Sunday, March 8, 2020

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy, Second Week of Lent, Presiders: Dotty Shugrue ARCWP and Joan Pesce, Music Minister Linda Lee Miller



Dotty Shugrue ARCWP and Joan Pesce -Co-Presiders









Linda Lee Miller, Music Minister
Second Saturday/Sunday of Lent:   Theme: The Transfiguration Experience
Greeting  

Presider: Good afternoon, we welcome all here today.  We welcome any new comers  Do we have any newcomers?   (New comers introduced).  We remind ourselves that Jesus accepted every person he met on his journey.  As an inclusive roman catholic community everyone is welcome to full participation.  Each one of us is worthy to share in the sacred bread and wine and to join around the altar as we pray the Eucharistic prayers.

Share protocol for changes due to COVID - 19 Virus.

Presider:  Peace Greeting :   Turn to one another with folded hand an
                say “God be with you” 
1.  “Peace is flowing like a River…   2.  “Love is flowing like a river…
       
Opening song: In the Name of all That Is
                                   by Jan Novotka

In the name of all that is we come together. 
In the name of the stars and galaxies;
In the name of the planets, moons and the sun; 
In the name of all that is we come.

In the name of all that is we come together. 
In the name of the ocean and the sea;
In the name of the mountain, desert and plain; 
The name of all that is we come.

In the name of all that is we come together.
In the name of the elements of life;
In the name of the soil, water and air; 
In the name of all that is we come.

In the name of all that is we come together. 
In the name of the children of earth;
In the name of the Spirit breathing in all things;
In  the name of all that is we come.

In the name of the Spirit breathing in all things;
In the name of all that is we come.







2.
Presider:   We gather in faith and hope.  We celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus. We recognize mystery in the experience of Peter, James and John on the mountain top.  We travel deep into the Divine within us to understand how we too can experience the Transfiguration of Jesus.  We believe with deep conviction that divisions will be healed.  We bring a tender heart to the broken..  We celebrate the gift of life and we support one another on the journey… 
Together we say…  

ALL:  AMEN

                                  Transformation Prayer

Presider:  “Nothing shall sully the image of God.  No matter the power of evil,  God is stronger and we need not fear …”
ALL:  Let our faith be transformed.   

GLORIA

ALL:  Glory be to the One in whom we live,
and move and have our being, 

And to the many who participate in this ONE life,
 
And to the Spirit who gathers us
as ONE in Love, 

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever evolving, 
World without end.  Amen
Mass of the World, Teilhard de Chardin

Presider:  Today our theme is the call to be transformed.  We open ourselves to embrace the only reality, we are One with the Holy One. We embraced our call to join with the transfigured Christ as we commit to live our lives as a people who have faith that can move mountains for the God 
of Love.

3.
ALL:  May our ears hear, our eyes see as the Word is shared…Amen
                                  
                                    LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading:  Genesis: 12: 1 - 4

Responsorial Psalm: The Creator is Love and Understanding 
Reading:   Psalm 33

Second Reading:  2 Timothy 1: 8 - 10

Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me, Spirit of the Living God fall afresh…

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 17: 1 - 9

                       Instrumental after the reading.  A time for personal reflection
                             followed by Sharing our Insight with our community
                                                     
                                              Profession of Faith

ALL:  We believe in our Creator who nurtures the earth, who resides in our expanding universe, who is one with us in all things.

We believe in Jesus, the Word incarnate, who journeyed on the earth, blessing the sick, making whole the broken, healing many, instilling faith in his followers so that they may continue the work He began.

We believe in the Spirit of Life, the breath of wisdom Sophia, who fills us with the breath of Life, who supports us and gives us strength to reach out to one another and build communities who search for truth on their life journey.

We believe in the communion of saints, our heavenly friends who 

walk with us in love as we continue our life journey.
4.
We believe in the partnership and equality of women and men in our Church and our world.

AMEN

Presider:  For our personal concerns, our experience of love and gratitudes, our hopes.……
                 General and personal Intentions Shared

Response:   Yes, we join in prayer
                               
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

Offertory Song:  “In these Days of Lenten Journey”  #127

Offertory and Presentation of Gifts:  

The Gifts are brought forth( filling the cup with wine and placing the bread on the altar then lifting both elements high)

  PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Presider:   We raise this cup and this bread. We call on the Sacred Spirit  and as One, we bless this bread and wine.  We will share it together in memory of Jesus.  We praise the SACRED SPIRIT everywhere in our Universe and recognize that WE Sisters and brothers are ONE in and with the SPIRIT OF TRUTH.

ALL:  We express thanks that we share in this mystery

 Presider:  We celebrate our lives together in community

ALL:  We express our gratitude for our CALL to share our VISION of healing

Presider:  We celebrate our commitment to live true to our CALL in HOPE

5.
ALL:  It is right and just that we keep our word

Presider:  We celebrate our call to service.  We share our hope for the healing of the nations and our earth.  We witness to the power of 

transformation We reach out in tenderness and caring consistently encouraging and constantly instilling Faith in all those we meet.  We especially care for those most in need, who suffer from war, their journey through life is a daily struggle we can’t imagine.  The story of the Transfiguration gives us hope that we two can be changed and our image and convictions will reveal the power and presence of the Cosmic Christ. May all of humanity gain strength and peace of heart.

ALL SING:  We are Holy, Holy, Holy…. You are…. I am… We are whole.

Presider:  We are indeed a holy people.  We recognize the Spirit of Light, ever present, ever in our midst, ever part of our very selves.  We call forth blessings on this bread and wine as we remember who Jesus was and all that he did to challenge the powers of oppression in his time.

The night before Jesus died he shared the seder meal with the women and men he called disciples.  Jesus stood, left the table and went to each one of them and washed their feet.  Jesus then returned to the table.  He took bread in his hands.  He blessed the bread and gave praise, he broke the bread and passed it to all those who sat with him and said:

ALL:  Take this bread blessed and broken. Eat.  This is my very self. Do this often in memory of me.

After supper, Jesus poured a final cup of wine.  He blessed the wine and passed it to those gathered with him saying: 

Take and drink this wine.   It is the cup of the new covenant.  It

is my very life.  Do this often in memory of me.   

Presider:  In sharing this bread and cup, let us embrace the Gospel of 
6.
justice and peace as we proclaim this mystery of our faith:

Presider:  In every person, in every creature that has ever breathed, 
       
ALL:  Christ has lived;
       
Presider:  In every living being that has passed on before us, 
      
ALL:  Christ has died; 

Presider:  In our sharing of the bread with one anotherTransfiguration, 
    
ALL:  Christ is with us still.

Voice 1:  With grateful hearts we receive the gifts of this Table. May the Spirit who is one with us, fill us with vision as we live the Transfiguration of Jesus

Voice 2:  In the spirit of this celebration, we rejoice in the Oneness we share.  We bring to mind all who feel separated from this Table of Abundance.

Voice 3:   Awaken in us, Holy One, a passion for equality and a generosity of spirit, that all may be accepted and welcomed in an inclusive community of faith.

Voice 4:  For it is through learning to live as Jesus lived, and why he lived,
and for whom he lived, that we awaken to your Spirit within,
moving us to be one with you, Life-giving Sacred Spirit,
At this time and all time and in all ways. 

Amen!    (Sing)

Presider:  When the disciples ask Jesus to teach them HOW to pray He spoke the “Our Father”  This prayer is a guideline of how we too can pray: Let us pray together as Jesus taught his disciples: 

7.
O Holy One, you are within, around, and among us.
We celebrate your many names.
Your wisdom come, your will be done,

Unfolding from the depths within us.

Each day you give us all that we need.
You remind us of our limits, and we let go.
You support us in our power, and we act with courage. 
For you are the dwelling place within us,
The empowerment around us,
And the celebration among us,
now and forever.  Amen.

Presider:  Please join in prayer as this bread is broken for all: 

ALL:  Loving God:
You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice.
We will live justly.

You call us to be Your presence in the world.
We will love tenderly.

You call us to speak truth to power.
We will walk with integrity in your presence.

Presider:  This is the bread of life and the cup of blessing. Through it we are nourished and we nourish one another.

ALL:  What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives; as we share communion, we will become communion.  We are both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.  Amen
(adapted, Miriam Therese Winter, MMS) 

Presider: We now share the Bread of Life and the Cup of the New Covenant.  We welcome all to receive and be nourished at this 
Open Table! 
                 
8.
Quiet Meditation Song during and After Communion

Presider:  We now share our gifts and our concerns. 

Share thanks for gifts received this week, make request for prayerful support for persons we know.  Announcements made by community members.

Presider:   Let us all extend our hands for our mutual blessing:

VOICE:   May vision and truth companion you. 
May beauty be in your eyes. May peace fill your being. 
May Love hold you close.
                 
VOICE May the Earth give you guidance.
May the Stars give you hope.  May the Blessings of life fill you!

Presider:  The time has now come for us to leave this sacred place.
As we do so, may we embrace the challenges of our lives and of our world.
 
VOICE:   Go with Hope ready to share your faith that we have the ability to heal our broken earth.  Go, ready to be open to on going transfiguration and shine as the stars overseeing  our world.

Go in peace, believing that the divisions and brokenness of our world will be healed by our hands.

Presider:  Go into this week, held together by love, clothed with the nature of Jesus our Companion and strengthened by Sacred Spirit Divine.                              

Closing Song:  “God has Chosen Me” - Bernadette Farrell  #380

Readings

Second Sunday of Lent

First Reading:  Genesis 12:1-4


God said to Abram, “Go forth from the land of your kinfolk and from the house familiar to you to a land that I wll show you.

“I will make you a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and it will be used to bless others.
I will bless those who bless you 
 and curse those who curse you.
All the families of the earth
will be blessed in you.”
Sara and Abram went as God directed, and Lot went with them.
Abram was seventy-five years old when they left Haran.

The inspired word by the authors of Genesis.  And the people said.
Amen


Psalm 33
Response:  The Creator is Love and Understanding.

For the word of the Creator is faithful,/and all God’s works are to be trusted.
The Creator loves justice and right/and fills the earth with love.

Response:  The Creator is Love and Understanding.

The Creator looks on those who stand in reverence,
On those who hope in God’s love,
To rescue their souls from death,/to keep them alive in famine.

Response:  The Creator is Love and Understanding.

Our soul is waiting for God,/ our help and our shield.
In the Creator our hearts find joy./ We trust in God’s holy Name.
May your love be upon us, O God,/as we place all our hope in You.

Response:  The Creator is Love and Understanding.
Second Reading:  2 Timothy 1:8-10

So do not be ashamed to give your testimony avbout Christ, and do not be ashamed of me, Christ’s prisoner.  But join with me in suffering for the Gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—-not because of anything we have done, but because of God’s own
purpose and grace.  This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of Jesus, who was put to death, and yet cintinued to bring  to light and understanding through the Gospel.
This is the inspired word of the disciple Timothy.  And the people say,
AMEN

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew
Reading from Mathew, 17th Chapter

Six days later, Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain alone.  Suddenly, His face shone like the sun, and his appearance was transformed before their very eyes, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as the light.  Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with Jesus.
Peter broke in and interruped, “Master, this a great moment!  What would you think if I built three tents here on the mountain - one for you, one for Elijah, one for Moses”
While he was going on like this babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice:  “This is the child of humanity, my son, marked by my love, focus of my delight.  Listen to him”
When the disciples heard it, they fell flat on their faces, scared to death.  But Jesus came over and touched them. “Don’t be afraid.”  When they opened their eyes and looked around all they saw was Jesus, only Jesus.
Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t breathe a word of what you’ve seen. After the Son of Man is raised from the dead, you are free to talk.” 

These are the inspired word of the apostle Mathew, and the people say

AMEN

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