Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pope Francis May Fly into Knock to Begin Visit to Ireland, Happy Memories of my Mother, Bridie Meehan, blessing us with Holy Water from Knock, "Gentle Mother" sung by Nathan Carter

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/pope-francis-knock-mayo-ireland-12417747


Bridie Meehan, my dear Mother died in 1998.


My Response: I love to spend time with pilgrims at Knock Shrine in County Mayo, Ireland. It is a "thin place" where I feel  the spiritual presence of Mary and  the precious saints I dearly loved, like my Mom, Bridie, who took us to Knock on all visits to Ireland.  In 1956, we emigrated to the United States but we were fortunate to be able to return twice as a family when I was a teenager. In 1964 and 1966, we visited our relatives and toured around Ireland .We never left our homeland without holy water from Knock and  turf from the bog. At one time, I had several gallons of water from Knock in our family home. I still have a bottle of Knock water in my Florida home. 
One of my happy memories is of my mother blessing us on our major trips with holy water. When we got a new car, it was blessed too.  Mom kept the holy water fonts at our doors filled with holy water too! 
In 2014, I visited Knock with 12 friends on Celtic pilgrimage. We prayed together in a circle near the apparition site. Even though many do not attend church regularly anymore in Ireland  people of all ages including the young  still go to Croak Patrick and pilgrimage sites like Knock, and St Brigid wells in Liscannor, Kildare and Faughart. 
Bridget Mary Meehan #womenpriestsnow, www.arcwp.org


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"Gone Astray" by John Chuchman, My Response

 I agree with John that at the  heart of all ministry, (ordained and non-ordained) is spiritual transformation.  Our Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Constitution states:   "All of life is sacrament, a sign of God’s presence that reflects our holiness as co-creators in the community of life. Through conscious awareness and committed activism, we work for a more just, peaceful and egalitarian church and world where all beings thrive together.  As members of the Community of the Baptized, we are aware that the entire church celebrates sacraments. We preside at sacramental liturgies in inclusive, empowered, egalitarian communities where all are welcome to experience God’s extravagant love. " 
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org

Upper Room Inclusive Community Celebrates Liturgy Around Table in Albany. New York


"Gone Astray"
In the Early Church,
the primary role of leaders/ministers
was Community formation, nurturing, and growth.

Table liturgies
were held in homes, etc.
with the host/hostess
generally in charge of the meal/celebration.

There was no necessary link/mandate
between community leadership
and conducting the home liturgies.

Today,
the primary role
of Ordained Clergy
seems centered on
Officiating at the table liturgies,
removed from the homes of the faithful
into official buildings,
with little, if any,
time or energy or interest
in forming, nurturing, or growing
Community.

Instead of helping to transform people,
Church ministry is focused on transforming bread.

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Richard Rohr: "Reclaiming Women's Wisdom", Praying with Women of the Bible by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

 My Response: I agree with Richard Rohr that it is important to reclaim women-wisdom, courage and leadership in the Bible. This is the reason I wrote a book that offers scholarship, passages from scripture, and prayer experiences in Praying with Women of the Bible. https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Women-Bible-Bridget-Meehan/dp/097937670X




"There Is No Room for Discrimination in the Church": by Gregory Delgado del Rio



Gregorio Delgado del Río
Culturally speaking, the struggle for women's equality has no turning back. It is unstoppable, democratic and just.

Gregorio Delgado del Río ) .- In the Opening Speech of the last  Plenary Assembly of the EEC ,  Cardinal Blázquez  has finally recognized what was an open secret: "... we have suffered a  serious shortage of vocations  for the presbyteral ministry ". He added: "If several decades ago the abundance was extraordinary, currently the scarcity is also extraordinary."
The fact is undoubted. "The consequences - he continued emphasizing - of this long and hard famine are in sight: decrease of the number of priests and average of age increasingly high". The problem is there. It is also there - if it is not addressed in an integral way - "the temptation to cover the lack of vocations with improvised solutions and risky shortcuts".
1. Realities sometimes ignored
The fact of the current shortage of priests is undoubted. It can be done, even, extensive to other parts of the Church in the world. Moreover, such a vocational shortage will soon be a full reality in the whole Church. What to do? How to respond to the challenge it poses?
The integral response also involves addressing without fear all those closely related issues:  obligatory celibacy , rehabilitation in the ministry of  married priests  who request it, ending once and for all the unpresentable   existing clericalism , proceeding to the recognition and  evaluation of the woman  in the Church (to put an end to so much discrimination), including her admission to sacramental ordination, to seriously promote the ecumenical movement, valorization of sexuality.
Culturally speaking,  the struggle for women's equality has no turning back , it is unstoppable, it is democratic and just. Each day will be more intense and extensively carried out. The Church can turn a deaf ear to this reality (it has already done so against all odds) but, in sin, it will lead to penance. You will not be able to justify or obtain any receptivity before so much discrimination in your environment. It will lose credibility to jets. If he continues to persist in his idea, he will continue to provoke the abandonment (at least) of half of humanity. Moreover, he will commit the grave sin of ignoring current culture and civilization. Where, then, is the option in favor of the inculturation of the faith? (EG, 68-70).
As a sign of one of his most heartfelt concerns, John XXIII left us the  Pacem in terris  (11.04.1965). In it he already preached equality among all humans: "Today, on the contrary, the conviction that all men are, by natural dignity, equal to each other has spread and consolidated everywhere. Therefore, racial discrimination no longer finds any justification, at least in terms of reason and doctrine. This has an extraordinary importance to achieve a human coexistence informed by the principles that we have remembered "(n.44). Why did the Council not fully endorse this criterion? Why, in the Council, was it prohibited to speak of celibacy and the female priesthood?
It is not strange, therefore, that very significant voices were raised to draw attention to a reality that was then undeniable. It was enough with a minimum of sensitivity for the interpretation of the signs of the times. In full discussion of the scheme on the charisms in the Church, Cardinal Suenens, Primate of Belgium and one of the four moderators of the Council, sent this accusing cry to the council fathers:  "Where is half of humanity here?"The situation of women in the Church already seemed, ecclesially and culturally, unsustainable for longer. The priesthood of the woman was, however, a taboo subject. The same as the subject of celibacy. The Council ended and everything went on in the same terms. Was not a revaluation of women in the Church possible in the future? Was not the priesthood of the woman viable?
2. The impulse of the University of Tübingen
In view of the restorative orientation that drove the reform of canon law, the direction of the "Tübinger Theologische Quartalschrift" edits, under the direction of the exegete Herbert Haag and Walter Kasper (today cardinal), a special issue dedicated to women in the Church and in society. The center of this position is constituted by an article by the canonist Heumann and the famous sixteen theses by Hans Küng, which the "New York Times Magazine" (23.05.1976) entitled:  'Feminism, a new Reformation' .
Undoubtedly, the most controversial was the fifteenth thesis:
There are no serious theological reasons against the presbyterate of women . The exclusively male constitution of the college of the Twelve must be understood in light of the sociocultural situation of that time. The reasons that tradition adduces for the exclusion of women (sin entered the world through women, women were created in the second place, women have not been created in the image of God, women are not members of full right of the Church, the taboo of menstruation) can not refer to Jesus and are testimony to a  basic theological defamation of womenIn view of the leading roles of women in the primitive Church (Phoebe, Prisca) and in view of the totally transformed place that women occupy in economy, science, culture, the State and society, it should not take longer the admission of the woman to the presbyterate. Jesus and the first Church were ahead of their time in what pertained to the valuation of women; On the contrary, in this matter, the current Catholic Church is far behind its time, as well as with other Christian Churches ".
Although this impulse of the prestigious German magazine would be short-circuited, it was there and lies, to a great extent, the central point of all subsequent reflection to this day. Here lies the solution and the way out of the quagmire in which the Church herself would get immediately. And he would do it (how, no!), As in other cases, through a maximalist interpretation of the ordinary magisterium of the Pope (Henry Tincq). This is, authoritatively and giving the  inopportune slamming .
3. The veto to the female priesthood
As usual in other cases, the official Church reacted negatively through a Declaration (October 15, 1976), of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, commissioned by Paul VI: "... the Church, by fidelity to example of her Lord, she  does not consider herself authorized to admit women to priestly ordination ".
Nobody can wonder that the English Cardinal Basil Hume, in the framework of the Synod on the laity in 1987, participated in the Synodal Aula, the next dream, told us Henri Tincq, journalist of 'Le Monde'. The illustrious cardinal called the Nunciature in London and heard in response:  "The Nuncia is not. He has gone to read the homily at Mass . Faced with this, the cardinal reflects: "I learned that in my Church the two highest functions - the representation of the pope and the commentary on the Gospel - were carried out by a woman". A dream, twenty years after the Council, full of disappointment in the face of reality: Nothing had changed or seemed to change.
Later, John Paul II (22.05.1994), through the Charter  Sacerdotalis ordinatio , declared that "the Church does not have in any way the faculty of conferring the priestly ordination on women, and that this opinion  must be considered as definitive  by all. the faithful of the Church. " Asked Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, if the previous doctrine of John Paul II "is to be understood as pertaining to the deposit of faith," he answered (28.10.1995) affirmatively.
And it clarifies: "This doctrine demands a  definitive assent , since, based on the Word of God written and constantly conserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church from the beginning, it has been infallibly proposed by the ordinary and universal Magisterium (see  Lumen gentium , 25.2). Therefore, in the present circumstances, the Supreme Pontiff, in exercising his ministry of confirming his brothers in the faith (cf Lk 22,32), has proposed the same doctrine with a formal declaration, explicitly affirming what always, in all parties and all the faithful must be maintained, insofar as it pertains to the deposit of faith ". We have the end of the conflict!
4. The impulse of Pope Francis
Pope Francis has already shown a very different orientation . At the same time, it has been very prudent. He has created a Commission to study the role of deaconesses in the first centuries. He has promoted significant appointments. For example, the last one:  three women consultants from the CDF . He has whipped up the pernicious clericalism. But none of this means - at least for now - the admission of the woman to the priesthood.
I believe that the change will not happen without serious resistance, conflicts and problems. The risk of division will become clear. They will have to act  very broad doses of patience . The woman will not conform and will tend to see the diaconate as a step forward but insufficient. The socio-cultural argument will have more weight every day. And, in the end, it will be necessary to confront openly the infallible character attributed to the current doctrine.
Thus, in a rarefied ecclesial environment, the Cardinal of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, particularly close to Francisco, in recent Declarations, has clearly indicated that  "... there is room to maneuver, also a necessary potential to change" . And he makes a coherent proposal: "The one of ordination [of women] is an issue that can clearly only be clarified by a Council. A single Pope can not decide on her. It is too big a question to decide on from the desk of a Pope. " Proposal that, in March of this same year, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, derived to a  universal Synod .
I find it hard to believe that these last two impulses were given without prior knowledge of Pope Francis. A new confrontation between different positions (deposit of the faith) is in sight. However, it is necessary to take a step forward and in a positive way. There is no room for discrimination in the Church. Will the trap be broken?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Pope Francis Appoints 3 Women to CDF - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Could Be a Positive Step if they Challenge Teaching on Birth Control, Ban on Women's Ordination and Offer a Major Critique of Patriarchy!

https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/34763


These are the Italians Linda Ghisoni and Michelina Tenace, and the Belgian Laetitia Calmeyn Agencias
The Italian priest Sergio Paolo Bonanni and the Spanish Claretian, Jesús Arroba Conde, were appointed as consultants of the old Holy Office.



My response: This could be a positive step if these women open up the process of reflection on the development of doctrine to the insights of women's experiences around the globe including feminist and mujerista theology. In addition, they could begin their new positions by calling into question teachings  that violate the well-being and equality of women: the condemnation of artificial birth control and the ban on women's ordination. Also, the CDF (perhaps, the new women could recommend this idea) should invite all the theologians whom they have condemned previously without a fair hearing  to an open session in which they will be invited to share their ideas to foster a deeper understanding of faith in the midst of an evolving challenging world. I suggest they start with a major critique of patriarchy in the Roman Catholic Church's history up to the present day! Sound too optimistic? One can always hope and pray that women in the CDF will make a much needed difference!  We don't need women to function as "strawberries on the cake!" Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, #WomenPriestsNow https://www.arcwp.org






Pope Francis has appointed three women as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican announced on Saturday.
"The three women are: Dr Linda Ghisoni, undersecretary for 'the section for the lay faithful' in the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life; Professor Michelina Tenace, who teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; and Professor Laetitia Calmeyn, who teaches theology at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris.
Two priests were also appointed: Fr Sergio Paolo Bonanni, who teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Fr Manuel Jesús Arroba Conde, CMF president of the Institute of Both Jurisdictions (civil and canon law) at the Lateran University in Rome.
Until this papacy, consultants of all the nine Vatican congregations have always been men. Last January, Pope Francis broke with tradition, appointing two women to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: Professor Donna Orsuto and Dr Valeria Trapani.
The CDF was established in 1542 by Pope Paul III to deal with cases of schism and heresy. In 1998, St John Paul II revised its work 'to promote and defend the doctrine of the faith and its traditions in all of the Catholic world.'

Music Video: "Morning Prayer, I Will Surrender" by Karen Drucker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjamx4MtAYw&feature=youtu.be


Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community - Liturgy for Fourth Sunday of Easter and Earth Day


Lynn Kinlan, ARCWP, and Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP, led the liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Easter with the theme: Earth Day is Every Day and We are the Good Shepherds.




Welcome to our Earth Day Celebration (Mary Theresa). The theme for today’s liturgy is "Earth Day is Every Day" and "We are the Good Shepherds." The Earth Day Network this year targeted ending plastic pollution as their awareness theme for today and beyond today. I encourage you to visit their website to learn about actions you can take to end plastic pollution.  https://www.earthday.org 

I want to thank Linda Burtis for joining us today and Linda will be here after liturgy if you wish to speak with her about High Peaks Solar farm in Troy, NY. To learn more about High Peaks Solar visit: http://highpeakssolar.com 

Earth Day Prayer for Creation Centered Peace - written by Lynn Kinlan

Let’s close our eyes and breathe deeply for a journey into the forest.
Leaves crunch underfoot on the trail. We can hear the gurgling of the brook, rippling around stones before we see it in the clearing. Breathe deeply of the aroma of pine sap. Hear the quiet of the forest.

A flat boulder sits by the brook in the clearing. Hoist yourself up on it. Lay back and scan the sky, supporting your head in your hands, fingers entwined.  Stretch out and watch two red-tailed hawks circle and swoop across the canopy of evergreens. See them float and dance.

The glory of nature embraces us. We are One with Creation. Share the peace of this moment with the person on your left. Send this peace around the circle until it comes back to you.

Let the peace of Creation move through you and around you and back to the person on your right, returning it back around the circle.
We pray for peace to circle our precious Earth in a revolving, healing way. May we strive to care for all living beings and the gifts of creation that bring us peace and witness to the glory of Our Creator.  May peace reign among all of Creation. Amen

Opening Prayer –   by Joyce Rupp
Creator of all we join our minds and hearts with the people of our planet earth. We recognized the deep bond that we have with each created being. We rejoice in your sacred presence among us and within us. Divine Oneness, we celebrate the goodness, the beauty, the talents, and the spirituality of all these brothers and sisters of ours. We stand in solidarity with all of those who suffer in any way. Rekindle our love, revitalize our compassion and renew our awareness of the unity we share with all beings. Amen.

Opening Song: Christ Be Our Light

First Reading: Easter Hymn for Earth by Jan Phillips

Hallelujah! They have risen!
photo by Aaron Burden - used with permission
Snowdrop, crocus, bearded iris. 
Exult and throw your happy arms upward!
The trillium carpet the forest floor.
The tulips, triumphant in rainbow rows,
rise up singing "our cups overflow."

The creatures dress in their feast-day finest,
the loons and penguins in black tie and tux.
Hallelujah ushers forth from lips and beaks
as quacks, warbles, howls and hoots
fill the forests and fields with hymns of joy.

Let the Earth be glad and the sky shower praise
for the riot of color in her cloak of glory:
Purple Martin, Scarlet Tanager,
Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,
Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Indigo Bunting.

It is right to give thanks for the endangered,
relatives among us but not for long:
Bengal Tiger, Blue Whale, Leatherback Sea Turtle,
Asian Elephant, Javan Rhinoceros, Mountain Gorilla,
Snow Leopard, Red Wolf, California Condor.

It is fitting that we mourn our relations now extinct-
though the list is long, let us name a few:

Chinese River Dolphin, Japanese Sea Lion,
Caribbean Monk Seal, Cascade Mountain Wolf, Sardinian Lynx,
Bali Tiger, Mexican Grizzly, Eastern Cougar, Black Rhinoceros,
Koala Lemur, Barbary Lion, Laughing Owl.

For all that dies and rises, we bend our knee.
As creatures of the Cosmos, progeny of the Universe,
we give thanks and rejoice for the Flame within us.

With the bald eagles and hairy frogfish,
with the furry kittens and spiny hedgehogs,
with the runny-nosed bison and red-nosed reindeer
we stand in awe as Earth spins, tides change,
hearts beat, eyes see, hands comfort.

We who believe in Life give Life.
This feast marks the life of a prophet
who said more than once,
"What you see me do, you can do, and more."

What rises today and every dawn
are these words that remind us:

There is nothing in the world we cannot do.
Let us take this suffering world into our arms
and heal what we can.
Hallelujah! 
Jan Phillips 2018




Gospel: JN 10:11-18
Jesus said:
"I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd would die for the sheep.
The hired hand, who is neither shepherd
nor owner of the sheep,
sees a wolf coming and runs away,
leaving the sheep to be scattered
or snatched by the wolf.
This is because the hired hand works only for pay
and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
in the same way the Holy One knows me
and I know the Holy One;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
I must lead them too,
and they will hear my voice,
and then there will be one flock,
one shepherd.
This is why the Holy One loves me,
because I lay down my life
only to take it up again.
No one takes my life from me,
but I lay it down freely.
I have power to lay it down,
and I have the power to take it up again.
This command I have received from the Holy One."

Sunflower by Rich Broderick
Lynn’s Homily Starter for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

The intersection of the fourth Sunday of Easter and Earth Day gives us a chance to see how the welfare of Creation and the life and death story of Jesus have a lot in common. Together, they help us to see how to live out Earth Day in every day.

The diversity of Creation comes across in the Jan Phillips Hymn along with the glory and beauty and fragility of our world. The reading calls to us to exult, to feel awe.  We rejoice for the Flame within us – which is the Flame of the Spirit that binds us to one another and to all things living, all the gifts of Creation including air and water, sun and soil.

But even as we celebrate in glory, we also mourn extinct species, acknowledge that the world is suffering and that we must “heal what we can” as Jesus did and still does today with and through us. And this brings us to the gospel vision of Jesus the Good Shepherd, tenderly taking care of us and loving us in our hurting, broken world.

He loved us to the point of standing up for us to Empire, speaking radical truth inside synagogue and meeting an early, violent end to earthly life. But of course, the story doesn’t end there – today’s gospel promises that there is one flock, one shepherd. Life and love go on… Jesus takes up his life again with us, in us and through us.

Jesus the Good Shepherd so loves the world that he tempts us to hopefulness and to good action, He continues to impinge on our consciousness, insist on our Oneness. In all his humanity and divinity, the Good Shepherd brings us a sense that great things are indeed possible through humble and persistent love; we are heirs to possibility stronger than empire, to a shepherding hope existing beyond the confines of human life and death.

Just as the Good Shepherd has a stake in the welfare of all sheep, we have a stake in the welfare of all the plants, animals, the climate and our sisters and brothers. We are the Good Shepherds of Earth Day. The endangered Bengal tiger needs us and the people of Flint Michigan and Hoosick Falls with still tainted water systems need us and Sheridan Hollow endangered by a proposed incinerator plant needs us – and because we know the love of our Creator, we also know how we need them, that we are all in this together with a Flame of Spirit that makes us One.    

So every day is the chance to “take this suffering world and heal what we can” in ways small medium and grand from using canvas bags at the supermarket to supporting local farm share agriculture and choosing solar panels or working with groups like the Sierra Club.

Let’s resist the temptation to be resigned because the hurts of this world are too many or too far away. Let’s not justify our indifference because corporate fossil fuel companies and agribusiness are too powerful.  Maybe we could we compare their domination to that of the Roman Empire in the time of Jesus.  Let’s take on the faith of the Good Shepherd, Jesus who says to us, “What you see me do, you can do and more.”      

Eucharistic Prayer of Belonging

Presider 1: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we lay our stoles upon the table as a sign that just as Jesus is anointed, so is each of us. And we bring to this table our blessings, cares and concerns.  Please feel free to voice your concerns beginning with the words “I bring to the table….”
Presider 1:  We pray for these and all unspoken concerns. Amen.

Presider 2:  We are a priestly people. We are anointed. Let us pray our Eucharistic prayer as one voice: (Eucharistic Prayer written by Kathie Ryan, ARCWP)

All: O Nurturing, Mothering one, You are always with us. We are grateful for Your constant loving and unconditional presence. At times we forget that You are holding us, attending to us. We fall and You pick us up. You send strangers, friends and family to our aid. We are never without Your Light and Spirit.

We experience great joy and we experience great pain and suffering. You are with us in the joy and the pain and suffering. When we experience Your presence we long to sing our hymn of praise:

Alleluia Sing! By David Haas


All: Creator and Lover of all beings, we cannot grow in the darkness of this world without Your Light. Our desire to be in Your light is a gift from You. Help us keep our hearts and minds open to You through our love and care for each other and all creation.

Presider 2: Please extend your hands in blessing

All: This bread and wine is a sign of Your nourishment and a sign of Your great love. Your Spirit is upon us and we belong to You and one another.

We thank you for Jesus, simple servant, lifting up the lowly, revealing you as God-With-Us, revealing us as one with you, and all creation.

On the night before he died, Jesus gathered for the Seder supper with the people closest to him. Like the least of household servants, he washed their feet. Once again he showed us how to love one another.

Presiders stand at table, Presider 1 lifts bread.

All: Back at the table, he took the Passover Bread, spoke the grace, broke the bread and offered it to them saying, Take and eat, this is my very self.

Presider 2 lifts the wine as community prays the following:

Then he took the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered it to them saying:
Take and drink of the covenant
Made new again through my life in you.
Whenever you remember me like this,
I am among you.

Bread and wine is transformed by Your Spirit and we are transformed when we open ourselves to Your Spirit. Every time we share this bread and wine we choose to be transformed. We choose to love as You love us.

As we celebrate and recognize You in this bread and wine we love and recognize you in each other. We are filled with gratitude and joy. Glory and Praise to you both now and forever. Amen

Presiders hold bread and wine:

All:
Through him, we have learned how to live.
Through him, we have learned how to love.
Through him, we have learned how to serve.

AMEN.

Presider 1: Let us pray together the prayer of Jesus:

O Holy One, who is within, we celebrate your many names. Your wisdom come. Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us. Each day you give us all that we need. You remind us of our limits, and we let go. You support us in our power, and we act with courage. For you are the dwelling place within us, the empowerment around us, and the celebration among us, now and forever. Amen.
The Prayer of Jesus as interpreted by Miriam Therese Winter

Presider 2: Please join in the prayer for the breaking of the bread:
Presiders break the bread

All: Loving Source of our being, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We live justly, we love tenderly, we walk with integrity in Your Presence.

Presider 1:  Let us pray our communion prayer together: 

All:  What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives: as we share communion, we will become communion, both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.

Presider 2:  Our Eucharistic celebration is all-inclusive. We belong to the Loving One and to each other. Everyone is invited to receive at this friendship table.
Please pass the bread and the cup with the words: You are the Good Shepherd.

Communion Song: I and the Mother are One by Jan Phillips
https://youtu.be/YgjBYzLr3gM
 
BLESSING

Presider 2:   Let us pray our blessing together:
May we continue to be the Face of God to each other. May the certainty of our connectedness to one another and all creation ignite us to love more fully.  May we, like Jesus be a shining light and a blessing for all. 
All: Amen.
Closing Song: Canticle of the Sun by Marty Haugen