|Left: Katy Zatsick with MMOJ Community who gathered for Liturgy and Anointing of Katy|
“Summer Meeting God and Anointing of Katy”
All: Infinite God in whom I live and move and have my being (arms outstretched), Holy Spirit Sophia in every person and all Communities (hands in Namaste position, bowing to person across from you), Inner God, my brother Jesus: I am your light for the world (hands crossed over heart) Amen.
Presider: God is within us all. All: And also, within you.
All: Loving God We give you thanks for the gift of summer. A time to reflect on your presence and to rest. May our summer always bring us new life. We ask this through our Brother Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and Sofia Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.
See Attached for Readings
First Reading: Trees by Joyce Kilmer
Psalm Response: Psalm 72
Gospel reading: Mark 8:1-9
Shared Homily How has this summer brought you rest? And renewal? How and when did you experience God’s Presence?
Profession of Faith. All: We believe in God who is creator and nurturer of all. We believe in Jesus the Christ, who is our love, our hope, and our light. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of Wisdom Sophia, who energizes and guides us to build caring communities and to challenge injustices. We believe in the communion of saints our heavenly friends, who support us on life’s journey. We believe in the partnership and equality of women and men in our church and world. We believe that all are one in the community of creation. We believe that God calls us to live fully, love tenderly, and serve generously. Amen.
Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of your people to our loving God.
Response: Renewing Holy Mystery, hear us.
Presider: We pray for our country; that our Constitution and the Rule of Law be maintained. Response:
Presider: For all those abused by RC priests that healing be theirs and that they be supported, we pray. Response:
Presider: For what else should we pray…
Presider: We know you hear our prayers; those we speak and those we keep in our hearts. Energize our community to be your holy family; your Compassionate Presence in the world. All: Amen
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Presider: Blessed are you, O God, Seeker of all. This bread is your MMOJ community honoring the gifts your summer gave us. 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 in solidarity and justice makers for all those who suffer in our country; the world and our planet. Through your divine providence, we have this wine to offer, it will become our spiritual drink.
ALL: Blessed be God forever.
All: Divine Presence, we are united in this sacrament by the love of our Brother Jesus Christ in communion with all who seek to be the Compassionate presence of God in our world. Amen.
All Sing: We are holy holy holy (x3) We are whole; You are holy holy holy (x3) You are whole; I am holy (x3) I am whole; We are holy holy holy (x3) We are whole.
All: Come Holy Spirit and settle on this bread and wine. Fill them with the fullness of Jesus.
Remembering Jesus. (hand extended in blessing):
All: On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took bread, broke it, and shared it with those present, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my body which will be broken for you.” (Pause)
Then Jesus took a cup of wine and shared it with those present, saying, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. Do this in memory of me.”
All (2nd Invocation of Spirit, with hand on each other’s shoulder): Come Holy Spirit Sofia to rest on us. Refreshed from our summer may we extend your Love to all we meet. Amen
Prayer of Jesus (Sing “Our Father and Mother”)
Song of Peace Peace is flowing…hope is…Alleluia
Litany for 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 be your presence in the world. We will do so!
Presider: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. All: We are the Body of Christ.
Prayer of Thanksgiving (Didache, 100CE)
Men 1: For the thanksgiving, give thanks this way: First, for the cup: We thank you, Abba God, for the sacred vine of David your son, whose meaning you made clear to us through our brother Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
Women 2: And for the bread fragment: We thank you, Abba God, for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
All 3: As this fragment was scattered high on hills, but by gathering was united into one, so let your people from earth’s ends be united into your single reign, for yours are splendor and might through Jesus Christ down the ages. Amen
Prayers of Gratitude from community
Anointing of Katy before surgery 9/18
All (hand extended over community):
May God’s Light encircle you
May God’s Love enfold you
May God’s Peace encourage you
May God’s Presence enrich you
As we celebrate your gift of summer and look forward to fall. Amen
Presider: Let us go in the peace of Christ, let our service continue! All: Thanks be to God.
Adapted from a liturgy written by Michael and Imogene Rigdon, married priest couple at MMOJ Sarasota FL.
Our First Reading a poem "Trees" (1913) By Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
The inspired word of Joyce Kilmer All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm Response: taken from Psalm 72 All: Blessed be YHWH, the God of Creation
The mountains will bring the people peace and the hills justice! Your anointed will defend the oppressed among the people and save the children of the poor. All: Blessed be YHWH, Loving God of Creation
The rule of the chosen one will be like rain coming down on the meadow, like showers watering the earth. Justice will flow through the days and profound peace, until the moon be no more. All: Blessed be YHWH, Loving God of Creation
Your anointed one will rescue the poor when they cry out, and the oppressed when there is no one to help them. Your chosen one will take pity on the lowly and the poor…your chosen one will rescue them all from violence and oppression…All: Blessed be YHWH, Loving God of Creation
Let there be an abundance of grain upon the earth—let it rustle on the mountaintops! Let the crops flourish like the forests of Lebanon; let them thrive like the grass of the fields. All: Blessed be YHWH, Loving God of Creation
Blessed by YHWH, the God of the evolving universe, who alone does wondrous deeds! And blessed forever be God’s glorious Name; may the whole earth be filled with God’s glory. Amen, Amen! All: Blessed be YHWH, Loving God of Creation
Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 1-9
Once again, a large crowd assembled, and they had nothing to eat. Jesus called over the disciples and said, “My heart goes out to these people. By now they have been with us for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry, they will collapse on the way, for some have come a long distance.” The disciples replied, “How can anyone give these people enough bread in this desolate place?” Jesus asked the, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied.
Then Jesus directed the crowd to sit down, taking the seven loaves, he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute, and they handed them out to the crowd. They also had a few small fish; asking a bless on the fish, Jesus told them to distribute these also. The people in the crowd ate until they were filled—yet they gathered seven wicker baskets of left overs. Those who had eaten numbered about four thousand. The Good News of our Brother Jesus. All: Thanks be to God for our salvation through the Living Word of God.
The live oak tree Katy sees from her window. About 100 years old.