909: Let's get ready to celebrate the life of Beth Jordan today on Zoom and in person.
Day 909: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Please join us this afternoon to reflect on and celebrate the life of Beth Jordan, our dear friend, sister and wise woman.
Our celebration begins at 4:45 PM Pacific Time with personal greetings followed by the liturgy.
If you are distant please join us on Zoom:
Please use this link to join us
Meeting ID: 519 315 8573
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If you are in the Sonoma County area we will meet in our new home at Knox Presbyterian:
1650 W 3rd St, 95401, Santa Rosa
We ask that each person wear a mask indoors at Knox
To prepare for this celebration:
Emmaus is a community centered on sharing the Eucharist. If you would like to join our communion and you're on Zoom, please have bread and wine or juice of some type ready to consume during our communion.
Please also be ready to share a story from Zoom. We're trying hard to make sure the technology works!
In terms of your ability to download and print the liturgy: Here are the files in WORD and PDF formats.
Our celebration begins at 4:45 PM Pacific Time with personal greetings.
We will have our traditional Potluck to continue our celebration of Beth after the liturgy
Jim McFadden welcomes us to Knox with a selection of piano music:
As the music ends:
Welcome to Emmaus: David
Opening Song: Sing a New Church (a favorite of Beth's): Electronic via Zoom
Opening Reflection by Victoria MacDonald
Opening Prayer by Victoria MacDonald
We begin with a prayer from the Jewish tradition called the Kaddish - a deeply meaningful prayer that expresses the hope and values of the people as they say goodbye to a loved one.
WHEN I DIE give what’s left of me away To children and old men who wait to die.
And if you need to cry,
Cry for your brother walking the street beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone
And give them what you need to give me.
I want to leave you something,
Something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved,
And if you cannot give me away,
At least let me live in your eyes and your hearts.
You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,
And by letting go of children that need to be free.
Love doesn’t die, people do.
So, when all that’s left of me is love, Give me away.
(used in the Reformed Jewish liturgy, as an optional reading before Kaddish)
Meditation Song: Weave Us Together
The Gospel: Acts 2:1-11 The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, the disciples were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Their conversation was drowned out by the sound. They looked at each other in terror. How could this be happening in this small room they wondered?
And then they saw what seemed to be a fire inside the room which separated into individual slivers of fire that separated and came to rest above each of them.
This vision filled them … and awe came upon everyone. They remembered the words of the Prophet Jeremiah “in this place of which you say it is a waste, there will be heard again the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness: the voices of those who sing.
And the words of Jesus spoken at the Last Supper: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. And you will know the Spirit for it lives with you and will be in you. Because the Spirit lives forever, you also will live.
Then all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the truth as the Spirit enabled them.
Shared Homily: led by Victoria
At this time we’ll share our remembrances of Beth
Victoria: O Spirit of God You move among us as God’s breath, as natural and rhythmic as our own. We find you in the ten thousand things of creation.”
We remember Jesus, who challenges us to set ourselves free: free from images and ideas and religious practices that bind us into fear and a false sense of separation from the Spirit of all Life.
We, too, are blessed in the power of that same Spirit, which we
now invoke upon all gathered here, to celebrate our gifts of bread and wine.
We remember the night before he died, when he took bread, broke the bread and shared it with his friends asking them to remember his total surrender to the Spirit of Life and Love and his enduring love for each of them saying:
All: (extend hands)
This is my body which is being given up for you.
Victoria: Knowing his life was to be poured out, Jesus shared the cup of wine in a spirit of kinship with his friends, saying:
This is the cup of my love, poured out for all of you so you may know the Spirit. Do this in memory of me.
Let us now offer one another a sign of peace
Victoria: lifts the plate and cup
Everyone is welcome at this table. The Spirit, whom the universe cannot contain
is present to us in this bread. She who redeems us and calls us by name
now meets us in this cup. So, come, take this bread,
Drink this wine, In them, The Spirit comes to us so that we may become one with the Spirit.
Communion Song: Perfect Symphony by Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli (a favorite of Beth's) Electronic via ZOOM
Final Prayer: Victoria
A Pentecost Prayer by Joan Chittester
The Holy Spirit embodies the life force of the universe, the power of God, the animating energy present in all things and captured by none.
On this great feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit of God, I invite you to pray with me:
May the Gifts of the Holy Spirit bring fire to the earth so that the presence of God may be seen in a new light, in new places, in new ways.
May our own hearts burst into flame so that no obstacle, no matter how great, ever obstructs the message of the God within each of us.
May we come to trust the Word of God in our heart, to speak it with courage, to follow it faithfully , and to fan it to flame in others.
May the Jesus who filled women with his Holy Spirit fill the world and the church with new respect for women's power and presence. Give us, Great God, a sense of the Breath of Your Spirit within.
Gather us together
as one family, in faith, in hope,
and wrapped in love.
Guide us, nourish us,
fill us to overflowing
with the Love of Your Spirit
this day and always.
This prayer is said at the end of all the Benedictine monk's funerals.
Perhaps it would be helpful to you.
May the Angels lead you into paradise;
may the martyrs greet you at your arrival
and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the choir of Angels receive you
and like Lazarus, who once was a poor man,
may you have eternal rest. Amen.
God bless you.
Br. Paschal, OSB
Rev. Br. Paschal Pautler, O.S.B.