Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community
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Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
August 8, 2015
Lee Breyer, Kathryn Shea, co-presiders
Theme: “...enough…get up and eat...bread of life.”
Greeting and Gathering Hymn: “Song of the Body of Christ” #324, vs 1, 2, 3
Presider: Let us pray as we come together to break the bread in the namess of God, our Creator – and of Jesus, our Liberator - and of the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier. All: Amen.
All: God of life, truth and compassion, you who directs all creation to its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus, the Christ - open our hearts to the message of the Gospel so that your peace may rule in our hearts and your justice guide our lives. Loving God, bless the hearts of all of us gathered here now and all of those of our community who are not with us today. We ask this in your name and those of our Savior Jesus, and our Wisdom Sophia. Amen.
Penitential Rite and Community Forgiveness
Presider: Loving God, we do not fully open our hearts to your Spirit within us.
All: Help us to open ourselves to Her message and be your voice among your people.
Presider: Christ Jesus, we do not really trust enough in your promise that you would send your Spirit.
All: Help us to grow in our understanding and confidence that your word brings peace.
Presider: Holy Spirit, pour out your healing grace and supporting strength on us.
All: Help us to respond to your presence in us and bring that blessing to your family.
All: (with an outstretched arm): God, the Father and Mother of mercy, through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, he bonded the world to you. He sent the Holy Spirit among us to give us the wisdom to love you and the strength to love one another. Loving God, teach us the virtues of pardon and peace so that we may – in turn – learn to forgive each other our failures to care for one another and for our planet Earth. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother and of the Holy Spirit, our comforter. Amen.
Glory to God
All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Heavenly God, Creator of the universe, we thank you for the wonder of the Spirit at work in everything that exists, everywhere in the cosmos. Through Jesus Christ, you opened our minds so we could realize that you are always among us and that we are able to experience you among our brothers and sisters. We ask you to receive our prayers, for you are the Most High, with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Liturgy of the Word
First reading: 1 Kings19: 4 - 8 All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 34: 2 – 9 Responsorial: “Taste and see….” #331
Second reading: Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 4:30 – 5:2 All: Thanks be to God.
Gospel: John 6: 41 - 51 All: Glory and thanks to our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Dialog Homily/Community Reflection
Discussion starter: How many times have we told ourselves “enough” and how many times have we been told (in effect) “get up and eat”? In those situations when we may feel like Elijah in the desert, how do we understand Jesus’ claim to be more than the passing manna but, rather, is the very bread of life that restores and supports us? Short version: how do we understand Jesus as the bread of life, our life?
Profession of Faith
All: We believe in God, the Creator of the universe whose divinity infuses all existence, making everything everywhere sacred. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who leads us to the fullness of humanity. Through him, we become new people, called beyond the consequences of our brokenness. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Sustainer, who keeps the Christ-vision present to all those who are searching for meaning and wholeness in their lives – and the One who energizes us when our Spirits may grow weary in our journey. We say: Amen to courage, to hope, to the Spirit of truth. Amen to wholeness, to the partnership and equality of all people of different gender, race, and faith. We believe in a world of justice and peace for everyone, everywhere, with no exceptions. In all of this, we surely believe.
Prayers of the Community
Presider: We are a community of faith in our Creator and compassion for our sisters and brothers. Then, mindful of God’s love and care for us, we now bring our concerns and needs to our God.
All: After each intercession, respond: Loving God, hear our prayers.
Presider: Healing God, we know that you faithfully listen to our prayers. We ask you to strengthen us in our caring for one another and in our works for justice, equality, and peace.
Offertory Procession and Hymn: “Gather Us In” #302
Preparation of the Gifts
Presider: Blessed are you, O God. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer,
the grain from the earth and work of human hands. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Blessed are you, O God. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer,
the fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become for us our Spiritual drink.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: In this bread and wine, Jesus has promised to be present; through our sharing of them, Christ will make us whole.
Gathering of the Gifted: All are welcome around our family table
ALL: Gracious God, we are united in this sacrament by the love of Jesus Christ in communion with all those who proclaim your power and mercy to the marginalized and oppressed peoples. Like Mary, the first disciple, and all the saints through the centuries, may we live as prophetic witnesses to the Gospel. We ask this through Jesus, the Christ, Amen.
Presider: God dwells in each one of us. All: Namaste!.
Presider: Let us give thanks to the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists.
All: With hearts full of love, we give God thanks and praise.
Presider: Sacred Spirit, we recognize your presence with us as we gather at our family table.
All: Fill us with reverence for you, for one another, and for all your creation.
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Holy One, living in us and loving through us.
Voice 1: Ever living and ever loving God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. In you we live and move and have our being. Each day you show us your love. Your Spirit dwelling in us gives us the hope of unending peace and joy with you. And so, we sing with thankful praise:
All (sung): Holy, Holy, Holy God, God of power, God of light. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are all who come in the name of our God. Hosanna in the highest… Hosanna in the highest.
Voice 2: We thank you for the gift of Jesus in history and the gift of Jesus in faith. Through him, you breathe life into us. He revealed you to us in his life well lived. He showed us, through his example, not only how we should live, but also for what we may even die.
Voice 3: And when his time had come, Jesus suffered for what he deeply believed…his conviction that love is stronger than death...and then, as an example for the ages, he opened wide his arms and died. The Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, is the foretaste and promise of the paschal feast of heaven.
All: O God, let your Spirit come upon these simple gifts that we have brought from the fields to our table -- this wheat, gathered and grown and this wine, fruit of the land. May She make them holy, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of Jesus, our brother.
(With an outstretched arm): We remember the gift that Jesus gave us on the night before he died. He gathered with his friends to share a final Passover meal. And it was at that supper that he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them saying: take this, all of you,
and eat it. This bread is you; this bread is me. We are one body, the presence of God in the world. Do this in memory of me. [Pause]
In the same way, he took a cup of wine, said the blessing, and gave it to his friends saying: take this, all of you, and drink it. This wine is you; this wine is me. We are one blood, the presence of God in the world. Do this in memory of me.
Presider: Jesus, who was with God “in the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth,” is with us now in this bread. The Spirit, of whom the prophets spoke in history, is with us now in this cup. Let us proclaim this mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ lives in us and through us in the world today.
Voice 4: In memory of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we offer you, God, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. We thank you that we are in your presence and serve you. May all who share this sacred meal be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit. And may that Spirit, that Wisdom, move freely in our lives as well as She did in that of Jesus.
Voice 5: God, remember your church throughout the world, help us grow in love, together with Francis, our Pope, Bridget Mary, our Bishop, and all your family everywhere - especially those who live on the margins of church and society. Remember also all those people, living and dead, who touched our lives and left their footprints on our hearts. We remember especially….(mention names, if you like).
All: Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, Our Creator God, forever and ever…. Amen (sung several times)
All: Our Father and Mother, who are in heaven, blessed is your name…..
The Sign of Peace
Presider: Jesus, you said to your disciples, “My peace I leave you; my peace I give you.” Look on the faith of those gathered here today and ….
All: Grant us your peace. By the example of Jesus and with the strength of your Spirit, help us to spread that peace throughout the world, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions. Amen.
Presider: May the peace of God be always with us, and let us start by offering a sign of that peace to
Hymn: “Let there be Peace on Earth” #532
Litany for the Breaking of Bread
All: Loving God, you call us to speak truth to power, have mercy on us. Loving God, you call us to Spirit-filled service and to live the Gospel of peace and justice, have mercy on us. Loving God, you call us to be your presence in the world and to be bearers of compassion everywhere in your name. Grant us peace.
Presider: This is Jesus, who liberates, heals, and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this sacred banquet of love. All: We are the Body of Christ.
During-Communion Hymn: We are holy; you are holy; I am holy, we are holy. (3 times)
Post-Communion Period Reflection: “Let Us Break Bread Together” #334
Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion
Presider: Eternal God, may this Eucharist in which we always share Christ’s healing love deepen our oneness with you and unity with one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Christ, and the Spirit, the Wisdom. All: Amen.
Community Prayers of Gratitude
All: May our hearts be glad on our journey as we dream new dreams and see new visions.
May we all live and work for peace, justice, and non-violence in our hearts for ourselves and our brothers and sisters - whoever they are and wherever they are.
May we learn to bless and honor and hold in reverence the Earth and each other. Amen.
Closing Community Blessing
All: (with an outstretched arm): May our nurturing God bless us gathered here and all those in our communities – in the name of the Creator, in the name of Jesus the Christ, and in the name of the Spirit, our Wisdom, as we minister to one another as the people of God. Amen.
Closing Hymn and Commissioning: “Take the Word of God with you” #373
Presiders: As we leave here in the peace of Christ, let our service continue in all that we do.
All: Thanks be to God. Let it be so!