Saturday, May 30, 2020

MMOJ Pentecost , May 30, 2020, Presider: Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP and Peg Bowen ARCWP, Readers Janet Blakeley ARCWP and Sally Brochu ARCWP

Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP and Peg Bowen ARCWP Presiders

Photo: Mohammad

Gathering Song: Spirit Moves

Jan Novotka

I stand strong
In truth
As the fire and winds draw near
I stand tall as I am
For the giving and rising
Of all.

And the
Spirit moves through me
Spirit moves in me
Spirit moves through me
Spirit moves in me
Spirit moves freely
Spirit moves

Spirit moves freely
Spirit moves

(song repeats)

Welcome and Gathering

Presider 1: Welcome to our Zoom liturgy at Mary Mother of Jesus, an inclusive Catholic Community, where all are welcome. We invite you to pray the liturgy and respond where it says, All. All participants will be muted during the liturgy except for the presiders and readers. During the shared homily and community prayers we ask you to unmute yourself if you would like to contribute. Please have bread and wine/juice in front of you as we pray our Eucharistic prayer.

Presider 2: Today is the feast of Pentecost. We celebrate the love of the Holy One that has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit dwelling within us. 
Everyone is a unique and beautiful reflection of the face of God in our world. Each of us is given something to do that shows who God is and to make our world a better and happier place. Today we celebrate our spiritual power to live as a holy shakeup of Christ's Presence in the world.  We rejoice in the the spiritual gifts we have been given to serve God's people in diverse and wonderful ministries. We can do all things in the Spirit that moves through us. 

Opening Prayer

Presider 1: Holy One, Creative Energy within us and within all, we open ourselves to the outpouring of Spirit Love anew on Pentecost and  every day. We encounter you in people from every nations who manifest your presence with diverse gifts in generous service to their sisters and brothers. May we continue to be filled with gratitude for our spiritual gifts and use them wisely to benefit all. All Amen

Glory to God: Marty Haugen


Glory to God, in the highest (3x)

And peace to God’s people on earth.

First Reading: 
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

ACTS 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
These are the inspired words of  the disciples of Jesus.

Responsorial: Taize Chant: Veni Sancte Spiritus

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7

God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various ministries are carried out everywhere: but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various expression of power are in action everywhere; but God is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is. Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding, simple trust, healing the sick, miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the Spirit of God who decides who get what, and when. 
These are the inspired words of Paul, disciple of Jesus.
(Translation from The Message by Eugene H. Peterson)

Alleluia – Jan Phillips shortened

Gospel: A reading from the Gospel of John

Jn 20:19-22

On the evening of that first day of the week,
the doors were locked in the room
where the disciples were,
for fear of the Temple Authorities.
Jesus came and stood among them
and said, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this,
he showed them the marks of crucifixion.
The disciples were filled with joy when they saw Jesus,
who said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As Abba God sent me, so I am sending you.”
After saying this Jesus breathed on them and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.”
These is the inspired words of John, disciple of Jesus.

HOMILY- Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

In times of grief, uncertainty and struggle, we turn to families, friends and community for comfort and strength. During our present global pandemic and national crisis we gather as a spiritual community to offer each other mutual support as we  pray for all who have suffered and died from COVID 19,  as well as for all care givers, health care workers, public officials, and for a vaccine.  We also pray for justice and healing of racism in response to the killing of George Floyd. During these times our world appears upended as we face uncertainty and anxiety about our present and future.  When our lives are thrown into chaos by a health crisis, death of a loved one, or an unexpected event or crisis we come together in loving solidarity in order to survive, heal and promote justice. 

The Pentecost story begins with frightened disciples huddled together in grief and panic about their future. Would they be imprisoned, put to death, like Jesus?
Then, as Mary, Mother of Jesus, and the women and men who followed Jesus, prayed together, a profound spiritual transformation takes place within them.  Pentecost’s vivid imagery: “tongues of fire resting upon each of them, and filling them with the Holy Spirit” describe an energetic flow of spiritual power vibrating through every cell of their body, mind and spirit.  No longer locked in their fears, the disciples suddenly understood that the spiritual capacity to do what Jesus did and even more was now a reality for them. This holy shakeup propelled them to leave the Upper Room, go way outside their comfort zone to publicly proclaim 
that  Jesus’ empowering Risen presence, is a vibrant reality that transforms lives and sets the world on fire with love.

Paul describes the seismic spiritual shift in awareness that evolved in the followers of Jesus, who transitioned from grief at Jesus passing to a profound experience of the Risen One’s Presence with them and even more within them, in the following words: “The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit of God dwelling within us.” (Romans 5:5, cf. 8:11)

Pentecost happens today every time the Spirit moves through us in loving service to our sisters and brothers.  Sally and Janet gathered with Beth in a circle of love that included our entire MMOJ Community as our dear sister, Marie transitioned into the fullness of God’s embrace two weeks ago. In their words:
“We began to anoint Marie. At the moment the holy oils were placed on her forehead, we could feel her take immediate leave, peacefully and with quiet dignity. It was a gift to be with Marie in her last moments and to be a support for Beth.” 

Womanpriest: Tradition and Transgression in the Contemporary Roman Catholic Church, a new book authored by Jill Peterfeso and published by Fordham University, is the first academic study of our historic movement.  According to Peterfeso, the “holy shakeup” impact of our womanpriest movement is a major transformative catalyst that redefines identity, theology and ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. She writes: “Womenpriests believe that they must defy the official Catholic teaching that only men can be priests in order to restore and redeem the Roman Catholic Church. Womenpriests’ actions are designed to be controversial because they are constructing a new model of priesthood that invites new models for being Roman Catholic. The groups very existence is an ongoing protest against official Catholic doctrine and offers an alternative Roman Catholic Church in the bodies of womenpriests.” (Introduction)

Catholics have been taught that Spirit moves through certain people more than others. One example is that an ordained priest is the one minister who can celebrate Mass. In our inclusive Catholic communities, we the people, ordained and non-ordained celebrate sacraments -we consecrate bread and wine and affirm our spiritual power to pray, share and be the Body of Christ sharing the Body of Christ with one another!

The holy shakeup that the disciples experienced long ago on  Pentecost keeps on happening in gentle and dramatic ways every time we are the hands and feet, the presence of Christ in the world.  We all have the power we need, as God’s holy, blessed people to do what Jesus did and even more! So no matter what crisis we face, no matter how bleak things may appear to be, let us affirm we can do all things in God who strengthens us and serves through us!


Homilist: If you feel called to share, unmute yourself. Mute yourself again after speaking

Community Sharing: 

How do you experience Pentecost, the empowering presence of Spirit within you, others and our world?

Statement of Faith

All: We believe in one God, a divine mystery

beyond all definition and rational understanding,

the heart of all that has ever existed,

that exists now, or that ever will exist.

We believe in Jesus, messenger of God's Word,

bringer of God's healing, heart of God's compassion,

bright star in the firmament of God's

prophets, mystics, and saints.

We believe that we are called to follow Jesus

as a vehicle of God's love,

a source of God's wisdom and truth,

and an instrument of God's peace in the world.

We believe that God's kin-dom is here and now,

stretched out all around us for those

with eyes to see it, hearts to receive it,

and hands to make it happen.

Prayers of the Community:

Presider 2: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we bring to this table our blessings, cares and concerns.

All: Holy One, You hear our prayer.

Presider 2; We see you in our sisters and brothers who are using their talents and training to heal and help all those who are suffering from COVID 19. May they be instruments of your healing love as your compassion flows through them.

All: Holy One, You hear our prayer.

Presider 2: For what else shall we pray?
(Unmute your microphone Speak your concern when there is an opening, Re-mute your microphone)

Presider 2: We pray for these and all unspoken concerns that we hold in our hearts.

All: Amen.

Presentation of the Bread and Wine

Presider 1: Blessed are you, God of all life, through your goodness we have bread, wine, all creation, and our own lives to offer. Through this sacred meal we become your new creation.

Presider 2: My sisters and brothers, these gifts give glory to the Holy One.

All: O Holy One, You dwell in all of us, and you accept our gifts and our worship that we offer in service to our faith community. We do this in memory of our brother, Jesus. Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

Presider 1: The Holy One, Shekinah, Source of all life, is with you.

All: And also with you.

Presider 1: We lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Holy One, the Love of our Hearts.

Presider 1: We give thanks and praise to our compassionate God.

All: It is right to give the Holy One thanks and praise.

Presider 1: O Divine Flame of Love, your glowing embers dance in our hearts. Your passionate presence kindles our souls. You purify us with the searing truth that ignites our spirits. As the glowing embers of a fire penetrate the cold around us, so your tenderness sets our hearts aglow. We celebrate your nearness this day as we remember your Pentecost miracles. The wind of your life has blown across our world in the gentle breezes and thunder storms of your vision in  prophets and visionaries among us. We praise and exalt you forever with grateful hearts as we sing:

Holy Holy by Karen Drucker (shortened)

We are Holy, Holy, Holy…

You are Holy, Holy, Holy,…

Presider 2: Passionate God, you kindle your fire of enthusiasm within us. You speak to us with assurance and excitement and reveal to us the infinite, boundless, depths of your love for us.
You awaken us to your promises to be always present in our lives, no matter what the obstacles or setbacks we experience. You consume us with such a hunger and thirst for justice that our words and actions inflame others to become signs of your justice.You give us eyes to see human need, hearts to care for our sisters and brothers and hands and feet to lighten others burdens.

All: You bless us O Holy One and you enliven all that exists. You transform these gifts of bread and wine, and our lives by boundless grace that nourishes and sustains us on our journey.

Presider 1:  Please extend Your hands in blessing.

Presider 1:  You pour out Your spirit anew upon this bread and wine and upon us as we become more deeply the Christ Presence in our world.
On the night before he died, Jesus came to table with the women and men he loved. 
Jesus took bread blessed and broke it, saying,
“Take, eat, this is my body. Do this in memory of me.”


Presider 2After supper, Jesus poured a cup of wine and shared it with his friends, saying,
“This is the cup of the covenant of my love. As often as You drink of it, remember me.”

Presider 1: Let us proclaim the mystery of wonder in our midst:
All: Christ of the Cosmos you are the spark of love in whom we believe; the Wisdom of Sophia in whom we trust; and the desire for justice that consumes us.

Presider 2 : As we celebrate the memory of Jesus, we remember our political and religious leaders, especially Pope Francis. We remember the communion of saints and all who have inspired and loved us.

(pause to remember).

Presider 1: May our hearts be merry as we dream new dreams and see new visions. May we recognize Christ present in every person everywhere. May we, like Jesus, become Spirit Fire, as we fan the flames of love over the entire cosmos.

Presiders hold Bread and wine.

Presider 2 For it is through living as Jesus lived,

That we awaken to your Spirit within,

Moving us to glorify you,

O Holy One,

At this time and all ways.

All: Amen

Prayer of Jesus

Presider:1 Let us  pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Sign of Peace: Let us offer one another a sign of peace

Prayer for the Breaking of the Bread

Presider 2: Please join in praying the prayer for the breaking of the bread:

All: Loving God, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice.

We will live justly.

Loving God, You call us to be Your presence in the world.

We will love tenderly.

Loving God, You call us to speak truth to power.

We will walk with integrity.

(Presiders hold up bread and wine)

Presider 1: Let us pray our communion prayer together.
All: What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives; as we share communion, we will become communion, both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.

Presider 2: Please now receive Communion with the words “ I am (You are) the Body of Christ” and “I am (You are) the Blood of Christ”

Communion Song: Welcome Holy Spirit

Thanksgiving and Announcements

Final Blessing

Presider 1: God’s Spirit strengthens you to carry out your ministry faithfully.

God’s Spirit calls you to heal and reconcile

God’s Spirit guides you in your work for justice and peace for all.

God’s Spirit enlivens you in prophetic and liberating obedience.

All: Together, we are one in Christ, loving and serving as God’s holy people.

Presider 2: Go in peace and joy to celebrate the outpouring of the Spirit in your life and our world.

All: Alleluia:

Recessional: Send Down Your Spirit by Marty Haugen


Send down the fire of your justice,
Send down the rains of your love;
Come, send down the Spirit,

breathe life in your people,
and we shall be people of God.

Call us to be your compassion,
Teach us the song of your love;
Give us hearts that sing,
Give us deeds that ring,
Make us ring with the song
of your love. (Refrain)

Call us to learn of your mercy,
Teach us the way of your peace;
Give us hearts that feel,
Give us hands that heal,
Make us walk in the way
of your peace. (Refrain)

Call us to answer oppression,
Teach us the fire of your truth;
Give us righteous souls,
'Til your justice rolls,
make us burn with the fire
of your truth. (Refrain)

Call us to witness your Kingdom,
Give us the presence of Christ;
May your holy light
Keep us shining bright,
Ever shine with the presence
of Christ. (Refrain)

This Liturgy was written by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

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