|Katy Zatsick, Co-Presider|
“We join the Samaritan Woman and Jesus at the Well”
GATHERING SONG #384 “The Summons” Verses 1, 2, 4, 5 (replace Lord with “Love”)
Presider: In the name of God our Creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit, our Liberator. ALL: Amen
Presiders: O God, you shepherd us with tender care and you draw us to yourself in a covenant of Love. Help us to heed the words of Jesus to follow the call of your Spirit Sophia. Let this season of Lent be a turning point in our lives toward fidelity to you and the call to preach the Good news with our lives. We ask this in Jesus’ name. All: Amen.
Presider: Let us pause now for reflection. Place your hand over your heart and breathe in God’s compassionate love for you…be aware that God forgives, frees and heals us…Let us let go of guilt, live justly, and love tenderly and preach the Gospel with our lives. We are the face of God in our world… (Extend hands and recite prayer of General Absolution)
All: Beloved Father-Mother of mercies through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, you have reconciled the world and sent your Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of hurtful words and actions. We come as the woman at the well to seek your Living Water. Through the ministry of the church and all its members; may Love, God of Evolution give us pardon, healing and peace. May we forgive one another for our failures to love and to witness for justice in the name of the Holy One Creator of life, and of Jesus our brother, and of your Holy Spirit Sophia our wisdom. Amen.
Presiders: God of Love, you visited the earth and slaked our thirst, offering Living Streams of water. You fed the hungry and taught of Love’s way. You watered hardened souls, filled with stones and weeds, softening them with kindness, and blessing their growth…In the desert flowers come forth, the pastures flourish with fruit and grain; Creation’s diversity is glorious!
All: Amen. (taken from Psalms for Praying, Nan C. Merrill #65)
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading Exodus 17:3-7
Responsorial Psalm 95 All: Sing “If you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts, harden not your hearts.”
Second Reading: Taken from Pope Francis’ talk “God’s Power to Evangelize”
The mission that awaits us is, of course, challenging, but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it becomes an exciting one. We all experience our poverty, our weakness, in taking the precious treasure of the gospel to the world, but we must constantly repeat St. Paul’s words: “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Cor 4:7) It is this that must always give us courage; knowing that the power of evangelization comes from God, that it belongs to (God). We are called to open ourselves more and more to the action of the Holy Spirit, to offer our unreserved readiness to be instruments of God’s mercy, of (God’s) tenderness, of (God’s) love for every man and every woman especially for the poor, the outcast and those who are distant.
Furthermore, for every Christian, for the whole Church, this is not an optional mission; it is not and optional mission, but essential. As St. Paul said, “If I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! (1 Cor 9-16). God’s salvation is for everyone. The Inspired Word of Pope Francis. All: Thanks be to God.
(From Address to General Directors of Pontifical Missionary Works, Clementine Hall, May 17, 2013)
Gospel Acclamation: Sing “All praise, glory and honor to you, God of Great Love”
Gospel A reading from the holy gospel according to John 4:5-42
Reader: …The good news of Jesus, the Christ!
Gospel Acclimation: Sing “All praise, glory and honor to you, God of Great Love”
How do the readings challenge you and/or affirm your belief and actions for justice and peace?
Jesus and the woman held an extensive conversation, how can I increase my time with Jesus at the well of Living Water?
When and/or how can I as an elder in my communities be Jesus’ Living Water of the Gospel for those whom I meet?
Profession of Faith: ALL: We believe in God who calls us to be the compassion of God in our world. We believe in Jesus, whose death and resurrection reveals that God’s liberating love overcomes all oppression, including death and evil. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of Wisdom Sophia, who energizes and guides us to live and to preach Gospel equality in inclusive communities. We welcome everyone from everywhere in our nation and world. We believe in the communion of saints our heavenly friends, who inspire us to live holy lives. We believe in the Love, Your Living Water, that does justice and heals our world. Amen
Presider: That we may live compassion and mutuality, letting go of all patterns of domination, discrimination, bigotry and hate-may we stand in solidarity with all who are hurting, we pray. Response: All: God of unconditional Love, hear us!
Presider: For Muslims banned from the USA-may we stand in solidarity with them, we pray. Response: All: God of unconditional Love, hear us!
Presider: For all undocumented workers torn from their families and returned to Central America, we pray. Response: All: God of unconditional Love, hear us!
Presider: For all those who may lose their health care insurance, may we stand in solidarity with them, we pray. Response: All: God of unconditional Love, hear us!
Presider: For the destruction of Your oceans, water, air and land may we work to prevent this, we pray. Response: All: God of unconditional Love, hear us!
Presiders: God of unconditional Love, you hear our prayers as we bring your Gospel of Life Giving water to our communities and the world. We pray as always in our Brother Jesus’ name. All: Amen.
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Song: #343 I am the Bread of Life, verses 1, 4, 5 In verse 1 replace “the father” with “our Abba”
In verse 5 replace Yes Lord” with “Yes, Jesus”
|Katy Zatsick ARCWP and Elena Garcia ARCWP, Co-Presiders|
Presider: Blessed are you, Loving God, who gives us Living Water through the words and actions of Jesus. This bread is your MMOJ community seeking to live your Gospel and spread your healing and reconciling Good News. Through your divine providence, we have this bread to offer, it will become for us the Bread of Life. ALL: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Blessed are you, O God, Creator of all. This wine is our asking and seeking to be justice makers for all those who suffer in our country and for the life of your planet. Through your divine providence, we have this wine to offer, it will become our spiritual drink. ALL: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Divine Presence, we are united in this sacrament by the love of our Brother Jesus Christ in communion with all who seek your Living Water and take the Good News to your world ALL: Amen.
All: 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 Living Water for others. Amen.
(Invitation to come around the table)
Presider: God is with you, proclaiming the Gospel of liberation and healing
ALL: and also with you.
Presider: Lift up your hearts that Jesus proclaims justice, equality and peace for all people and God’s planet earth.
ALL: We lift them up to God.
Presider: Let us give thanks to our God.
ALL: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Voice One: Lifegiving Love, You have called us to be midwives of grace, radiant reflections of your holy presence on earth. United with You, we are one with all beings in the community of creation as we celebrate the new life occurring in our expanding cosmos.
(from Living With Christ, Preface: The Samaritan Woman)
All: It is truly right and just our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Loving God, holy Father and Mother through Christ our Living Water. For when Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for water to drink, he had already created the gift of faith within her and so ardently did he thirst for her faith, that Jesus kindled in her the fire of divine Love. And so, too give you thanks and with the angels praise your mighty deeds, as we acclaim:
ALL: Sing “We are holy, holy,-we are whole. …You are holy, holy,-you are whole. …I am holy, holy-I am whole. …We are holy, holy-I am whole…
Voice Two: Gracious God, you set the banquet table and invite all to the feast that celebrates your boundless love in the universe. As mystics and prophets, we are Your hands, lifting up those who suffer, the vulnerable and excluded in our world today
Voice Three: We especially thank you, Holy One, for Jesus God’s Living Water, who came to show us a new vision of community where every person is loved and all relate with mutual respect. As midwives of grace and bearers of the Good News, we welcome all God’s family into the Circle of Life at the Banquet of Love.
Voice Four: Jesus threatened the religious and political leaders of his time and so they put him to death. Like Jesus, the holy ones throughout the ages have been executed for their prophetic witness by the oppressive systems they challenged. As God’s beloved, we speak truth to power and work for justice and equality, no matter what the cost.
(please all extend hands as we recite the consecration together)
Presider: Let your Spirit come upon these gifts and into our hearts as we pray:
All: On the night before he died, Jesus took bread into his hands and said:
This is my body, he said. Take it and eat of it. Do this in in memory of me.
All: At the end of the meal Jesus took a cup of wine, raised it in thanksgiving to you, and said: “Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life in you. Do this in memory of me.”
Presider: Now then, let us proclaim the mystery of the Christ Presence made new again through you.
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!
Voice Five: We honor the holy women and men who have revealed your compassion and justice in our world. We honor those who were your Living Water through the examples of their lives, their words and actions. We thank you for ordinary people in our lives who show us how to love tenderly and have revealed the heart of our God, especially (pause to remember and name some of these holy women and men).
Voice Six: And so, liberating God Midwife of Grace, we hold our religious ministers and political leaders in the light of Christ Sophia, Holy Wisdom. We pray for our pope and bishops, especially Bridget Mary, our young and our elders, and all God’s holy people to be your Living Water for our world.
Voice Seven: We remember those who are sick and suffering. May they be healed and comforted. We remember Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary Magdala, Peter, Paul, Junia, our patron saints and all the saints and angels who surround us with loving prayer each day. We remember our loved ones and all those who have died, that they may experience the fullness of life in the embrace of our compassionate God.
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, all praise and glory are yours, Holy God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen: Sung
THE PRAYER OF JESUS
ALL: Our Father and Mother . . .
THE SIGN OF PEACE
Presider: Let us pray for the peace of Christ in our country and our world as we sing and hold hands in a community prayer for peace (Peace is flowing…Love is flowing…)
LITANY FOR THE BREAKING OF BREAD
ALL: Loving God, You call us to speak truth to power, we will do so. Loving God, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice, we will do so. Loving God, You call us to live as Your welcoming presence in the world. We will do so.
Presiders: This is Jesus, who called women and men to be partners and equals, and who liberates, heals and transforms our world and us. All are invited to partake of this sacred banquet of love. All are invited to be Jesus’ Living Water for others. Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body of Christ! ALL: Amen.
Music by Linda during communion
Song after Communion: #340 Ubi Caritas Verses 1, 3, 4
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Presiders: Life-giving God, Jesus showed the way to overcome all oppression through his death and resurrection. At the well in Samaria Jesus showed us how to be Living Water and your Good News for others. Through the power of your liberating Spirit at work within us and our world, we will comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable by living as the Compassion of God the Gospel values of justice, peace and equality for others and communities. ALL: Amen
CONCLUDING RITE (from LWC, Prayer for the People, For the Woman at the Well)
Presider: Direct, O Loving God, we pray the hearts of your faithful, and in your kindness grant your servants this grace: that, abiding in the love of you and our neighbors, we may fulfill the whole of your commands to be and to spread the Good News. Through Jesus your Son and our brother. All: Amen.
(everyone please extend your hands in mutual blessing)
ALL: Holy One, may we drink your Living Water and carry it to all your Beloved Daughters and Sons in our country and the world. Evolutionary Love of all, we bless one another as we, like Jesus, live Your generous service to all especially the least and the last. Amen.
Presider: Go, bring forth life as co-creators, healers, and doers of justice in our world. Let the service continue! ALL: Thanks be to God.
CONCLUDING HYMN #379 City of God all verses, Please replace “the Lord,” with “Our God”
Adapted from a liturgy by Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP