Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sunday Liturgy and Celebration : Heart of Compassion Faith Community Windsor, Canada


All Are Welcome

Sunday Liturgy and Celebration   
CC – Co-celebrant                                
Opening Prayer and Gathering In
Celebrant 1: WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.
NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM ________WHO WILL INTRODUCE US TO A WOMAN FROM EARLY CHRISTIANITY.
Gathering Song or Chant
Celebrant 1: (SIGN OF THE CROSS)
In Your name Loving Creator, Source of all being, and
of Jesus, who lights our way in truth and hope, and
of Wisdom Holy Spirit who stirs our hearts.
Grace, love and peace are with us.
ALL: We give thanks and praise.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Cosmic Christ, Your Light Presence infuses the Universe.
Receive us in the openness of Your compassionate heart as
we gather in this community of friendship to worship and to praise you.
Come into our hearts, Wondrous Light to draw us forward in our personal and communal callings.
We place ourselves in Your Presence for a few moments of silence.
Prayer of Healing and Reconciliation
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS) Creator God, Holy Mother Wisdom, in the life of Your cosmos You determined that light should rise from darkness, and the stars and the sun came to be.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS) We live in night and we live in day. As in the outer world, so it is in our inner selves.
CC 1: We are awake and we sleep in the rhythms of the hours, and we know joys and sorrows.
CC 2: There is never one without the other in the span of a lifetime because of the ultimate freedom You have given for all persons and all creation.
CC 3: In everyone, in everything, the dark and the light flourish.
CC 4: We ask You that we not perish in the darkness of too much dark or in the lightness of too much light, but that all be held in balance for the good of all.
Celebrant 1: We take a few moments of silence to reflect upon our times of light and  dark, how we have experienced Your presence therein, Beloved One.
Celebrant 2: Pour forth Your Spirit upon us that we may always witness You in light and in dark.
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS) Merciful Jesus, we know you accept us even when our choices have not been in harmony with Your way.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS) We trust Your healing and reconciliation within and with others as promised and given to us by Your son, Jesus.
ALL: Amen. 
Song or Chant

Liturgy of the Word
Celebrant 1: (INSTRUCTION)
NOW FOR TODAY'S READINGS.
Reading, Song, Chant or Dance followed by the Gospel Reading
Reader:  A Reading according to the Gospel of ...
Post-response: The Inspired Word of Jesus Christ
Homily or Homily Starter for Shared Homily                                                     
Profession of Faith
Celebrant 2: TOGETHER WE PRAY OUR PROFESSION OF FAITH
CC1: We believe God that You are Divine Mystery present in all creation, in each moment, and in every breath.
ALL sing: We believe.
CC2: We believe Jesus that You are God’s Word made flesh, healer and prophet, for a new way of compassion, justice and service to all.
ALL sing: We believe.
CC3: We believe Risen Christ in Your in-dwelling Holy Spirit that lived in Your companions and lives in us.
ALL sing: We believe.
CC4: We believe God that Your kin-dom is here and now and that we are called to see it, receive it and to serve You as prophets and mystics.
ALL sing: We believe.
Prayer of the Faithful
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
We are the Body of Christ. From the sacred space within where You dwell, Mother/Father God, we offer our prayers for the highest good of all.
Celebrant 2: Please offer your intentions and prayers.
Our Response: Holy Mystery, You are our light.
CC1: For leaders, locally and globally, that they work for peace and the good of their people. R
CC2: For victims of abuse, discrimination, greed and hatred. R
CC3: For the lonely, the forgotten and those who have no one to advocate or pray for them. R
CC4: For the end of violence inflicted on our friends, local and global, by dominating persons and tyrannical regimes.
CC5: For the survival of our planet and all living beings and for the restoration of damages caused by severe weather conditions and lack of care for our environment.
CC6: For these and for all other petitions, too deep for words, we rest into a moment of silence (A few moments of silence). R
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
God of mercy and love, our essence is Your compassion – in thought, belief, word and deed.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
You are our light and guide, one with Jesus, the Cosmic Christ, and Spirit Holy, always and everywhere.
Liturgy of the Eucharistic
Preparation of the Gifts
Song or chant
(CELEBRANT 2 PASSES OFFERTORY BASKET AND THEN BRINGS BREAD, WINE, AND CORPORAL TO THE TABLE OF WORSHIP)
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Our essence is the gift of Yourself to us. We express this through our thoughts, words and actions, and especially, as with the early Christians, in our love for one another.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Wisdom says, "Come, eat my bread and drink the wine which I have prepared for you" (Proverbs 9:2). As did the early Christians, we share in the sacred meal that You offer us now.
Celebrant 1:  (BOTH CELEBRANTS SLIGHTLY ELEVATE THE PLATE)
Blessed are You, Beloved Creator, through the generosity of Your self-giving we have this bread to offer, gift of the earth and created by our hands. This food, nourishing our body and spirit, unites You intimately within and among us.
ALL: Blessed are You, blessed are we, blessed is all.
Celebrant 2: (BOTH CELEBRANTS SLIGHTLY ELEVATE THE CUP)
Blessed are you, Beloved Creator, through Your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and created by our hands. This spiritual drink  renews us in the promises of Your covenant of love with us.
ALL:  Blessed are You, blessed are we, blessed is a
Preparation of the Gifts (cont'd)
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Indwelling Spirit, we are united in this sacred meal by the love of Jesus Christ, in communion with Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdalene and all the Saints. We go forward with them in Your unceasing love for us.
ALL: We offer these gifts for our good and the good of all Your people.
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Indwelling Spirit, You reveal Yourself through Jesus Christ who shows us how to live steadily in faith and courage that we may offer hope to all. Receive us and these gifts as we remember who we are in You. ALL: Amen.
Prayers of the Eucharist
(ORANS HANDS BOTH CELEBRANTS)
Celebrant 1:  Risen Christ, light with us.
ALL: Radiant Presence with us.
Celebrant 2: With gratitude, we lift up our hearts as we come to the table of Love.
ALL: We thank and praise You.
CC1: Thank You for Jesus who courageously lived Your vision, who set us free to be one with You. 
CC2: In the Spirit of the Risen Christ, we know our loving actions become a share in Your life. 
CC3: We join with the Saints of all times as they and we sing forever to your glory (ALL Sing):
We are holy, holy, holy. (X3)  We are whole.
Spirit Divine, come to us, feeling love, healing us.
Open our hearts, allow us to see, beauty and love that lives in us.
We are holy, holy, holy. (X3)  We are whole.
Invocation of the Holy Spirit
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Jesus, before Your death You gathered Your friends to share bread and wine. We, too, come as Your friends to receive You and to be Your presence. Send forth Your Spirit upon us. (A moment of silence)
Celebrant 2: (INSTRUCTION)
PLEASE EXTEND YOUR HANDS TOWARD AND OVER THE GIFTS.

(CELEBRANT 1 - RIGHT HAND OVER THE BREAD; LEFT IN ORANS)
(CELEBRANT 2 - LEFT HAD OVER THE CUP; RIGHT IN ORANS)

ALL AND BOTH CELEBRANTS: Loving Creator, intensify the presence of Your Spirit upon these our gifts (SIGN OF THE CROSS BY CELEBRANT 1), as they, and we, become one with You in Jesus, our Risen Christ.
In Your Presence
BREAD
Celebrant 1 and All:   
Jesus, on the night before You died, while at supper with Your friends.

(1ST ELEVATION - HOLD BREAD SLIGHTLY ABOVE PLATE)
You took the bread and spoke the blessing. You broke the bread and offered it to them.

(2ND ELEVATION - HOLD BREAD HIGHER; MOVE BREAD LEFT TO RIGHT IN A SEMI-CIRCLE)
You said: Take and eat; this is my Presence with You.

(3RD ELEVATION AT LEVEL OF FOREHEAD WHILE ALL BOW)
(PLACE BREAD ON PLATE AND BOW)
(pause)
In Your Presence (cont'd)
CUP
Celebrant 2 and All:
When supper was ended, You took the cup of wine.

(1ST ELEVATION - HOLD CUP SLIGHTLY ABOVE TABLE)
You spoke the blessing and offered the cup to them.

(2ND ELEVATION - HOLD CUP HIGHER; MOVE CUP LEFT TO RIGHT IN A SEMI-CIRCLE)
You said: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through you. Do this in memory of me.

(3RD ELEVATION AT LEVEL OF FOREHEAD WHILE ALL BOW)
(PLACE CUP ON TABLE AND BOW)
(pause)
Eucharistic Acclamation
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
LET US PROCLAIM THE MYSTERY OF FAITH.
All:  In every creature that has ever breathed, Christ has lived; in every living being that has passed on before us, Christ has died; in everything yet to be, Christ will come again. (A moment of silence)
CC 1: Beloved One, as we celebrate Your life, death and resurrection, we offer You the bread of life and the cup of hope, for the life of all creation.
CC2: We know that in receiving You we are gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.
CC3:  One with all creation, we remember those who have died and are now with us in the Communion of Saints. (A moment of silence)

(CELEBRANT 1 AND CELEBRANT 2 ELEVATE THE PLATE AND CUP)
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, now and forever.
Sing: Great Amen.
The Jesus Prayer
Celebrant 2:  (INSTRUCTION)
BEFORE WE PRAY THE JESUS PRAYER, WE BEGIN BY EXPRESSING OUR NAME FOR THE SACRED. (ALL SHARE OUR NAME(S) FOR GOD.)
(BOTH CELEBRANTS ORANS HANDS)
ALL:
One Light, Your name echoes throughout the universe.
We are the way of Your love and justice for all people and all created beings.
Your peace and freedom sustain our deepest longings.
With the bread we need for today, You feed us.
In the hurts we absorb and create, forgive us.
In times of challenge and heartbreak, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, transform us.
From the grip of hatred and violence, free us.
For You are love that fills and transforms us, now and forever.
Amen
The Sign of Peace
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Jesus, You said to his friends, “Peace I leave you. My peace I give you.”
ALL: Now we share our peace with one another.
Communion
Celebrant 1: (INSTRUCTION)
WHILE WE BREAK BREAD PLEASE PRAY.
(BOTH CELEBRANTS BREAK BREAD)
ALL:
Loving Creator, we will live justly.
Loving Creator, we will love tenderly.
Loving Creator, we will walk with integrity.                                  
Celebrant 1: (ORANS HANDS)
Jesus Christ, You dwell in us. You liberate, heal and transform us and all of creation. 
Celebrant 2: (ORANS HANDS)
Blessed are You who provides food and drink for the journey.

(CELEBRANT 1 SLIGHTY ELEVATES ONE PIECE OF BREAD)
ALL: We are one Body of Christ, worthy to receive You and ready to be healed by You. We desire to become what we eat.

(CELEBRANT 1 ELEVATES PLATE AND CELEBRANT 2 THE CUP; BOTH BRING ARMS IN AN OUTWARD SEMI-CIRCLE AND THEN RETURN CUP AND PLATE TO CENTRE AND ON TABLE)
BOTH Celebrants: The gifts of God for the people of God.
ALL: Thank You, our God. 
Celebrant 1: (INSTRUCTION)
AS WE PASS THE BREAD, PLEASE SAY "YOU ARE JESUS, BREAD OF LIFE" AND AS YOU RECEIVE, PLEASE RESPOND "AMEN".
ONCE EVERYONE HAS RECEIVED WE EAT TOGETHER.
(BREAD IS PASSED AND ONCE EVERYONE HAS RECEIVED CONTINUE)
Celebrant 1: You are Jesus, Bread of Life. Response: Amen (all eat together)

Celebrant 2: (INSTRUCTION)
AS WE PASS THE CUP, PLEASE SAY "YOU ARE JESUS, CUP OF HOPE" AND AS YOU RECEIVE, PLEASE RESPOND "AMEN". (CUP IS PASSED)
Join in Song or Chant
(A few moments of silence)
Prayer after Communion
Celebrant 1:  (ORANS HANDS)
Gracious Mystery, we offer our presence in the gift of ourselves as we continue in Your way, Your truth and Your life.
Final Blessing
Celebrant 2:  (INSTRUCTION)
(BOTH CELEBRANTS EXTEND HANDS, PALMS FACING DOWN)
WE EXTEND OUR HANDS IN MUTUAL BLESSING.
ALL:
Jesus Christ Sophia, we go in Your infinite light. 
In gratitude we came …
In gratitude we celebrated …
In gratitude we are one in You.
For Your love fills and transforms us, now and forever.
Amen.
Closing Song, Chant or Dance
Kindly return this worship aid for
our use at each liturgy.
Sept 2017



 Ontario:Rev. Dr. Barbara Billey, Priest  Windsor, Ontario  Rev. Claire O'Brien, Deacon Ottawa, Ontario  Rev. Dr. Michele Birch-Conery, Bishop  Windsor, Ontario  
Dr. Suzanne De Froy, Applicant
Windsor, Ontario
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