|Elena Garcia ARCWP and Frank Fuchs, Co-Presiders at Home Liturgy|
Note from Elena Garcia ARCWP about Home Liturgy
We had our first home church liturgy at 4:00 pm Wednesday, November 7,2018. there were seven in attendance, the one missing is the photographer. Ie songs were as follows: "We are marching in the Light of God”; "We are many parts”; “Peace-Instrumental”; “Let Your light shine on us”. Two of those songs were accompanied with maracas and tambourines. The shared homily addressed Pope Francis’ call to holiness in Gaudate et Exsultate. All agreed to meet again on Tuesday, December 11,2018 at 2:00 pm.
Home Church Welcome
I wish to extend a warm welcome to all who have joined us for our first gathering at our home in celebration and praise to our loving God.
Let me begin with a brief explanation of who we are and how we preside at liturgy in a slightly different manner than perhaps you are accustomed.
We are an inclusive catholic community where all are welcomed. Our liturgical style is highly inclusive and our language of prayer uses both the male and female metaphors for God. You are invited to participate in the ordinary of the liturgy and in the eucharistic prayer and consecration.
We invite sharing at the homily and prayers of intercession. Everyone prays the words of consecration in the eucharistic prayer. You may notice the word VOICE in various parts of the liturgy. Anyone person who wishes to read that part please feel free to do so. We are not assigned parts.
We use non-alcoholic wine so all may receive if you wish. You will notice that presiders eat last.
We begin in November—the month for all saints, all souls, thanksgiving and elections. Thus the theme of Mystical oneness and awareness of our need for justice, peace, and equality as we give thanks for all our blessings. We give thanks also for all those who are among us as well as those who have transitioned and are examples of how to be true disciples of Jesus the Christ.
Celebration of Our Mystical Oneness
All: In the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit our wisdom. Amen
Presider: God is with you. All: And also with you.
Opening Prayer: Loving God make our hearts places of peace and our minds harbors of tranquility. Sow in our souls true love for you and for one another. May we become deeply rooted in friendship, unity and reverend harmony and may we sincerely give peace to each other and receive it beautifully. Amen
General Absolution by Community: (with hand extended in prayer)
All: O God of all mercy, throughout his life Jesus revealed that nothing can separate us from your love. Loving God, grant us pardon and peace, and the desire to forgive each other our failures to care for one another and for our earth. We ask this in the name of our brother Jesus and of Holy Spirit Sophia. Amen
Gloria (Sung) All: Glory to God, glory, O praise God Alleluia.
Glory to God glory, O Praise the name of our God 3x
First Reading: All Respond: Thanks be to God
Psalm: 25 Response: To you O God I lift up my soul
Second reading: All Respond: Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia
Gospel Reading: All Respond: Glory and Praise to Jesus the Christ
Profession of Faith: All: We believe in God, creator of all and fountain of life, whose divinity flows through every being. We believe in Jesus the Christ who reflects the face of God and leads us to the fullness of humanity. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God in the Cosmos, who calls us to serve without counting the cost. We believe in our global communion with all in the circle of life. Amen to courage, to hope, to the spirit of truth, to wholeness, to the partnership and equality of women and men in God’s plan. We believe in justice and peace for all. We surely believe in all this.
Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of the people to our Holy One.
(after each petition we respond: God of Love, hear our prayer.)
Presider: Energize us in our works for justice, equality and peace. We offer this prayer through Jesus, our brother, in union with the Holy Spirit. All: Amen
(Procession with gifts—Instrumental music)
Offertory Procession Song: “We are Many Parts
Preparation of the Gifts:
Presider: Blessed are you God of Creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer- this grain of the earth that human hands have prepared for our use. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Blessed are you God of Creation, through your goodness we have this wine to offer—this fruit of the vine that human hands have prepared for our use. It will become for us our spiritual drink.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: (invitation to all) Jesus who has often sat at our tables, now invites all of us to join him at his. Everyone is welcome to share in this meal. Please join us around our family table.
Presider: Let us give thanks to the creator of all that exists.
All: With hearts full of love we give God thanks and praise.
Presider: Let us acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit among us gathered at the family table.
All: We will develop our respect and reverence for you, for one another and for all creation.
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts.
All: We lift them up to the One who lives in us- and loves others through us.
Presider: Christ lives in each one of us.
All Sing: We are holy, holy, holy 3x- We are whole.
You are holy, holy, holy 3x – You are whole.
I am holy, holy, holy 3x—I am whole
We are holy, holy, holy 3x We are whole
Presider: Come Holy Spirit and settle on this bread and wine. Fill them with the wholeness of our living Cosmic Christ.
(All extend hand in blessing)
All: Invoking the memory of tradition, 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
After the meal Jesus took a cup filled with wine and share it with those present saying, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. The life of the new and everlasting covenant. In prophetic solidarity it is poured out for you and for all. Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.”
Presider: Come Holy Spirit to rest on us. 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. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all Glory is yours, gracious God. All: SING Amen
Prayer of Jesus (Sing: Our Father and Mother)
Sign of Peace: All Sing: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God as creator, family all are we, let us walk all together in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With every step I take let this be my solemn vow, to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Litany for breaking of bread
Presider: Loving God, All: You call us to speak truth to power. We will do so.
Presider: Loving God, All: You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We will do so.
Presider: Loving God, All: 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
(Share the Body and Blood with the Body and Blood of Christ Communion Instrumental)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Voice: 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.
Voice: 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: 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
All: (extend handover community)
May God’s Light encircle you.
May God’s Love enfold you.
May God’s Peace encourage you.
May God’s Hope fill your heart and soul.
May God’s Presence enrich you.
Presider: Let us go in the peace, faith and hope of Christ, and let our service continue as we walk with the saints. All: Thanks be to God!
Closing Song: We Are Marching In the Light of God