Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 21, 2016, Cheryl Brandi, Katy Zatsick ARCWP, Mindy Simmons-Music

Statue representing Holy Trinity in Marsa, Malta

Co-Presiders Katy Zatsick ARCWP and Cheryl Brandi

Gathering Song: #519 Holy Wisdom, Lamp of Learning -all verses.
Co-Presiders: In the name of God Creator of all, Jesus-our Brother and our Way, and the Holy Spirit Sophia, Love in action. Amen. 
Opening Prayer
All: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, you have created all things and you continue to call us to new life. Teach us to reverence in one another the gift of life we share. Give us a hunger for your Word, and let us walk in union with your Spirit all the days of our lives. We are called to be mystics and experience the depth of God within us and throughout the universe. Glory to you, Source of all Being, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
Litany of Peace and Healing
Our sung response is “Let us be your peace”
1.      God of all creation…let us be your peace
God of every Nation…let us be your peace
2) God beyond our knowing, let us…
God who walks among us, let us
3)God of great compassion, let us…
God of tender mercy, let us…
4)As we work for justice, let us…
With our hands and voices, let us…
5) With hope and healing, let us …
With light and loving, let us …
6)Here and all times, let us…
Now and forever, let us (adapted from Dan Schutte)

First Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31 ...the Word of God All: thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm 8 All: How great is your name, O Holy One, through all the earth.”
Second Reading: A reading from Julian of Norwich (Showings, p 183)
I saw that (God) is everything which is good, as I understand. And in this (God) showed me something small, no bigger than a hazel nut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed to me, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought; What can this be? I was amazed that it could last, for I thought that because of its littleness it would suddenly have fallen into nothing. And I was answered in my understanding: it lasts and always will, because God loves it; and thus everything has being through the love of God The inspired word of Julian. All Thanks be to God.
Alleluia (sung)
Cheryl Brandi, Co-Presider

Gospel: A reading from the Gospel of John 16:12-15
(music during reflection)
Shared Homily 
What were you earliest images/ideas of the Trinity?
When/how have your images of the Trinity changed?
Has your image/idea of the Trinity changed since you attend MMOJ?
What has changed in your relationship to God until today. How is this new understanding reflected in your image/your symbol of God.
We Believe
All: We believe that God’s kindom is here and now, stretched out all around us for those with eyes to see it, hearts to receive it, and hands to make it happen. 
We believe in one God who is Love and the Energy of Evolution, a divine mystery beyond all definition and rational understanding, the heart of all that has ever existed, that exists now, or that ever will exist. 
We believe in Jesus, God’s Word made flesh, bringer of God’s healing, heart of God’s compassion, bright star in the firmament of God’s prophets, mystics, and saints. 
We believe that we are called to follow Jesus as the Way of God’s love, a source of God’s wisdom and truth, and an instrument of God’s peace and justice in the world. 
We believe God's Spirit Sophia will grant us the courage, fidelity and wisdom to bring God's kindom into reality in our time and place. Amen.
Prayers of the Community 
Co-Presider: We your community gathered in faith believe in the power of prayer. We know we are all connected in the Oneness which is God. We are always mindful of God’s unconditional love and care for all of us. And so, we bring our needs to our compassionate and gracious God.  
Response: All: God of Love, hear our prayers.
Co-Presider: Healing God, 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 in a world without violence. As always, we make this prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ our Brother Amen. 
Preparation of the Gifts 
Song for our offering: #361 Seed Scattered and Sown, verses 1 & 3
Co-Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. We gather into one loaf of Community for worship through your Love for us. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer. This loaf is a symbol, like the hazel nut of Julian, it is our trust in the Mystery which creates, sustains and receives us. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever
Co-Presider: Blessed are you, God of Love for all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, this fruit of the vine that human hands have made. Through this wine offering we always give thanks for being your Beloved sons and daughters and experiencing life to the fullest. It will become for us our spiritual drink. All: Blessed be God forever.  
All: O Holy One, You dwell in each of us and all of us. You accept our gifts and worship as we gather in our faith community. We do this in memory of and in union with our brother, Jesus. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer 
Co-Presider: The Holy One, Shekinah, Source of all life, is with you. All: And also with you. 
Co-Presider: We lift up our hearts. All: We lift them up to the Holy One, the Love of our Hearts. 
Co-Presider: We give thanks and praise to our compassionate God. All: It is right to give the Holy One thanks and praise. 
Voice 1: O Divine Flame of Love, your glowing embers dance in our hearts. Your passionate presence kindles our souls. You purify us with the searing truth that ignites our spirits. As the glowing embers of a fire penetrate the cold around us, so your tenderness sets our hearts aglow. We celebrate your nearness this day as we remember your Pentecost miracles. 
Voice 2: The wind of your Holy Mystery has blown across our world in the gentle breezes and thunder storms of your vision in your prophets and visionaries among us. We praise and exalt you forever with grateful hearts as we sing: 
Holy Holy Holy – Karen Drucker
We are Holy, Holy, Holy…You are Holy, Holy, Holy,…I am Holy...We are Holy (3 times)
Voice 3: O Subtle One, you kindle your fire of enthusiasm within us. You speak to us with assurance and excitement and reveal to us the infinite, boundless, depths of your love for us through the attraction of the Energy of Evolution every drawing us deeper into the Mystery you are.
Voice 4: Beloved, awaken us to your promises to be always present in our lives, no matter what the obstacles or setbacks we experience. You consume us with such a hunger and thirst for justice that our words and actions inflame others to become signs of your justice. You give us eyes to see human need, hearts to care for our sisters and brothers and hands and feet to lighten others burdens.
 Invocation of the Holy Spirit (extend you hand in blessing)
Co-Presider: You bless us O Holy One Sofia and you enliven all that exists. You transform these gifts of bread and wine, and our lives, by boundless grace that nourish and sustains us on our journey. 
All: On the night before he faced his own death, Jesus sat at the Seder supper with us his companions. He reminded us of what he taught and bent down and washed our feet. Jesus returned to his place at the table, lifted the Passover bread and spoke the blessing, and then broke the break with these words: Take and Eat, this is my very self. 
Co-Presider: Jesus then raised high the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered us the wine with these words: 
All: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life for you and for everyone. Whenever you do this, you remember me. 
Presider: Let us proclaim the Mystery of Wonder in our midst: 
All: Christ of the Cosmos you are the spark of love in whom we believe; the Wisdom of Sophia in whom we trust; and the desire for justice that attracts and motivates us.
Voice 5: As we celebrate the memory of Jesus, we remember our political and religious leaders, especially Pope Francis, and our Bishop Bridget Mary and all ARCWP bishops. We remember the communion of saints and all who have inspired and loved us both living and dead. (pause to mention names).  
Voice 6: May our hearts be merry as we dream Sofia inspired new dreams and see new visions. May we recognize Christ present in every person everywhere. May we, like Jesus become Spirit Fire, as we fan the flames of your evolutionary Love throughout the entire cosmos, 
(Co-Presiders hold up bread and wine.} 
All: For it is through living as Jesus lived, that we awaken to your Spirit within, moving us to glorify and praise you, O Holy One, today and always.
Great Amen (sung)
 Prayer of Jesus
Co-Presider: Let us join hands, and sing together the prayer that Jesus taught us as we live in the Mystery of Love who is God. 
Sign of Peace  
Prayer for the Breaking of the Bread 
Co-Presider: Please join in praying the prayer for the breaking of the bread: 
All: God of gods, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We will live justly.   
God of Healing, You call us to be Your presence in the world. We will love tenderly. 
God of Wisdom, You call us to speak truth to power. We will walk with integrity.
Co-Presider: Our Eucharistic celebration is all-inclusive. Each of us is a spark of the Divine and nothing can separate us from God’s love. All are welcome to receive at this friendship table.  
(Presiders hold up bread and wine) 
Co-Presider: Let us pray our communion prayer together. 
All: What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives; as we share communion, we will become communion, both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.
Communion Song: after all have received.
You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, Your are a part of me, you are the face of God.
You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, you are my family, You are the face of God.
Thanksgiving and Announcements 
Closing Prayer:
Co-presider: We ask safe travel for all of our MMOJ members on your journeys over the summer. . We ask that your summer will be a time of relaxation, renewing yourselves and ties to family and friends. We ask that wherever you travel you know God is with you and before you. We wait expectantly to see each other again on your safe return to MMOJ.
Final Blessing  with hands raised
All: O Compassionate One, we rejoice that you are our Father, and we rejoice that you are our Mother. Give us the faith and courage to believe deeply in the absolute truth of your tender mercy for us, for all humanity and the earth itself. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Savior and Brother Amen.

Recessional song: #635 God, whose glory reigns eternal Verses 1 and 2.  

Adapted from: Bridget Mary Meehan, Mary Theresa Streck and Jay Murnane

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