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Emmaus Celebration for May 12, 2024 MOTHERS’ DAY

Emmaus Celebration for May 12, 2024 MOTHERS’ DAY

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Emmaus Celebration for May 12, 2024 MOTHERS’ DAY


Today we pray for all mothers and particularly those women and men who have mothered the earth, trees, plants and animals and all peoples. There are many ways to be a mother, as a teacher, nurse, spiritual director, therapist, social workers, foster moms/dads, coaches, stepmoms and dads and in so many more ways. We’d like to stretch our minds this afternoon and see how maybe we have mothered in traditional and nontraditional ways in our life and have seen others do so.


Our recent trip to Peru, particularly helped us to see the varied ways that we can mother and celebrate ways that people during their lifetime end up mothering. Through End World Hunger (the group we traveled with), we were put in touch with Rae Lewis who wrote the book “Jump on the Love Train-Many Hearts await you”. Rae was born in SF and grew up in Sausalito, raising her own 3 boys in Sonoma while working as an ICU nurse and attending St. Leo’s and presently Ecumenical Taize in Sonoma. In 1987, while in her early 40’s, she took a trip to Peru and fell in love with the people and Peruvian culture.


She returned home, put her things in order, took a leave of absence from her nursing job and then went back for over 35 years to MOTHER and open an emergency shelter for children living on the streets of Urubamba and Cusco in the Sacred Valley of Peru.


Today we honor all men and women who have been mothers in so many ways and in particular we honor the way Rae Lewis has mothered so many street children in Peru. Rae was going to celebrate here with us tonight, but she just got a call on Thursday telling her of the death of Gloria, one of the young women she had mothered in Peru over 35 years ago and who was presently managing director and teacher of the Chicuchas-Wasi School in Cusco, Peru.


Opening Song: Ubi Caritas

Ubi Caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est. Live in charity and steadfast love, live in charity; God will dwell with you


Pat: This is our sacred time to connect with each other in the presence of the Divine.

All: We come together in unity, trusting that we are truly one in the Spirit and the Risen Jesus.


Pat: Let us open our hearts to receive grace anew as we share in these holy moments.

All: With open hearts we sense a deeper connection with the Spirit of God/ the Risen Jesus and each other.


Pat: May the Spirit of God and the Risen Christ be vitally present in our midst.

All: Even as we bring forth the best that is within us.


Pat: We are blessed to be together for this time.

All: Let the blessing flow.


Opening Prayer: JoAnn


Gracious and loving God, we join our hearts and minds in this meeting place in expectation that you will meet us here. Enrich us with your grace in such a way that we experience again Our connection with you, with each other, with all of life: plants, trees birds, animals, fish, insects, rivers, lakes, ocean, rocks and with ourselves.


From this deep well of belonging may we then welcome all the dimensions of life and meet whatever comes with courage and grace on our road to Emmaus and eventually home to you. Grant us wisdom and inspiration in this day and for this time.

All: Amen




Jim: 1st Reading: Reading from

”Jump on the Love Train-Many hearts await you” by Rae Lewis


JoAnn-Shared Homily

1-How have you mothered in nontraditional ways

2-How in your life have you seen folks mothering in nontraditional ways


Prayer of the Faithful- Spoken with usual hand gestures


John: Offering of our hands, toil and the sweat of our brows.


Liturgy of the Eucharist



We gather at this table as disciples of Christ with loving hears. We feel anointed by God to care for all of creation. We pray for wisdom to understand what we each can do and the determination to carry out our plans.

And so-

On the night before he died, Jesus was at table with his friends.

He took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to his friends saying


All: This is my body, broken for you.

Pat: As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again, he gave thanks to you, gave it to his friends and said,


All: This cup is the new covenant of my lifeblood shed for you and as often as you do this, you do this in memory of me.

Acclamation: (Sung)

All: We remember how you loved us all your life.

And now we celebrate for you are with us here.

And we believe that we will see you when you come, when you come again.

We remember! We celebrate! We believe!


JoAnn: Now, gathered at your table, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice. Pour out your Spirit upon all these gifts that they, and we, may be the Body and Blood

of Christ. Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation.


Pat: In the fullness of time bring us with all your saints from every tribe and language, from every people and nation to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.


Pat and JoAnn: (Holding up the bread and wine)

All: For it is through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, O Gracious God, now and forever.


All: Amen Siakudumisa 2x

Amen Bawo 2x

Amen Siakudumisa.


Pat: Now together, as one community, we offer to you O God, our prayer, in the name of your beloved son and our brother, Jesus:


All: Our Creator, Holy and blessed is your true name. We pray for your reign of peace to come. We pray that your good will be done. Let heaven and earth become one. Give us this day the bread we need. Give it to those who have none. Let forgiveness flow like a river between us, from each one to each one. Lead us to holy innocence beyond the evil of our days. For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy, forever your name is All in One.


JoAnn: Let us offer to one another a sign of our peace and love.


Invitation to Communion



Everyone is welcome to this table.

Our God, whom the universe cannot contain, is present to us in this bread.

Our God, who redeems us and calls us by name, now meets us in this cup.

So come, Beloved Friends, and take this bread, drink this wine. In them, God comes to us, so that we may come to God.


JoAnn: We invite everyone now to partake of this communion we share. (As the cup is passed, if you choose, please only dip the bread into the cup)

Communion Song: One Bread, One Body


One Bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessings which we bless. And we though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord.

1-Gentile or Jew, servant or free women or man no more. Chorus

2-Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all. Chorus

3-Grain or the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one for all. Chorus


Healing Blessing by Victoria


Closing Song: Anthemn

We are called we are chosen, we are Christ for one another, We are promised to tomorrow, while we are for him today, we are sign we are wonder, we are sower, we are seed. We are harvest, we are hunger, we are question we are creed.


1-Then where can we stand justified? In what can we believe? In no one else but he who suffered, nothing more than he who rose, who was justice for the poor, who was rage against the night; who was hope for peaceful people who was light. Chorus


2-Then how are we to stand al all, this world of bended knee? In nothing more than barren shadows, no one else but he could save us. Who was justice for the poor, who was rage against the night; who was hope for peaceful people who was light. Chorus


3-Then shall we not stand empty at the altar of our dreams, when he promised us ourselves. Who mark time against tomorrow, who are justice for the poor, who are rage against the night who are hope for peaceful people who are light. Chorus


Enid-May Birthday Blessings



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