Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Extra- Ordinary Time Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14, 2019 Presiders: Elena Garcia, ARCWP and Katy Zadsick ARCWP Music Minister: Mindy Lou Simmons



Theme:  How is The Cross Any Kind of Victory?

Welcome and Centering Prayer
Presider:  Oh Holy One, we gather with you as we share this sacred space and as we celebrate our oneness in you.  Our faith sustains us in all that we do.  We recognize that if we had the faith of a mustard seed, we could move mountains. We envision moving mountains. We know that you are with us as we walk each day in conscious awareness of our responsibility to bring forth your kindom on Earth. And to this, we say,
All:  Amen.
Gathering Hymn:  “We Gather Here To Celebrate”     (Mindy Lou Simmons)
We gather here to celebrate one God universal                                                                                                                                We gather here to celebrate the Joy within                                                                                                                                    In unity we celebrate the beauty of diversity.                                                                                                                         Come join us in our fellowship, welcome friends.
You are my sister you are my brother                                                                                                                                          In the one divine mind we are one with each other                                                                                                                      So join with me in unity, let us celebrate, our divinity                                         Repeat: We gather here…..
Opening Prayer
Presider:  Compassionate God,  as we celebrate the victory of the cross, help us to be mindful of the challenge set before us by Jesus to allow His message to transform our lives. As we journey, strife to build the kindom and profess Christs message of love and forgiveness, grant us the courage to accept his transforming power.   Our desire is to be continually conscious of this in our own lives and recognize this in all we do with others.

All (with an outstretched arm):  May we reach deep within ourselves to hear Wisdom’s many messages, to faithfully understand them, and to respond to them with compassionate actions to our brothers and sisters.  May we emulate the virtues of pardon and peace that Jesus taught us so that we may- in turn-be more forgiving in our care for ourselves, for one another and for our planet Earth.
May we gather strength through your Divine Presence within us, to extend your merciful and forgiving presence that is your gift – through us – to everyone, everywhere - with whom you share your unending love.  We ask this in the name of all that is.  Amen.

Gloria
All (Sung):  Glory to God, glory, O praise God, Alleluia.  Glory to God, glory.
O praise the name of our God. (3X)
Community Reconciliation
(Pause briefly and reflect on the need to grow more in love with others and with creation.)
Presider:  Creator God to whom all hearts are open, no desires unknown, and from whom no secrets can be hidden, cleanse our hearts by the inspiration of Holy Wisdom. 
All:  We take your Word into our minds and hearts and we open them to new understanding.
Presider:  We ask for the grace to continually acknowledge our need to grow in goodness and caring for ourselves, for others and for our earth. 
All:  We accept your love and understanding of the frailty of our human nature.  
Presider:  And we join with you, Jesus the anointed one, believing the strength and insight of Spirit Sophia will lead us to deeper dedication to justice, equality and peace in our world.   All:  Amen.

Liturgy of The Word
First Reading: Numbers 21:4b-9   
The first reading: Numbers 21:4b-9
The Israelites traveled from Mount Hor along the road to the see of Reeds in order to avoid Edom. But the people grew impatient along the way, and they addressed their concerns to God and Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? We have no bread! We have no water! And we are disgusted with this terrible food!
Then YHYH sent venomous snakes among the people. They fatally bit many of the people. So the people came to Moses and said: “We sinned when we spoke against YHWH and against you. Intercede for us, and ask that God remove the snakes from us.”
So Moses prayed for the people. And YHWH said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it on the end of a pole. Anyone who is bitten and looks at it will live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then whenever the people were bitten by a snake, they looked at the bronze snake and lived.
These are inspired words found in the Book of Numbers
And we respond:  Thanks be to God

Psalm 78 
Responsorial:  Listen well, O peoples of the earth, to inner promptings of the Spirit.

Let Silence enter your house that you may hear!
For within your heart Love speaks: not with words of deceit,
But of spiritual truths to guide you upon the paths of peace.   Response……..

Since the birth of consciousness armed with free will, many have rebelled against the Creator.
They have refused to live according to Love’s way. They forgot their purpose and the beautiful Plan, and all that had been given as gift.                                       Response……..

All through the ages the earth has yielded its bountiful harvest; yet valleys and mountains, forests and fields have been misused. Greed has become the great destroyer of life, taking without offering back, consuming the earth with abandon. Generations to come will suffer from our willful ways.                                                                    Response……..

Even so, the Source of all life remains faithful, ever ready to lead us out of the wilderness, to speak to us in the Silence of our hearts.  Love will guide us to the New Jerusalem,  to the mountain of Hope, the City of Light! Love will be an everlasting Presence to all who call upon Love’s Name. to all who open their hearts to Love.             Response
Second Reading:  “Passion of Christ, Passion of the World”
The 2nd Reading is taken from “The Passion of Christ, Passion of the World”
Where God seems not to be, where God seems to have withdrawn, there we shall find God most intensely present. This  logic contradicts the logic of reason. This is the logic of the cross. The logic of  the cross is a scandal to reason, and must be maintained as such. Only thus shall we have access to God. Otherwise we should never surmise it. Reason seeks the cause of suffering. Reason seeks reasons for evil. The cross seeks no causes. God is to be found in suffering, and most intensively of all. Where reason sees the absence of God, the logic of the cross sees God’s full revelation…. The cross must remain the cross: the blind spot in the eye of the reasoning, and the wisdom of the world.
These are the inspired words of Leonardo Boff, (Author of “The passion of Christ, The passion of the World”)
Response:  Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation:  Celtic Alleluia!  (sung before and after Gospel)
Gospel Reading:  A reading from the Gospel according to John 3: 13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “No one has gone up to heaven except the One who came down from heaven--- the Chosen One.   As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so the Chosen One must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in the Chosen One might have eternal life.
Yes, God so loved the world as to give the Only Begotten One, that whoever believes, may not die, but have eternal life.  God sent the Only Begotten into the world not to condemn the world, but that through the Only Begotten, the world might be saved.

These are the inspired words found in the Gospel of John
We Respond: Praise to you Jesus the Christ!

Shared Homily/Community Reflection
Profession of Faith
All:  I believe in you, O Holy One, Source of all, the incomprehensible mystery of love beyond imagining.
I believe that I am in you and that you are in me.
I believe that our relationship is transforming my life.
I believe that you surround me with forgiving, abounding kindness in the midst of darkness, injustice, sin, and death.
I believe in Jesus, anointed by Your Spirit, who embodies your ways in his ministry.
I believe that Jesus did not come to die but to live and help others live in abundance on this beautiful earth.
I believe that Your Spirit anoints me to share in the same ministry by living justly, loving tenderly and walking with integrity.
I believe that you nourish and sustain me through prayer.
I believe that you summon my conscience to action on behalf of justice that will change oppressive structures.
I believe that Your Spirit is at work in all of creation.
I believe that you call me to be a co-creator with you and to join with companions on the journey as you beckon us to birth with you a new creation.
Amen. (Provided by Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP



Prayers of the Community
Presider:  As the serpent was lifted up in the desert, Jesus was lifted up on the cross. In exaltation we proclaim:  Indeed this is the Holy One of God!
P: Jesus, through Your ignominious death on the cross;
All ~give comfort and hope to those who suffer torture or imprisonment.
P: Jesus, pierced with a lance;
All ~open our hearts in an outpouring of love and care for the poor.
P: Jesus, raised on high on the cross;
All ~help us to rise above our petty desires and complaints.
P: Jesus reviled and rejected on the cross;
All: ~deliver us from all forms of pride and human respect that would separate us from you.
P: We are people of faith.  We believe in the power of prayer.  For what else shall we pray?
The response to each petition is : Indeed Jesus is the Holy One of God
Presider: Healing God, we know you attend to our prayers and respond with what is best for all.  In you, we place our faith.  All: Amen.
Offertory Song: “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless”  (Jan Phillips)
Preparation of the Gifts
Presider:  Blessed are you, Jesus of Nazareth, through your goodness we have this bread and this wine and our own lives to offer.  Through this sacred meal may we remember how to live the new story.   
All:  Blessed be God forever.   
Presider:  Divine Presence, we believe that you are always with us, loving in each of us and healing others through us.
All:  Namaste (with a nod…3x)
Presider:  Lift up your hearts.  
All:  We lift them up in tender love, open to serve.
Presider:  Let us give thanks for all that we have.
All: It is our joy to be grateful for our many blessings as we gather at our family table.                            
                                                   (so… let us “gather at our family table”…)                          

Preface
Voice 1:   O Holy One, we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history – a time when humanity must choose its future.  As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future holds both peril and great promise. May we recognize that, in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms, we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. United with our vast universe, with our Mother-Planet and her people everywhere, with one another and You, Loving God, our spirits dance and sing this song of praise:
All: We are holy, holy, holy (3x), we are whole. You are…I am… We are (Karen Drucker)

Eucharistic Prayer  (Diarmuid O’Murchu and Jay Murnane))
Voice 2:  We give grateful thanks for those who came before us, for all those who gave from their hearts, who gave from their lives, that there might be a better world, a safer world, a kinder world, we pray for peace in their names. And we pray for the children, that they may live, that they may have children of their own and that it will go on - this great blossoming that is meant to grow and spread in all time – we pray for peace in their names.
And we pray for all peoples of this earth who have no voice in this, For the animals that have no voice in this, For the plants, the trees, the flowers that have no voice in this, For all who share this earth with us we pray for peace in their names.
Voice 3:  We thank you for our brother, Jesus. He showed us so simply, so tenderly, how the world is in our hands. He had nothing in this world but your love, companions on the journey, and his very self. Together, that was more than enough, and that remains our clarity in the midst of confusion: the miracle of healing, new hope, nurturance, nourishment, liberation and life.

Epiclesis   (Please extend hands in blessing toward the bread and wine for invocation of the Holy Spirit)
Presider: Now as we share the bread of life and lift the cup of joy, we pray, come Holy Spirit deepen your Presence within us, and in these gifts of bread and wine.
All:  We remember the gift that Jesus gave us on the night before he died. He gathered with his friends to share a final Passover meal. And it was at that supper that Jesus took bread, said the blessing and shared it with them saying:  Take this all of you and eat it.  This bread is you; This bread is me.  We  are one body, the presence of God in the world.  When you do this, remember me and all I have taught you.   (pause a moment, then continue….)
All: In the same way, Jesus took a cup of wine, said the blessing and gave it to his friend saying: take this all of you and drink it.  This wine is you; this wine is me.  We are one blood, the presence of God in the world.  When you do this, remember me all I have taught you. 

Presider:  Jesus, who was with God “in the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth,” is with us now in this bread.  The Spirit, of whom the prophets spoke in history, is with us now in this cup.  Let us proclaim this mystery of our faith.
Anamnesis
All:  The Anointed One lives in us and through us in the world today. 

Voice 4:  Loving God, we have looked for others to save us and to save our world. Yet, we are called, and blessed and sent into the world to establish justice and show the blessed fulfillment that comes with simplicity and the giving of ourselves in love.  We will make new our commitment to the harmony of the original vision of creation. We will open up wide all that has been closed around us, and our small circles. Like Jesus, in all openness, we will be filled with your own Spirit and renew the face of the earth. 

All:  We believe that the Spirit of God is at work in and among us and can do more than we can ask or imagine.    Amen. (sung)
The Prayer of Jesus
Presider:  Let us join hands and raise our voices as we say the Prayer Jesus taught us:
All:  (sung) Our Father and Mother…….
The Sign of Peace
Presider:  God, we know that you give us peace and unity beyond what any words can express.  You are here with us as we join hands in a circle of love and sing our prayer: “Let there be peace on earth.” (#526)
“With God as Creator, family all are we, let us walk with each other in peaceful harmony.”

Litany at the Breaking of the Bread
Presider:  Loving God…All: you call us to Spirit-filled service and to live the Gospel of non-violence for peace and justice.  We will live justly.
Presider:  Loving God….All: you call us to be your presence in the world and to be bearers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of forgiveness and understanding, healing and compassion everywhere in your name.  We will love tenderly.
Presider:  Loving God….All: you call us to speak truth to power.  We will walk humbly with you.
Presider:  This is Jesus, who calls us to open doors that are closed and share our bread and wine on the altar of the world. All are invited to eat and drink at this sacred banquet of love. 

All:  When we share in this meal, we who have always been worthy, commit to live your teachings, dear Jesus, and to tell your stories that allow Spirit to rise up within us and empowers us to bring the kin-dom of God to this world.  This is the good news of salvation. 
Presider:  Let us share and spread this good news!  All: Amen                                                                                  
Chant Before Communion: “Sanctuary”  God prepare me, to be your sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary for you. 3x
As we share this sacred meal, we say to one another with the passing of the bread,
“You are the love of God in the world.”
When we share the wine we say,
“You are the peace of God in the world.”

Communion Music:  Instrumental  

Post-Communion Meditation and Reflection – I am the One within you  (Karen Drucker)

Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion

Presider:  May wonder and thanksgiving fill us, may compassion fully fill our beings, that you may heal the numbness that continues because of our society’s injustices. May you know that we are eternally grateful for our many blessings.  All:  Amen. 
Gratitudes/Introductions/Announcements

Closing Prayer
All: ~ May our hearts be glad on our journeys as we dream new dreams and see new visions.
~May we live and work for mercy, peace and justice, in our hearts for ourselves and our brothers and sisters…whoever they are and wherever they are.
~May we learn to bless, honor and hold in reverence one another and the planet Earth.
~May we continually strive to be the faith of a mustard seed, so we can move mountains that are barriers to injustice and inequality. 
~And may we be the face of God to the world, reflecting a compassionate and caring presence in us to everyone we meet.
Closing Community Blessing
(Everyone please extend your hands in mutual blessing.)
 All:  May our gracious God, bless us all gathered here, in the name of God our Creator, in the name of Jesus our brother, and in the name of the Spirit Sophia, as we care and minister to one another, and all those we meet, in love.  We rest assured you are with us as we continue on our path and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, for we ARE your face oh God, to the world.  Amen

Commissioning
Presiders:   May we all go in the peace of Christ and our caring love for one another.  Let our service continue!
All:   Thanks be to God; let it be so, let it be now, let it be.

We Gather Here to Celebrate (Mindy Simmons)

We gather here to celebrate one God universal                                                                                                                                We gather here to celebrate the Joy within                                                                                                                                    In unity we celebrate the beauty of diversity.                                                                                                                         Come join us in our fellowship, welcome friends.

You are my sister you are my brother                                                                                                                                          In the one divine mind we are one with each other                                                                                                                      So join with me in unity, let us celebrate, our divinity

We gather here to celebrate one God universal                                                                                                                                We gather here to celebrate the Joy within                                                                                                                                    In unity we celebrate the beauty of diversity.                                                                                                                         Come join us in our fellowship, welcome friends


Closing Song:  Let Your Light Shine In Us  (Kathy Sherman)
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Let your light, shine in us 3x
And we will be light for the world

Let your light, shine in us 3x
And we will be light for the world.
We will be one and the kindom will come.

Let your heart, beat in us 3x
And we will be love for the world.
We will be one and the kindom will come.

Let your joy sing in us  3x
And we will be hope for the world.
We will be one and the kindom will come.

Let your peace live in us  3x
And we will be one for the world.
We will be one and the kindom will come.              Repeat 1 and 2

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