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558 Let's Get Ready for Tomorrow's Emmaus Celebration at 4:45: Cultivating Evolutionary Spirituality

Emmaus Liturgy September 26, 2021

Cultivating Evolutionary Spirituality

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Welcome, “May the Blessings of the Spirit lead us Where it Will”


Song: The Earth is Our Mother from Hidden Waters, Sacred Ground by Sophia


Blessing of the Altar with Sage:


Upper Room Meditation:

Blessing of the Gifts:


Calling in the Seven Directions:


O sacred season of Autumn, you are my teacher, for I wish to learn the virtue of contentment. As I gaze upon your full-colored beauty,

I sense all about you an at-homeness with your amber riches.

You are the season of retirement, of full barns and harvested fields. The cycle of growth has ceased, and the busy work of giving life is now completed.

I sense in you no regrets

you’ve lived a full life.

I live in a society that is ever-restless,

always eager for more mountains to climb,

seeking happiness through more and more possessions.

As a child of my culture,

I am seldom truly at peace with what I have.

Teach me to take stock of what I have given and received, may I know that it’s enough,

that my striving can cease in abundance of God’s grace May I know the contentment that allows the totality of my energies come to full flower.

May I know, like you, that I am rich beyond measure.

As you, O Autumn, take pleasure in your great bounty, let me also take delight in abundance of the simple things in life which are the true source of joy.

Wish the golden glow of peaceful contentment

may I truly appreciate this autumn day.

These are the words from Edward Hays.

All: Thanks be to the Great Spirit


In the beginning God was.

Here and now, God is.

In the future, God will be.

Therefore, let us pray for the revealing of the reign of God now and always.

Creator of earth, sea, and sky, kindle the fire of your spirit within us that we may be bold to heal and defend the world around us. Pour your blessings upon organizations working everywhere for the good of the planet. God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

Breath of life, receive our thanks for the beauty of our local habitat and all its inhabitants and lend us wisdom and will to conserve them.

God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

Light and source of life, heal and redeem the wounds of your creation and visit the places and people which suffer from our indifference, neglect and greed. God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

Lover of all you have made, we thank you for the wondrous diversity of your creatures, and we pray for their well-being. God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

Author of the volume of creation, receive our gratitude for the places of restoration and healing, and challenge us to sustain the places which feed our lives and spirits. God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

God whose works are full of mystery, give us wonder and appreciation for your creatures with which we find ourselves in conflict. God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

Giver of all good gifts, help us to be aware of our dependence upon your generosity, and make us always thankful for the abundance of your blessings. I invite you to name that for which you are grateful…God, Giver of life,

All: Hear us as we pray.

- from Prayers of the People for Honoring God in Creation

THE GOSPEL READING: The Casa del Sol Blessings of Jesus

- based on Matthew 5: 3-9

Marcie Dahlen:

When he saw the crowds he went up on the mountainside. After he had sat down his disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them:

Blessed are those who know their need for theirs is the grace of heaven.

Blessed are those who weep for their tears will be wiped away.

Blessed are the humble for they are close to the sacred earth.

Blessed are those who hunger for earth’s oneness for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the forgiving for they are free.

Blessed are the clear in heart for they see the Living Presence.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they are born of God.

This is the Gospel from The Casa del Sol Blessings of Jesus - based on Matthew 5: 3-9 All: Alleluia

SHARED HOMILY: Steve will lead in and read the starter questions.

Steve: What do we bring to the table this evening? What do you want to pray for?

Ed: Song: Prayer for the Warriors from—Return by Sophia

Lyrics and Translation:

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya x4 translates as

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”

May the Warriors find peace within

And the wars of the nations end

May the Warriors find peace within

So the healing of the earth can begin

Let the healing of the Earth begin (repeat)

Pat: Let us proclaim the Mystery of Faith

For, it is “Through You, With You, and In You,

In Unity of the Great Spirit,

all glory and honor is yours

Forever and Ever.

All: Amen

Steve: Now together, as one community, we offer to you O Creator, our prayer, received from our brother Jesus:

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver,

Source of all that is and that shall be Father and Mother of us all,

Loving God, in whom are the heavens:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For You reign in the glory of the power that is love,

now and forever. Amen.

(The Lord’s Prayer - The New Zealand Prayer Book)

The Kiss of Peace:

Pat: Now give a gesture of peace to all in our beloved community.

Invitation to Eucharist:

Tom: So through this Eucharist, and in the spirit of our Beloved Community, we extend the invitation of Jesus to each and everyone of you to take and eat this bread, to take and drink from this cup. Come to the table, this is the table of Risen Christ, where all are welcome.


Sacred Ground Round from Hidden Waters, Sacred Ground by Sophia



Prayer of Awareness

As light gives way to darkness and the busyness of day concedes to night’s stillness. As conscious thought surrenders to dreams

and our bodies long for rest

we pause to listen

for the beat of your Presence in all things pulsing in the light of distant galaxies sounding in the depths of our soul vibrating in each vein of earth’s body. One Sound as vast as the universe one universe filled with Presence one Life within every life. In the darkness of night in the stillness that surrounds us in the unknown depths of our being we pause to listen.

from — Praying with the Earth John Philip Newell

Ed: CLOSING SONG: Yari huangui (San Juanito) from—Markahuasi Peruvian

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