Friday, February 8, 2019

Katy Zatsick ARCWP Celebrates 9th Anniversary of Ordination at Liturgy with Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sun City, Florida

Katy Zatsick ARCWP, 9th Anniversary of Ordination 
Mary Mother of Jesus
Inclusive Catholic Community
At Sun City Center
February 7 2019
“God Has Chosen Me”

All: Infinite God in whom I live and 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 for the world (hands crossed over heart) Amen.

Presider: God is within you.
All: And also, within you.

Opening Prayer.
All: O God, Source of Unconditional Love, you constantly break through our lives calling us to live in your Love and joy.  We ask you to renew our fidelity to Jesus who transforms the ordinary into the extra-ordinary. We ask this in his name. Amen.

See Sheet for Readings
First Reading
Psalm Response:
Gospel reading

Liturgy Feb 7 2019
“God has Chosen Me”
I had read the quote used for our “I believe” today about a month ago. I realized only yesterday that Feb 6 was my 9th year anniversary of RCWP ordination. It lifts my heart as I am reminded how much our Loving God cares for us!
The three readings for today call us to reflect on how much God loves us unconditionally from before we are born. The readings use the metaphor or image of marriage, of weddings, to teach of God’s presence and unconditional love in our lives.
We each have been chosen by God to live the Catholic Christian Path of following Jesus’ Way. What has our God of Holy Mystery chosen for your life’s journey? Our life comes with changes as we grow in our relationship to Jesus our wise elder Brother.
How close God is to us. How intimate our relationship to God if we are open and seek a deeper relationship with our God of Holy Mystery. God chose for you a special path of ministry, of meeting our Sisters’ and Brothers’ needs in our circles of life. And this call may change as we grow and learn about the Holy Mystery of our Source of All Being, Living Word and Holy Spirit Sofia throughout our lifetime of our faith journey.
In the wedding at Cana, do you think Mary is a feminine image of God? She is the One who tells Jesus, “Do something about the lack of wine” An obedient grumbling Jesus changes the water into wine, the ordinary to the miraculous. We are called to do the same, to follow and live what our God Mother/Father asks of us.

Readings for MMOJ Liturgy “God Has Chosen Me” Feb 6 2019
First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
For Zion’s sake, I will not be silent; for the sake of Jerusalem, I will not rest---not until her integrity shines like the dawn, her deliverance like a flaming torch…. You will be a garland of beauty in YHWH’s hands a solemn crown worn by your God.  Never again will you be called Forsaken; never again will your land be called Desolate.  But you will be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land will be called Married.  For YHWH will take delight in you and your land will be joined with God in wedlock.  For just as a young couple marry,… and as a newly married couple rejoice over each other, so will YHWH rejoice over you. The Word of God All: Thanks be to God who has chosen us.
Psalm 125  (adapted from Nan Merrill “Psalms from Praying an Invitation to Wholeness, p 260)
Response All: Come enter the Garden of Love
Those who put their trust in You are like giant trees standing firm and rooted deep. As the trees grow strong in fertile soil, so we mature in the Garden of Love, nourished by the Word of Life. All: Come enter the Garden of Love
For the weeds of fear, the tares of ignorance, find no home here; they are soon cast out. As each flower in its uniqueness blesses the garden, the interconnectedness of all brings it to fulfillment. All: Come enter the Garden of Love
Those whose lives reflect goodness and integrity, become mirrors to Love’s way.  They are like fragrant blossoms that bring joy to all around them, like open invitations for others to come. All: Come enter the Garden of Love
Gospel John 2:1-11
Three days later, there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there.  Jesus and his disciples had likewise been invited to the celebration.  At a certain point, the wine ran out, and Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no wine.”  Jesus answered her, “Mother what does that have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”  Mary instructed those waiting on tables, ‘Do whatever Jesus tells you.’”
As prescribed for Jewish Ceremonial washings, there were six stone water jars on hand, each one holding between 15 and 25 gallons. “Fill those jars with water,” Jesus said, and the servers filled them to the brim. “Now,” said Jesus, “draw some out and take it to the caterer.” The servers did as they were instructed.
The caterer tasted the water---which had been turned into wine---without knowing where it had come from; the only ones who knew were those who were waiting on tables, since they had drawn the water.  The caterer called the bride and groom over and remarked, “People usually serve the best wine first; then, when the guests have been drinking a while, a lesser vintage is served.  What you’ve done is to keep the best wine until now!”
Jesus performed this first of his signs at Cana in Galilee; in this way he revealed his glory, and the disciples believed in him. The Good News of our Loving Brother
Shared Homily: Whose love has taught you about commitment that lasts? Whose tenderness has invited you to become a real lover of yourself and others? Has Jesus supplied your lack in time of need-spiritually, emotionally or in any way you needed? 

Profession of Faith. All: God loves me. God chooses me. God wants me, more than anything.  God wants my happiness, God desires my freedom.  God seeks my eternal companionship. God is the one whose love I can count on.  God has been in the business of loving me since before I was in my mother’s womb. Amen

Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of God’s people to our loving Abba, Sophia and Brother Jesus. Response: Christ who loves us, hear our prayer.   
Presider:  By our lives may we share that all are chosen by our God of Evolutionary Love, we pray. Response.
Presider: In 2019, may we stand in solidarity with all those who are marginalized and work for justice and equality, we pray.. Presider: For what else should we pray…
Presider: We know you hear our prayers; those we speak and those we keep in our hearts. May our acts arise from the knowing you love each of us unconditionally.
All: Amen

Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Lover of all.  This bread is your MMOJ community living your love for all. Through your divine providence, we have this bread to offer, it will become for us the Bread of life.   ALL:  Praise to God, who has chosen and supports us.
Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Creator of all.  This wine is our desire to ever enter deeper into our relationship with God transforming Love for all.  Through your divine providence, we have this wine to offer, it will become our spiritual drink.  ALL:  Praise to God, who has chosen and supports us.
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 knowing you have chosen us to be followers of Jesus and his Way, may we become your Presence for all. 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 Sophia, Holy Spirit and settle on this bread and wine. Fill them with the holiness and wholeness of our living Brother Jesus our Cosmic Christ who resides in the center of our souls today.

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 within the Communion of Saints may we extend your Love to all whom we meet.

Prayer of Jesus “Our Father and Mother”
Song of Peace Love is flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me, flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free. Peace 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 your Good News of our Oneness in you. We will do
Loving God, you call us to be your presence in the world. We will do so!

Presider: This is Jesus who transforms the ordinary into the miraculous.  His life enfleshing God’s Love in humanity. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love and to live as the Heart and Hands of our Cosmic Christ. All: We are chosen by you and we choose to be the Body of Christ in your world.

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, Amma 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

Presider: Let us go forth knowing that we are called to transform our communities through the Compassion of Jesus. Let our service continue in his name.
Final Blessing.
All (hand extended over community):
May Sofia’s vision and joy companion you.
May peace and hope fill your being,
May Jesus who is Love hold you close.  
As we celebrate our transformation as chosen sons and daughters and loved unconditionally.  Amen

Individual Blessing, around the circle. Place your hands on head of person, look into his/her eyes and say:
“Remember that you are highly favored,
And Deeply loved,
And Greatly blessed”
All: Thanks be to God.

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

Suzanne Lynch blesses Walt Prouty

Walt Prouty hands cup to member of MMOJ in Sun City at Liturgy

Roman and Theresa Rodriguez bless community

Paddy Cooney blesses Roman

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