Thursday, October 22, 2020

Upper Room Liturgy - October 25, 2020 - Presiders: Kathleen Ryan, ARCWP, and Mary Brandon

The Holy One, the Beloved is in our DNA - painting by MT Streck

Please join us between 9:30 and 9:55 am via Zoom
Here is the Zoom link:
phone-in for (audio only).
Phone Number: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 825 1215 9155

Celebration of Belonging

Welcome: Good morning everyone. So happy to see all of your beautiful faces.  Our world is in chaos, maybe more so than ever, and this chaos pulls us away from our center. Our true center is Love and we are forever and unconditionally loved by the Holy One.  Today’s readings remind us of what is most important. The music we chose today is soft, warm, and soothing, let the sounds, lyrics, and photos wash over you.  Know you are loved.

Opening Prayer:  We celebrate today to connect with each other and to remind us of Your presence. We belong to You and You belong to each of us. May we always be aware of your presence and great love. Amen.

Opening Song:  I will not leave you comfortless.   Jan Philips


A reading from Wisdom Distilled from the Daily

One day, a traveler begged the Teacher for a word of wisdom that would guide the rest of his journey.  The Teacher nodded affably and, though it was the day of silence, took a sheet of pater and wrote on it a single word “Awareness.”

“Awareness?” the traveler said, perplexed. “That’s far too brief. Couldn’t you expand on that a bit?”  So the Teacher took the paper back and wrote, “Awareness, awareness, awareness.”   “But what do these words mean?” the traveler insisted. Finally the Teacher reached for the paper and wrote, clearly and firmly, “Awareness, awareness, awareness means…Awareness!”

Awareness of the sacred in life is what holds our world together and the lack of awareness and sacred care is what is tearing it apart. 


These are the words of Joan Chittister, a disciple of the Holy One.  We affirm these words by saying AMEN.

A Reading from Henri Nouwen

At issue is the question: ‘To whom do I belong?  To God or to the world?’  Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed.  A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often, I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves.  All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.

“As long as I keep running about asking: ‘Do you love me? Do you really love me?’ I give all power to the voices of the world and put myself in bondage because the world is filled with ‘ifs.’  The world says: “Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy.  I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.’ There are endless ‘ifs’ hidden in the world’s love. These ‘ifs’ enslave me, since it is impossible to respond adequately to all of them. The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain ‘hooked’ to the world—trying, failing, and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart. 

These are the inspired words of Henri Nouwen, beloved of the Holy One. We affirm these words by saying: Amen


A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 
He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Shared Homily 

Ginny and Mike: Let us pray our Statement of Faith together

Statement of Faith

All: 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.

Eucharistic Prayer of Belonging

Mary B: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we bring to this gathering our blessings, cares and concerns.  (Denise reads the intentions)

 We pray for these and all unspoken intentions.  Amen.

Mary S:  We are a priestly people. We are anointed. With open hands let us pray our Eucharistic prayer as one voice.

 O Nurturing, Mothering 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 our aid. We are never without Your Light and Spirit.

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

Here in this place

Mary B: 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.

 Please extend your hands in blessing

 This bread and wine is 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 supper with the people closest to him. Like the least of household servants, he washed their feet. Once again he showed us how to love one another.

All lift the bread

Mary S: Back at the table, he took the Passover Bread, spoke the grace, broke the bread and offered it to them saying, Take and eat, this is my very self.

All lift the cup

Mary B: Then he took the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered it to them 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.

All consume the bread and cup together.

Mary S: Bread and wine is transformed by Your Spirit and we are transformed when we open ourselves to Your Spirit. Every time we share this bread and wine we choose to be transformed. We choose to love as You love us.

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. Glory and Praise to you both now and forever. Amen

Communion song:  How can any one ever tell by Shaina Knoll

Kathie: Loving Source of our being, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We live justly, we love tenderly, we walk with integrity in Your Presence. 

Let us pray together a 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 B:   Please raise your hands and pray our blessing together

May we create the space for Love

because in us, Love shows up,

embodied, determined, intelligent,

questioning, and disrupting.

May our Love show up

in activism, organizing, dismantling, teaching;

in the streets, in our words, rituals, and prayers.

May Love show up in our preaching, praying;

in our working and our playing.

May Love show up

When we show up.

May we reveal Love in our lives,

our theologies, our convictions, and our values.

May love show up in our collective loving

beyond our own satisfaction.

Where is the Love? In Us. May we live it.


Closing Song: There is Only Love by Karen Drucker

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Moment of Oneness - October 21, 2020


Meeting ID: 815 0755 1772

To connect by phone dial: 
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Opening Prayer:   Holy One, you are always present to us, You reveal yourself in creation and send many to help us navigate our lives.  Sometimes those that come are as amazing as Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Ruth Bader Ginsberg. More often you send someone who is unknown to the world and may be unnoticed as the local bus driver, the grocery store bagger, the bank teller or a little child.  Help us be aware and grateful to those in our lives that have changed us and will change us for the better.  Amen.

A reading from The Art of Original Thinking by Jan Philips

Revelation comes quietly, in times of stillness, when one ponders how to be of use. Revelation comes at the intersection of compassion and the daily news. Revelation rises up in response to injustice—as it rose up in Moses, in Jesus, in Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the others who stood up and spoke out for the benefit of others. 


This is the time in history when we have become aware of ourselves as agents of evolution. It is not happening to us, but through us. It is not a higher caliber of weaponry that will bring about our success, but a higher caliber of consciousness.


We cannot look to the past for answers. They do not live there. We must imagine ourselves forward, envision the world we want to create, and feel the new reality in every cell of our beings in order to bring it about—for it is our feelings, our passions and compassion that will propel us toward the future we desire. 

Holy One, you have given us free will, we don’t always make the best choices, but you wait patiently and never abandon us.


We pray for every member of our community. We have many who have asked for our prayers. We stand with them in their need.  

All:  Let it be so, amen.

We pray for all those going to the polls.  Some are afraid, some are angry, may the outcome of this election make our world a safer, healthier place for all.  

All: Let it be so, amen.

We pray for all those suffering from the effects of Covid 19, Those who have the virus, the medical staff who attend to them, and for the families who are unable to hold their loved ones. We stand with them in their suffering.  

ALL: Let it be so, amen.

We pray for all children, teachers and staff as they do their best to learn, educate, and care for each other in the school or on line.  May they be safe and remain virus free.  

ALL: Let it be so, amen.

We pray for all those who are doing their best to survive economically, especially so many who have lost their jobs, or their small businesses.  May they know they are not alone and find a way forward with the support and help of their communities.  

All: Let it be so, amen.

Closing prayer

Holy One, every day we experience the weight of our worries, fears and problems.  May we breathe deeply and know that you are with us in every breath.  May we reach out in small ways to every one we meet, whether family, friend, or stranger.  Amen

Go Light Your World

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Celtic Spirituality - Customs and Practices - facilitated by Lindy Sanford-Martinez, ARCWP

Ring of Kerry photo by Dennis McDonald

Celtic Spirituality is a simple and inclusive tradition that can enrich our spirituality.  It is a reminder to ourselves that the Divine is with us always and everywhere with Love. The Sacred in all Creation is the core of this approach.  
For 6 weeks beginning Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm we will explore customs many historians believe began with the Desert Mothers and Fathers.  They have been practiced in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales since before the 5th century. A book list is attached, but reading is not required.

Each week a custom and practice will be introduced.  You will be encouraged to experiment with each practice and discuss your experience the following week.  No one will be required to share.

Zoom Link: 

Week 1: Seeing the Holy One in All Creation

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity.” 

Anne Frank

Celtic thought sees life as a journey, encompassing great care for all of creation. Deepening oneness with the Divine and the Earth, the Celts held two texts sacred in their understanding of the Divine... Nature and Holy Scriptures. Love of Nature... fire, water, earth, air and a passion for the wild are reminders of God's gifts.  It teaches the careful observer much about a loving Creator.  

      This closeness to Nature builds great concern for the poor, the sick and the oppressed, as well as the wounds of the Earth.  Hospitality and mercy are also at the core of Celtic Spirituality, building a deep importance of kinship and community...hope in a hostile world.  There are no boundaries between the sacred and the secular here.   


First Practice

Spend 10 minutes each day this week with nature, in any way you choose, including looking at photos or paintings.  Afterward, journal what the experience was like, what did you feel, what did you see, what surprised you?  Where was the Divine Presence during this time?

Take a few minutes and write a paragraph or two in your journal of these or any other thoughts you find important. 


I (or we) rise up by the strength of heaven:
The light of the sun
Radiance of the moon,
Splendor of Fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of Earth,
Firmness of rock.
I (or We) rise up by the strength of heaven:
I (or we) rise!
I (or we) rise!

Celtic Spirituality Book List

Celtic Way of Prayer:  The recovery of Religious Imagination 

Esther de Waal

One of Celtic Christianity's preeminent scholars...introduces readers to early Irish litanies, medieval Welsh praise poems, and the wealth of blessings derived from an oral tradition that made prayer a part of daily life. A welcome contrast to modern worship, Celtic prayer is liberating and, like a living spring, forever fresh.

Carmina-Gadelica  A Compendium of prayers, hymns, charms, incantations, blessings, literary-folkloric poems and songs, proverbs, lexical items, historical anecdotes, natural history observations, and miscellaneous lore gathered in the Gaelic-speaking regions of Scotland between 1860 and 1909 by Alexander Carmichael between 1860 and 1909.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

John O'Donohue

He guides us through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination with ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom providing profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death.

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

John O’Donohue

A beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

Praying with Celtic Holy Women

Bridget Mary Meehan and Regina Madonna Oliver

This book invites readers on a journey through Ireland, Wales, and Cornwall where we contemplate the sacred feminine in Celtic spirituality. Here you will connect with the age-old Christian traditions and... discover how springs and holy wells were associated with birthing and healing, and contemplate the feminine wisdom hidden in Celtic traditions.

The Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation

J. Phillip Newel

"I explore the Celtic image of Christ as the Memory of what we have forgotten. He remembers the dance of the universe and the harmony that is deep within all things. He is the Memory also of who we are."

--from the Prelude

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Upper Room Liturgy - October 18, 2020 - Presiders: Kim Panaro, ARCWP, and Margaret Dilgen

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

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Should you not be able to connect via ZOOM, here is the phone-in information (audio only).

Phone Number: (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 825 1215 9155


Welcome and Theme

Welcome to the Upper Room. Whether you are a longtime friend or new with us today, you are most welcome.  Our theme today is a challenging one for many of us.  It has to do with how we can cull the gifts of these turbulent days we are living in. We face a pandemic of fear fertilized by political and social unrest, COVID-19, personal and communal tragedies and illness, and uncertainty about what our future holds.  Wisdom teachers of all traditions and across cultures invite the seeker to find that space within the self that no circumstance can touch. In the words of Pema Chödrön: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.”

Let us ponder together. 

Opening Prayer:   


Loving God

Open our minds and touch our hearts,

so that we may attend to your gift of creation.

Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the

consequences of this global pandemic.

Make us courageous to embrace the changes that are

needed in search of the common good.

Now more that ever may we feel that we are all

interconnected and interdependent.

Enable us to listen and respond to the cry of the earth

and the cry of the poor.

May the present sufferings be the birth pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

Amen                                           (Excerpt from Laudato Si)

Opening Song: Dance Then Wherever You May Be, Lyrics by John Ogrodowczyk 

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon, and the stars, and the Sun
I came to the Earth and I danced on the sea
From the dust of stars I came to be.

Dance then, wherever you may be
I Am the Life in your dance you see!
And I'll lead you all, and you will dance with me,

For I am Life, The Great Mystery!

I danced for the strong and I danced for the weak,
I danced for those who wouldn't dance with me,
I danced for the rich and I danced for the poor,
I danced till the king’s gold lustered no more.

Dance then, wherever you may be
I Am Life, The Great Mystery!

And I'll lead you all wherever you may be

and I lead you all in your dance with me.

I danced in the springtime, in the summer and fall
I danced when the cold winds blew in winter's call
I danced in the rain under rainbow's bend,

I danced in the sun to horizon's end.

Dance then, wherever you may be
I Am the Life in your dance you see!
And I'll lead you all, and you will dance with me,

For I am Life, The Great Mystery!


First Reading

I believe the spirituality we are being called to at this time in our history is to go deeper… be forced to fall within ourselves , to be in touch with nature, the earth and the amazing revelation of creation. We have a Christian tradition of hermits- desert mothers and fathers- who withdrew from the world and spent much of their lives in seclusion and prayer. Julian of Norwich lived in a cell for 30 years. St Charles de Foucauld, who was once a playboy , spent most of the rest of his life as a hermit in the Sahara desert. Withdrawal, prayer and solitude are pre-requisites for discernment and a deeper understanding of our own call in life. We don’t need to go to the desert or hide in a cell- but we do need to stay home and listen…….to discover the value of no-thing and the potential wisdom of silence and deep listening. Maybe now we can sit down, wait for our souls to catch up, and give God space to love and comfort us in the pain of our struggling world: “Let your God Love you….” (Psalm 59)

                  These are the inspired words of Edwina Gateley, contemporary prophet, and the community affirms these truths by saying “AMEN”


Second Reading

 Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs.

To stay with that shakiness — to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge — that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic — this is the spiritual path. Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves, is the path of the warrior. We catch ourselves one zillion times as once again, whether we like it or not, we harden into resentment, bitterness, righteous indignation — harden in any way, even into a sense of relief, a sense of inspiration. Fear is a universal experience. Even the smallest insect feels it. We wade in the tidal pools and put our finger near the soft, open bodies of sea anemones and they close up. Everything spontaneously does that. It’s not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share. We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold on to. Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.

These are the inspired words of Pema Chodron, and the community affirms these truths by saying “AMEN”

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel   Mark 4:38-40

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

These are the inspired words of the author known as Mark and the community affirms them by saying “AMEN”.  

Homily Starter

There are many times in life when I act like I forget that I believe in anything at all. Anything of value that is. Crisis’ come, conflicts occur with family, friends or colleagues, political winds blow and threaten to destroy what I hold dear, loved ones get sick, some die, AIDS and now Covid threatens the lives of thousands if not millions, the economy tanks, jobs are being lost and so on. Like the disciples in the boat, I so easily panic, get caught up in hurts, terror, and anger. Just like the disciples who acted like Jesus didn’t care and all would be lost, I act like chicken little declaring “the sky is falling” with each emotional trigger. The spiritual challenge for our time , I

believe, is to learn the discipline of “remembering”. Remembering that Nothing, no situation that we label as good or bad is permanent. All that is permanent is Love. The Love we call God. There is a place in us where the holy one dwells that is beyond time, space, and circumstance. But what do we do when the icy grip of fear about the next election, disease, economics, relentless low self-esteem and insecurity, or any unforeseen threats squeezes our hearts and makes it hard to breathe?

The most common phrase in scripture is “Be Not Afraid”. So, if we are people of faith, what do we do with fear? Fear is at pandemic levels right now. Edwina Gateley in our first reading encourages us to think of the value of solitude. Not as something to be dreaded or rejected but used as a time-honored opportunity to deeply listen to our call. 

There was a group of African porters carrying the baggage of European explorers in Africa in the 1940s. At some point, the porters sat down and refused to continue on the

journey. When pressed by the Europeans, they said, we are waiting for our souls to catch up. We study and admire the mystics of many traditions but are we willing to do what they did in order to get what they got? Stop, sit down, listen, wait, notice, return again and again, face everything there is to face and let our God love us? If we are willing to do this as a practice, our souls catch up and we will find the true meaning of Be Not Afraid.

Pema Chodron however reminds us that everyone does feel fear. It is normal. The spiritual traditions of Christianity and Buddhism, like most paths, ask us to be Mindful of whatever shows up when we stop running and distracting ourselves with tv, reading, alcohol, shopping, talking, compulsive meditating…..anything that takes us out of the moment. Just as a mirror reflects whatever is in front of it, without judgement, we are called to notice whatever thoughts and feelings that arise. But

remembering that mirrors do not hold on to the image it reflects, so are we called not to grab on to whatever we notice in contemplation. We cannot embody “Be Not Afraid” if we hitch our mental and emotional wagon to every thought and emotion that arises. Like waves crashing on a shore, they are impermanent. We detach so that we can allow what Buddhism calls annihilation. That is, we surrender the small ego “I” in favor of the great “I am”. We live in the space between “no longer and not yet”. In the words of the old hymn, we stand still and let God move. The now is all we have, nothing is for certain except for impermanence of all things but Love. If we live like we really believe this stuff, how differently would we be experiencing our current personal and shared realities?

What did you hear?

Shared Homily

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.


Presider 2:  These are the prayer intentions received from the community:

Presider 2: We pray for these and all unspoken concerns of our hearts. Amen.

Presider 1:  Let us join with open hands to pray our Eucharistic prayer together:

All: Source of Love and Light, we join in unity of Spirit, love and purpose with Your people everywhere, living and crossed over. With all of creation across billions of galaxies, we open our hearts and souls to become One.

In your loving embrace we are liberated from division, fear, conflict, pride and injustice. We are transformed into wholeness which we resolve to bring to all whose lives we touch. With gratitude, we meld ourselves Your Divine Presence which knows all, shelters all and transforms all into love, abundant and eternal.

In one voice, we praise Your loving, healing ways and the glory of all You have Created:

Holy, Holy: Here in This Place by Christopher Grundy 

We thank you, Holy One, for Jesus, a man of courage whose exquisite balance of human and Divine points our way and who strives with us in our time of need. We yearn with passion to live as Jesus, one with you and your Spirit, in peace and justice.

May our desire to be one with You join us to all living things. We seek to heal the differences that isolate us so that we may live in healthful unity with all people, of every ethnicity, skin color, gender orientation or class. May we have the imaginative sympathy and love of Your Spirit to move with courage beyond the confines of bias, miscommunication, ignorance and hurt and into the healing place where Divine light and love abide.

Presider 1:  Please extend your hands in blessing of bread and wine.

All:  Together, we call on Your Spirit, present in these gifts - bread that satisfies our hunger and wine that quenches our thirst – to make us more deeply One, living in the fullness of holy compassion and Sophia wisdom.

Anticipating the likelihood of betrayal, arrest and pain, Jesus wanted more than anything to be with his friends, to share a meal, exchange stories and create fond memories. To strengthen the bonds of friendship that evening, Jesus washed the feet of his friends in an act of love and humility.

                        All lift the bread.

All: Back at the table, he took the bread, spoke the grace, broke the bread and offered it to them saying, Take and eat, this is my very self.

All lift their cups.

Then he took the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered it to them 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)

All consume their bread and cup

As we celebrate and recognize you in this bread and wine, we recognize you in each other. Sharing the bread of life and wine transforms us and opens us to your Spirit. Knowing that Jesus spent his time with the lowly and hurting, the needy and shunned, we seek to remain open to how we can bring love, healing, and unity to whomever is in need. We ask for the grace to see with the eyes of Jesus, touch with the hands of Jesus and heal with the heart of Jesus. Amen.

Presider 2: Let us join with disciples of all ages to pray together:

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 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 (Miriam Therese Winter)

Presider 2:  Our Communion Meditation is God Alone Is Enough by John Michael Talbot 

Let nothing trouble you
Let nothing frighten you
For everything passes
But God will never change

Patient endurance
Will obtain everything
Whoever has God
Wants for nothing at all

God alone is enough
God alone is enough
Whoever has God
Wants for nothing at all

God alone is enough
God alone is enough
Whoever has God
Wants for nothing at all

Closing Blessing: Presider 1: 
 Please raise your hands in blessing and join together in our closing prayer:

We pray for harmony in the midst of divisiveness and for hope in the middle of hurt. We bless our civic leaders and ourselves and all peoples with a call for harmony and deep peace: May Deep peace be a blessing onto you. May we know the deep peace of the running wave. May we know the deep peace of the flowing air. May we know the deep peace of the quiet earth. May the moon and stars pour their healing light upon us all. Amen.

Closing Song: Let It Be – Lennon/McCartney