Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Mary Mother of Jesus, ICC @ Sun City Center, Nov 7 2019 Liturgy of Thanksgiving


All: Infinite God in whom we live and move and have our being (arms outstretched), Holy Spirit Sophia in every person and all Communities (hands in Namaste position, bowing to person across from you), Inner God, our brother Jesus: We are your light for the world (hands crossed over heart) Amen

Presider: God is within you and our community.  All: And also, within you.

Opening Prayer All: O Gracious God, open our hearts and our eyes to the wonders of your presence among us.  May we see the signs of your beauty within and about us and ever be in awe of the simple gifts of life.  Help us to reach beyond ourselves and to give thanks for all of your creation that shares this universe with us; peoples of every nation, animals of every species, al forms of vegetation, the planets, stars, and all the elements. We pray this in union with the incarnate Word of God in whose image al was created.  May you be blessed throughout the ages and for all eternity. Amen. (1)

See Sheet for Readings

First Reading-
The First Reading: Nov 1, 2019 Pope Francis  

A Gentle Reminder from Pope Francis
This life will go by fast. Don't fight with people, don't criticize your body so much, don't complain so much.  Don't lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.
Never stop being a good parent. Don't worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don't kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don't dedicate yourself to accumulating money.
Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don't put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don't save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.
So what? That's not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect...look...
Everything perfect doesn't exist. Human beings can't accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.
So take this challenge that is life and do it now...love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God's hands. The Inspired word of Pope Francis. All: Amen

Psalm Response: 
Psalm 146                 Response:  All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!   
Praise be to You! Praise the Beloved, O my soul! I will praise you with all my being; I will sing joyfully and with Thanksgiving to You, Heart of my Heart!  All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!   
Blessed are those who strength is in the Beloved, whose trust is in you O Divine Lover, Who gave birth to the universe—the heavens, the earth, and sea—and all that is within them.  You are ever-faithful, bringing balance and harmony to earth, nourishment to body and soul. All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!   
You lift up the faint-hearted, giving succor to those who weep.  You watch over those on journey, sending guides and angels to lead the way; O, that we might become beacons of light to those in darkness. All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!   
May You, who live forever in our hearts, loose the fetters of fear that bind us, that we might praise You always with free and joyful song! May it be so! All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!  

Gospel: John 24: 13-55
That same day, two of the disciples were making their way to village called Emmaus—which was about seven miles from Jerusalem—discuss all that had happened as they went.  While they were discussing these things, Jesus approached and began to walk along with them.  Though they were kept from recognizing Jesus, who asked them “What are you two discussing as you go your way? 
They stopped and looked sad, one of them, Cleopas by name asked Jesus “Are you the only who doesn’t know the things that have happened these past few days?” They answered… Jesus said to them, “What little sense you have!...Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus interpreted for them every passage of scripture which referred to the Messiah.  By now they were near the village they were going to, and Jesus appeared to be going further.  But they said eagerly, “Stay with us.  It’s nearly evening—the day is practically over.  So the savior went in and stayed with them.
After sitting down with them to eat, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus, who immediately vanished from their sight. 
They said to one another, “Weren’t our hearts burning inside us as this one talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?” They got up immediately and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the Eleven and the rest of the company assembled.  They were greeted with, “Christ has risen! It’s true Jesus has appeared to Simon!”  Then the travelers recounted what had happened on the road, and how they had come to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread.  
This is the Good News of our Brother Jesus Christ.   All: Amen Alleluia! 

Gratitude and Thanksgiving List  November 7 2019 MMOJ at Sun City Center
Please list an item/person/event for each letter of the alphabet that happened during 2019, if at all possible. You may go back to another year if needed. 
Shared Homily: Share from your alphabet of gratitude and thanksgiving for 2019 or words of Pope Francis

Profession of Faith. All We give thanks for God our Divine Creator who desires us to know ourselves as Holy Mystery’s beloved daughters and sons as we give thanks for life. We give thanks for Jesus Christ, template for humanity and God of Compassion who Loves all persons unconditionally that we all might learn and live following his Way. We give thanks for and believe in Sophia God’s Spirit of Renewal, healing humanity, calling us into our evolutionary future. We are called to be God’s Compassion enfleshed through our lives for all those who are in need.   Amen.

Presider: Always in gratitude for God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of the People of God to our loving Holy Mystery, Wisdom Sophia and our Risen Jesus Christ. Response: Loving God we continually give you thanks  Presider: May we welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity and to our table, while responding to their many needs. R Presider: May we give thanks and share of our abundance as you spread your banquet of life before us. 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. In lasting gratitude, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Brother’s name.  All: Amen

Presider:  Blessed are you, Jesus Christ gift to us all.  This bread is your Mary Mother Of Jesus’ community offering gratitude for the miracle of each day of our lives.   We offer this bread for it will become for all the Bread of life. ALL: With deep gratitude and humility we ask you to accept our gifts.  Presider:  Blessed are you, O God, Divine Compassion for all.  This wine reminds us to drink deeply of life and to share our thanks with all. We have this wine to offer, it will become our spiritual drink for all. ALL: With deep gratitude and humility we ask you to accept our gifts. 

All: Blessed are you, God of all creation, through your goodness we offer our own ministry and these gifts. May we join in prayer giving thanks with all believers in this time of thanksgiving. 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 Wisdom, Holy Spirit and settle on this bread and wine. Fill them with the holiness and wholeness of our Brother Jesus our Universal Christ who is calling us to justice and dignity for all.  We give thanks and praise this day. Amen

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 and we today, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my body which will be broken for you.” (Pause)

All: Then Jesus took a cup of wine and shared it with those present, and we today, saying, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood, lived for you. When you remember and do this I am Present.”

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 continually with our thoughts, words and actions give thanks to you.

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…Love is flowing...

Litany for Breaking of Bread.  
Men: Loving God, you call us to speak truth to power. We will do so!
Women: Loving God, you call us to give thanks and praise always. We will do so!
ALL: Loving God, you call us to be your Compassion for all in need. We will be so!
Presider: This is Jesus who ate, danced, talked, prayed, gave thanks, and taught us the Way.   All are invited to partake of this banquet of love and to live our resurrection journey in hope. All: With Jesus Christ our Brother and our Way, we choose to be the Body of Christ for all whom we meet on our way.

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-where and who will be celebrating this holiday with you this Thanksgiving.   

Presider: Let us continue our resurrection journey giving thanks and praise each day.  Let our prayers and service continue in the name of our Brother Jesus our Universal Christ. All: Amen

Prayer for our ministry:  All (hand extended over community):  May Jesus Christ and Holy Wisdom bless your Thanksgiving gathering with peace, joy, happiness, family and friends.  Amen

Final Blessing, extend your arm in blessing to others:  
Remember always that you are highly favored,  
deeply loved,  
and greatly blessed on your life’s journey. Amen

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

A final prayer for your reflection: Let us give thanks for this beautiful day.  Let us give thanks for this life.  Let us give thanks for the water without which life would not be possible.  Let us give thanks for Grandmother Earth who protects and nourishes us. Amen.(Daily Prayer of the Lakota American Indian*)

1.    Peoples Companion to the Breviary, Vol II, pg 165. 

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