Mindy Lou Simmons sings "Will You Stay?" for Communion Meditation
on Palm Sunday at MMOJ Liturgy
|Lee Breyer, Kathryn Shea ARCWP and son Seth Theo bless Palms at Palm Sunday Liturgy at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, March 24, 2018|
Theme: The Path and the Price
Presider: Let us pray as we come together to break bread and share the blessings we have received from our God through the example of Jesus on earth. Through the Holy Spirit, may we learn to love as Jesus did, everywhere he went and everyone he met. May we open our hearts to wherever our journey leads us…and may we be welcoming of whomever we meet, whomever they are … in this one world. All: Amen.
Presider (to the community): Please raise your arm and hold your palms at an angle towards the middle aisle for the blessing of the palms.
Blessing of the Palms
Presider (to the community): As we hold up these palms for the blessing of God on them and us (and Seth sprinkles us and our palms), let us use this opportunity to copy today– in silence - the praise and glory of those welcoming Jesus so long ago.
Presider: Creator God, we ask you to bless these palms, the plants to which you gave life and those that heralded the entrance of Jesus to the holy city, Jerusalem. We use them now as we gather together to celebrate Jesus’ presence in our holy space, St. Andrew Church.
May we receive the joy that his followers experienced on that day so many years ago … and may we do so as we walk with him in all our days ahead. We ask this of you, Loving God, in the names of Jesus our Brother, and the Spirit our Wisdom. Amen.
Entrance/ Processional Hymn: “Hosanna to the “Son of David” #138; vs. 1,4,7 (God for Lord)
Presider (when they are at the front and the candle and the gospel book are in their places)
Let us pray.
All: God of life, wholeness and holiness, you who direct all creation to its complete fulfillment in Jesus, the Christ, help us open our hearts to the message of the Gospel so that your peace may rule in our hearts and your justice may guide our lives. Loving God, bless all of us here this afternoon - and all those of our community who are not with us today. We ask this of you, our brother Jesus, and our Wisdom Sophia. Amen.
Presider: This is the day that our God has made…
All: …so let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Penitential Rite and Community Forgiveness
Presider: Creator God, to you all hearts are open, no desires unknown, and no secrets hidden. We ask you to send your Spirit to us so that we may live more fully according to your will and that we may be worthy to be called your blessed people.
All: Help us to prayerfully hear Wisdom’s messages, to faithfully understand them, and to continually receive the strength to follow them.
Presider: Christ Jesus, we ask for the grace to realize our continual need to grow in goodness and caring for ourselves, for others, and for our planet earth.
All: Help us to extend your forgiving presence in us to all those with whom we live, with no exceptions.
Presider: We join with you, Jesus the Christ, believing that the insight, direction, and strength of the Holy Spirit will lead us to deeper dedications to justice, equality, peace, and nonviolence. And together, as the family of God and sisters and brothers of one another, we pray:
All: (with an outstretched arm): God, the Father and Mother of mercy, through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, he bonded the world to you. He sent the Holy Spirit to move among us and all creation. May that Spirit give us the wisdom to love you - and the strength and compassion to love one another. Merciful God, teach us the virtues of pardon and peace so that we may – in turn – learn to forgive our failures to care for one another and for our planet Earth. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother and of the Holy Spirit, our healer and comforter. Amen.
Glory to God
All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to all God’s people on earth. Creator God, heart of the universe, we thank you for the breath of the Spirit sustaining everything that exists, everywhere in the cosmos. Through the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, you gave us the grace to know that you are always among us – and that we can experience you in our brothers and sisters. We give you glory and praise through Jesus Christ, our brother, and the Holy Spirit, our Wisdom. Amen.
Liturgy of the Word
First reading: Book of Wisdom 1: 6-9-->
The first reading is a selection from the Book of Wisdom 1: 6-9
Wisdom is a Spirit, a friend to all of creation. As good as she is, she will not tolerate the behavior and words of those who do harm or speak evil of others.
God sees into the innermost parts of everyone, truly observes their hearts and listens to their tongues.
The spirit of God indeed fills the whole world and, as that which holds all things together, she knows every word that is uttered and every action that takes place anywhere.
The one who gives voice to injustice anywhere will never go unnoticed, nor shall avenging Justice pass that one by…for the godless person’s deliberations will be examined and a report of those words will reach God to hold that one responsible for any evils.
This Wisdom of God is brought to us by Solomon, written in the second century before Christ.
All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 104: Responsorial: Send forth your Spirit, O God, and renew the face of the earth. #806
Second reading: Paul to the early church in Colossians 1: 15-20 All: Glory and thanks to our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
The second reading is from a letter of Paul to the early church in Collosssae. 1: 15-20
Christ is the image of the unseen God and the firstborn of all creation
for in Christ were created all things in heaven and on earth --
everything visible and invisible, Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers —
all things were created through Christ…and for Christ.
Before anything was created, Christ existed, and all things hold together in Christ.
The church is the body; Christ is its head.
Christ is the Beginning, the first born from the dead, and so Christ is first in every way.
God wanted all perfection to be found in Christ,
and all things to be reconciled to God through Christ –
everything in heaven and everything on earth –
when Christ made peace …
by dying on the cross.
This inspirational message was written by Paul in the middle of the first century to a community of people who, in not many years previous to his conversion, would have persecuted them. It is brought to us to enliven us as well.
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia
Gospel: Luke 19: 28-40
Today’s gospel is a passage from Luke 19: 28-40
When Jesus and his disciples were walking along, Jesus decided they could go straight up to nearby Jerusalem. And it so happened that as he got close to Bethphage and Bethany, by the place called Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples, with these instructions: “Go into the village across the way. As soon as you enter it you will find a colt tied there, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just tell them: “Its master has need of it.” So those disciples went off and found the colt exactly as Jesus had described.
Then, just as they were untying the colt, its owners challenged them: “What are you doing untying that colt?” They answered: “Its master needs it.”
So they took the colt and brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt’s back and helped Jesus mount it. And as he rode along, people gave him a grand welcome; they would spread their cloaks on the road. As Jesus approached the slope of the Mount of Olives, the entire throng of his disciples began to cheer and shout praise to God for all the mighty works that they had seen. They kept repeating:
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!
But some of the Pharisees, who also were in the crowd, called out to Jesus: “Teacher, get your followers under control; restrain them.”
But Jesus responded. “I tell you, if these folks were to keep quiet, these very stones would do it for them, breaking into cheers.”
This is the word of God as recorded for us by the apostle Luke.
Shared Homily/Community Reflection
Discussion starter: The path, the price. Jerusalem, my destiny. Calculations and outcomes.
Profession of Faith
All: We believe in God, the Creator of the universe, whose divinity infuses all that exists, making everything, everywhere, sacred. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who leads us to the fullness of humanity. Through him, we become a new people, called beyond the consequences of our brokenness. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Wisdom who keeps the Christ-vision present to all those who are searching for meaning and wholeness in their lives – and the Sustainer who heals and energizes us when our spirits may grow weary in our journeys. We say: Amen to courage, to hope, and to truth. We say: Amen to the partnership and equality of all people of different genders, races, and faiths. We believe in a world of justice and peace for everyone, everywhere, with no exceptions. In all of this, we surely believe.
Prayers of the Community
Presider: We are a people of faith, believing in the power of prayer. We are always mindful of God’s unconditional love and care for all of us. And so, we bring the needs of people - throughout the world - to our merciful and gracious God. After each intercession, respond: Compassionate God, hear our prayers.
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 names of Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, our Wisdom. Amen.
Offertory Procession “As We Gather at Your Table” #314, verses 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 the table of our God
ALL: Merciful 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 of 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. Your gift of the Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, is the foretaste and promise of the paschal feast of heaven. And so we join the angels and saints as we sing:
ALL: We are holy, holy, holy. (Karen Drucker)
Voice 2: We thank you, God, for the gift of Jesus in history - and the gift of Jesus in faith. You raised him up from among your people to baptize us in your Spirit. He was moved by his vision of your constant presence among us. He burned with insight and truth, revealing you in his life well lived. He showed us, through his example, not only how we should live, but also for what we may die.
Voice 3: When his time had come, Jesus suffered for the values he deeply believed and taught…his conviction that love is stronger than death. And then, as a model of this insight for the ages to come, he opened wide his arms and died. The Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, showed us that life is eternal and love is immortal. Jesus is with us today as he will be through the end of time.
All: O God, let your Spirit of life, healing and wholeness come upon these gifts that we gathered from the fields and placed on our table -- this simple wheat and wine. May she have them become for us the Body and Blood of Jesus, our brother.
(With an outstretched arm as we pray the consecration together. We remember the gift that Jesus gave us on the night before he died. He gathered with his friends to share a final Passover meal. And it was at that supper that Jesus took bread, said the blessing and shared it with them saying: take this, all of you, and eat it. This bread is you; this bread is me. We are one body, the presence of God in the world. Do this in memory of me. [Pause]
In the same way, Jesus took a cup of wine, said the blessing and gave it to his friends saying: take this, all of you, and drink it. This wine is you; this wine is me. We are one blood, the presence of God in the world. 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 this mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ lives in us and through us in the world today.
Voice 4: In memory of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we offer you, God, this life-giving bread and this saving cup. May all who share this sacred meal be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit. And may that Spirit, that Wisdom, that moved in Jesus move freely in our lives as well.
Voice 5: God, remember your church throughout the world, help us grow in love, together with Francis, our Pope, Bridget Mary, our Bishop, and all your people everywhere - especially those who live on the margins of church and society. Remember also all those, living and dead, who touched our lives and left their footprints on our hearts. We remember especially….(mention names, if you would like to).
All: Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, Creator God, forever and ever. Amen (sung). All: Our Father and Mother ……..Amen.
All: Lord God, we have prayed that your kindom may come among us. Open our ears to hear it, our hands to serve it, and our hearts to hold it. Amen.
The Sign of Peace
Presider: Jesus, you said to your disciples, “My peace I leave you; my peace I give you.” Look on the faith of those gathered here and ….
All: … grant us your peace. O God, following the example of Jesus and with the strength of the Spirit, help us spread that peace throughout the world, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions. Amen.
Presider: May the peace of God be always with us, and may we extend God’s peace to one another as we join hands and sing “Peace is flowing like a River”.
Litany for the Breaking of Bread
Presider: Loving God…All: you call us to Spirit-filled service and to live the Gospel of non-violence for peace and justice. We will live justly.
Presider: Loving God…All: you call us to be your presence in the world and to be bearers of forgiveness and understanding, healing and compassion everywhere in your name. We will love tenderly.
Presider: Loving God...All: you call us to speak truth to power. We will walk humbly with you.
Presider: This is Jesus, who liberates, heals, and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this sacred banquet of love. All: We are the Body of Christ.
Presider: Lord God, as we come to share the richness of your table, we cannot forget the poverty of so many of our brothers and sisters.
Right Side: We cannot eat this bread and forget those who are hungry. O God, your world is one world and we are stewards of its nourishment for your people.
Left Side: We cannot drink this wine and forget those who are thirsty. O God, the very earth and its people cry out for environmental justice.
All: We cannot listen to your words of peace and not grieve for the world at war.
Communion Music: Instrumental
After Communion Hymn “Will You Wait” – Mindy Simmons
Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion
Presider: Eternal God, may this Eucharist in which we always share Christ’s healing love deepen our oneness with you and our unity with one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Christ, and the Spirit, the Wisdom. All: Amen.
Community Prayers of Gratitude/Introductions/Announcements
All: May our hearts be glad on our journey as we dream new dreams and see new visions.
May we all live and work for peace, justice, and non-violence in our hearts for ourselves and our brothers and sisters - whoever they are and wherever they are.
May we learn to bless, honor, and hold in reverence the Earth and one another. Amen.
Closing Community Blessing
Presider: Our prayer as we anticipate Easter is that we may recognize and actively acknowledge the presence of the sacred in all those places on this earth that we are reluctant to search or simply overlook: in the stables of our own lives; among the downtrodden who live on the edges of our society; in immigrants especially but also in people who are “different” from us. And we pray -- (with an outstretched arm in blessing)
All: May we realize Emmanuel, God-in-us, and give generous expression to this wonderful gift that we all share. May our nurturing God bless us all gathered here and all those in our communities. We ask this in the name of the Creator, in the name of Mary’s child, and in the Name of our Wisdom as we minister to one another as the People of God. Amen.
Closing Community Commissioning and Hymn “Jesus, The Very Thought of You” #409 – all verses
Presiders: As we leave here in the peace of Christ, let our service continue in all that we do.ALL: Amen.