Gathering Song: #647 “God of Our Fathers” please change to “God of all People”
Co-presider: In the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit our energy for relationships All: Amen.
Co- Presider: God, Loving Creator be with each member and family of our community especially families with members who have served in the military or are serving in the military.
ALL: And with all.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, you have created all things and you continue to call us to new life ever deeper into relationship with you. Teach us to reverence in one another the gift of life that we share. Give us a hunger for your Word, and let us walk in union with your Spirit all the days of our lives. Glory to you, Source of all Being, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen
Rite of Healing (Pause briefly and reflect on the need to grow more in loving relationships with others and with creation)
Prayer for healing in our community: (All raise hands extended in prayer and recite together.)
See in us, O God, the face of your Christ and heal our brokenness and wounds. Give us the courage to love in spite of loss and mercy to forgive all who have injured us in any way. We ask forgiveness for when we have hurt others in our relationships with them. As always we pray in our Brother Jesus’ name. Amen.
Liturgy of the Word:
First Reading Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Lector: The Word of God. ALL: Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33
All: They are happy whose God is the Creator, the people God has chosen
Second Reading from Celebration “Trinity is our home” by Angie O’Gorman
“…the quark is the smallest subatomic particle; the fundamental building block of everything only comes in threes. In other words, it only comes in relationship. From this quantum discovery it is not a difficult leap to believing that our God, the creative force behind everything, also and only exists as a threesome. Whether one is Creator or created, being in relationship is primary, and threesomes are apparently where it’s at. ..
We have, through no merit of our own, the gift of life so that we might grow into conscious loving for eternity. Relationship allows both the life and the growing to happen. Relationship is at the heart of things, in the material world and the Divine…The Triune God loves us before we even know what the word means, and keeps drawing us into that love, and drawing us. Our home is the Trinity.” The inspired word of Angie.
All: Thanks be to God.
All: Alleluia sung while book is being carried to the lectern.
Gospel : Matthew 28:16-20
Lector: This is the Good News according to Matthew All: Glory to you, O God.
Lector: This is the good news of our salvation. (At end of Gospel)
All: Praise to you Living God, our Brother Jesus.
All: Alleluia sung after gospel is read and book set in its place.
Blessings for those who have served in the military:
(Will the members of the community who have served in the military please rise; let us raise our hands in blessing)
Loving God we ask your
blessings for these men and women of Mary Mother of Jesus who have served
America with their military service. You
are the men and women, who saluted our flag, who served under our flag and who
will be remembered under America’s flag for standing for our nation's freedoms
and the Common Good. We thank you for your presence amongst us. You are living reminders of willing sacrifice
for the values we hold dear as Americans.
We offer you our ongoing support as men and women of whom we are
proud. May your lives be long and filled
with peace. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Dialog homily: Remembering those who have served the USA in the military
Profession of Faith: All: We believe in God, the fountain of all relationships between persons, with all life on earth, between planets and within our galaxy. God’s very self energy creating, sustaining and receiving all that exists. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who reflects the face of God and the fullness of humanity. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God in the cosmos, who calls us to love and serve in relationship with others without counting the cost. We believe in our global communion and relationships with all in the circle of life including our planet earth. Amen to loving actions on behalf of justice, healing, compassion and equality for all in our world!
Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for us, our relationships with others and all creation, we bring our needs to our loving God.
Response after each petition: Loving God, hear our prayer
Presider: Healing God, we trust that you hear our prayers. May we celebrate our oneness in our relationships with others through our works for justice, equality, and peace. We make this prayer through Jesus, our brother, in union with the Holy Spirit.
Offertory: (Procession with gifts: instrumental music)
Co-presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer which earth has given and human hands have made. This bread is our faith community seeking knowledge, becoming conscious in right relationships with others and all life. May we individually and as a community live your vision of peace, justice, equality and healing for all. This bread will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Co-Presider Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. This drink is our desire to be in right relationship within our families, our communities and the nations of the world. This wine will become our spiritual drink. All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Pray that we become one with all in the blessed Trinity of human and planetary relationships.
ALL: We are gathered as a community to celebrate the gift of life. May we be faithful to the call of healing and building compassionate relationships with others. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer: (Please gather around the altar)
Presider: Our Triune God who stirred the waters of creation dwells on earth and throughout creation-in our hearts and in the galaxies,
ALL: And in every living being.
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts.
ALL: We lift up our hearts to our Creator who desires healing and right relationships for all humanity and our earth.
Presider: Let us give thanks to the Source of life.
All: It is right to give our triune God of relationships who is present everywhere and in everything, thanks and praise.
All Sing: We are holy…You are holy…I am holy…We are holy.
All: Holy One, we bring you these gifts that they and we may become the Christ Presence. Triune God infuse these gifts with you Presence of relationship amongst all through the power of your Holy Spirit Sofia.
(All Extend Hands) All: On the night before he died, while at supper with his disciples, friends and family Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to them saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. Do this in memory of
All: In the same way, Jesus took the cup of wine. He said the blessing, gave the cup to his friends and said, “Take this all of you and drink. Do this in memory of me.”
The Mystery of Faith:
All: This bread is you, this bread is me. We are one body, a reflection of God’s treasures, in communion with all peoples and creation.
Voice 1: Creator of the Cosmos, we thank you that there are 18 galaxies for every person, that our bodies are made of stardust. Every place we turn, you are present, loving us. You call us, “beloved” and invite us to join the dance of creation in a mystical celebration of our oneness with all living things in your divine love.
Voice 2: Jesus Christ of the Cosmos, we rejoice that You, who are More than we can imagine or dream of, dwell in Mystery of relationship beyond all comprehension. We remember that it was you, who said: “Anything I have done in the name of the Creator, you can do, too…and even more.”
Voice 3: Sofia Spirit Energy of all Creation, we remember all within our world and church who are working for environmental healing, human rights and justice for all. We remember women and men who are leaders in our church and world especially (mention names of those who have served in the military and those who taught us to be peacemakers )
Voice 4: Father and mother of the Cosmos, we remember Mary, mother of Jesus, faithful disciple. We remember our sisters and brothers, the great cloud of witnesses who have cared for earth’s creatures and have blessed our world with their loving service in relationship with God’s people. We praise you in union with them and give you glory by working for a more just and peaceful world.
ALL: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, all glory, honor and praise to you, God of relationships forever and ever.
Great Amen: Sung
Prayer of Jesus Sung: “Our Father and Mother”
Sign of Peace: Peace…Hope…Love is Flowing like a River
Litany for the Breaking of the Bread:
All: Christ of the Cosmos, we will live in relationship with you and all creation. Christ of the Cosmos, we will work for healing of the earth. Christ of the Cosmos, we will celebrate justice rising up in your global communion everywhere.
Co-Presiders: This is the Cosmic Christ in whom all creation lives and moves and has its being. All are invited to partake in this banquet of love and to celebrate our relationship with all living beings and our Earth. ALL: We are the Body of Christ.
Communion Song: You are the Face of God
Prayer after Communion:
ALL: Lover of the Universe, we are full of awe at your extravagant love flowing through all living things and your gift of relationships with all of creation. We immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature that surrounds us each day. We are one with our brother Jesus in union with the Holy Spirit. All: Amen
Community Prayers of Thanksgiving/final thoughts
Announcements for the community:
Presiders: Christ of the Cosmos is with us All: And loves through us.
Blessing: (with hands extended in prayer):
All: The blessing of God is upon us as we go in the peace of the Cosmic Christ to build loving relationships with all whom we meet! Thanks be to God.
Presider: Go in the peace of our Compassion Christ, let our service continue! ALL: Thanks be to God.