Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sunday Liturgy and Celebration::"As We Journey in One Heart of Compassion" by Barbara Billey ARCWP, Michele Birch-Conery ARCWP and Jeni Marcus ARCWP, Windsor, Canada

Heart of Compassion
International Faith Community
All Are Welcome

Sunday Liturgy and Celebration     
As We Journey in One Heart of Compassion

CC – Co-celebrant
 … sacred pause

Opening Prayer and Gathering In
Ringing of chimes
Celebrant 1:
Invitation into Silence
Join in Song or Chant
Celebrant 1: In the name of our Loving Creator, Source of all, and of Jesus, Heart of Compassion, and of Wisdom Spirit, our Holy Guide. Grace, love and peace are with us.
ALL: We give thanks and praise.
Celebrant 2: Loving Creator, You seek and search us, one with us and all of creation in each and every breath. We gather to celebrate Your active presence in all of creation, and to receive You.  
Prayer of Healing and Peace
Celebrant 1:  Divine Comforter, You heal and transform us. Now, we surrender what separates us from You and others in this our prayer of healing and peace …
Celebrant 2: Breath of God, we bring awareness to our breath, Your presence  within us … with eyes closed we feel the rise and fall of our chest and belly … into the space of our hearts, we breathe in Your passionate love … we breathe out Your infinite love, become Your love.
Celebrant 1: First, we receive healing for ourselves … we surface an image of ourselves … silently and deeply with love we say, “Please forgive me … I forgive you … I embrace you” … allow this image to fade …
Celebrant 2: Now we surface an image of another person, place or being to whom we desire to extend peace and forgiveness … silently and deeply with love we say, “Please forgive me … I forgive you … I embrace you” … allow this image to fade …
Celebrant 1: From this place of in-dwelling love, we take a moment of silence to offer this same love to all creatures and to Mother Earth herself.
Song or Chant
Celebrant 2: Divine Comforter, You empower us to choose only love and to be Your peace. ALL: Amen.
Liturgy of the Word
Reading, Song, Chant or Dance
Gospel Reading
Reader:  A Reading according to the Gospel of … ALL:  We open to your Word.
(At the end of the Gospel) Reader: The good news of Jesus, Our Risen Christ. ALL: Chant
Homily or Homily Starter for Shared Homily                                                                                                                                 
Profession of Faith
Community Creative Process
Prayer of the Faithful
Response (ALL Sing and gesture)
Celebrant 1: We are the Body of Christ. From the sacred space within where You dwell, Mother/Father God, we offer our prayers for the highest good of all.
CC1: For those of us without shelter, food, or community, that we might seek and receive the help we need ... R
 CC2: For those of us who suffer from violation of our dignity and human rights, that we remember ourselves one with the harmed and those who harm … R
CC3: For those of us who are vulnerable and lost, who choose self-harm in order to cope. Free us to choose actions that release us from darkness into Your Light ... R
CC4: Inspire us to grow in relationship with the planet and all beings. Move our hearts to support the continued existence and well-being of creation … R
CC5: Now, let us offer any other prayer arising within our hearts (spontaneous prayer) ... R
CC6: For these and for all other petitions, too deep for words, we rest into a moment of silence ... R
Celebrant 2: God of mercy and love, our essence is Your compassion – in thought, belief, word and deed. You are our source and guide, one with Jesus, the Cosmic Christ, and Spirit Holy, always and everywhere.                  
Eucharistic Prayer
Preparation of the Gifts
(Gathering of offertory gifts)
(Please assume a praying posture comfortable for you)
Celebrants:  Blessed are You, Beloved Creator, through Your love we have this bread to offer, gift of the earth and created by our hands. It is food that nourishes our body and spirit, reminds us of You within and among us.  
ALL sing: Blessed are You, blessed are we, blessed is all.
Celebrants: Blessed are you, Beloved Creator, through Your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and created by our hands. It is our spiritual drink that reminds us of Your covenant of love with us.
ALL sing:  Blessed are You, blessed are we, blessed is all.
Celebrant 1: Beloved One, we are united in this sacred meal by the love of Jesus Christ, in communion with Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdalene and all the Saints. They and we are Your light in darkness.
ALL: We offer these gifts for our good and the good of all Your people.
Celebrant 2: Beloved Creator, You reveal Yourself through Jesus Christ who shows us how to live compassion and love, to bring hope to all. Receive our gifts as we remember who we are in You.
ALL: Amen.
Prayers of the Eucharist
Celebrant 1:  Sacred Presence is one with us.
ALL: One with us.
Celebrant 2: With gratitude, we lift up our hearts as we come to the table of Love.
ALL: We thank and praise You.
CC1: Thank You for Jesus who courageously lived Your vision, who set us free to be one with You. 
CC2: In the Spirit of the Risen Christ, we know our loving actions become a share in Your life. 
CC3: We join with the Saints of all times as they sing forever to your glory:                     
ALL Sing:
Holy, holy, holy God, Spirit of Love, Justice and Peace.
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.

Celebrants and All (extend hands toward and over the gifts):
Loving Creator, intensify the presence of Your Spirit in these our gifts, as they, and we, become the + Body and Blood of Jesus the Christ.
In Remembrance
Celebrant 1: Together we say …
Celebrants and All:   On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took the Bread, spoke the blessing, broke the bread and offered it to them saying:  Take and eat, this is my body. (ALL bow)
Celebrants and All: When supper was ended, Jesus took the cup of wine, spoke the blessing and offered it to them saying: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life in you. Do this in memory of me. (ALL bow)
Eucharistic Acclamation
Celebrant 1: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.
All:  In every creature that has ever breathed, Christ has lived; in every living being that has passed on before us, Christ has died; in everything yet to be, Christ will come again ...
CC 4: As we celebrate the memorial of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we offer You, Beloved One, the bread of life and the cup of hope for our life and the life of all creation.
CC5: We know that in receiving You we are gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.
CC6:  One with all creation, we remember those who have died … We trust they have been received into Your light and love.
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, now and forever.
ALL Sing: The Great Amen

The Jesus Prayer
Celebrant 2:  Please join hands as together we pray...
ALL: (To begin, we speak our name for the Divine)
You with us and all of creation
holy is your truth
and generous is Your mercy.
May your Wisdom come,
your circle be one
uniting us within our difference.
Nurture our loving spirit
as Your vision evolves through us.
Heal and forgive us
as we heal and forgive one another.
Liberate our goodness
into Your fullness and joy.
For we are Your One Heart of Compassion,
now and forever. Amen.
The Sign of Peace
Celebrant 1: Jesus said to his friends, “Peace I leave you. My peace I give you.”
ALL: We commit to become this peace and now share it with one another.
ALL: (Pray as Celebrants break bread)
Loving Creator, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice; we will live justly...
Loving Creator, You call us to be your compassionate presence; we will love tenderly...
Loving Creator, You call us to speak truth to those who oppress; we will walk with integrity...                                                                                                                                               
Celebrants: Jesus Christ, You dwell in us. You liberate, heal and transform us and all of creation.  Blessed are You who provides food and drink for the journey.
ALL: We are one Body of Christ, worthy to receive You and ready to be healed by You. We desire to become what we eat.
Celebrants: The gifts of God for the people of God.
ALL: Thank You, our God.
Bread is passed then …
Celebrant 1: Jesus, Bread of Life. Response: Amen (all eat together)
Celebrant 2: Jesus, Cup of Hope.  Response: Amen (as cup is passed)
Join in Song or Chant
(Period of silence)
Prayer after Communion
Celebrant 1:  Gracious Mystery, continue to be with us this and everyday as we follow in Your way, Your truth and Your life.
Final Blessing
 (Please extend your hands in mutual blessing.)
Celebrant 2: Go in the peace of Christ.  Be fire and light our world with justice and compassion!
ALL: In gratitude we came …
In gratitude we celebrated …
In gratitude we become Christ.
Closing Song, Chant or Dance
Kindly return this worship aid for
 our use each liturgy
Feb 2016

Heart of Compassion Faith Community
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Bloomfield Township, Michigan, U.S.A.

Rev. Dr. Michele Birch-Conery, Bishop
Association for Roman Catholic Women Priests
(519) 990-9176

Rev. Dr. Barbara Billey, Priest
Association for Roman Catholic Women Priests
(519) 735-3943

Rev. Dr. Jeni Marcus, Priest
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
(248) 568-8662

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