a line by the end of the year?  Men and women, you have the word.  Does someone want to say something else, before this scandalous series of femicides?  Do it now, let's not remain silent.  Silence MAKES US complicit!

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy Katy Zatsick ARCWP and Elena Garcia Co-presiders Mindy Simmons music minister and Russ Banner Cantor

Feb 18 2017 
Welcome
Opening Song #302 Gather us In verses 1-3
Presider:  In the name of God Fountain of Compassion, of Jesus our Brother who lived Compassion and of the Holy Spirit Sofia our courage to love boldly.   ALL:  Amen.
All:  We gather at the table to share the compassionate presence of God our Beloved Mother and Father, aware that “we are called to act with justice, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with God.”  The Compassion of God loves through us as we comfort all those who are troubled and confront injustices in the most practical and immediate ways. Amen.
HEALING OUR SELFISHNESS
Presider:  O God, may we see your face in all who are demonized so that the bullying and hate will stop. All:  May we open our hearts like Mary, to God’s mothering love, affirming fullness of life for all. Jesus the Christ, may we see divine reality in victims, especially in all who suffer violence, and discrimination. May we, like Mary, champion the oppressed and protect the abused.
Voice:  O Wisdom Sophia, may we see your face in our brothers and sisters who are ill, unemployed, uneducated, are hungry and homeless, anxious and stressed or in any way suffering mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  ALL:  Jesus heal our selfishness and heal all those whom we meet.
All: (extending your hand in blessing) God of love may each of us awake to know that we are your beloved daughters and sons.  Heal us of our ignorance of our own identity and our ancestry in the human story. We ask all our sisters and brothers to forgive our failures to serve them in works of mercy and justice. May we be your ongoing caring Compassion in the world. Amen.
ALL:  Glory to God, glory; O praise God alleluia, glory to God, glory, O praise the name of our God, 3x (sung)
All:  Loving God, we give thanks for your infinite love and tender compassion always at work in our world.  We cry out today for justice for all who are impoverished and marginalized. May we work for their liberation and do all we can to advance their well-being.  Amen
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
All: Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103 Sing “Our God is kind and merciful. Our God is kind and merciful.”
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel:  A reading from the Gospel according Matthew 5:38-48
The good news of Jesus, the Christ! All: Glory and praise to you, Jesus our Compassionate Brother!
Shared HOMILY
Homily Starter Feb 18
Being the Compassion of God
by Katy Zatsick
Have you ever thought “I want to be like mom?” or “I want to be like dad?”
Today’s scriptures focus on spiritual identification with our God who is Mother and Father to each of us and to all of creation. The readings also focus on our behaviors as we live our roles of children of God.
  1. From the Hebrew scripture Leviticus: “Be holy, for I, Your God, am holy” …Love your neighbor as yourself! (they too are sons and daughters of your God) I am your God.”
  2. From 1 Cor “Are you not aware that you (each and every one of the 8 billion humans living today) are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Clearly our body and soul (identified as one by Jewish scholars without the Western dualistic split) is the place where God resides continually in human beings. “…for the temple of God is holy, and you are that temple” Beloved Daughters and Sons all.
  3. And from the Christian scripture of Matthew “…love your enemies and pray for your persecutors. This will prove that you are children of God…be perfect, as Abba God in heaven is perfect.” Even if other sons and daughters of God are behaving badly or hurting others, the command of Jesus our brother is to Love them as God loves them.
Do you accept and live “I am a beloved son/daughter of the living God of evolution?” and “I am called to live my life understanding my role in God’s evolutionary plan?”
Let us listen to what a scholar of Science and Religion says today. Ilia Delio writes “God is not an idea but the living wholeness of reality, seen not by the physical eye of the scientist but by the gaze of the mystic, the inner eye of love.” (p59)
“God is not above but beneath us—meaning that we do not find him(sic) as a suprasensible idea, but as another ourself which dwells in and authenticates our darkness…Transcendence no longer hangs over man; (sic) he becomes, strangely, its privileged bearer. To come to a new understanding of God in our age, a God who is the God of evolution, is to know ourselves as privileged bearers of transcendence” (p 62) (Thus The Unbearable Wholeness of Being-is Delio’s title for this work)
“The world is not God and God is not the world, yet God is the unlimited depth of love of all that is, a love that overflows into new life.” (p 67)
“Since love is the core energy of evolution and God is love, God is the core of evolution, the unstoppable urge of cosmic reality for more life. In this respect evolution has a religious core, a deep, inherent drive toward ultimate wholeness.” (p 71) and Delio writes “There is an ultimacy at the heart of being itself, an allurement of attraction that is more than any being can possess. This ultimacy of love is God.” (p 75)
Finally, Delio concludes in her chapter on “Christian Love” “Jesus was a “wholemaker,” bringing together those who were divided, separated, or left out of the whole. He initiated a new way of “catholicity,” a gathering together of persons in love…Jesus gathered together what was divided and confronted systems that diminished, marginalized, or excluded human persons. Jesus challenged others not by argument or attack but out of a deep center of love…Faith in Christ should move us to be loving and free, to create new wholes, and in doing so, to create a new future for the human person, for society, and for the whole earthly community.” (p131)
Is your faith ready to follow Jesus in creating the spiritual and physical world as he lived it?
In our time, Science and Theology have reached a new synthesis of who we are as humanity.
Do you accept that we bear God’s wholeness within us?
Do you accept that Jesus calls us to love deeply and by doing so we participate in the spiritual, cultural and emotional evolution of humanity?
Do you accept we shall continue to evolve until all of humanity understands and acts our spiritual reality as Sons and Daughters of Love, Abba God?
Do you accept our Oneness in human diversity across the world, time, cultures and religions?
Delio mentions that we need to change our perspectives and to understand God with the eyes of mystics. Let us now look at how a mystic experienced the presence of God’s Love and life within her. Julian of Norwich lived in the 15th century and experienced a series of 16 visions and one included this image (I have kept her language) Meditation:
“I saw the Soul so large as if it were an endless world and a joyful kingdom. And I understood that it is a beautiful City.
In the midst of that city sits our Lord Jesus, God and one of us, a beautiful person of large stature clothed as befit his role as Bishop and King.
And beautifully he sits, peacefully and restfully, in the Soul his most familiar home and endless dwelling.”
Julian continues in the same understanding:
“The soul that realized on earth that it is the home and kingdom of our Lord Jesus is made like him and oned to him in rest and peace by his grace. This is full pleasing to God and great profit to us.”

(Meditations with Julian of Norwich, A centering book by Brendan Doyle, 1983, p114-115)
Profession of Faith:
All:  We believe in God who is creator and nurturer of all. We believe in Jesus the Christ who is our love, our hope, and our light. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of Wisdom Sophia, who energizes and guides us to build caring communities and to challenge exploitation and injustices.  We believe that all of humanity and creation are one in the Heart of God and all humanity is Beloved of God. We believe that God loves us passionately and forgives and heals us of any word or action if we but ask God’s mercy.  We believe that God calls us to be the saving presence of the Holy One in the world for we are temples of our Loving God. We believe that we are called to love those in need of God’s Compassion in the most practical everyday ways.  We believe in the communion of saints our heavenly friends, who support us on life’s journey in our communities of family, neighborhood, country and faith. Here we are called to dwell in loving relationships with our brothers and sisters and all life of Mother Earth.  Here we live our prophetic call of Gospel compassion. Amen
GENERAL INTERCESSIONS
Presider:  Aware that God, like a fierce mother bear who protects her Beloved sons and daughters, is a defender of the oppressed and pursuer of justice, we now bring the needs of those suffering, in our church and world, before you. Response:  Compassionate Mother and Father hear our prayer.
Presider:  For those who are being deported and families torn apart, those who have been rejected and demonized, our brothers and sisters who are LGBTQ, those persons of color and of the Muslim faith, we pray for acceptance and fullness of life.   R: Compassionate Mother and Father hear our prayer.
Presider:  For the hungry, lonely, homeless and for all those without basic human needs especially in the lands at war. R; Compassionate Mother and Father hear our prayer.
Presider: We invite your intentions…
Presider O Holy One, we walk in our Christian faith knowing that for you nothing is impossible and we can care for others in need through the power of your Spirit Sofia working in us.   ALL: Amen
Song as we prepare the offertory “Get Together” by The Young Bloods (see final page)
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Creator of all.  This bread is your MMOJ faith community, your sons and daughters ministering with others to be your Compassion throughout our country, the world and for Mother Earth. Through your divine providence, we have this bread to offer, it will become for us the Bread of Life, acknowledging the presence of Jesus within us.   ALL:  Blessed be God forever.
Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Creator of the universe and all of humanity.  This wine is our desire to be justice makers for all our brothers and sisters who suffer in our country and throughout the world. Through your divine providence, we have this wine to offer. It will become our spiritual drink, our lives’ energy poured out in compassionate service for all.  ALL:  Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Divine Presence, we are united in this sacrament by the love of Jesus Christ in communion with all who live as the Compassionate presence of God in our world ALL:  Amen.
(Join us around the table)
Presider:  God dwells in each of and all of us.  ALL:  And also works through us.
Presider:  Let us lift up our hearts and love deeply    ALL:  We lift them up to God.
Presider: Let us give thanks to the Compassionate Creator of all.
ALL: It is our joy to give God thanks and praise.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
Voice:  Holy One, it is right that we give you thanks and praise at this table of boundless compassion. Your empowering presence is revealed in the friendship meals where Jesus dined with tax collectors, lepers, sinners, and women.  All are accepted, loved, healed and forgiven. In joyful thanksgiving for your extravagant affection for all of us, we join with the angels and saints in an unending hymn of praise:
ALL: (sing) We are holy, holy, holy…, you are holy…I am holy…we are holy (Music by Karen Drucker)
Presider: Jesus taught his disciples how to love with a compassionate heart. Healing Spirit, we trust that your love flows through us as we feed your beloved children who are the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoned, assist the dying and work to change a system of injustice.
(Hold hand in blessing)
ALL:  As we come together in memory, Jesus we pray that Your Spirit will come upon these gifts of bread and wine and upon us, that we may become the body and blood of Christ blessed, broken and shared.  (pause as bread is lifted)
ALL:  We remember how, on the night before he died, Jesus was at table with those he loved.  He took bread and blessed you, God of all creation. He broke the bread shared it with his friends and said, “Take this, all of you and eat. This is my body. Do this in memory of me. “
(pause as wine is lifted)
Presider:  Then Jesus took the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered us the wine:
ALL: “Take this all of you and drink. Do this in memory of me.”
MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION
ALL:  The Body of Christ is blessed, broken and shared every time we comfort our suffering brothers and sisters. The Body of Christ is blessed, broken and shared every time we counsel our sisters and brothers. The Body of Christ is blessed, broken and shared every time we advocate for justice for our brothers and sisters. Amen.
Voice:  Heart of Love, we celebrate our worship and gathering in memory of Jesus our brother, who reminds us that we are the face of God, through whom the Spirit redeems and heals injustice by Compassionate caring for our sisters and brothers whom we meet each day in our world.
Voice: Creator of the Universe, your love flows through all beings to heal our earth.  As we work for environmental healing, your sacred energy transforms the cosmic Body of Christ.
Voice:  Energizing Spirit, we are one with the cloud of witnesses who have lived your works of mercy during their lives.  As we serve human needs with generous hearts, we are channels of your tender compassion.
(Lift up the bread and wine)
ALL:  Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, all glory and honor is yours, loving God forever and ever.  Sung: Amen.
Presider: Jesus taught that we are One in God’s Love and Compassion so we pray with Jesus:
All: Our Father and Mother…. sung
Sign of Peace…Sung: Peace is flowing like a river, joy…. hope… Alleluia (by Carey Laundry)
LITANY OF THE BREAKING OF BREAD
Presider:  Loving God, we will serve the least and the last in our world including Mother Earth,   ALL:  Namaste  (translation: The Spirit in me greets the Spirit in you)
Presider: Loving God, we will care for our Beloved sisters and brothers who need our help. ALL:  Namaste
Presider: Loving God, we will advocate for non-violence and justice for all in our world. All: Namaste

Music by Mindy during communion.
COMMUNION
Presider: There is room at the table for everyone.  Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body of Christ.
Song after Communion: “Nobody Can Stop the River from Flowing” by Kathy Sherman (see final page)
AFTER COMMUNION
Prayers of Thanksgiving from the community, announcements
All:  Nourished at this open table where all are welcome, may we live the saving presence of God by doing works of mercy. Go, now and live the Gospel of Jesus!!
FINAL BLESSING (extend your hand in blessing)
All: Most Loving God you love justice and compassion. Help us to be open to your ways of mercy, compassion and truth that we may call forth in ourselves and in one another your ways of wisdom and love for all our Brothers and Sisters throughout our country and the world.   We love, bless and serve one another in the name of God our Creator, Jesus who is our brother of Compassion, and Holy Sofia our Wisdom living through all eternity. Amen.
Closing Song: “Peace throughout the Land” by Mindy and Ellen Bukstel (See final page)

Adapted from the liturgy by Bridget Mary Meehan, 2017
www.arcwp.org

Get together
Love is but a song to sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Chorus:
Come on people now
Smile on each other
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass

Repeat chorus

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at you command

Repeat chorus
PEACE THROUGHOUT THE LAND
CHORUS:
We are sisters We are brothers
We are fathers and we are mothers
And we all can work together
To make peace throughout the land

Vs1
When the heavens roll with thunder
And we all cry out for shelter
reach out to each other
Every woman child and man

Let us learn to love our neighbor
Let us free our hearts from anger
Then fear will pose no danger
As we’re walking hand in hand

We are people from different cultures
Putting trust in one another
Working side by side together
We can do it yes we can

Nobody Can Stop the River from Flowing

Nobody can stop the river from flowing
Nobody can stop the river from flowing
Nobody can stop the river from flowing
We are going forward and we’re flowing like a river

Nobody can stop compassion from flowing
Nobody can stop compassion from flowing
Nobody can stop compassion from flowing
We are going forward and we’re flowing like a river

Nobody can stop the hope that is flowing
Nobody can stop the hope that is flowing
Nobody can stop the hope that is flowing
We are going forward and we’re flowing like a river

Nobody can stop the peace that is flowing
Nobody can stop the peace that is flowing
Nobody can stop the peace that is flowing
We are going forward and we’re flowing like a river