Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community At Sun City Center “Faith and Hope of our Family Saints” November 1, 2018

Presider: Infinite God in whom I am born, live, move and have my being (arms outstretched); Holy Spirit Sophia in every person and all communities (hands in Namaste position, bowing to person across from you); Inner God, my brother Jesus: I am your Light and Love for the world (hands crossed over heart) Amen.
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 life’s 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 God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of God’s people to our loving Creator and Sustainer.
Response: Beloved Saints hear us. 
Presider:  That all those who suffer in body, mind and spirit from the Florence and Michael hurricanes be helped to recover, may we provide for all their needs. R 
Presider: That the 2019 Federal and State budgets will provide for the Common Good of all Americans and a healthy environment for all, we pray. R 
Presider: That all who try to vote in this election may be able to do so. R
Presider: For what else should we pray… R
Presider: We know you hear our prayers; those we speak and those we keep in our hearts. Energize our MMOJ 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, hope our Saints have gifted us.  Through your divine providence, we have this bread to offer, it will become for us your 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 flowing…Alleluia

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!

All: When we share this meal, we who have always been worthy, commit to living your teachings, dear Jesus, and to tell your stories that allow Spirit to rise up within us and empower us to bring the kindom of God to this world. This is the good news of salvation.  We are the Body of Christ. Amen

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 earth’s 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 God’s 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 with our Saints walking with us! All: Thanks be to God.

Readings for the Feast of All Saints 
November 1 2018
Mary Mother of Jesus, Inclusive Catholic Community 
First Reading from Pope Francis: GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE, paragraph 16 (Call to Holiness) 
This holiness to which (our God) calls you will grow through small gestures. Here is an example: a woman goes shopping, she meets a neighbor and they begin to speak, and the gossip starts. But she says in her heart: “No, I will not speak badly of anyone”. This is a step forward in holiness. Later, at home, one of her children wants to talk to her about his hopes and dreams, and even though she is tired, she sits down and listens with patience and love. That is another sacrifice that brings holiness. Later she experiences some anxiety, but recalling the love of the Virgin Mary, she takes her rosary and prays with faith. Yet another path of holiness. Later still, she goes out onto the street, encounters a poor person and stops to say a kind word to him. One more step. The inspired word of Pope Francis.  All Thanks be to God
Psalm 25 from Nan Merrill, Psalms An Invitation to Wholeness Response All: To you Oh God I lift up my soul.
To you, O love, I lift up my soul! O heart within my heart, in You I place my trust. Let me not feel unworthy; let not fear rule over me.  Yes! May all who open their hearts savor You and bless the earth! All: To you Oh God I lift up my soul.
Compel me to know your ways, O Love; instruct me upon your paths.  Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for through You will I know wholeness; I shall reflect your Light both day and night.    All: To you Oh God I lift up my soul.
I know of your mercy, Blessed One, and of your unconditional Love; You have ben with me from the beginning.  I seek your guidance, I year to know your Peace. Companion me as I open to your Will! All: To you Oh God I lift up my soul.
Yet, all too often glorious gifts of Grace, of Love and Light, are veiled by my busyness.  I bow down before You; instruct me, that I might choose the way of love and truth.  I would live in your abundant Love, and my children as well.  Your friendship is offered to all whose hearts are open; You make know your promises to them.  My eyes are ever on You, Beloved, keep my feet from stumbling along the way. All: To you Oh God I lift up my soul.
Second Reading from 1 John: 1-3 (adapted from) 
See what love Abba God has lavished on us in calling us God’s Children! Yet that in fact is who we are.  The reason that the world does not recognize this is that it never recognized God. My dear sisters and brothers, now we are God’s children, but it has not been revealed what we are to become in the future.  We know that when it comes to light we will be like God, for we will see God as God really is.  The Word of God.  All: Thanks be to God
Gospel Reading Matthew 5:1-10
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountainside, and after he sat down and disciples had gathered around, Jesus began to teach us: 
Blessed are those who are poor in spirit; the kindom of heaven is theirs. Blessed are they who are mourning, they will be consoled. Blessed are they who are gentle, they will inherit the land. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice; they will have their fill. Blessed are those who show mercy to others; they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are they whose hearts are clean; they will see God. Blessed are those who work for peace; they will be called children of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of their struggle for justice the kindom of heaven is theirs.  The Word of Jesus our Brother.  All: God’s words are our truth; we join Jesus in his eternal kindom. 

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