Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community At Sun City Center “Faith and Hope of our Family Saints” November 2, 2017, Katy Zatsick ARCWP

All: In the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of Sofia Holy Spirit our wisdom. Amen.
Presider: God is with you. All: And also with you.

Opening Prayer.
All: Loving God, we praise you as we celebrate the company of saints, especially those we have known and whose faithful witness reveals your steadfast love.  May the hope they give us nourish our longing to love and serve you more. Without you we can do nothing; make us worthy of the company of the blessed. We ask this in the names of all our loved ones who have joined the multitude of saints singing your praise for ever. Amen.

See Sheet for Readings
First Reading:
Psalm Response:
2nd Reading:
Gospel reading
Shared Homily

Profession of Faith. All: We believe in God who is creator and nurturer of all. We believe in Jesus the Christ, who is our love, our hope, and our light. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of Wisdom Sophia, who energizes and guides us to build caring communities and to challenge injustices. We believe in the Communion of Saints our heavenly friends and family, who support us on lifes journey. We believe in the partnership and equality of women and men in our church and world. We believe that all are one in the community of creation. We believe that God calls us to live fully, love tenderly, and serve generously. Amen.

Presider: Always mindful of Gods love and care for us, we bring the needs of Gods people to our loving Creator and Sustainer.
Response: Nurturing God, hear us.
Presider:  That all those who suffer in body, mind and spirit from the summers hurricanes be helped to recover, may we provide for all their needs. Response
Presider: That the 2018 Federal and State budgets will provide for the Common Good of Americans and a healthy environment for all, we pray. Response.
Presider: For what else should we pray
Presider: We know you hear our prayers; those we speak and those we keep in our hearts. Energize our community to be your holy family of saints; your Presence in the world. All: Amen

Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Seeker of all.  This bread is your MMOJ community honoring the gifts of faith and hope our Saints have given us.  Through your divine providence, we have this bread to offer, it will become for us the Bread of life.   ALL:  Praise to God forever.
Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Creator of all.  This wine is our desire to live as our saints have shown us by following you.  Through your divine providence, we have this wine to offer, it will become our spiritual drink.  ALL:  Praise to God forever.
Presider: Divine Presence, we are united in this sacrament by the love of our Brother Jesus Christ in communion with all your saints and all who seek to be the Compassionate presence of God in our world ALL:  Amen.
All: Blessed are you, God of all life, through your goodness we have this bread and this wine and our own lives to offer. Through this sacred meal and the gifts of faith and hope may we become your new creation. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer.
All Sing: We are holy holy holy (x3) We are whole; You are holy holy holy (x3) You are whole; I am holy (x3) I am whole; We are holy holy holy (x3) We are whole.

All: Come Holy Spirit and settle on this bread and wine. Fill them with the wholeness of our living Cosmic Christ.

Remembering Jesus.   (hand extended in blessing):
All: On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took bread, broke it, and shared it with those present, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my body which will be broken for you.” (Pause)

Then Jesus took a cup of wine and shared it with those present, saying, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. Do this in memory of me.”

All (2nd Invocation of Spirit, with hand on each other’s shoulder): Come Holy Spirit to rest on us. Refreshed from our worship together and joined with our Saints in heaven may we extend your Love to all we meet. Amen

Prayer of Jesus Our Father and Mother
Song of Peace Faith is flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me, flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free. Hope is flowingAlleluia

Litany for Breaking of Bread.
All: Loving God, you call us to speak truth to power. We will do so!
Loving God, you call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We will do
Loving God, you call us to be your presence in the world. We will do so!

Presider: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love and to live as the Heart and Hands of Christ in our times. All: We are the Body of Christ.

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Didache, 100CE)
Men 1: 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.

Women 2: And for the bread fragment: We thank you, Abba God, for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.

All 3: As this fragment was scattered high on hills, but by gathering was united into one, so let your people from earths ends be united into your single reign, for yours are splendor and might through Jesus Christ down the ages.

Prayers of Gratitude from community

Final Blessing.
All (hand extended over community):
            May Gods Light encircle you
            May Gods Love enfold you
            May Gods Peace encourage you
            May Gods Hope fill your heart                                and soul.
            May Gods Presence enrich you
            As we celebrate your gift of faith with our saints always. Amen

Presider: Let us go in the peace, faith, and hope of Christ, let our service continue! All: Thanks be to God.

Thanks to and adapted from a liturgy by Michael and Imogene Rigdon of MMOJ-Sarasota

Readings for Liturgy:
First reading from Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart, pg 474
You have just come to a hard place where two currents meet, and you could let yourself be beaten back towards the shore; but you can, instead, bend your back to the oars and pull the boat for all you are worth across that rough bit, and it will be better when you get out of the cross currents.  Hold on and let nothing dismay.  You may have to change your means; don’t change your purpose.  Remember you are doing God’s work and God is with you, and all (God’s)saints are looking on ‘a great cloud of witnesses,’ while you fight in the arena, and they too have fought and overcome…The inspired word of Jane Erskine Stuart, RSCJ.  All: Thanks be to God

Psalm Response: Psalm 113

All: Your glory is throughout creation; we praise your name Holy One
We your beloved daughters and sons, praise you!  Sing praises to the Architect of the Universe! Blessed be your name, O God, forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is to be praised.
All: Your glory is throughout creation; we praise your name Holy One
Bless the Holy One from this time forth and forever more!  Aspire to enter fully into the Great Mystery. Aspire to gifts of Sophia God’s Spirit, be open to Grace and express gratitude!
All: Your glory is throughout creation; we praise your name Holy One
Yes, those who call upon the Merciful One, are lifted up and blessed with new life; they wear a crown of joy, as they recognize their Oneness with God’s Spirit. Come, all who suffer and are heavy-laden, open your hearts to Love! Sing praises to the Heart of all hearts!
All: Your glory is throughout creation; we praise your name Holy One
Second Reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
For in the Gospel, God’s justice is revealed—a justice which arises from faith and has faith as its result.  As it is written ‘By being faithful, those who are upright will find life.’ 1: 17
When people do nothing except believe in the One who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 4:5
Hence everything depends on faith; everything is grace.  Thus the promise holds true for all of Sarah’s and Abraham’s descendants, not only for those who have the law, but for all who have their faith. 4:16
Hoping against hope, Sarah and Abraham, believed and so became the mother and father of many nations as it was once promised them. Sarah and Abraham, without growing weak in faith, thought about their bodies, which were very old….Still they never questioned or doubted God’s promise; rather, they grew strong in faith and gave glory to God, fully persuaded that God could whatever was promised.  4:18-21  The Word of God. All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-10, 13
As Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and said, “Rabbi, my young attendant is at home in bed paralyzed, suffering in great pain.”  Jesus replied, “I will come and heal your attendant.”  The centurion replied, “Teacher, I am not worthy to have you under my roof, but just say the word and my boy will be cured.  I, too, am a person subject to authority and have soldiers subject to me.  I say to some, ‘Go!’ and off they go; to others, ‘Come here!’ and they come, to my attendants, ‘Do this!’ and they do it.”   When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those nearby, “The truth is, I‘ve found no one in Israel with such great faith” …Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go home, it will be done just as you believed it would.” And the attendant was healed that very hour. The Good News of Jesus our Brother.  All: Thanks be to God.

Shared homily:
Who are the saints you have known? 
What gifts did they give you? Knowledge? Understanding? Wisdom?
What did he/she teach you about living a Christian life, values, faith and hope?
What sayings did he/she recite about getting through the challenges of life?
Did they have a saying you remember and use?
Did he/she have a special saint or saints? How did they honor their patron saints?



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