Celebrate Our Mystical Oneness in the Cosmic Christ
Fifth Sunday Of Easter
May 2, 2015
Kathryn Shea and Jim Marsh,
Theme: Called to be co-workers in the vineyard
Gathering Song: A New Heaven and Earth-
Presider: In the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit our wisdom ALL: Amen.
Presider: God, Birther of the Cosmos, is with us.
ALL: And with all.
(Pause briefly and reflect on the need to grow more in love with others and with creation)
General Absolution by Community: (All raise hands extended in prayer and recite together.)
God, the Father and Mother of mercies, through his living, dying and rising, Jesus has revealed that nothing can separate us from the infinite love of God. May God give us pardon and peace, and may we forgive each other our failures to care for one another and for our earth in the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit our wisdom. Amen.
ALL: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Creator God, we give you thanks. We praise you for your glory. O Jesus Christ, Holy Child of our God, you reveal the love of God that permeates our universe. You, who are one in spirit with our God, receive our prayer. For you are the Cosmic Christ, one forever with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
ALL: Nurturing God, You embrace each person and every living thing with delight.
May we, who are stardust, be filled with awe as we experience our mystical oneness, with all creation in the Heart of Love. May we cherish every amazing day, conscious of your presence and abundance all around us. We ask this through Jesus, our brother and the Holy Spirit, our wisdom. ALL: Amen
Liturgy of the Word:
First Reading: Acts 9:26-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51, Create In Me, pg. 780
Second Reading: 1 John 3:18-24
Gospel acclamation: Celtic Alleluia
Gospel: John 15:1-8
Profession of Faith: ALL: We believe in God, the fountain of life, flowing through every being. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who reflects the face of God and the fullness of humanity. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God in the cosmos, who calls us to love and serve without counting the cost. We believe in our global communion with all in the circle of life. Amen to loving actions on behalf of justice, healing, compassion and equality for all in our world!
Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for all creation, we bring the needs of the people to our loving God.
Response after each petition: Loving God, hear our prayer
Presider: Healing God, we trust that you hear our prayers. May we celebrate our planetary oneness in our works for justice, equality, and peace. We make this prayer through Jesus, our brother, in union with the Holy Spirit.
Offertory Hymn and procession of gifts: We Are Called #628 vs. 1, 2. 3
Preparation of the Gifts:
Presiders (raise bread and wine): Ever gentle God, as co-creators of our planet, we offer you the gifts of bread, wine and our lives. May we celebrate our oneness with all creatures great and small in the family of God. We ask this through Christ Sophia, the wisdom of God. Amen
Presider: Pray that we become one with all in the Cosmic Christ. ALL: We are gathered as a community to celebrate the gift of life pulsating around us in the glories of Nature everywhere.
Eucharistic Prayer: Presider: Our Birthing God, who stirred the waters of creation, dwells on earth,
ALL: And in every living being. Presider: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them up to our Creator in whom all is created.
Presider: Let us give thanks for the Source of life. ALL: It is right to give the God of Glory present everywhere and in everything, thanks and praise.
ALL sing: We are holy (x3), You are holy (x3),
I am holy (x3)
ALL: Holy One, we bring you these gifts that they may become the Christ Presence. Fill us with reverence for creatures great and small.
(All Extend Hands) ALL: On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. Do this in memory of
In the same way, Jesus took the cup of wine. He said the blessing, gave the cup to his friends and said, “Take this all of you and drink. Do this in memory of me.”
The Mystery of Faith:
ALL: This bread is you, this bread is me. We are one body, a reflection of God’s treasures, in communion with all creation.
Voice 1: Christ of the Cosmos, we thank you that there are 18 galaxies for every person, that our bodies are made of stardust. Every place we turn, you are present, loving us. You call us, “beloved” and invite us to join the dance of creation in a mystical celebration of our oneness with all living things in your divine love.
Voice 2: Christ of the Cosmos, we rejoice that You, who are More than we can imagine or dream of, dwell in Mystery beyond all comprehension. We remember that it was you, who said: “Anything I have done in the name of the Creator, you can do, too…and even more.”
Voice 3: Christ of the Cosmos, we remember all within our world and church who are working for environmental healing, human rights and justice for all. We remember women and men who are leaders in our church and world especially……
Voice4: Christ of the Cosmos, we remember Mary, mother of Jesus, faithful disciple and St. Francis who sang canticles to brother sun and sister moon. We remember our sisters and brothers, the great cloud of witnesses who have cared for earth’s creatures and have blessed our world with their loving service to God’s people. We praise you in union with them and give you glory by working for a more just and peaceful world.
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, all glory, honor and praise to you, loving God forever and ever. Sing: Amen, Amen, Amen
ALL sing: Prayer of Jesus (“Our Father and Mother”)
Sign of Peace: Sing: Peace is Flowing Like a River
Litany for the Breaking of the Bread:
All: Christ of the Cosmos, we will live our oneness with you and all creation.
Christ of the Cosmos, we will work for healing of the earth.
Christ of the Cosmos, we will celebrate justice rising up in a global communion everywhere.
Co-Presiders: This is the Cosmic Christ in whom all creation lives and moves and has its being. All are invited to partake in this banquet of love and to celebrate our oneness with all living beings on the planet. ALL: We are the Body of Christ.
Communion Hymn: You Are The Face of God
Prayer after Communion:
ALL: Lover of the Universe, we are full of awe at your extravagant love flowing through all living things. We immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature that surrounds us each day.
We are one with our brother Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit. ALL: Amen
Concluding Rite: Presider: Christ of the Cosmos is with us ALL: And loves through us.
(with hands extended in prayer):
ALL: The blessing of God is upon us as we go in the peace of the Cosmic Christ to live justice! Thanks be to God.
Presiders: Go in the peace of the Cosmic Christ, let our service continue!
ALL: Thanks be to God.
Closing Hymn and Recessional:
Canticle of the Sun #422 vs 1, 3, 6
Bridget Mary Meehan
Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests http://bridgetmarys.blogspot.com/