|Elena Garcia ARCWP presides at Liturgy|
THEME: “And this is the marvel of marvels, that He called me Beloved.” (C.S. Lewis)
Introduction and Comments followed by a moment of silence to find our still point where the Holy One calls us to gather in song and prayer to adore Her Divinity.
Opening Song: “Wade in the Water” refrain only 3x
Presider: Let us begin in the name of God, our father/mother, and of Jesus Christ Sophia, and of the Holy Spirit Wisdom. All: Amen.
Presider: Spirit of God, you moved over the waters breathing life, freedom and joy into creation. Fill us, bathe us, drench us with your healing, refreshing love. Make us a life-giving river spilling over and splashing justice, truth and love over all. All: Amen
Blessing of the Water:
Presider: May this water remind us of the holiness of earth. May the Spirit of God move in this water once again and make us a wellspring of love spilling over with compassion for all. All: Amen
Blessing of the People:
Presider: May you be blessed and renewed in your baptismal promises to God, yourself, and the People of God! (Sprinkle all, including presiders, with blessed water.)
Penitential Expression and Community Forgiveness
Presider: My sisters and brothers, God is with you! All: And also with you.
Presider: Let us pause to reflect on God’s boundless love and our need for forgiveness and healing. (Silent Reflection) (All extend hands and recite prayer of general absolution)
All: Our loving merciful God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, has reconciled the world and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church, may God give us pardon and peace and absolve us from our sins in the name of Jesus, the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Presider: May the God of love, forgive us our lack of trust in God’s Spirit moving within us, in us and through us as witnesses of God’s love for all. All: Amen.
All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. O loving God, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. O Jesus, Christ Sophia, You take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. You who are one with our God, receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One; you alone are Messiah. You alone are the Most High, Jesus, Christ Sophia, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God. Amen.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
1st Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7 All: Thanks be to God
Psalm 29 Response: Give praise to the Beloved; Sing of Love’s glory and strength.
2nd Reading: Acts 10: 34 – 38 All: Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation Before and After: Alleluia
Gospel: Story of Jesus’ Baptism All: Thank you Jesus
Homily and Community Sharing
CREED: (Taken from “The Friends in Faith” and shared by Joan Meehan)
ALL: Gathered together as people of faith, we profess our belief in a God who is larger than we can name, unable to be contained, yet present in each one of us. We have come to know this God in the living of our lives, and in the holiness of the earth we share. We believe in a God revealed in all peoples—all genders, religions, and orientations. We embrace a compassionate God, who champions justice and mercy, and is always faithful when we call. Our God gives and forgives, patiently loving without conditions. We gratefully believe in a God who feels our deepest struggles, and celebrates our greatest joys. A God who both dances with us in celebration, and holds us when we cry. This God is not “other” to us, but shares our breath in every moment, and promises we are never alone. We believe in a God who believes in us - believes that we are precious and incredible gifts, worthy to claim image and likeness to the divine. We hold fast to our God who journeys with us, who continually calls us to choose the shape of our days through the choices we make. This God accepts us as we are, and shares each hope we have for our becoming. This is the God in whom we believe, our Creator, our Mother and Father who became human in Jesus, our brother. Our God is the Spirit of Life, the voice that continues to speak love, and asks us to answer. In this God we choose to believe. AMEN
V: The Holy Spirit hovered over Jesus and a voice declared him the beloved One of God. We pray to him:
All: Blessed be God who comes to save us.
V: Jesus, servant of God , you listened to the Spirit and were led to the Jordan to be Baptized.
All: Open our minds and hearts to your call to conversion.
V: Jesus, Word made flesh, you listened to the Spirit and were led to the desert to prepare for your mission.
All: Teach us to pray that our ministry may proclaim the good news of the fullness of life.
V: Jesus, savior of us all, you listened to the Spirit and encouraged John in his time of doubt.
All: Help us to live the truth of our baptism so deeply that we may be guides to one another.
V: Jesus, our peace, you listened to the Spirit and were covered with the waters of the Jordan.
All: bless all who are dying and enfold them in your mercy.
V: What other concerns do we pray for at this time?
After each petition all respond: Come Holy Spirit
Presider: Let us pray. Jesus, you were sent by God to save us, and you so loved the world that your every deed was inspired by Holy Spirit. Your mission was God’s mission, and you gave your life to fulfill it. Teach us to listen to the Spirit in our hearts. Help us to love as you have loved us, that we may continue your mission. Loving God, we have spoken of our needs and hopes and some of them remain silently in our hearts. Listen to the fullness of our petitions and help us to effect these changes for the better in our world. We ask this in your name . Amen
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Presider: Blessed are you, God of all life, through your goodness we have bread, wine, all creation, and our own lives to offer. Through this sacred meal may we become your new creation. All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: God dwells in you. All: And also with you.
Presider: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to God.
Presider: Let us give thanks to our God. All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
All are welcome to participate in the prayers of Consecration and receive Holy Communion
Voice: We praise you, Wellspring of Love, in whom we live and move and have our being. You have sent Jesus, Sophia's child, the Wisdom of the Ages, to show us that the heart of religion is worshipping you in spirit and in truth. You revealed your identity to the Samaritan woman at the well. You continue to reveal your identity to us today. You embrace every nation, race, creed and culture as your own.
All: O Divine Companion, you look at each of us with great tenderness. May we see ourselves loved by you totally. God of relationships, you reveal yourself in other people. Holy One, Compassionate One, Gracious One, your glory embraces heaven and earth. Like sun-drenched waters that sparkle, all human faces reflect your radiant splendor. You love each of us as if we were the only person in the world. Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Sophia! Hosanna in the highest.
Voice: O surging Ocean of Grace, you energize us with Spirit and passion, connecting us with all creatures in the depth of your unending love. You wash us clean of resentment and hostility and scrub away the debris that pollutes our spirits. We ask you to make us new as you did in the waters of our baptism. Immerse us in the Love that dances for joy in your presence. We gather to celebrate our sacred stories as we welcome all people around this banquet table. We remember Jesus-Sophia who invites us to come and drink of the waters that will quench our thirst forever.
(please all extend hands as we recite the consecration together)
All: The night before pouring forth his love for all people, Jesus took bread, broke it and shared it with his beloved companions, saying:
Take this, all of you, and eat it. This is my body which will be given for your healing. (PAUSE)
All: Then, looking with tender warmth on his friends, Jesus took a cup of wine, praised Sophia, and shared the cup, saying:
Take this all of you and drink from it; this is the cup of my blood, the blood that will satisfy the longings of human hearts for all times. It will be poured out for the healing and wholeness of all creation. Remember always you are a reflection of divinity.
Presider: Let us proclaim the mystery of our dying and rising in Christ:
All: Jesus-Sophia comforts us in our losses, cries with us in our sorrow, and promises that our innermost beings will flow with rivers of living water, even in the midst of our suffering and pain.
Voice: As we share this holy meal, we remember the holy men and women who drank from Wisdom's well and showed us how to live as courageous disciples: the prophet Miriam, the woman at the well, Paul of Tarsus, Prisca and Aquila, Clare and Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day, Ita Ford, Bishop Oscar Romero and all those companions we cherish and who bless and challenge us on our faith journey.
Voice: May the Church be anchored in the still waters of your presence where abundant blessings flow forever. O Holy One who lives in our hearts, we celebrate your radiant image in men and women everywhere. Your creativity flows through our beings. Your joy fills us. Your blessings are the wellspring of grace all around us. Your mercy is fresh, like dew, every morning. Your healing liberates us from all darkness and oppression. Your empowerment bubbles up inside us.
All: For you are the Love that dwells in our depths, the Wisdom of the Ages that speaks through us, the Divine Connection that makes us all one Amen.
THE PRAYER OF JESUS All: Our Father and Mother…(Sung)
THE SIGN OF PEACE
Presider: Peaceful Waters, we share the abundant love that flows among us as we embrace each other with open hearts. Look on the faith of all and grant us the peace and unity of your kindom where you live forever. All: AmenPresider: May the peace of Christ Sophia be always with you. All: And also with you. Presider: Let us offer each other a sign of peace as we sing “Peace is Flowing Like a River” – Peace, Love, Healing, Alleluia
LITANY FOR THE BREAKING OF BREAD
All: Loving God, You call us to speak truth to power, have mercy on us. Loving God, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice, have mercy on us. Loving God, You call us to be Your presence in the world. Grant us peace.
Presider: Let us share the Body of Christ with the Body of Christ! All: Amen.
PRE COMMUNION CHANT: God prepare me, to be a Sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving I’ll be a living, sanctuary for you. 3x
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Presider: O God, thank you for refreshing us in your sacrament. May we experience your life-giving waters welling up within us as we serve others with glad hearts. All: Amen.
Presider: Jesus Sophia is with you. All: And also with you.
BLESSING All: May the Spirit who moved over the waters of creation renew the earth. May Jesus Sophia satisfy our thirst for living fully. May the God of play fill our hearts to overflowing that we may live in the joy of being
loved All: Amen.
Presiders: Go in the peace of Jesus Sophia. Let the service begin!
All: Thanks be to God.