Saturday, November 14, 2020

Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community - Liturgy for November 15, 2020- Presiders: Lynn Kinlan, ARCWP, and members of the community

LynnWelcome and Theme Welcome to our Upper Room celebration of Word and Eucharist. As the first line of our first reading says, blessed is “the longing that brought you here”. We are thankful for all our zoom companions both near and far who join and share to pierce through the mists of our pandemic era.   

Our focus for today is on the moment when our heart’s desire seems to nudge us to forge ahead into what is not usual or easy; that turning point moment when we discover the courage to reach for what Seamus Heaney calls “a great sea-change and a further shore” because with the Holy One, all things are possible. 

RudyOpening PrayerIn the times when we wonder if we do enough, if we are enough and whether we are headed in the right direction, may we be surrounded by the gentleness of those who believe in us and also be filled with the infinite love of the Divine. When trouble arises, may we discover the balance of being patient with ourselves but also impatient with a world in need of change and rediscovery. Amen. 

Opening SongSomewhere to Begin” by Sara Thomsen 


BridgetFirst Reading: “For Longing” 

Blessed be the longing that brought you here

And quickens your soul with wonder.

May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire

that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

May you have the wisdom to enter generously into

your own unease

To discover the new direction your longing wants 

you to take.

May the forms of your belonging— in love, creativity, 

And friendship—

Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.

May the one you long for long for you.

May a secret Providence guide your thought and 

Nurture your feeling.

May your mind inhabit your life with the sureness

With which your body inhabits the world. 

May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures

Of old damage. 

May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.

May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.

These are the inspired verses of John O’Donohue and we affirm them by saying, Amen.

DianeSecond Reading“The Cure of Troy” by Seamus Heaney

Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

History says, don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there's fire on the mountain
And lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.

It means once in a lifetime 

That justice can rise up 

And hope and history rhyme.

These are the inspiring words of Seamus Heaney and we affirm them by saying Amen.


ConnieGospel Reading: Mathew ch. 25 14-30

The kindom of God is like a very wealthy landowner who was going on a journey and called in three workers, entrusting some funds to them. The first received five talents, the second two talents and the third one talent according to each one’s ability. Then, the landowner went away. The one who had received five talents invested it and made another five. In the same way, the worker who had received two, doubled the figure. But the worker who received one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried the money. 

After a long absence, the traveler returned and settled the accounts. The first worker came forward saying, “You entrusted me with five talents; here are five more talents besides.”

The landowner said, “Well done! You are a good and faithful worker. Since you were dependable in a small matter, I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share my joy!”

To the one who had received two and doubled it, he said, “You too are a good and faithful worker. Since you were dependable in a small matter, I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share my joy!”

Finally, the worker who had received one talent said to the landowner, “Knowing your ruthlessness— you who reap what you did not sow and gather where you did not scatter— and fearing your wrath, I went off and buried the one talent in the ground. Here is your money back”. 

The landowner exclaimed, “You worthless lazy lout! So, you know that I reap what I don’t sow and gather where I don’t scatter, do you? All the more reason to deposit my money with bankers so I could have it back with interest!  You there! Take the talent away from this bum and give it to the one with the ten. 

For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

These are the words of the gospel writer known as Mathew and we affirm them by saying, Amen.

Pause before shared homily

Lynn: Homily Starter

Today’s gospel is known as the Parable of the Faithful Servant. It is traditionally invoked on stewardship Sunday to encourage us to be like the first two servants and use our gifts to the best of our ability. In this interpretation, the absentee landowner is either God or the ascended Jesus who entrusts us with talent and expects us to work for the furtherance of the Kindom on earth. Today, I suggest we call it the Parable of the Whistle-Blower by focusing on the third servant who stands up for his concept of justice (Herzog, Meyers, Duncan). 

Let’s look at context: the wealthy landowner is part of the 1% of his time. Talent was the Greek word for money and one talent weighed between 57 and 74 pounds and held a value equal to 15 years of wages for a lowly servant. So, the landlord gives his servants (who are probably really slaves) a fortune beyond their imagining with no instructions and then goes away for an indeterminate time. There are no warnings about what may happen if they fail to employ the money wisely, but the servants know their master. 

How did people double their money back then? Rich men engaged in currency exchanges at the temple, earning incredible margins at the expense of foreigners. Servants loaned out their master’s money to struggling small farmers at rates as high as 25% to 50% and when the farmers got in over their heads, the land was repossessed, and the farmer became a tenant farmer or servant or slave. The rich landowner wouldn’t sully his hands with this scam—he had his slaves do it for him. The terms of the mortgages were excessive, and the borrowers were desperate— a little like the payday loan companies that dot the landscape of inner cities today.  

The servants know what to do. The first two double the fortune entrusted to them by taking advantage of struggling peasants in the declining Palestinian economy of the time. Note that these two “faithful” ones don’t get a share of the profit, only a “promotion” with more responsibility. This is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer; it is a time tested arrangement that kept medieval serfs in their place and led to famine in 19th century Ireland, to sharecropper poverty for liberated slaves after the Civil War and despair in countless peasants across the globe even today.

Only the third servant has the nerve to not participate in the exploitation of peasants and himself. He doesn’t get a charge out of sharing the joy of his ruthless master who has never worked for his wealth and who admits to it with no shame at all. The third servant gives the money back, hasn’t lost or cost the plutocrat anything and yet he is called “worthless” and a “lazy bum” and thrown out into the darkness. 

Like Jesus, the third servant speaks truth to power and refuses to fit into a role prescribed for him by custom. He chooses to do what is right by his conscience at great risk to himself.  He will not be complicit in the ugliness of a system that weaponizes money as a tool of controlling others. 

All of us are challenged by the status quo in our work lives, in our extended families, in our neighborhoods and yes, in our worship communities to belong as the O’Donohue reading says, in a way that is “equal to the grandeur and the call” of our souls. Can we, day by day, in ways small and grand, be agents of the “sea-change” of miracles that Heaney enjoins us to hope for?

Bernie: Homily Closure

Mary L.: Let us pray our Statement of Faith together

We believe in one God, a divine mystery
beyond all definition and rational understanding,
the heart of all that has ever existed,
that exists now, or that ever will exist.

We believe in Jesus, messenger of God's Word,
bringer of God's healing, heart of God's compassion,
bright star in the firmament of God's
prophets, mystics, and saints.

We believe that We are called to follow Jesus
as a vehicle of God's love,
a source of God's wisdom and truth,
and an instrument of God's peace in the world.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

The life of God that is our innermost life, 

the breath of God moving in our being.

The depth of God living in each of us.

We believe that God's kin-dom is here and now,
stretched out all around us for those
with eyes to see it, hearts to receive it,
and hands to make it happen.

Lynn: As we prepare for the sacred eucharistic meal, we bring to our virtual table the prayerful intentions of the community which will be read by Dennis.

Lynn: we pray for these and all the unspoken concerns with thankfulness in our hearts. 


Joan: We are a priestly people. With open hands and the “grandeur of our souls” let us pray our Eucharistic prayer as one:

O Nurturing, Compassionate One, You are always with us. We are grateful for Your constant loving and unconditional presence. At times we forget that You are holding us, attending to us. We fall and You pick us up. You send strangers, friends and family to support and comfort us. We see that we are never without Your Light and Spirit.

We experience great joy and we experience great suffering. You are with us in the joy and the suffering. When we experience Your presence we long to sing our hymn of praise: 

Here in This Place by Christopher Grundy

Joan: Creator and Lover of all beings, we cannot grow in the darkness of this world without Your Light. Our desire to be in Your light is a gift from You. Help us keep our hearts and minds open to You through our love and care for each other and all creation.

Lynn: Please extend your hands in blessing as we pray together:

This bread and wine are a sign of Your nourishment and a sign of Your great love. Your Spirit is upon us and we belong to You and one another. We thank you for Jesus, simple servant, lifting up the lowly, revealing you as God-With-Us, revealing us as one with you, and all creation.

On the night before he died, Jesus gathered for the Seder supper with the people closest to him. Like the least of household servants, he washed their feet. Once again, he showed us how to be kind and how to love one another.

All lift their plates and pray:

At the table, he took the Passover Bread, spoke the grace, broke the bread and offered it to them saying, 

Take and eat of the Bread of Life

Given to strengthen you

Whenever you remember me like this

I am among you.   (Pause)

All lift their cups and pray:

Margaret: Jesus then raised the cup of blessing and spoke the grace, saying:

Take and drink of the covenant

Made new again through my life in you.

Whenever you remember me like this,

I am among you.   (Pause)

What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives. As we share communion, we will become communion, both love’s nourishment and love’s challenge.

Each of us is the face of God and a blessing for us all.

Everyone consumes the bread and wine at this time

Bread and wine are transformed by Your Spirit and we are transformed as we open ourselves to Your Spirit. As we celebrate and recognize You in this bread and wine we love and recognize you in each other. We are filled with gratitude and joy.  AMEN.

Communion Song“I am the One Within You” lyrics by Janet Carol Ryan and music by Karen Drucker 

LynnPrayer after Communion: 

Just as bread and wine are transformed by Your Spirit, so too we are transformed as we open ourselves to Your Spirit. As we celebrate and recognize you in this communion meal we are transformed and we recognize You in each other. We are filled with gratitude and joy. AMEN.

Bernie: Let us pray the prayer of Jesus:

O Holy One, who is within, around, and among us, we celebrate your many names. 

Your wisdom come. Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us. 

Each day you give us all that we need. 

You remind us of our limits, and we let go. 

You support us in our power, and we act with courage.

For you are the dwelling place within us, the empowerment around us, and the celebration among us, now and forever. Amen.

The Prayer of Jesus as interpreted by Miriam Therese Winter

Mary L.:  Closing Prayer - Let us raise our hands and bless each other as we prepare to make our way into the world, bringing with us the blessings of today’s celebration:

May we continue to be the Face of God to each other. 

May we have the faith to be a hopeful people and the daring to insist that hope be birthed into reality. 

May we speak up, stand up and rise up to the challenge of following Jesus so that “hope and history shall rhyme”. 

May we, like Jesus be a shining light and a blessing for all.  Amen.

Closing Song: “Who Will Speak if We Don’t ” by Marty Haugen 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community A Time to Remember—Celebrating MMOJ Saints November 14, 2020, Mary Kay Stadohaur & Michael Rigdon Presiding Readers: Joan Pesce & Jerry Bires

MMOJ Community with some of our beloved saints at St. Andrew UCC, Sarasota, Florida 

Zoom link for video and audio: Sat. Nov. 14, 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time

Meeting ID: 862 4086 8327

Password: 1066

Dial-in for audio only

929 436 2866 

Meeting ID: 862 4086 8327

Password: 1066

(Let’s begin with a moment of silence)

Welcome! (Mary Kay) We warmly welcome you to our inclusive Catholic community, Mary Mother of Jesus in Sarasota, Florida. All are welcome here. We invite you to pray the liturgy where it says: All. And please sing your heart out! Everyone will be muted during the service. But please turn mic on to read one of the readings or one of the prayers marked Voice#  Please have bread and wine or juice with you as we pray our Eucharistic Prayer.

Liturgy Introduction. (Michael) We celebrated the feast of all Saints/all souls two weeks ago with Bridget Mary and Pat presiding. But the month of November offers us the opportunity to celebrate the communion of Saints again. So that’s what Mary Kay and I decided to do. We hope the readings and our shared homily time will promote for all of us a time to remember.

Opening song: 🎶 Unless a Grain of Wheat

(Michael) In the name ✝️ of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of Wisdom Sophia. All: Amen. 

(Mary Kay) Please Share a Sign of Peace. Namaste! The Holy One in me greets the Holy One in you!  All: Namaste! Christ’s peace be with you!

🎶 Prayer of St Francis

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.

Where there is injury your pardon, God,

And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, only light,

And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Oh God, grant that I may never seek

So much to be consoled as to console,

To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

In giving of ourselves that we receive,

And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.  

Make me a channel of your peace.

Reconciliation Rite. Voice#1 & All: We pause now to remember times when false messages of our unworthiness have clouded our vision of the infinite love within us. Let us imagine our imperfections, the chaos and messes of our lives all brightly lit by a love that heals and transforms us as we evolve and grow in awareness of our divinity and our humanity. (Pause briefly. Then extend arm over your heart.) I love you. Thank you. I’m sorry. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. 

Opening Prayer (Mary Kay) Jesus the Christ, may the deceased MMOJ grains of wheat be “back home in the house of God for the rest of their life,” in the words of Psalm 23. We pray this in your name and in the name of your Abba dwelling in them and us as you promised. All: Amen

Sing Glory to God.  Glory to God, Glory 🎶

Liturgy of the Word.

(Joan) First Reading from the book of Wisdom (Moment of silence)

The souls of the virtuous are in God's hands, no torment shall ever touch them.

In the eyes of the unwise, they appear to die, their going looked like a disaster,

Their leaving us, like annihilation, but they are in peace. 

If they experience punishment as humans see it, 

their hope was rich with immortality;

Slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.

God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with God;

God has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust. 

They who trust in God will understand the truth,

those who are faithful will live with God in love;

For grace and mercy await those God has chosen.

This is the Word of Wisdom Sophia, and we respond: All: Thanks be to God.

Response. Psalm 23. 🎶 Michael & All: My God is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

   (Mary Kay) God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.

   You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

      you find me quiet pools to drink from.

   True to your word,

      you let me catch my breath

      and send me in the right direction. R

   Even when the way goes through Death Valley,

   I'm not afraid when you walk at my side.

   Your trusty shepherd's crook

      makes me feel secure. R

   You serve me a six-course dinner

      right in front of my enemies.

   You revive my drooping head;

      my cup brims with blessing. R

   Your beauty and love chase after me

      every day of my life.

   I'm back home in the house of God

      for the rest of my life. R

(Excerpt from The Message by Eugene H Peterson)

(Jerry) Second Reading from Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy (Moment of silence)

You take over. I'm about to die, my life an offering on God's altar. 

This is the only race worth running. 

I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. 

All that's left now is the shouting—God's applause! 

Depend on it, God is an honest judge. 

God will do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for God’s coming.

This is Paul’s inspired word to Timothy, and we respond: All: Thanks be to God.

(Excerpt from The Message by Eugene H Peterson)

Alleluia 🎶 Link coming from Linda Lee

(Mary Kay) A reading from John’s good news (Moment of silence)

"Don't let this throw you. You trust God, don't you? Trust me. 

There is plenty of room for you in my Father's home. If that weren't so, 

would I have told you that I'm on my way to get a room ready for you? 

And if I'm on my way to get your room ready, 

I'll come back and get you so you can live where I live. 

And you already know the road I'm taking."

Thomas said, "Teacher, we have no idea where you're going. 

How do you expect us to know the road?"

Jesus said, "I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. 

No one gets to my Abba apart from me. 

If you really knew me, you would know my Abba as well. 

From now on, you do know and have seen my Abba!”

(Excerpt from The Message by Eugene H Peterson)

Alleluia 🎶 Link coming from Linda Lee

A Time to Remember (Mary Kay & Michael)

At Bay Village, the life plan community where I live near the Sarasota Square mall, we conduct a special service every feast of all Saints during which the name of each resident who died in the previous 12 months is read aloud, followed by the ringing of a bell. Mary Kay and I want to do a similar service now for our Mary Mother of Jesus community. 

First, Mary Kay will read the names of MMOJ members who have passed, and I will ring a bell after each name. 

Next anyone who wants to name one or several family members/friends, please name each person and her/his relationship to you. I will ring the bell after each of you name the people she/he remembers today. 

Finally we will recite together the litany of remembrance by two rabbis. Mary Kay will read the first line of each verse, and we will all recite the “we remember them” line together. 

MMOJ members who have passed:Joe and Jodie Adler 🔔 

Carol Ann Breyer 🔔 

Helen Duffy 🔔 

Ford Englerth 🔔 

Charlie Grunkemeyer 🔔 

Angela Herbert 🔔 

Bob MacMillan 🔔 

Ron Modras 🔔 

Jack Meehan 🔔

Eileen Miller 🔔 

Bob Murray 🔔 

Imogene Rigdon 🔔 

Don Thompson 🔔

Those remembered by community members 🔔

A Litany of Remembrance 

(By Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer)

(Mary Kay) In the rising of the sun and in its going down,

(All) we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,

we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,

we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,

we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,

we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,

we remember them.

In a strong, warm embrace,

we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,

we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,

we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,

we remember them.

When we look in the mirror and see their smile in our eyes, 

we remember them. 

When we hear their voice in the ocean and the beach,

we remember them.

When we feel their spirit in the forest, we remember them. 

When we listen to music, we remember them.  

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,

as we remember them.

Profession of Faith. Voice#2 & All: 

We believe in God, the creator of all, whose divinity infuses life with the sacred. 

We believe in Jesus the Christ who leads us to the fullness of humanity.

Through Christ we become new people, lifted to the fullness of life. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God on earth,

Who keeps the Christ vision present and infuses energy into weary spirits. 

We believe in God who is life. 

Amen to courage, to hope, to the partnership and equality all in God’s plan. 

We believe in justice and peace for everyone. 

We surely believe in all this!

Prayers of the Community (Mary Kay) (A few moments of silence before we bring our community prayers and offerings to the table)

We bring to the table prayers for our community and the world. (Response: Christ, you graciously hear us!) 

We bring to the table our MMOJ members who aren’t with us today. In this time of physical distancing may we find ways to remain close and connected to our family, our friends, and our community. We pray. R 

The covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country. We bring to the table public health professionals and government leaders responsible for public health. May they collaborate to make wise decisions to protect our physical, emotional, and economic health. We pray. R

We bring to the table our fellow citizens who work to address our national pandemic of racism and police violence. May we support efforts to promote justice for all who suffer from systemic racism. We pray. R 

We bring to the table today all citizens of the US. May we all learn to recognize our common values so that we may be united as one for the common good of all. We pray R 

Who and what else shall we bring to the table today? 

(Please turn mic on to offer a prayer, then mic off.)     

(Mary Kay): Christ, we will be your presence in the world today and every day of our lives. All: Amen

Offering of Our Gifts at the table 🥖 🍷

🎶 Seed Scattered and Sown.

Eucharistic Prayer. (Michael) 

Let us begin our Eucharistic prayer in song:

🎶 We are holy.

Voice#3 & All: Merciful God, send your Spirit now to settle on this bread and wine, and fill them with the fullness of Jesus.

And let that same Spirit rest on us, converting us from the patterns of this passing world, until we conform to the shape of Jesus whose food we now share. Amen

We Remember Jesus (hand extended in blessing). Voice#4 & All: On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took bread 🥖, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my body which will be broken for you.” (Pause) In the same way, Jesus took the cup of wine🍷, said the blessing, gave the cup to his friends and said, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. Do this to remember me.” 

Voice#5 & All: Remember, gracious God, your Church throughout the world. 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.

Thru Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, gracious God.   🎶 

The Great Amen

Voice#6 Let us pray as Jesus taught his companions to pray:

Voice &6 & All: O Holy One, you are within, around, and among us.

We celebrate your many names. 

Your wisdom come, your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us.

Each day you give us all we need. 

You remind us of our limits, and we let go. 

You support us in your power, and we act with courage. 

For you are the dwelling place within us, the empowerment around us,

And the celebration among us, now and forever. Amen

(Adapted, Miriam Therese Winter, MMS)

Voice#7 & All: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. We are the Body of Christ. (All receive the bread 🥖 and wine🍷)

 🎶 Irish blessing, Across the Water, Bill Leslie

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Didache, Instruction, 100CE)

Voice#8 & All: 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. 

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. 

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.

(Michael) Prayers of Thanksgiving. Introductions. Announcements.

Mutual blessing (Michael) Please raise your hand in blessing 

                   🎶 Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are we, holy are we! 

                   🎶 Rejoice and be glad! Ours is the kindom of God! x2

(Mary Kay) Go in the peace of Christ, let our service begin! 

All: Thanks be to God. Alle, Alle, Alleluia!

🎶 When the Saints Go Marching In

If you want to invite someone to attend our liturgy, please refer them to the day’s liturgy and zoom instructions at      

If you want to add a petition to our MMOJ book of community prayers, please send an email to or call 813-938-5750.

To support our community, please send your check to:

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community

St Andrew UCC, 6908 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34238

More photos of our MMOJ Saints:

Michael Rigdon, Angela Herbert and Imogene Rigdon

Marie Scott, left back row
Carol Ann and Lee Breyer
Carol And Lee Breyer, Michael Rigdon

Two of our MMOJ saints- Carol Ann Breyer, in aqua and Imogene Rigdon in white with hands folded were two MMOJ founding members