Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God: Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Mary Mother of Jesus at Sun City Center God of Mercy Who Walks With Us (Celebrated Sunday April 3, 2016) with Katy Zatsick ARCWP
Presider: In the name of God who is Love, of Christ Sophia
our Wisdom and the Holy Spirit our Liberator. All:
OPENING PRAYER (adapted from Pope Francis' Prayer for
the Jubilee Year of Mercy)
All: You are the visible face of the
invisible Creator, of the God who manifests power above all by forgiveness
and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its God risen
and glorified. You willed that your People would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let
everyone who approaches us feel sought after, loved and forgiven by God. Send
your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing so that the
Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from our Loving God. May your People
of God, with renewed enthusiasm, bring good news to those who are poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, restore sight to the blind
and work for justice and peace. We ask through the intercession of Mary,
Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with our Creator and the Holy Spirit
Sophia for ever and ever. Amen.
Liturgy of the
First Reading: -Words of Pope Francis:
"St Vincent of Lerins
makes a comparison between the biological development of man and the
transmission from one era to another of the deposit of faith, which grows and
is strengthened with time. Here, human self understanding changes with time,
and so also human consciousness deepens. Let us think of when slavery was
accepted or the death penalty was allowed without any problem. So we grow in
the understanding of the truth. Exegetes and theologians help the church to
mature in her own judgment. Even the other sciences and their development
help the church in its growth in understanding. There are ecclesiastical
rules and precepts that were once effective, but now they have lost value or
meaning. The view of the church's teaching as a monolith to defend without
nuance or different understandings is wrong." An inspired word of God All:
Thanks be to God (Pope Francis in "A Big Heart Open to God, A Conversation
with Pope Francis" by A. Spadaro, SJ, p 62)
Response: All: Thank you O God, for your mercy endures
Praise our God, for you are good; for your mercy
You wisdom skillfully made the heavens and continues
All: Thank you O God, for your mercy endures forever.
With Mighty hand and outstretched arm, you split the Sea of
and led Israel through the middle.
All: Thank you O God,
for your mercy endures forever.
You remembered us when we were
under the yoke, and saved us from oppression.
All: Thank you O God, for
your mercy endures forever.
Second Reading Sonnet 98 from
I was away from you during the spring,
when splendid April in all its finery made everything feel so young that even
Saturn, the god of old age and gloominess, laughed and leaped along with it.
But neither the songs of birds nor the sweet smell of all the
various flowers could make me feel like it was summer or inspire me to go
I wasn't amazed by how white the lily was,
nor did I praise the deep red of the roses. They were only sweet, only
pictures of delight, drawn in imitation of you, the archetype of spring.
It seemed like it was still winter and, with you away, I played with
these flowers as if I were playing with your reflection. An Inspired word
by William Shakespeare
All: Thanks be to God
Luke 24: 13-35 On the Road to Emmaus
is your image of the God of Mercy?
When has God shown compassion in your
For myself, your family, friends.
When have you felt the
presence of God in your life?
Do you feel God's presence in nature?
Jesus walking beside/with you?
What action might I take to
further God's Mercy in the lives around me?
Prayers of the
Loving God we bring our prayers before you. May they be as
incense offered as worship to our Creator. We trust that you will respond
with Mercy for our needs.
Response: God of Mercy, hear our prayer.
We believe in our 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 suffering.
We believe that we are one
with all creatures great and small in a dynamic evolving cosmos.
believe that we are called to spiritual evolution for ourselves and
as humanity: to continue to seek knowledge, understanding and living
compassion for all life including our planet.
We believe in Jesus,
whose life, death and resurrection, shows us how to live fully and joyfully
and to serve others especially those outcast and heavily burdened.
believe in Sophia Spirit of God who works through us for justice and peace
and to overcome oppression of all kinds whether based on culture, language,
faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or class.
We believe that we are
called to live in mutual respect as disciples and equals in inclusive
communities of empowerment.
We believe we are forgiven, healed and made
whole in the Heart of Divine Mercy.
We believe we are united forever
with all who have gone before us in the Communion of Saints. Amen Alleluia!
Offering of our Gifts
Co-Presider: Blessed are
you, God of all creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer
which earth has given and human hands have made. This bread is our faith
community seeking knowledge, consciousness and living God's compassion. May
we individually and as a community live your vision of peace and healing for
all. This will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God
Co-Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your
goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human
hands. This drink is our desire to be your mercy for all our brothers and
sisters and for all life on your earth. This wine and juice will become our
All: Blessed be God forever.
My sisters and
brothers let us pray together that our gifts may be acceptable to God our
Creator and Love.
All: May God accept these gifts from our hands, for
the praise and glory of God's name, for the compassion and the knowledge of
all the People of God.
Co-Presider: Ever gentle God, We give you thanks
for the blessing of worshiping you as a community. Accept our gifts and our
worship. By offering ourselves may we be filled with your Spirit Sophia
Source of Mercy and grace for all Creation. We ask this through Jesus Christ,
our brother. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer "Mass for the Kindom"
The Prayer given to us by Jesus
Jesus knew that it would be difficult for us to live a live of God's Mercy
and compassion. So Jesus taught us his prayer.
"Our father and
Sign of Peace
Presider: Jesus lived and died in a time
of oppression and war under the Roman empire. After Jesus rose from the dead,
he greeted his followers with "Peace/shalom be with you." Knowing that we his
disciples today should follow his example in our time and place let us share
a sign of peace with ourselves and the world. (Join hands and sing a sign of
peace "Peace is flowing like a river...Love...Alleluia.)
Co-Presiders; Loving God, as we come to share the richness of
your table, we cannot forget the poverty of so many of our brothers and
Men: We cannot eat this bread and forget those who are
hungry. O God of Love, your world is one world and we are stewards of its
nourishment for your people.
Women: We cannot drink this wine
and forget those who are thirsty. O Loving God the very earth and its people
cry out for environmental justice.
All: We cannot listen to your
words of peace and not grieve for the world at war and the destruction of
life on your planet.
Litany for the breaking of the
All: Loving God, you call us to live mercy, we will do
Loving God, You call us to live justice, we will do so.
God, You call us to live equality, we will do so.
is Jesus, who calls us to open doors that are closed and to share our bread
on the altar of the world. All are invited to eat and drink of this sacred
banquet of Love.
All: Jesus we are worthy to receive you and to
be your compassion and mercy for the world. We are the Body of
Presider: Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body
of Christ. All: Amen
Prayer after Communion
All: God of
Mercy, we have renewed our union with you. We have made more real your
presence in our lives. You have given yourself to us unreservedly. You have
thrown in your lot with us. We know that with you as are brother, there is
nothing good we cannot do. We have, through this sacred meal together,
re-established Love as the measure of all things in our
Presider: Our God of
Mercy is with you.
All: and also with you.
(everyone please extend your hands in mutual blessing.)
May you go forth
refreshed and re-animated from our time together in worship to show all
humanity the love and trust you have in everyone and to bring them the Good
news. May the God of Abraham and Sarah and Sophia Holy Wisdom walk with you
on your journey into the Heart of Mercy. Amen.
Presider: Go in
the Peace and Mercy of Christ. Let our service continue.