Monday, February 1, 2016

Liturgy for Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, Presiders: Kathrine Shea ARCWP and Lee Breyer, Music Minister Mindy Lou Simmons, Jan. 30, 2016

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community

Interesting, Inviting, Involving, Inspiring

                                      Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
                                    January 30, 2016

                                                   Presiders: Kathryn Shea and Lee Breyer
     Music Minister: Mindy Simmons

T                                  Theme: We are the chosen ones.

Greeting and Gathering Hymn: Music Video-Room At The Table
(music and words by Carrie Newcomer)
Gathering Prayer

Presider: Let us pray as we come together to break bread and share the blessings we have received on the wings of an angel and the openness of Mary and Joseph.  We thank you, Incarnate God, in the name of Jesus, your Son…our brother.  All: Amen.

Presider:  Wisdom, your grace joins all heaven and earth.  With you we labor, with new life to give birth.  Come now, O Wisdom, you are our peace, open our hearts to your world, one without end.  All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

All: O Lover of All, in this journey into the heart of compassion, we celebrate your love unfolding in the healing and wholeness of everyone and of every living thing.
You call us to see goodness and beauty everywhere and to live in harmony with creation. You call us to heal the wounds of hatred and violence, discrimination and oppression in our world. You call us to warmly welcome everyone who comes through our doors as your presence among us. In communion with Jesus, our brother, and in the power of the Your Spirit, we will live your love poured out each day. Amen.

Penitential Rite and Community Forgiveness

Presider:  Compassionate God, to you all hearts are open, no desires unknown, and no secrets hidden.  We ask you to send your Spirit to us so that we may live more fully according to your will for us and we give thanks that you have called us to be your chosen people. 

All:  Help us to hear Wisdom’s messages, to faithfully understand them, and to receive the compassion to act on them with our brothers and sisters.  Compassionate God, teach us the virtues of pardon and peace so that we may – in turn- learn to forgive our failures to care for one another and for our planet Earth.  We ask this of you in the names of Jesus, our brother and of the Holy Spirit, our healer and comforter.  Amen.


All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to all God’s people on earth.

(Sung):  Glory to God, glory, O praise God, Alleluia.  Glory to God, glory.  O praise the name of our God.
Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:  Jeremiah 1: 4-5, 17-19                 All:  Thanks be to God.
Psalm: 71    Responsorial:  Forever I will sing the goodness of our God. (#790)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13     All:  Thanks be to God.
Gospel:  Luke 4:21-30                                        All:  Glory to you, O God.

Community Reflection and Shared Homily

Profession of Faith
(Left side) We believe in a God of extravagant love who dwells within us, rejoices with us in our blessed selves and who weeps with us in our struggles, losses and sufferings.

(Right side) We believe in Jesus, whose life, death and resurrection shows us how to live fully and joyfully and to serve others, especially the outcaste and heavy burdened. 

(Left side) We believe in your Spirit, who works through us for justice and peace and to overcome oppression of all kinds whether based on gender, sexual orientation, race or class.

(Right side) We believe that we are forgiven, healed and whole in the heart of divine mercy.

(Left side) We believe that we are called to live in mutual respect as disciples and equals in inclusive communities of empowerment.

(Right side) We believe that we are united forever with all who have gone before us in the communion of saints.

(Left side) We believe that we are one with all creation great and small in a dynamic, evolving cosmos.   

Prayers of theCommunity

Presider: With hearts filled with loving compassion and mindful of God’s unconditional love and care for everyone, we lift up the needs of our community at this time.

Presider:  That those who suffer abuse, may be healed and empowered, we pray.
All:  God of all compassion, love through us.
Presider:  That those bound by hatred, hostility, and violence will be set free, we pray.  R.  
Presider:  That the sick may be healed, especially (mention names), we pray.  R.   
Presider:  That those who have gone before us may dwell forever in God's presence, we pray. R. 
Presider:  And for what else do we pray at this time?  Other Intentions followed by R.

Presider: We hold these and all the unspoken intentions in our hearts as we gather around the Banquet Table. 
Offertory Procession and Preparation of the Gifts

Offertory Song:  We Are Called (#628)

Presider:  Blessed are you, God of all life, through your goodness we have this bread and this wine, the whole of creation, and our own lives to offer.  Through this sacred meal may we become your new creation. 
ALL:  Blessed be God forever.   
 Presider:  God is with us, loving and healing through us.
ALL:  Namaste
Presider:  Lift up your hearts.  
ALL:  We lift them up in tender love, open to serve.
Presider:  Let us give thanks to our God.
ALL:  It is our joy to give God thanks and praise.

Eucharistic Prayer

Voice One:  Gracious Wisdom, You embrace us with extravagant affection in our blessedness and brokenness. We thank you that in this festive meal, your Spirit continues to be poured out among the circle of disciples gathered here in our giving and receiving forgiveness and sharing the gift of your shalom, our peace. We join with the angels and saints and people of every race, faith and nation to glorify your presence as we sing:

ALL:  We are holy, holy, holy. (Karen Drucker) 

Voice Two:  Gracious God, you set the banquet table and invite all to the feast of unending delight. Here we celebrate divine love beyond what all that words can describe in our evolving cosmos. Here your divine compassion connects us to the young and the old, the least and the last, to everyone everywhere on our journey into the heart of mercy.

Voice Three: We especially thank you, Nurturing God, for Jesus, your anointed one, who showed us how to love with a peaceful and courageous spirit. In Jesus, you show us how to care for those who face illness and grief and how to help those who experience rejection and marginalization. 

Voice Four: God of tenderness, Jesus showed us the heart of mercy when he preached good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and healing to the broken. Jesus called all people - men and women - to be apostles and disciples and treated them as equal in his circle of companions.

Voice Five In response to people’s needs, Jesus broke many religious rules and customs – and he violated many religious taboos. He shared meals with women, saved a woman from being stoned and even said that prostitutes would enter heaven before religious leaders. He healed the sick and comforted the lonely. He challenged both the priestly class and political leaders of his time.  In response, they ridiculed him, tortured him, and eventually put him to death. 

Voice Six: In faithful love, you raised the crucified Jesus, radiant and glorious to new life.  Like the holy ones throughout the ages, Moses and Miriam who led their people from oppression to freedom, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection show us how to live freely and joyously in the midst of injustice, darkness, and evil and even death.

(Please extend hands as we recite the consecration together)

All: May your Spirit, present in these humble gifts, fill us with a new outpouring of love that makes us more deeply one Body in the Cosmic Christ living the fullness of your compassion.

Presider:  On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus gathered with his friends for a meal. He took bread, broke it and said:

ALL: Take this all of you. This is my body.  Every time you eat it, remember me.

Presider:  In the same way after supper, Jesus took the cup, and raising it with love beyond all telling, he gave thanks and shared the cup with those at table and said:

ALL: Take this all of you and drink from it. This is the cup of my life blood, the making of a new and everlasting covenant. Every time you drink of it, remember me.

Presider:  Now then, in sacred memory, let us proclaim this mystery of our faith:  

ALL:  In all creation, we see your power.  In every creature that has ever breathed, we see your tenderness.  In every living being we see your compassion.  In every person who has passed on before us, we see your goodness.  And, merciful God, in everything yet to be, we know that Christ will come again!  In our breaking of the bread of the earth, we know that the Christ of the Cosmos is being re-membered!

Voice Seven:  Holy One, your transforming energy is always moving in us and working through us. We give thanks for all holy women and men who have been your face in our lives. They showed us how to forgive ourselves and others, to refrain from judging others and see the good in people who irritate us. Help us to learn the lessons of holy Wisdom.

Voice Eight:  We ask you to bless those who are sick and suffering, those who have no place to turn, especially those who are homeless.  May they be healed and strengthened, may they be gifted with your compassion shown through their brothers and sisters, and may they be filled with every blessing in your loving presence.

ALL:  Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, all praise and glory are yours, Loving God.   Amen.
The Prayer of Jesus

Presider:  And to whom do we turn when we are in need of support..?

ALL:  Sing: Our Father and Mother who is in heaven, blessed is your name….

The Sign of Peace

Presider:  God, grant us peace and unity beyond all words can express.  Join hands in a circle of love and sing “Let there be peace on earth.”

Litany at the Breaking of the Bread

ALL:  Loving God, You call us to live mercy, we will do so.  Loving God, You call us to live justice, we will do so. Loving God, You call us to live equality, we will do so.

Presider:  This is Jesus, who calls us to open doors that are closed and share our bread on the altar of the world. All are invited to eat and drink at this sacred banquet of love. 

ALL:  Jesus we are worthy to receive you and to be your compassion in our world.  We are the Body of Christ. 

Presider:  Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body of Christ!  ALL:  Amen.

Communion Music:  Instrumental led by Mindy: There Is Only Love  (by Karen Drucker)

Communion Song: (after all are seated) There Is Only Love (by Karen Drucker)

Verse: In this moment in this place
I remember who I am
Letting fear and worry fall away from me
I open my eyes and see
There is only love, There Is only Love,
Love that heals, love that sets us free
There is only, only,  love
Verse: When I lose myself
When it seems I’ve lost my way
When I go inside and quiet my mind
I can hear Spirit gently say..

Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion

Presider:  O God of Compassion, Jesus showed us how to love one another and heal our hearts.  Through the power of your liberating Spirit at work within us, we will give and receive forgiveness, live joyously, and work for healing, justice and equality for our earth and for all your holy people.   ALL:  Amen

Concluding Rite
Presider:  Our God is with you.
ALL:  and also with you. 

(Everyone extends a hand in mutual blessing)

ALL:  May the God of Abraham and Sarah, the Blessed One of Jacob and Rachel,
Sophia, Holy Wisdom, walk with us and all creation on our journey into the heart of compassion!   Amen.


Presiders:   May we all go in the peace of Christ.  Let our service continue!
ALL:   Thanks be to God.

Concluding Hymn :  Room At The Table (Verse 1 and Chorus)
(See song sheet)

Bridget Mary Meehan, Bishop
Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests

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