Thursday, January 21, 2021

Upper Room Liturgy - Third Sunday Ordinary Time – January 24 2021, Presiders: Terri Kersch and Jim Marsh, ARCWP


Please join us between 9:30 and 9:55 am via Zoom

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phone-in for (audio only).
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Third Sunday Ordinary Time – January 25, 2021

The Call to Serve

Presiding: Terri Kersch and Jim Marsh, ARCWP


Announcements: Terri K


Welcome/Theme: Jim M


Opening Song We’ll Build a World by David Lohman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtHBYiX8nQ


We are different, you and I, yet together, fates entwine.

Now we gather in this space, joined in spirit, filled with grace;

bring your fullness, I'll bring mine, and together we will shine.


Refrain: Together, we'll build a world where there's room for all to be;

a world where we'll live our lives liberated, strong, and free!

This glorious future –build it now with me.


As we labor toward that day, don't let difference fall away.

Your uniqueness I will see, and the same, please, see in me.

Thus we're valued, known and named, honored, cherished, loved and claimed. Ref


In this varied universe all existence so diverse.

Filled with wonder, life so queer, steeped in mystery, oft unclear.

Yet together, hand in hand, we'll create that Promised Land. Ref

Liturgy of Word


First Reading Mark (1:14-18) Sandy D


After John’s arrest, Jesus appeared in Galilee proclaiming the Good News of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment. The reign of God is at hand! Change your hearts and minds and believe this Good News!”


While walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw the brothers Simon and Andrew casting their nets into the sea, since they fished by trade. Jesus said to them, “Follow me: I will make you fishers of humankind.” They immediately abandoned their nets and followed Jesus.


These are inspired words from the evangelist named Mark, and the community responds: AMEN!


Second Reading A Message from Joe & Kamala Bridget B-S and Rudy S


I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America.

I do so committed to the values my mother taught me. To the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight. And to a vision passed on through generations of Americans. A vision of our nation as a Beloved Communitywhere all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love.  [KH]


"Give people light"…are words for our time. It is time for us to come together. United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America. So it's with great honor and humility, I accept this nomination for president of the United States of America. 

America is at an inflection point, a time of real peril but also extraordinary possibilities. We can choose a path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, more divided, a path of shadow and suspicion or we can choose a … path of hope and light.  [JB]


We can build that Beloved Community, one that is strong and decent, just and kind. One in which we all can see ourselves.  [KH]


No generation ever knows what history will ask of it. All we can ever know is whether we're ready when that moment arrives. As God's children, each of us have a purpose in our lives. We have a great purpose as a nation to open the doors of opportunity to all Americans, … to be a light to the world once again, and finally to live up to and make real the words written in the sacred documents that founded this nation: “that all men and women are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  [JB]


Make no mistake, the road ahead will not be not easy. We will stumble. We may fall short. But I pledge that we will act boldly and deal with our challenges honestly. We will speak truths. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.  [KH]


American history tells us that it has been in our darkest moments that we've made our greatest progress, that we found the light. I believe we can find the light once more.  [JB]


There’s something happening, all across the country. It’s about you. It’s about us. People of all ages and colors and creeds are pushing us to realize the ideals of our nation, pushing us to live the values we share: decency and fairness, justice and love.  [KH]


I believe there's only one way forward: as a united America. This is our moment to make hope and history rhyme with passion and purpose. Love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear, and light is more powerful than dark.  [JB]


What an awesome responsibility. What an awesome privilege.  [KH]


This is our moment. This is our mission. Are you ready? Let us begin.  [JB]


These words are excerpted from the speeches addressed to all US Citizens by Jospeh R Biden and Kamala Harris at the DNC in August 2020; let the community respond: may it be so, AMEN!


Third Reading from the prophet Isaiah (11:2-4, 5-6, 9-10)   Phillis S


The Spirit of YHWH will rest upon you—

a spirit of wisdom and understanding,

a spirit of counsel and strength,

a spirit of knowledge and reverence for YHWH.

You will delight in obeying YHWH,

and you won’t judge by appearances, or make decisions by hearsay.

You will treat poor people with fairness and will uphold the rights of the downtrodden.

Justice will be the belt around your waist—faithfulness will gird you up.


Then the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; 

the calf and the lion cub will graze together, and a little child will lead them.


There will be no harm, no destruction anywhere in my holy mountain. On that day, the Root of Jesse will serve as a symbol to the peoples of the world, and your home will be a place of honor.

These are inspired words from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, and the community responds: AMEN!


Shared Homily (starter Jim)


Liturgy of Eucharist


Statement of Faith Mary Skelly


We believe in the Holy One, 

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 the Divine Word, 
bringer of healing, heart of Divine compassion, 
bright star in the firmament of the Holy One's prophets, mystics, and saints.


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


We believe in the Spirit of the Holy One, the life that is our innermost life, 

the breath moving in our being, the depth living in each of us.


We believe that the Divine 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.


Terri K: As we prepare for the sacred meal, Dennis will give voice to all the blessings,

cares, and concerns we bring to our tables. Dennis will end with:

O Holy One, you know our needs before we even speak. Yet, we must speak, if only to remind ourselves of our call to care for the least among us. With your grace, may we act justly and love tenderly in addressing the needs of our world, and may we walk humbly on the Earth all the days of our lives. Amen


Jim M: Let us pray the Eucharistic prayer together:  

God beyond our words, we gather to give thanks and open our awareness to 

the goodness of all creation. You invite us to co-create with you and we 

remember our responsibility to serve.


We open this circle to the memory of all of the joyful troubadours and faithful 

servants who have gone before us. Joined with them and all creation, we lift our voices and sing: Here in This Place by Christopher Grundy    


https://youtu.be/sgkWXOSGmO

HOLY ONE, may your presence here open our minds 

may your Spirit among us help us to find you are rising up now 

like a fountain of grace from the holy ground 

here in this place, here in this place. 


Holy, holy, holy God of love and majesty 

the whole universe speaks of your glory 

from the holy ground here in this place, here in this place.


Dotty S:   We thank you for Jesus, simple servant, lifting up the lowly, 

revealing you as God-With-Us, 

and revealing us as one with you and all of creation.

[extend hands in blessing]

We are ever aware of your Spirit in creation. Intensify your Spirit anew in these simple gifts of bread and wine and in us, that we might truly be the Christ presence in our world.


On the night before he faced betrayal and death, Jesus shared supper with the people closest to him. He reminded them of all that he taught them, and to fix that memory clearly, he bent down and washed their feet like the least household servant. 

[lifting bread]


Terri K: When he returned to his place at the table, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and offered it to them saying: Take and eat, this is my very self. [pause] 


[lifting cup]


Then Jesus took the cup of the covenant, spoke the grace and offered it to them saying: Take and drink; whenever you remember me like this, I am among you. [pause]


Jim M: Let us eat and drink; mindful of our call to proclaim and live the gospel of peace and justice. Be nourished!


Communion Song Morning Prayer: I Will Surrender  by Karen Drucker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjamx4MtAYw&list=PLxpMz9ImDYa-5q7leDRCpkbebFTfBzxR3&index=7




I will surrender to my greatest highest good.
I will release any fear that blocks my way.
For every step I take is taken in pure faith,
And I am stronger every moment every day.


I will surrender to my greatest highest good.
I will release any fear that blocks my way.
For every step I take is taken in pure faith,
And I am grateful every moment every day.


I will surrender to my greatest highest good.
I will release any fear that blocks my way.
For every step I take is taken in pure faith,
And I am kinder every moment every day.


My mind is willing and my heart is open wide.
I trust my instincts and let Spirit be my guide.
I vow to live a life that's real and true and free,
As I continue walking in this mystery.


There may be walls there may be roadblocks in my way,
But I can choose to take a higher path each day.
And now I know that what I thought was safe and sound,
Was only habit and regret that held me down.


Katie N: Let us pray as Jesus taught us:

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.    

(Adapted by Miriam Therese Winter)


Dotty S: Recognizing our call, we are willing to do everything Jesus did.

By your own in-dwelling Spirit, may we re-create the living presence of a love that does justice, 

of a compassion that heals and liberates, 

of a joy that generates hope and a light that illumines people and confronts the darkness of every injustice and inequity.

All honor and glory are yours, O Holy One, forever and ever. Amen!


Terri K: Let us raise our hands and bless each other, as we pray:

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

May we call each other to extravagant generosity. 

May we walk with an awareness of our call as companions on the journey, knowing we are not alone. 

Like Jesus, may we be a shining light and a blessing in our time! AMEN.


Closing Song Make A Difference  by Denise Gagne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGjlkIkQiVs&list=RDfll8f0gUNNE&index=2  

-sung by the Red Deer Children's Choir (directed by Lisa Ward.)


We can make a difference in our world today

Together we can make our world a better place.

When we work together, so much can be done.

If all the children in the world would sing in unison.


We know what’s right, and we know what to do.

The future can be brighter. It’s up to me and you.


Take my hand and join me. Sing along with me.

When all the children join us there will be a change you’ll see.

Do you have the courage? Do you have the pride?

Do you have a vision of a world where all is right?


We know what’s right, and we know what to do.

The future can be brighter. It’s up to me and you.

We can make a difference in our world today

Together we can make our world a better place.

When we work together, so much can be done.

If all the children in the world would sing in unison.


We know what’s right, and we know what to do.

The future can be brighter. It’s up to me and you.







Sunday, January 17, 2021

Moment of Oneness - January 20, 2021


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Meeting ID: 815 0755 1772
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INAUGURATION 2021 PRAYER


Opening Song: Somewhere to Begin | Sara Thomsen


https://youtu.be/ei54clvS1m4
 


Opening Prayer: 


Merciful God, when we face division and uncertainty, fill our hearts with Your gentleness and patience. Provide us with courage, compassion and wisdom to be the voices of calm and unity when we encounter conflict and discord. 

Loving God inspire us to be Your voice of love and may we be a unifying presence in these times of distress for our nation. Help us to listen more and respond in love when we find ourselves in defensive situations that create division among us. 

May Your Spirit live in us as we journey on the road ahead. Reveal to us daily opportunities to embrace each other’s differences, respect other points of view and be open to our diverse communities. 

God of Compassion, You taught us to love our dear neighbor. In the wake of our recent election, we pray that we work together. Give us strength to be healing instruments of unity and reconciliation. Amen.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, CA

Reading: Hosea 14:1-9


Listen, Israel: Come back to YHWH, your God. Your corruption has been your downfall!  Take words with you and turn to YHWH. Say to God, “Free us from our wrongdoing and accept our prayer instead of bulls, we offer you our lips. Assyria cannot set us free. We will not ride on their horses. We will never again say “YHWH” to something our hands have made, for it is only from you that the orphaned find mercy.” 

“I will heal their rebelliousness and love them freely, for my anger against them has subsided.  I will be as the morning dew for Israel and they will bloom like the lily. Their roots will spread like the cedars of Lebanon.  Their branches will stretch forth. They will be as beautiful as the olive tree and their fragrance like the Lebanon cedar.  People will once again find comfort in their shade. They will be as abundant as the grain. They will be as fruitful as a grapevine and they will be as renowned as the wine of Lebanon.  What more does Ephraim need with idols? I will answer you and watch over you. I am like a luxuriant cypress, and all your fruit comes from me.”  Those who are wise will take these things to heart. Those who are prudent will learn these things well. YHWH’s roads are smooth. Those who are just can walk on them, But the corrupt stumble and fall. 

Reflection Time

Prayer of Petition


May God bless you with discomfort...

at easy answers, hard hearts, 

half-truths, and superficial relationships.

 

May God bless you so that you may live 

from deep within your heart

where God’s Spirit dwells.


May God bless you with anger...

at injustice, oppression, 

and exploitation of people.


May God bless you so that you may 

work for justice, freedom, and peace.


May God bless you with tears...

to shed for those who suffer from pain, 

rejection, starvation and war. 


May God bless you so that you

may reach out your hand 

to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.


And may God bless you with 

enough foolishness 

to believe that you can make a difference 

in this world, in your neighborhood, 

so that you will courageously try 

what you don’t think you can do, but,

in Jesus Christ you’ll have all the strength necessary.


May God bless you to fearlessly

speak out about injustice, 

unjust laws, corrupt politicians,

unjust and cruel treatment of prisoners,

and senseless wars, 

genocides, starvations, and poverty that is so pervasive.


May God bless you that you remember 

we are all called

to continue God’s redemptive work

of love and healing 

in God’s place, in and through God’s name,

in God’s Spirit, continually creating

and breathing new life and grace

into everything and everyone we touch.

Troubadour: A Missionary Magazine," published by the Franciscan Missionary Society, 

 Liverpool, UK: Spring 2005.


Reading: Thich Nhat Hahn from Creating True Peace


Let us offer the world the best flowers and fruits of our practice: lucidity, solidity, kinship, understanding, and compassion. Let us give rise to the determination to look deeply into the nature of fear, anger, hatred, and violence and to give rise to the eyes of compassion. Breathing in, I am aware of violence within myself and within the world. Breathing out, I am determined to look with the eyes of compassion at the violence within myself and within the world.


In this very moment, we invoke all of our spiritual teachers to be with us, to help us embrace the suffering of our nation. We ask them to embrace the entire world as one nation, to embrace humanity as a family. We ask their help as we become lucid and calm, so that we know exactly what to do and what not to do. We know that many people at this very moment are trying to rescue others, to support them, to ease their suffering. Let us be there for all of them and embrace them tenderly with all our compassion, understanding, and awareness. We know that with the energy of mindfulness, concentration, and awakened wisdom, we can practice to lessen violence every day. We know that responding to violence with compassion is our only path.

Let us bring our attention to our in breath and our out breath. We are aware of the presence of all our spiritual ancestors within us, supporting and guiding us to go on the path of nonviolence, understanding, and compassion.


Closing Prayer: 

Let us pray for a peaceful transition of power in the inauguration of President Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice-president.

Response: Holy One, we believe that you speak and work through us. 

Let us pray and pledge ourselves to work for equality and justice for everyone in our country-no exceptions as we confront discrimination and conspiracy theories that are rooted in hatred, untruth, and threats of violence.

Response: Holy One, we believe that you speak and work through us. 

Let us pray for wisdom for our political leaders as they respond to the assault on the Capitol. 

Response: Holy One, we believe that you speak and work through us. 

Let us pray and pledge ourselves to foster unity in diversity in our country.  

Response: Holy One, we believe that you speak and work through us. 

Let us pray that all civil and military leaders will follow their oath to the Constitution.

Response: Holy One, we believe that you speak and work through us. 

Let us pray and pledge ourselves to treat others with kindness.

Response: Holy One, you speak and work through us. 


A Prayer for Unity in Diversity at this Time of Crisis –

Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP

Closing Song: Feeling Good | Nina Simone


https://youtu.be/_Z5wSHcPmZY
 






Saturday, January 16, 2021

Upper Room Liturgy - January 17, 2021 - Presiders: Ann Bayly and Lynn Kinlan, ARCWP

Please join us between 9:30 and 9:55 am via Zoom

Here is the Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82512159155
phone-in for (audio only).
Phone Number: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 825 1215 9155


Lynn: Welcome and Theme – Today we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin 

Luther King and remember how his message of nonviolence was powered by a strong faith in the Divine. King was a modern messenger in the prophetic tradition of Jesus, Samuel, Andrew and Simon; each of whom show us what is possible when we are accompanied by the Presence of our God in the work and love of justice. 


Ann: Opening Prayer – Sacred Presence of the Holy One, be with us. We gather 

to praise you and to feel embraced in Your gentle kindness. Our nation is torn,  tempted by division and conflict. We pray for prophetic wisdom so that all of us may serve the causes of peace and justice, renewal and refreshment. Amen. 


Opening Song: Lean in Toward the Light by Carrie Newcomer

https://youtu.be/fxAUmNjWaIs


 
    LITURGY OF THE WORD



First Reading – from the first book of Samuel (ch. 3:3-10, 19-20)


Samuel was sleeping near the Ark of the Covenant in the Tent of Meeting and Eli was nearby in his bed. Yahweh called to Samuel.

 

Samuel answered, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli saying, “You called. Here I am!”

Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Now go back to sleep.” He went back to sleep.

A second time, Yahweh called Samuel, and Samuel got up and went to Eli.

“Here I am!”  said Samuel. “You called me.”

Eli repeated, “I did not call you. Go back to sleep.”


At that time, young Samuel hadn’t yet encountered Yahweh and the word of Yahweh had not yet been revealed to him.


A third time, Yahweh called Samuel and Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said once more, “Here I am. You called me.”


Then Eli realized that Yahweh was calling the boy, so he said to Samuel, “Go back to sleep and if you are called, say, “Speak, Yahweh for your servant is listening.” 


So, Samuel went back to sleep, and Yahweh called, “Samuel! Samuel!” 

And Samuel replied, “Yes, Yahweh, I am listening.”


As Samuel grew, Yahweh was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect. All Israel recognized Samuel as a prophet of Yahweh. 


These are the inspired words of the prophet Samuel and the community affirms them by adding, Amen. 


Bernie: Second Reading: an excerpt from “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. King

If I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of a panoramic view of the whole human history up to now, and the Almighty said, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?" Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy." 


Now that's a strange statement to make,  because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that we, in some strange way, are responding — something is happening in our world. The masses of people are assembled and rising up…


Well, I don't know what will happen. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And God has allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. 


I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. 


These are the inspired words of Martin Luther King and the community affirms them by adding, Amen.


Lynn: Glory, Glory Hallelujah, Glory, Glory Hallelujah, Glory, Glory Hallelujah,

  Alleluia 


Jean: Gospel Reading- John 1: 35 – 42


The next day, John was by the River Jordan again with two of his disciples. Seeing Jesus walk by, John said, “Look! There’s the Lamb of God!” Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. When Jesus noticed them following him, he asked, “What are you looking for?”


They replied, “Rabbi, — which means Teacher— where are you staying?”

“Come and see,” Jesus answered. 


So, they went to see where he was staying, and they spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. One of the two was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. The first thing he did was to go and find Simon Peter and say, “We have found the Messiah!”— which means ‘the Anointed One.’


Andrew brought Simon to Jesus, who looked hard at him and said, “You are Simon ben-Jonah; I will call you ‘Rock’”— that is, “Peter.”


These are the inspired words of the gospel writer known as John and the community affirms them by saying, Amen. 

                              

                                           (pause) 


Starter Homily by Lynn


In our Statement of Faith, Jesus is  “messenger of the Divine Word…the bright star in the firmament of the Holy One’s prophets, mystics and saints.” Jesus is the bright star but not the only star in the divinely ordered firmament.  He is prophetic but not the only prophet. To the extent that any of us speak inspired truth, open ourselves to be guided by the holy and bring the Presence of God to Earth, we are each of us prophets. 

Sometimes, we are Samuel, needing to be nudged before we can listen. Maybe we think we are busy or maybe we are daunted by the challenge of what we might hear. If you are like me, you may need the reassurance of someone who believes in you to point out the moment that calls for stepping up. In which case, that someone is a prophet as well. We all need our Eli as did Samuel. Or we need Jesus as did Andrew and Simon Peter.

  Then again, we can be Andrew; so excited by to the invitation to “Come and See” that he snags his brother up too. But mostly, we live in what I think of as ‘Middle Prophecy’, not entirely clueless, not entirely passionate but able to bring truth to bear, and become something new. Our Upper Room candidates in the chaplaincy program exemplify this for us. 

As stars in the Holy firmament, we are co-creators with our Divine Creator. This is the very task for which we are designed, the promise for which we are destined. It is the calling of our soul, the yearning of our heart.

One of the commentaries that Ann and I discussed in preparing for today’s liturgy mentions that Samuel “grew up accompanied by God’s Presence”. Like Samuel, (or female prophets such as Anna, Miriam or Phoebe who don’t get the profile of being selected by the church for a Sunday reading) we inhabit Divine Presence; we breathe air charged with the same Holy Spirit as those who knew Jesus personally. We also bring Holy Presence with us everywhere. 

The second reading is excerpted from King’s remarks in Memphis on the night before he was murdered in 1968. Today, we identify with his musings about our nation being “sick” and “confusion [being] all around”. Like a man vigilant about the Presence of God and aware of the power of persistent hope, he says, “only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars”. Martin was truly a person of faith, a person of action and a prophet in his own time. 

How’s the starry firmament look to you up close? 

How can our Upper Room be a more prophetic community? 

We all benefit from hearing varying thoughts on the readings. Please feel free to share— especially if like Samuel, you don’t think we mean YOU…

Reflections by the Community


Statement of Faith


We believe in the Holy One, 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 the Divine Word,
bringer of healing, heart of Divine compassion,
bright star in the firmament of the Holy One's
prophets, mystics, and saints.

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

We believe in the Spirit of the Holy One,
the life that is our innermost life,
the breath moving in our being,
the depth living in each of us.

We believe that the Divine 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.



LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST


Lynn:  As we prepare for the sacred meal, we share our intentions.


Dennis reads the intentions gathered from the community 


Ann: Let us pray our Eucharistic prayer together with open hearts and raised hands:


Holy One, we yearn to be close to you and to live in the embrace of your gentle wisdom. Your divine grace and love lead us away from our anxieties, fears and distractions and toward all that is blessed and hopeful. 


Each of us is divinely created in Your image. We are precious to you and to each other because of who we are. We are beloved and blessed in your unconditional love, quite apart from how we act or fail to act. 


Thankful for Jesus who treated all of Creation with respect and abundant love, we resolve to follow his example to be a light in the darkness. We recognize Your loving Presence here with us today and always, and we sing:


Holy, Holy: Here in This Place by Christopher Grundy


https://youtu.be/sgkWXOSGmOQ
 

 

Lynn: Dearest Holy One, there are times when we feel scarcity and emptiness 

even though we know You love us more than our human imagination can grasp. May we have the presence of mind to live in Your love. We strive to see You reflected in every person we meet. Guide us in sharing our gifts and in being open hearted so that we may accept help from others.  


We thank you for Jesus, who knew what it was like to be an outsider in occupied and foreign lands. May his presence prompt us to bring gospel kindness and understanding to the divisions and conflicts of our time. 


Please extend your hands in blessing.


We call upon your Spirit that is present in us at this Eucharistic table. We are grateful for the bread and wine that remind us of our call to be the light of Christ to the world. 


Ann: On the night before he faced betrayal and death, Jesus shared supper with 

his friends.  He reminded them of all that he taught them, and to fix that memory clearly with them, he bent down and washed their feet. 

 

All lift the plate and pray:


When he returned to his place at the table, he lifted the bread, spoke the blessing, broke the bread and offered it to them saying: 

Take and eat, this is my very self.

 

  (pause)

 

All lift the cup and pray:


Lynn: Then Jesus took the cup of the covenant, spoke the grace, and offered it to 

  them saying:

Take and drink.

Whenever you remember me like this,

I am among you.

(pause) 


Embraced by the wisdom of God and inspired by Jesus, let us share this bread and cup to proclaim and live the gospel of justice and peace. 


please receive communion saying, You are / I am the Face of God 


Communion Song: Ruah by Colleen Fulmer   https://youtu.be/2uofLLMwLCI 


Lynn: Holy One, your transforming grace inspires us to follow our consciences 

and bring comfort to wherever people are in need.  We pray for wisdom, patience and persistence to make a difference in our world. We resolve to love as Jesus loved, to discern the better angels of our nature with hearts open to your Spirit. Amen. 


Ann: Let us pray as Jesus taught us: 


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 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.    Adapted by Miriam Therese Winter 


Lynn: Closing Blessing

Please extend your hands in blessing.


ALL: May the infinite beauty and joy of Creation continue to astound us  

May the Presence of the Divine always comfort and inspire us and

May we proceed with conviction and courage to believe and live as prophet do, willing to change ourselves and our world for the better. Amen.


Closing Song: Let Your Light Shine in Us by Kathy Sherman

  https://youtu.be/hEaVhVDPA3A