Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community A Time to Remember—Celebrating MMOJ Saints November 14, 2020, Mary Kay Stadohaur & Michael Rigdon Presiding Readers: Joan Pesce & Jerry Bires

MMOJ Community with some of our beloved saints at St. Andrew UCC, Sarasota, Florida 

Zoom link for video and audio: Sat. Nov. 14, 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time

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Meeting ID: 862 4086 8327

Password: 1066

(Let’s begin with a moment of silence)

Welcome! (Mary Kay) We warmly welcome you to our inclusive Catholic community, Mary Mother of Jesus in Sarasota, Florida. All are welcome here. We invite you to pray the liturgy where it says: All. And please sing your heart out! Everyone will be muted during the service. But please turn mic on to read one of the readings or one of the prayers marked Voice#  Please have bread and wine or juice with you as we pray our Eucharistic Prayer.

Liturgy Introduction. (Michael) We celebrated the feast of all Saints/all souls two weeks ago with Bridget Mary and Pat presiding. But the month of November offers us the opportunity to celebrate the communion of Saints again. So that’s what Mary Kay and I decided to do. We hope the readings and our shared homily time will promote for all of us a time to remember.

Opening song: 🎢 Unless a Grain of Wheat

(Michael) In the name ✝️ of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of Wisdom Sophia. All: Amen. 

(Mary Kay) Please Share a Sign of Peace. Namaste! The Holy One in me greets the Holy One in you!  All: Namaste! Christ’s peace be with you!

🎢 Prayer of St Francis

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.

Where there is injury your pardon, God,

And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, only light,

And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Oh God, grant that I may never seek

So much to be consoled as to console,

To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

In giving of ourselves that we receive,

And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.  

Make me a channel of your peace.

Reconciliation Rite. Voice#1 & All: We pause now to remember times when false messages of our unworthiness have clouded our vision of the infinite love within us. Let us imagine our imperfections, the chaos and messes of our lives all brightly lit by a love that heals and transforms us as we evolve and grow in awareness of our divinity and our humanity. (Pause briefly. Then extend arm over your heart.) I love you. Thank you. I’m sorry. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. 

Opening Prayer (Mary Kay) Jesus the Christ, may the deceased MMOJ grains of wheat be “back home in the house of God for the rest of their life,” in the words of Psalm 23. We pray this in your name and in the name of your Abba dwelling in them and us as you promised. All: Amen

Sing Glory to God.  Glory to God, Glory 🎢

Liturgy of the Word.

(Joan) First Reading from the book of Wisdom (Moment of silence)

The souls of the virtuous are in God's hands, no torment shall ever touch them.

In the eyes of the unwise, they appear to die, their going looked like a disaster,

Their leaving us, like annihilation, but they are in peace. 

If they experience punishment as humans see it, 

their hope was rich with immortality;

Slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.

God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with God;

God has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust. 

They who trust in God will understand the truth,

those who are faithful will live with God in love;

For grace and mercy await those God has chosen.

This is the Word of Wisdom Sophia, and we respond: All: Thanks be to God.

Response. Psalm 23. 🎢 Michael & All: My God is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

   (Mary Kay) God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.

   You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

      you find me quiet pools to drink from.

   True to your word,

      you let me catch my breath

      and send me in the right direction. R

   Even when the way goes through Death Valley,

   I'm not afraid when you walk at my side.

   Your trusty shepherd's crook

      makes me feel secure. R

   You serve me a six-course dinner

      right in front of my enemies.

   You revive my drooping head;

      my cup brims with blessing. R

   Your beauty and love chase after me

      every day of my life.

   I'm back home in the house of God

      for the rest of my life. R

(Excerpt from The Message by Eugene H Peterson)

(Jerry) Second Reading from Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy (Moment of silence)

You take over. I'm about to die, my life an offering on God's altar. 

This is the only race worth running. 

I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. 

All that's left now is the shouting—God's applause! 

Depend on it, God is an honest judge. 

God will do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for God’s coming.

This is Paul’s inspired word to Timothy, and we respond: All: Thanks be to God.

(Excerpt from The Message by Eugene H Peterson)

Alleluia 🎢 Link coming from Linda Lee

(Mary Kay) A reading from John’s good news (Moment of silence)

"Don't let this throw you. You trust God, don't you? Trust me. 

There is plenty of room for you in my Father's home. If that weren't so, 

would I have told you that I'm on my way to get a room ready for you? 

And if I'm on my way to get your room ready, 

I'll come back and get you so you can live where I live. 

And you already know the road I'm taking."

Thomas said, "Teacher, we have no idea where you're going. 

How do you expect us to know the road?"

Jesus said, "I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. 

No one gets to my Abba apart from me. 

If you really knew me, you would know my Abba as well. 

From now on, you do know and have seen my Abba!”

(Excerpt from The Message by Eugene H Peterson)

Alleluia 🎢 Link coming from Linda Lee

A Time to Remember (Mary Kay & Michael)

At Bay Village, the life plan community where I live near the Sarasota Square mall, we conduct a special service every feast of all Saints during which the name of each resident who died in the previous 12 months is read aloud, followed by the ringing of a bell. Mary Kay and I want to do a similar service now for our Mary Mother of Jesus community. 

First, Mary Kay will read the names of MMOJ members who have passed, and I will ring a bell after each name. 

Next anyone who wants to name one or several family members/friends, please name each person and her/his relationship to you. I will ring the bell after each of you name the people she/he remembers today. 

Finally we will recite together the litany of remembrance by two rabbis. Mary Kay will read the first line of each verse, and we will all recite the “we remember them” line together. 

MMOJ members who have passed:Joe and Jodie Adler πŸ”” 

Carol Ann Breyer πŸ”” 

Helen Duffy πŸ”” 

Ford Englerth πŸ”” 

Charlie Grunkemeyer πŸ”” 

Angela Herbert πŸ”” 

Bob MacMillan πŸ”” 

Ron Modras πŸ”” 

Jack Meehan πŸ””

Eileen Miller πŸ”” 

Bob Murray πŸ”” 

Imogene Rigdon πŸ”” 

Don Thompson πŸ””

Those remembered by community members πŸ””

A Litany of Remembrance 

(By Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer)

(Mary Kay) In the rising of the sun and in its going down,

(All) we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,

we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,

we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,

we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,

we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,

we remember them.

In a strong, warm embrace,

we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,

we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,

we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,

we remember them.

When we look in the mirror and see their smile in our eyes, 

we remember them. 

When we hear their voice in the ocean and the beach,

we remember them.

When we feel their spirit in the forest, we remember them. 

When we listen to music, we remember them.  

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,

as we remember them.

Profession of Faith. Voice#2 & All: 

We believe in God, the creator of all, whose divinity infuses life with the sacred. 

We believe in Jesus the Christ who leads us to the fullness of humanity.

Through Christ we become new people, lifted to the fullness of life. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God on earth,

Who keeps the Christ vision present and infuses energy into weary spirits. 

We believe in God who is life. 

Amen to courage, to hope, to the partnership and equality all in God’s plan. 

We believe in justice and peace for everyone. 

We surely believe in all this!

Prayers of the Community (Mary Kay) (A few moments of silence before we bring our community prayers and offerings to the table)

We bring to the table prayers for our community and the world. (Response: Christ, you graciously hear us!) 

We bring to the table our MMOJ members who aren’t with us today. In this time of physical distancing may we find ways to remain close and connected to our family, our friends, and our community. We pray. R 

The covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country. We bring to the table public health professionals and government leaders responsible for public health. May they collaborate to make wise decisions to protect our physical, emotional, and economic health. We pray. R

We bring to the table our fellow citizens who work to address our national pandemic of racism and police violence. May we support efforts to promote justice for all who suffer from systemic racism. We pray. R 

We bring to the table today all citizens of the US. May we all learn to recognize our common values so that we may be united as one for the common good of all. We pray R 

Who and what else shall we bring to the table today? 

(Please turn mic on to offer a prayer, then mic off.)     

(Mary Kay): Christ, we will be your presence in the world today and every day of our lives. All: Amen

Offering of Our Gifts at the table πŸ₯– 🍷

🎢 Seed Scattered and Sown.

Eucharistic Prayer. (Michael) 

Let us begin our Eucharistic prayer in song:

🎢 We are holy.

Voice#3 & All: Merciful God, send your Spirit now to settle on this bread and wine, and fill them with the fullness of Jesus.

And let that same Spirit rest on us, converting us from the patterns of this passing world, until we conform to the shape of Jesus whose food we now share. Amen

We Remember Jesus (hand extended in blessing). Voice#4 & All: On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took bread πŸ₯–, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my body which will be broken for you.” (Pause) In the same way, Jesus took the cup of wine🍷, said the blessing, gave the cup to his friends and said, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. Do this to remember me.” 

Voice#5 & All: Remember, gracious God, your Church throughout the world. Make us open to receive all believers. In union with all people, may we strive to create a world where suffering is diminished, and where all people can live in health and wholeness.

Thru Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, gracious God.   🎢 

The Great Amen

Voice#6 Let us pray as Jesus taught his companions to pray:

Voice &6 & All: 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 we need. 

You remind us of our limits, and we let go. 

You support us in your 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

(Adapted, Miriam Therese Winter, MMS)

Voice#7 & All: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. We are the Body of Christ. (All receive the bread πŸ₯– and wine🍷)

 πŸŽΆ Irish blessing, Across the Water, Bill Leslie

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Didache, Instruction, 100CE)

Voice#8 & All: 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. 

And for the bread fragment: We thank you, Amma God, for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor. 

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.

(Michael) Prayers of Thanksgiving. Introductions. Announcements.

Mutual blessing (Michael) Please raise your hand in blessing 

                   🎢 Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are we, holy are we! 

                   🎢 Rejoice and be glad! Ours is the kindom of God! x2

(Mary Kay) Go in the peace of Christ, let our service begin! 

All: Thanks be to God. Alle, Alle, Alleluia!

🎢 When the Saints Go Marching In

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More photos of our MMOJ Saints:

Michael Rigdon, Angela Herbert and Imogene Rigdon

Marie Scott, left back row
Carol Ann and Lee Breyer
Carol And Lee Breyer, Michael Rigdon

Two of our MMOJ saints- Carol Ann Breyer, in aqua and Imogene Rigdon in white with hands folded were two MMOJ founding members

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