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971: Let's get ready to celebrate Diarmuid's talk at 2:30 tomorrow followed by our liturgy

971: Saturday, November 12, 2022

Let's get ready to celebrate Diarmuid's talk at 2:30 tomorrow - Sunday the 13th of November followed by our community celebration

Sunday November 13, 2022

Public Celebration with Diarmuid O'Murchu

We begin with a lecture by Diarmuid FROM 2:30 - 3:30

Followed by our liturgy at 3:45

Potluck after the liturgy

Join Us In Person: Knox Presbyterian &Thanksgiving Lutheran Churches

1650 W. Third St. Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Or Join us on Zoom

Passcode: 1234

Meeting ID: 519 315 8573

Passcode: 1234

One tap mobile +16699006833,,5193158573# US (San Jose)

Here's the liturgy by Enid, Steve and Diarmuid in WORD and PDF formats:

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Emmaus Liturgy October 23, 2022

Beyond the Pandemic: Spiritual and Ecological Challenges



OPENING SONG: ALL ARE WELCOME by Carl Mki; text & music Marty Haugen


Let us build a house

where love can dwell

and all can safely live,

a place where saints and children tell

how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

rock of faith and vault of grace;

here the love of Christ

shall end divisions.

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house

where prophets speak,

and words are strong and true,

where all God’s children dare to seek

to dream God’s reign anew.

Here the cross shall stand as witness

and as symbol of God’s grace;

here as one we claim the faith of Jesus.

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.




Oh how beautiful are your ways, Oh God, the works of your creation.

Raise our consciousness to know and feel deeply in our hearts our connectedness to all that is.

Instill in us the gift of being co-creators and sustainers of life. Teach us new and unsuspected ways of living so that current and future generations can walk humbly in beauty, love all compassionately, and live justly in solidarity with all creation.

Loving and gracious God, give us the courage to seek this transformation of self and society and the strength to see it through. - School Sisters of Notre Dame Green Team

All: Amen

PENETENTIAL RITE: adapted from The Celtic Rite of New Skellig Penitential Prayer


Most merciful God,

You have made us in your image and likeness, incarnations of your Love, Sometimes we have fallen short.

Consciously or unconsciously, we have caused great harm to your majestic creation, our Mother Earth.

These actions are affecting the poor and underprivileged disproportionately.

Forgive us for the harm we have inflicted on the very planet that sustains us.

Instill in us a spirit of repentance.

Shake us from our complacency.

Move us to act in accordance with your Will for the love of the planet and one another. Awaken in us the hope of the Resurrection, that recalling your boundless love for us we may love boundlessly in return.

We ask this in the name of our brother, friend, and mentor, Christ Jesus.

All: Amen


From the Encyclical Laudato Si by Pope Francis Jim McFadden:

Ecological conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness.

First, it entails gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works. It also entails a loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in splendid universal communion.

As believers, we do not look at the world from without but from within, conscious of the bonds with which the Father has linked us with all beings.

By developing our individual, God-given capacities, an ecological conversion can inspire us to greater creativity and enthusiasm in resolving the world’s problems and in offering ourselves to God “as a living sacrifice”, holy and acceptable. We do not understand our superiority as a reason for personal glory or irresponsible dominion, but rather as a different capacity which, in its turn, entails a serious responsibility stemming from our faith.

All: Let us be open to a Change of Heart and a Call to Action.


In today’s Gospel, we must be cautious not to think Jesus is implying that God will take care of business no matter what. That if we retreat to non-action and become idle that God will make everything alright. No, just the contrary. Jesus is encouraging us to trust in God and our actions will not be in vain.

He says if we commit to trusting in our Creator then we will be recipients of God’s loving care. Jesus’ life was one of action. He did not sit idle. Today’s Gospel sets a firm foundation in which we can be active care-takers of Creation and not lose hope.

THE GOSPEL: Luke 12 22-31 Victoria:

He said to his disciples: “That is why I warn you, Do not be concerned for your life, what you are to eat, or for your body, what your are to wear. Life is more important than food and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they do not sow, they do not reap, they have neither cellar nor barn—yet God feeds them. How much more important you are than the birds! Which of you by worrying can add a moment to his life-span? If the smallest things are beyond your power, why be anxious about the rest?

“Or take the lilies: they do not spin, they do not weave, but I tell you, Solomon in all his splendor was not arrayed like any one of them. If God clothes in such splendor the grass of the field, which grows today; and is thrown on the fire tomorrow, how much more will he provide for you,

O weak in faith! It is not for you to be in search of what you are to eat or drink. Stop worrying. The unbelievers of this world are always running after these things. Your Father knows that you need such things. Seek out instead his kingship over you, and the rest will follow in turn. This is the Gospel according to St. Luke 12 22-31

All: Thanks be to God!


Diarmuid O’Murchu will initiate the homily and provide starter questions


What do we bring to the table. What do you want to pray for?


Nancy and Bob McFarland



Let us call on the Holy Spirit to infuse each of us with the knowledge we need, the willingness to be open to a change of heart, and the courage to act to bring about social and ecological justice and healing of Our Mother Earth.


Enid: On the night before He died, Jesus was at table with His friends, He took bread, He gave thanks to God, He blessed it, He broke it, and shared it with His friends and said,

All: “This is my body, shared with you.”

Steve: As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, He gave thanks, He gave it to His friends and said, This is the cup of my love for you and for all creation.

ALL: Go forth and be my hands and my feet; carry my love into the world.

Steve: Let us proclaim the Mystery of Our Faith

For it is Through You, O Creator, who’s 14.7 billion year creation story brings us such beauty, mystery, and awe. It is With You, our resurrected brother Jesus that we strive for a more socially and ecologically just world, and it is In You, in Unity with You the O Holy Spirit that all honor and glory are yours, now and forever and ever.

THE GREAT AMEN: (from Lilies in the Field)

Sung: led by Dan Vrooman and David Carlson

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen!

Sing it Over, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen!

Enid: 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)

Steve: The Kiss of Peace:

Now offer a gesture of peace to all those in our beloved Emmaus community.

Invitation to Eucharist:

Enid: 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, and drink from this cup. Let us come to this table, this is the table of the Risen Christ, where all are welcome.


THE CANTICLE OF CREATION VIDEO: St. Francis of Assisi adaptation by Dan Schutte




ALL: And this Beloved Emmaus Community says: AMEN!



Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea.

Raise your voices, lift your hearts.

This is the day the Lord has made.

Let all the earth rejoice.


Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea.

Raise your voices, lift your hearts.

This is the day the Lord has made.

Let all the earth rejoice.

Verse 1. I will give thanks to you, my Lord.

You have answered my plea.

You have saved my soul from death.

You are my strength and my song. [Refrain]

Verse 2. Holy, holy, holy Lord,

heaven and earth are full of your glory. [Refrain]

Verse 3 This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us be glad and rejoice.

He has turned all death to life.

Sing of the glory of God. [Refrain]


The Canticle of Creation was the inspiration for the Communion Video Music:

The Canticle of Creation (by Saint Francis of Assisi)

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord God,

to you belong praise, glory, honor and all blessing.

Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation and especially for our Brother Sun, who brings us the day and the light; he is strong and shines magnificently. O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.

Be praised, my Lord, for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather by which you, Lord, uphold life in all your creatures.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble and precious and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you give us light in the darkness: he is bright and lively and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colours. Be praised, my Lord, for those who forgive for love of you; and for those who bear sickness and weakness in peace and patience - you will grant them a crown.

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Death, whom we must all face. I praise and bless you, Lord, and I give thanks to you, and I will serve you in all humility.

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