|Artist Sherry Robertson|
|left to right, Kathryn Shea ARCWP, and Sherry Robertson, co-preside at Mother's Day Liturgy|
WELCOME AND GATHERING SONG
Morning Has Broken #638 (All verses)
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 alI.
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.
PENITENTIAL RITE AND COMMUNITY FORGIVENESS
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, our Father and Mother of compassion, 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.
GLORY TO GOD
ALL: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Creator God, heart of the Universe, we give you thanks for the breath of the Spirit sustaining everything that exists, everywhere in the cosmos. 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. We give you glory and praise through Jesus Christ, our brother, and Holy Spirit, our Wisdom. Amen.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: A Poem by Colleen Fulmer
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51, Create In Me # 780
Second Reading: On Women Priests, by Daniel Berrigan. 1977
Gospel acclamation: Celtic Alleluia
Gospel: John 17:20-26
SHARED HOMILY STARTER/COMMUNITY REFLECTION
PROFESSION OF FAITH
ALL: We believe in God, the Creator of the Universe, 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!
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for all creation, we bring the needs of the people to our loving God.
After each petition the response is:
Spirit Divine, may we work for healing for our earth and justice for all.
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.
Song: We Are Called #628 vs. 1 2, 3
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, this grain that the earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, this fruit of the vine that human hands have made. It will become for us our spiritual drink.
All: Blessed be God forever.
GATHERING OF THE GIFTED
Presider: Jesus, who has sat at our tables, now invites us to be guests at his family table. Everyone is welcome around our family table.
ALL: Nurturing God, we are united in this sacrament by our common love of Jesus. We are in communion with everyone, everywhere, who proclaims your mercy to all those who are marginalized and oppressed. May we love tenderly, do justice, and walk humbly with you in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. May we live as prophetic witnesses to the Gospel, supported by the vision of Jesus and the wisdom to the Spirit. 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: Holy Spirit, we realize your presence among 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 present and always caring God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. In you we live and move and have our very being. Your Spirit dwelling in us gives us the hope of unending peace and joy with you. And so, we sing your praise…
ALL sing: Holy, Holy, Holy – Karen Drucker
ALL: Holy One, we bring you these gifts that they may become the Christ Presence. Fill us with reverence for creatures great and small so that we may provide mothering love to all.
(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 me.”
(Pause) 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.”
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 the mystery of faith.
ALL: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ lives in us and through us in the world today.
Voice Two: Christ of the Cosmos, 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.” So, we remember all within our world and church (Pope Francis, our bishops, and leaders, (mention names) who are working for environmental healing, human rights, church equality, and justice for all.
Voice Three: Christ of the Cosmos, we remember Mary, mother of Jesus, prophet of liberation, 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 . . .
(pause, mention names, if you wish)
May 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.
ALL: Prayer of Jesus (“Our Father and Mother”)
SIGN OF PEACE
(Group joins hands in circle in symbolic “hug” that goes out to the all creatures and all people as they sing this song of peace.)
“Peace is flowing like a river … Love, joy is flowing like a river.”
LITANY FOR BREAKING OF THE BREAD
ALL: Christ of the Cosmos, may we live our oneness with you and all creation. Christ of the Cosmos, may we work for healing of the earth. Christ of the Cosmos, may we celebrate justice rising up in a global communion everywhere.
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: Instrumental music
AFTER COMMUNION SONG: Hail Mary, Gentle Woman #700
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
ALL: Lover of the Universe, fill us with awe at your extravagant love flowing through all living things. May we immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature that surrounds us each day. We ask this through our brother Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit.
CLOSSING COMMUNITY BLESSING
ALL: (with an outstretched arm in blessing)
May the blessing of God go before you.
May Her grace and peace abound.
May Her Spirit live within you.
May Her love wrap you ‘round.
May Her blessing remain with you always.
May you walk on holy ground.
May we continue to be the face of God to each other and may our name be a blessing in our time! Amen.
Presiders: Go in the peace of the Cosmic Christ, and let our service continue!
ALL: Thanks be to God.
Closing Song: Woman Spirit
Bridget Mary Meehan
Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests
Words & Music: Marvella McPartland
& Lynn Fuqua
Woman’s Spirit is beauty.
Woman’s Spirit is deep.
Woman loves with compassion,
our perfection is complete.
Woman’s Spirit is graceful.
Woman’s Spirit is wise.
Woman’s Spirit is moving,
bringing love into our lives.
Woman’s Spirit is passion.
Woman’s Spirit is birth.
Woman’s power unfolding
to honor life on earth.
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