September 27, 2014
Jesus our Pastor, Maureen McGill and Katy Zatsick ARCWP, co-presiders
Mindy Simmons, music minister
“What gives us dignity is not our wealth or good fortune or noble birth but a worthy and virtuous life and the dignity of our labor.” St John XXIII
|left to right; Co-Presiders: Maureen McGill, ARCWP and Katy Zatsick, ARCWP|
Gathering Song: #625 “We are Called,” verses 1-3, Please sing “our God” for “the Lord”
Co-presiders: In the name of God, our mother and father and of Christ our liberator and of the Holy Spirit Sophia. Amen
Opening Prayer: All
Holy Spirit, through you clouds billow, breezes blow, stones drip with trickling streams, streams that are the source of earth’s lush greening. Like wise, you are the source of human understanding; you bless with the breath of wisdom. Thus all of our praise is yours, you who are the melody itself of praise, the joy of life, the mighty honor, the hope of those to whom you give the gifts of light Amen. (Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen, by Gabriele Uhlein, pg 42)
Presider: The grace of God is with you
All: and also with you.
General Absolution (raise hands in blessing) All:
God, the Father-Mother of mercies through the death and resurrection of Jesus// has reconciled the world and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. May God give us pardon and peace// and we absolve you from your sins in the name of God// the Father-Mother, and Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
All: Glory to God in the highest and peace to all who live on earth. You ask us to minister in your name with the People of God and the earth; we worship you. We give you thanks and praise you for the beauty that surrounds us each day. Jesus, special Child of God, Healer God, Teacher God, you free us to live your love for the world. Jesus you are one with the Creator; you hear our prayer. You are united with us. You are our faithful friend. We are with you Jesus the Christ with the Holy Spirit. We are God’s daughters and sons born to give glory to God our Creator. Amen.
from the Prophet Ezekiel 18: 25-28 Reading
The Word of God. All: Thanks be to God
Psalm response: #759 All: “To you God, I lift up my soul, O my God.”
: A reading from Philippians 2:
The word of God All: Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia (sung before and after the Gospel is read)
Gospel A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 21: 28-32
All: Glory to you, our God.
At the end: The Good News of Salvation. All: Glory and praise to our Brother Jesus Christ.
Profession of Faith: All: We believe in God, creator of a world of beauty and promise, the beginning and end of life, father and mother in the love and nurture of all creation. We believe in Jesus, the Word made flesh who became the Christ in resurrection, teacher of a new way, of faith that finds joy in trust, of hope that believes in peace, of love that risks everything for what is good and true, of commitment to losing one’s life in order to gain it. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who empowers us for personal holiness and for works of mercy and justice.,
breathes within us and sends us forth on
mission, who enables us to profess our belief in actions as well as in word. We
believe in one People of God, the forgiveness of all sins and healing of our
wounds, the resurrection of our bodies and life everlasting in the arms of our
loving God Amen (creed courtesy of Elsie McGrath
RCWP, Theresa of Divine Peace , Sofia ) St
General Intercessions Presider: We are people of faith. We believe in the power of prayer. Always mindful country and so we bring the needs and concerns of people throughout the world to our gracious God.
After each intercession the response is: God of Mercy, hear our prayer. M
Preparation of the Gifts (Please come around the altar)
Presider: Blessed are you, gracious God of all creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made.
This bread is our community striving to do your will. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Blessed are you, gracious God of all creation through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. This drink is our desire to heal the earth and ourselves and to do what you ask of us. It will become our spiritual drink.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Nurturing God, we are united in this sacrament by the love of Jesus Christ in communion with Mary, who proclaimed God’s power and mercy for the lowly and oppressed. Like Mary may we live as prophetic witnesses to the Gospel. Like Mary, may we be Christ bearers and work for the eradication of all discrimination, violence and abuse in religious communities and world.
Presiders: We call upon you, Holy Spirit, Sophia to bless and accept these gifts of bread and wine let them become for us Jesus.
Voice #1: Gracious God, forever with us, we join with the angels and saints, and all who forever give you praise and glory as we celebrate the wonders of your unconditional love. Let you Spirit come upon these gifts and make them holy.
(Please all extend your hands as we bless the bread and wine.)
All: Before he was given up to death, a death Jesus freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take this, all of you and eat it; this is my body which will be given up for you.”
All: When supper was ended, Jesus took the cup. Again he gave God thanks and praise, gave the cup to the disciples and said: “Take this all of you, and drink it; this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all. Do this in memory of me.
Voice #2: Remember gracious God, the People of God throughout the world; make us one in caring for the earth. We join with all God’s people, with our community of believers, with priests, deacons, and all religious and with Bridget Mary our Bishop and with Francis our Pope.
Voice #3: Remember our sisters and brothers who are poor, those suffering from injustice and inequality, those living in war torn areas, all who are experiencing sickness or loss. Remember those who have died especially Carol Ann. They rest in the light of your presence. Show mercy to all of us, make us one with Mary, Mother of Jesus, with the disciples and all the holy women and men who were faithful to you throughout the ages. We join with them giving you glory and honor through Jesus our Brother.
All: Through Christ with Christ and in Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, loving God, forever and ever. Amen.
Presider: Let us say together the prayer Jesus taught us for he knew it would be difficult to work in God’s vineyard.
All: Sung Our Father and Mother…….
Presider: May the peace of God be always with you.
All: And also with you.
Sung: Peace is flowing like a river…Love is flowing…Alleluia.
Presiders This is the Cosmic Christ, God of freedom, justice and equality, our brother Jesus in whom all creation lives and moves and has its being. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love and to celebrate our oneness with God’s creation.
All: May we be who we are--the Body of Christ. May we be what we eat--the Body of Christ. Amen
Communion: Sung by All: We are Holy, holy, holy…, you are holy,…I am holy…we are holy…
Mindy: music after communion
Song: #344 One Love Released Vs 2, 3
Prayers of Thanksgiving (after all have returned to their seats.)
Voice 1: For the thanksgiving, give thanks this way: First, for the cup: We thank you, our Father, for the sacred vine of David your son, whose meaning you made clear to us through your son Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
Voice 2: And for the bread fragment: We thank you, our Mother, for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through your son Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
Voice 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.
Prayers of thanksgiving and/or final reflections:
Presider: Jesus Christ is with us in the vineyard through his Spirit Sofia
All: Jesus grants justice and equality to all peoples and creation through us.
Closing song: Peace throughout the Land led by Mindy
Blessing extend hand in prayer for each other
All: May God bless us with energy, courage, and strength to labor all our days for justice and equality in our communities and nation. May our nurturing God bless all gathered here in the name of the Creator, in the name of Jesus Mary’s child, and in the name of the Spirit as we serve one another and care for the Earth. Amen
Presiders: Go in the peace of Jesus the Cosmic Christ who is present in all of creation. Let our service of mercy, justice and peace making begin! All: Amen, Thanks be to God.