Saturday, October 16, 2021

Upper Room Liturgy - October 17, 2021 - Presiders: Bridget Ball Shaw and Julie Corron, 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


Opening and Peace Prayer: Julie: Good morning everyone. Thank you for joining what I like to call our Sunday morning mosaic for our last time with all of us on Zoom. As you gaze at the shining faces before you, take a moment to silently send these wishes to each of them: May you be happy as I wish to be happy. May you know peace as I wish to know peace. May you be free from suffering as I wish to be free. AMEN.


Opening Song
Awake, O Sleeper – Ike Ndolo
https://youtu.be/Ad_ox5SqKKg


LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading : Lynn

Our first reading is from Derek Walcott.


Love After Love


The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

And say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.


These are the inspired words of the poet Derek Walcott and the community affirms them by saying AMEN.


Alleluia    Deb Trees


Gospel : Juanita


A reading from the Gospel of Mark.


Zebedee’s children James and John approached Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to grant our request.”

"What is it?” Jesus asked them.

They replied, "See to it that we sit next to you, one at your right and one at your left, when you come into your glory.”

Jesus told them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I will drink or be baptized in the same baptism as I?”

“We can,” they replied. Jesus said in response, “From the cup I drink of, you will drink; the baptism I am immersed in, you will share. But as for sitting at my right or at my left, that is not mine to give; it is for those to whom it has been reserved.”

The other ten, on hearing this, became indignant at James and John.

Jesus called them together and said, “You know how among the Gentiles those who exercise authority are domineering and arrogant; those ‘great ones’ know how to make their own importance felt. But it can’t be like that with you. Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest; whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all. The Promised One has not come to be served, but to serve—to give one life in ransom for the many.”

These are the inspired words of the anonymous storyteller we call Mark and we affirm them by saying AMEN.


Shared Homily

  

Statement of Faith: Rosie

 

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. 

 

Bridget:  As we prepare for the sacred meal, we voice our intentions beginning with the words, “We bring to the table…..” Please use the hand raise function as we did during the shared homily to share your intentions.

Bridget: We pray for these and all unspoken intentions. Amen.  


LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST


Julie: Please join in praying the Eucharistic prayer together:  

 

O Holy One, you have birthed us in goodness, gifted us with life and cherished us in love. In the heart of our being, your Spirit dwells; a Spirit of courage and vision, a Spirit of wisdom and truth. 
 

In the power of that same Spirit, we lift our hearts in prayer, invoking anew the gift of wisdom and enlightenment, that we may continue to praise and thank you, in union with all who sing the ancient hymn of praise: 

 

Here In This Place, Christopher Grundy
https://youtu.be/sgkWXOSGmOQ


Terri: Holy One, we see around us the work of your hands, the fruit of your wisdom and love. The unfolding story of creation witnesses unceasingly to your creative power.  We, your creatures, often deviate from that wisdom, thus hindering your creative presence in our midst. 
 
Sending among us Jesus, our brother, you birth afresh in our world the power of Sophia-Wisdom, and in the gift of Your Spirit, your creative goodness blooms anew, amid the variety and wonder of life. 
 

Bridget: Please extend your hands in blessing.  

 
We invoke Your Spirit upon the gifts of this Eucharistic table, bread of the grain and wine of the grape, that they may become gifts of wisdom, light and truth which remind us of our call to be the body of Christ to the world. 


On the night before he faced his own death and for the sake of living fully, Jesus sat at the Seder supper with his companions and friends.  He reminded them of all that he taught them, and to fix that memory clearly within them, he bent down and washed their feet.

Community lifts the plates:

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

Take and eat; this is my very self.

Community lifts the cups:

Julie: He then raised high 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.

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.


Please receive communion with the words: You have a servant’s heart.

Communion Meditation: How Could Anyone Ever Tell You by Shaina Knoll
https://youtu.be/Cr66u-fTxik


Ginny: In faith and hope we are sustained; in grace and dignity reclaimed. In praise, we thank you. 
 
In union with all peoples living and dead, we unite our thoughts and prayers, asking wisdom and courage: 
- to discern more wisely your call to us in the circumstances of our daily lives; 
- to act justly and courageously in confronting the pain and suffering that desecrates the Earth and its peoples; 
- to take risks in being creative and proactive on behalf of the poor and marginalized; 
- and to love all people with generosity of heart, beyond the labels of race, creed and color. 
 
And may we ever be aware and alert to the new things Your Spirit makes possible in us, as our world unfolds amid pain and beauty, into the fullness of life to which all are called, participating in the wise and wonderful work of co-creation. 
 

Like Jesus, we will open up wide all that has been closed about us, and we will live compassionate lives, for it is through living as Jesus lived, that we awaken to your Spirit within, moving us to glorify you, O Holy One, at this time and all ways. 

Amen.  

 

Tim: Let us pray the prayer 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 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)   

 

BLESSING


Julie: Please raise your hands as we pray our blessing:
Holy One, each day, may we drink the cup of our lives. Each day, may we set our egos aside and serve each other. Each day, may we feel the joy of being in community and knowing your love. And each day may we be a blessing in our time. AMEN.

Closing Song: 
Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw




Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Moment of Oneness - October 13, 2021

Pyramid Lake, NY - photo by Dennis McDonald 
 7:00pm EST
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81507551772
Meeting ID: 815 0755 1772
To connect by phone dial: +1 646 558 8656


Autumn


Welcome: So happy to be here with all of you and be part of this time of year. Sit back, take two deep breaths, clear your mind of all the everyday cares and thoughts. Relax and picture a beautiful Autumn day.


Reader 1: Autumn is a season with abundant gifts for the body and soul. It offers a harvest for aspects of life that are rich and plentiful with possibility, the result of creative and spiritual efforts extended throughout the previous seasons. Autumn encourages a season of fervent prayer for courage to embrace change in all its complexity, and to seek the hidden beauty within the increasing darkness.  In the depths of not knowing and at the threshold of change there lies the opportunity for both subtle and profound transformation.  Let us seek the lesser-known shore as the destination for our Autumn journey. (Sibyl Dana Reynolds)


Prayer:

Response after each:  O Taste and see the goodness of our Creator)


We remember the beauty of our world, how all is interdependent, like bees in a hive, each part reliant on another part in order to exist.


We remember how the Holy One resides within and among us, energizing our love and encouraging our actions for good.


We remember people who are like nurturing honeycombs to us,

offering the sweetness of their enduring affection and acceptance.


We remember the sustaining energy of nature, its ability to urge us to change, the sweet taste of the seasons as they beckon us with their transitional beauty.


We remember the wonder of our minds, all we are given in thought, insight, and decision-making, our mental faculties that lead to greater well-being.


We remember our gathering in prayer, the strength these moments give us for our spiritual paths.( Joyce Rupp, Prayer Seeds)


(  Some Autumn ways to capture the beauty of the season...)


Craft an autumn journal. Create autumn's splendor within the pages.

Take an afternoon walk with your camera and capture photos of fallen leaves, wet shiny stones, mossy pathways, piles of acorns, spider's webs, ripe orange pumpkins. Paste these images in your journal.

Paint your prayers in autumn colors.


Song: “It's a Wonderful World.”


https://youtu.be/ddLd0QRf7Vg
 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Upper Room Liturgy: October 10, 2021 - Presiders: Kathleen Ryan, ARCWP, and Ginny O'Brien


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


Welcome everyone. We are in the process of setting up our new space and making sure our technology is working well so we can continue to share liturgy together.  In the midst of Covid we have become a new and I daresay improved community. We are here for each other, and we are a blessing for each other.  May we continue to see each other with eyes of love and live our lives to the fullest. 


Opening Song:  You Can Relax Now       


https://youtu.be/z-mfPQIEaUA


Opening Prayer
Holy One, help us have the courage to awaken to greater truth, greater humility, greater care for one another. May we place our trust in what matters and what lasts, trusting in your eternal peace and presence.  Amen (Edwina Gately)

LITURGY OF THE WORD


First Reading: (Terri) 

A reading from The Brothers Karamazov


Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.  Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. 

These are the inspired words of Dostoevsky and the community affirms them by saying: AMEN


(Dennis) Alleluia


Gospel: (Deven)

A reading from the Gospel of Mark 

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
"Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 
Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? 
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.
"
He replied and said to him,
"Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
"You are lacking in one thing. 
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions

These are the inspired word of a disciple of Jesus and the community affirms them by saying: AMEN


Shared Homily 


The recent Gospels we have heard at liturgy are full of people following after Jesus asking him questions.  There are Pharisees who are asking him questions to try and trip him up.  There are people who are curious and may be hoping what they have been hearing is true. Maybe they are looking for a miracle.  And then there are those like the young man in this gospel who are seekers trying to do the right thing, trying to live a better life. 


Today’s gospel question is “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  And what does Jesus do with this question?  He sidesteps it by asking another question. “Why do you call me good?  God alone is good.  Jesus focuses the young man’s attention away from his goal of inheriting eternal life and refocuses his attention on what is really important---recognizing the goodness of the Holy One and living life now. 


What happens to us when our focus is on the Holy One? What do we see? What do we experience? We see as the first reading suggests and what we have been sharing during our Season of Creation liturgies and prayers.  We see and experience the Holy One in all creation. We love every grain of sand, every leaf, every ray of light, every animal, and plant.  We love everything.  

Jesus was attuned, saw and loved all of creation including each of us.

Jesus looked at the young man and loved him. Jesus looks at us and loves us.  


In our amazing, loving, full of awareness moments, and I say moments because we often find it hard to stay focused, we are free to give all that we have, our gifts, talents, treasures, indeed we give our very selves. As John Shelby Spong said we are free “to live fully, to love wastefully and to have the courage to be all that we can be”. In those moments we have not just inherited eternal life we are living eternal life right here, right now.



(Mary B)

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


Ginny: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we bring to the table our blessings, cares, and concerns. 


Dennis:


We bring these and all deeply held blessings, cares, and concerns to the table of friendship and peace. 


Kathie: With open hearts and hands let us pray our Eucharistic prayer in one voice:


O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us as we set our hearts on belonging to you. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all creation.


You know our limitations and our essential goodness and you love us as we are. You beckon us to your compassionate heart and inspire us to see the good in others and forgive their limitations. Acknowledging your presence in each other and in all of creation, we sing:


Song: Here In This Place


https://youtu.be/sgkWXOSGmOQ


Ginny: Guiding Spirit, when opposing forces in us tug and pull and we are caught in the tension of choices, inspire us to make wise decisions toward what is good. 


We thank you for our brother, Jesus, and for all our sisters and brothers who have modeled for us a way to live and love in challenging times. Inspired by them, we choose life over death, we choose to be light in dark times. 


Please extend your hands in blessing.


We are ever aware of your Spirit in us and among us at this Eucharistic table and we are grateful for this bread and wine which reminds us of our call to be the body of Christ in the world. 


On the night before he faced his own death, Jesus sat at supper with his companions and 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. 


Community lifts the plates


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.


Community lifts the cup


Kathie: Then he 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.


We share this bread and cup to proclaim and live the gospel of justice and peace.  Please receive communion with the words: We are loved.



Communion song: Beauty in You – Karen Drucker

https://youtu.be/m5Jz6gLDOhg



Ginny: Loving source of our being, you call us to live justly, love tenderly, and walk with integrity in your presence. 


(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 



Closing Prayer


Holy One, your transforming energy is within us and we join our hearts with all who are working for a just world.  We pray for wise leaders in our religious communities. We pray for courageous and compassionate leaders in our world communities.  


We pray for all of us gathered here and like Jesus, we open ourselves up to your Spirit, for it is through living as he lived that we awaken to your Spirit within, 

moving us to glorify you, at this time and all ways.  Amen. 


BLESSING


 Please extend your hands in our final blessing.


ALL:  May the Fire of Love ignite our hearts and radiate through us.

May the Spirit truth and justice burn within us.

May we continue to see the face of the Holy One in everyone and in all creation.

May we be a blessing in our time. AMEN.

Closing Song: Canticle of the Turning, Rory Cooney

https://youtu.be/b-QR_OZB5ik 






Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Moment of Oneness - October 6, 2021



Moment of Oneness: Loving Our Neighbor

Created by Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice, RCWP


7:00pm EST
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81507551772
Meeting ID: 815 0755 1772

To connect by phone dial: +1 646 558 8656

Opening Prayer: Words of Valerie Kaur (from See No Stranger pages 310-311) 

Reader 1: Love is a form of sweet labor: fierce, bloody, imperfect, and life-giving—a choice we make over and over again. Love can be taught, modeled, and practiced. It engages all our emotions: Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger protects that which is loved. And when we think we have reached out limit, wonder is the act that returns us to love. 

Reader 2: “Revolutionary love” is the choice to enter into labor for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves in order to transform the world around us. It is not a formal code or prescription but an orientation to life that is personal and political, rooted in joy. Loving only ourselves is escapism; loving only our opponents is self-loathing; loving only others is ineffective. All three practices together make love revolutionary, and revolutionary love can only be practiced in community. 

Reader 1: Seeing no stranger begins in wonder. It is to look upon the face of anyone and choose to say: You are a part of me I do not yet know. Wonder is the wellspring for love. Who we wonder about determines whose stories we hear and whose joy and pain we share. Those we grieve with, those we sit with and weep with, are ultimately those we organize with and advocate for. When a critical mass of people come together to wonder about one another, grieve with one another, and fight with and for one another, we begin to build the solidarity needed for collective liberation and transformation—a solidarity rooted in love. 

Reader 2: Loving Source of Life, we stand before you with open hearts to discover the ways of Revolutionary Love. Help us to learn to love all our neighbors, to wonder about those who are different than us and to see no stranger in the faces we meet. All: Amen. 

Reflection Pause

Litany of Loving by Chett Pritchett, 2011. (adapted for this service) 

Reader 1: Holy One, Out of love, you swept over the waters and hovered over the face of the deep. Your love created all that was, all that is, and all that will be. All: Open our hearts to your love.

Reader 2: Out of love, you brought your people out of oppression. Your love gave them a law and a land. All: Open our hearts to your love. 

Reader 1: When their love for you failed Your love remained steadfast. All: Open our hearts to your love. 

Reader 2: Gracious One, Because of love, you gave us prophets to challenge and guide: Visionaries, dancers, dreamers, and scoundrels. All: Fill our hearts with your love. 

Reader 1: Because of love, you sent Jesus of Nazareth, the full expression of your love. He healed the sick; he ate with sinners; he loved with abandon. All: Fill our hearts with your love. 

Reader 2: Because of love, Jesus called together his disciples so that we might walk in the way that leads to love. All: Fill our hearts with your love. 

Reader 1: Passionate One, Teach us, as Jesus did, to love our neighbors, Our unhoused neighbors, Our immigrant neighbors All: Set our hearts on fire with your love. 

Reader 2: Teach us, as Jesus did, to love our neighbors of different faiths or who have no faith at all. All: Set our hearts on fire with your love. 

Reader 1: Teach us, as Jesus did, to love our LGBTQ neighbors, our heterosexist neighbors All: Set our hearts on fire with your love. 

Reader 2: Teach us, as Jesus did, to love our undereducated neighbors, our neighbors who see race as a barrier to loving others. All: Set our hearts on fire with your love. 

Reader 1: Teach us, as Jesus did, to love and empower us, O God of all creation, to love our neighbors because out of love, you first loved us. All: Set our hearts on fire with your love. Amen. 



Song: We Are One by Joyce Johnson Rouse/Earth Mama 

https://youtu.be/DHCnT5PT-ew 


Refrain: We all live on the same earth, we fish and swim in the same oceans, we breath the same air and gaze at the very same moon, we feel the warmth of the same sun, We Are One! 

I have sisters in Nicaragua, their skin is burning, from the chemicals used in the fields, where they make their living. I have brothers in Indonesia, their eyes are stinging from the burnings of the rainforest trees to clear them for grazing. 

Refrain: We all live on the same earth, we fish and swim in the same oceans, we breath the same air and gaze at the very same moon, we feel the warmth of the same sun. We Are One! We Are One! We Are One! We Are One! 

2) We have elders in ancient forests, who mourn the passing of species of flowers and birds crowded out by our taking. And there are children in war-torn countries, they are all of our children, they can’t remember a nighttime of peace with no shooting or crying. 

Refrain: We all live on the same earth, we fish and swim in the same oceans, we breath the same air and gaze at the very same moon, we feel the warmth of the same sun. We Are One! We Are One! We Are One! We Are One! (repeats 2 more times)

Closing Prayer

Reader 1: Our response to this Franciscan blessing is Amen! May the Holy One bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. All. Amen 

Reader 2: May Holy One bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. All. Amen

Reader 3: May Holy One bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. All. Amen 

Reader 4: And may Holy One bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. All. Amen 

Reader 5: With hearts on fire, let us go forth from here empowered to live a life of Revolutionary Love by loving our neighbors and seeing no stranger among us. All: Amen.

Closing Song: Power of Kindness by MaMuse

https://youtu.be/pfsRSoeC8Lg