Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God: Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community at Sun City Center “Celebration of Life, Hope and Prayers for 2018” “This is the day our God has made, let us rejoice in it” (Psalm 118) January 11, 2018
All: Let us begin in the name of our God, God of Love, celebrating the diversity of peoples and faiths, our Brother Jesus blessing us in solidarity with all, and guidance of Sophia Wisdom for the year ahead. Amen
Opening Prayer All:
We come to worship you Loving God who showers us with blessings and asks us to be blessing for others in our new year. May we cherish every amazing day, conscious of your Presence and abundance all around and for us. We ask you to give us insight into our lives, the needs of our community, and ministry this year. May we celebrate with joy the many blessings we will receive in 2018. May we pray for guidance to follow you with the People of God in our ministry with them. Amen
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Reading from Edith Stein, The Hidden Life, p 115.
A new year at the hand of (Jesus)—we do not know whether we shall experience the end of this year. But if we drink from the fount of the Savior each day, then each day will lead us deeper into eternal life and prepare us to throw off the burdens of this life easily and cheerfully at some time when the call of (our God) sounds. The Divine Child offers us his hand to renew our (commitment). Let us hurry to clasp this hand. (God) is my light and my salvation—of whom shall I be afraid? The inspired word of Edith Stein All: Thanks be to God
Psalm response – Psalm 99 from Nan Merrill
Response All: Sing praises to the Beloved. Holy are You, Giver of Life!
Awaken, O people! Entrust your hearts to Love, for the Beloved reigns supreme; let all the earth give thanks! Your unseen Presence is great in the land; You sit with the leaders of nations.
All: Sing praises to the Beloved. Holy are You, Giver of Life!
Let the leaders be silent and guided by your Voice! Holy are You! You are mighty and love justice, You establish equity; Out of the Silence, your Word can be hard in the land inviting the nations to live in peace. Listen you people! Open your hearts to the Beloved, that Truth may be born anew! All: Sing praises to the Beloved. Holy are You, Giver of Life!
Many who have gone before us followed the Beloved’s Voice. The unknown saints of all generations. They surrendered themselves into the Beloved’s hands, and walked with confidence. They were guided through difficult times keeping to Love’s way, and trusting in Love’s promises. All: Sing praises to the Beloved. Holy are You, Giver of Life
O Heart of all hearts, You answered their prayers; with mercy, You forgave their wrongdoings, always inviting them to new life. Sing praises to the Beloved, and aspire to ascend the holy mountain. Holy are You, O Giver of Life! All: Sing praises to the Beloved. Holy are You, Giver of Life!
Reading from William McNamara, OCD, Mystical Passion, p 124
We have not grasped the ultimate seriousness and sacredness of a single human act because we have not understood how absolutely unique every human being really is. To be unique is not a matter of peculiar differences but of outstanding fidelity. When all is said and done that is what the spiritual life is all about, fidelity: to myself and the God who calls me to become more and more gracefully myself, my very best self; not in isolation but in communion with the whole human race. My passion must go on mounting until I am so faithful that God will look on me with pleasure and say: “This is my beloved son and daughter” (Mt 3:17) The inspired word of William McNamara. All: Thanks be to God
The Good News for 2018: adapted from 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20
During the time young (your name -YN) was minister to our God under Pope Francis…One day Pope Francis was asleep in his usual place…and (YN) was asleep in the temple of the our God. Our Brother Jesus called to (YN) who answered, “Here I am” (YN) ran to Pope Francis, “Here I am. You called me.” “I did not call you,” he replied. This exchange happened three times. The third time Pope Francis advises (YN) “If you are called reply, “Speak Jesus, for your servant is listening.” When I went to sleep in my place, Jesus came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, “(YN), (YN)!” I replied, “Speak, for your servant (YN) is listening.” The good news of Jesus, the Cosmic Christ throughout creation and time! ALL: Glory and praise to you, Jesus Brother of our thankfulness and hope.
SHARED HOMILY: For what in 2017 are you thankful? When were you called by Jesus in 2017? What are your hopes self, family, community, country for 2018?
CREED: All: We believe in God the fountain of life flowing through every being. We believe in Jesus the Christ our Brother 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. Amen.
Community petitions: With hearts filled with loving compassion, we lift up the needs and hopes of our families, friends, community and our country. All: God of hope and new life answer us.
For our country and all elected officials, we pray:
For all those who are ill especially Wanda ARCWP who is recovering from open heart surgery and for those who have died especially Judy Beaumont a founder of ARCWP who has died , we pray:
Please add your intentions
Presider: We hold these and all our unspoken intentions in our hearts as we gather around your Banquet Table today. As always, we pray in our Brother Jesus’ name. All: Amen
Offertory of gifts and ourselves:
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 community as we offer our lives in ministry for others' blessing. May we individually and as a community live your vision of peace and justice for all including the earth. This will become for us the bread of life. All: Blessed be our God blessings forever.
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 live for the Common Good. This wine and juice will become our spiritual drink. All: Blessed be God of hope forever.
Co-presider: My sisters and brothers let us pray together that our gifts may be acceptable to our Creator Spirit and Love.
All: May God accept these gifts from our hands, for the praise and glory of God's name, in thanksgiving for our lives and for our compassion and our ministry for the Common Good of all. Amen
Let us stand around our table and altar (Canon adapted from Diarmuid O'Murchu for Holy Wisdom)
Sing: We are holy, holy, holy...you are holy, holy, holy..., I am holy, holy holy...We are holy, holy, holy...3times (Karen Drucker)
Presiders: That same Spirit we invoke upon the gifts of this Eucharistic table, bread of the grain & vine of the grape, that they may become the body and blood of Jesus – to nurture afresh in us the discerning gifts of wisdom, light and truth. We ask the Spirit to bless each of our ministries in 2018.
Invoking the memory of tradition:
Presider: Gathering the disciples around the table of shared wisdom,
Extending our hands All: Jesus took bread; blessed you God of all good gifts,
broke the bread and along with the cup, handed to those seeking nourishment, with these words: Take this all of you, eat and drink: This is my body which will be given up for you.
Presider After the meal, Jesus took another cup, poured out in a spirit of solidarity and empowerment.
Extending our hands: All: Jesus gave thanks and shared the cup with his friends, saying: Take this all of you and drink from it; this is the cup of my life-blood, the life of the new and everlasting covenant. In prophetic solidarity, it is poured out for you and for all. Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.
All: In faith and hope we are sustained, in grace and dignity reclaimed, in praise, we thank our God.
Presiders: As we celebrate this sacred meal, we recall the wise and gracious gifts bestowed on us down through the ages; and we look forward in hope, knowing that you, our wise and faithful God, will continue to endow us with abundant blessings.
Second Invocation to Holy Wisdom: (Placing your right hand on the shoulder of the person next to you.) All: In the power of this Eucharistic meal, bless us afresh with the gift of the Spirit, that our hearts may be open and receptive as you invite us into the fullness of life.
Presider: In union with all peoples living and dead, we unite our thoughts and prayers.
All: We ask for wisdom and courage:
-to share our wisdom as elders with others as ministers of you kindom. - to discern more wisely your call to us in the circumstances of our daily lives; - to act justly and courageously in confronting the pain and suffering that desecrates the Earth and its peoples; - to take risks in being creative and proactive on behalf of the poor and marginalized;
-Always to be thankful for our lives and to live the hope that your Presence brings to all. - and to love all people with generosity of heart, beyond the labels of race, creed and color.
Presiders: And may we ever be aware and alert to the new things the Spirit makes possible, as our world unfolds amid pain and beauty, into the fullness of life to which all are called, participating in the wise and wonderful work of co-creation. All: Amen
Doxology: (lifting up the bread and wine) All: In the wisdom of our triune God, Creator, Liberator, and Holy Spirit, we are blessed with the gifts of this Eucharistic table, and with all the good things bestowed upon our world, now and forever. Amen.
Our Sign of Peace Presider: God who teaches by life and example who has nourished us is our peace. Strangers and friends, male and female, old and young, the God of peace has broken down the barriers to bind us to God’s Self and to each other. Having tasted God’s goodness, let us as a community extend a sign of peace to one another.
LITANY FOR THE BREAKING OF BREAD ALL: Loving God, You call us to live mercy, we will do so. Loving God, You call us to live justice, we will do so. Loving God, You call us to live equality, we will do so.
Presiders: This is Jesus our Brother, who calls us to open doors that are closed and share our bread on the altar of the world. All are invited to eat and drink at this sacred banquet of love.
ALL: Jesus, we are worthy to receive you and to be your compassion and wise elder s for our world. Let us say to one another, You are a priest of God. We are the Body and blood of Christ.
Please dip the bread as this is cold and flu season
Prayers of Gratitude
Anointing of each other for 2018
CONCLUDING RITE Presiders: Our God is with you. ALL: and also with you.
Closing BLESSING (Everyone please extend your hands in mutual blessing)
ALL: May you with all the saints who have followed the voice of Jesus
surrender yourself into the hands of our God of unconditional Love.
With confidence that Jesus and Sophia Holy Spirit will guide you through difficult times and joyous ones, keeping to his Way and trusting in Love’s promises in our new year. Amen
DISMISSAL into our New Year of 2018 Presider: Go in the peace and Love of our Brother Jesus our God of gratitude and hope.
Let our ministry of love, compassion and seeking justice continue!