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February 10, 2024: To REFOCUS our gaze with love and compassion for all people…no exceptions

Saturday, February 10, 2024

To REFOCUS our gaze with love and compassion for all people…no exceptions

Please Note: Join us tomorrow for our celebration at 3:45 in person or on Zoom.

Here's our Liturgical Order of Service for  Sunday, February 11, 2024 designed by Victoria, Mary Ellen and Nancy:

Victoria: Rings the singing bowl X 3 to gather people and begin our liturgy.

Victoria: Welcomes and introduces any new people or visitors and presents tonight’s theme:

We are just days away before the day that signals the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, where we are all called to journey, along with Jesus, his 40 days in the wilderness. In an article that Nancy found from 2017 by Lindsey Paris-Lopez, a “theology of resistance” was highlighted as a lens from which we might view Jesus’ quest in the desert.

With the echo of the word “Beloved” still ringing in his ears, Jesus goes it alone into the wilderness. He resists the pull of staying connected to his tribe and ventures forth…alone…to meet up with the monumental challenges he will face in body, mind and spirit.

The article conveys that the first step of RESISTANCE is: REPENTANCE… which means to “turn around,” to see things differently…to view from another angle or perspective.

The Jewish people expected and predicted that a Messiah would come in power and might, but Jesus came in vulnerability, with healings and blessings, not just for the powerful, but for the power-less.

Jesus turns around power over others, into power with others, an empowerment of all people. Instead of tribal exclusions, Jesus turns around the “ex” into “in”clusion of all people. Throughout the article, RESISTANCE is not only joined by REPENTANCE, but by 3 other

Rs: to REAFFIRM that we are all one tribe, one family, one people of God…no exceptions.

To REFOCUS our gaze with love and compassion for all people…no exceptions. And to REMEMBER that we are all…everyone of us… BELOVED!


Tonight’s liturgy will call us to resist the pull of tribe; to repent, turn around and see things differently; to reaffirm our own empowerment; to refocus our gaze of love and compassion; and to remember… we are beloved! 

All: Opening Song: Beyond The Days (YouTube by Ricky Manalo) 

Marcie: First Reading: A Lenten ReFlection by Jan Richardson

Still dripping with the waters of the Jordan, Jesus is poised on the brink of his public ministry. Yet instead of turning toward the people whom, in the days to come, he will heal and teach and challenge and love, he first turns his face toward the wilderness. Toward solitude. Toward a place where, shed of everything that is familiar to him, he will wrestle and reckon with who he is and what he has come to do.

Satan comes to that forty-day place. Mark’s version of the story omits the details of the temptations that Jesus’ visitor offers. We could turn to Matthew and Luke to remind us of the specific ways that Satan seeks to entice Jesus. In their Gospels we could see how Jesus, shimmering with the clarity the wilderness can provide, turns away from each temptation Satan brings, the temptations he has designed to target what he thinks are Jesus’ soft spots.

Or we could instead enter into the wilderness with Jesus, travel into that landscape to which Lent draws us, and let Mark’s omission of the details serve as an invitation to us.

How might you enter this wilderness season as a space to see more clearly: who you are, and what you have come to do?

Sharon: Responsorial Psalm: by Clarissa Pincola Estes, PhD. from: You Were Made for This

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people...

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to STAND UP and show your soul.

Soul shines like gold in dark times. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to [STAND UP] and show it. If you would help calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do. 

ALL: Responsorial Song: “Be Still And Know That I Am God”


Joe: Gospel: Gospel of Mark 1: 9-13

It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by  John. And at once, as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you.”

And at once the Spirit drove him into the desert and he remained there for forty days, and was put to the test by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels looked after him.

Homily Starter and Shared Homily: led by: Victoria 

Mary Ellen: Tonight, what is it that we bring to the Table?

As each person shares what they bring to the table we’ll use our silent hand motions of: opening our palms, then gathering these concerns up to our hearts, and then opening them out to be shared and held by our beloved community.

ALL: Offertory Song: Be Not Afraid


Eucharistic Prayer: 

Mary Ellen: 

You have Filled us, and all creation, with your blessing and fed us with your constant love; you have redeemed us and knit us into one body.

Through your Spirit, you replenish us and call us to the fullness of life.


 On the night before he died,

Jesus was at table with his friends.

He took bread, and said,

“Let us bless the bread that gives itself to us with its terrible weight, it’s inFinite grace.”*

All: “This is my body, broken for you.”

Mary Ellen: 

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine.

Again he gave thanks to you, and said,

“Let us bless the cup poured out for us with a love that makes us new.”*

All: “This is the cup of the lifeblood of Christ. given for us all. As often as we do this, We do this in memory of you.”


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 may be the Body and Blood of Christ. Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation.

“And then let us go bearing the bread, Carrying the cup, laying the table within a hungering world.”*

Mary Ellen: 

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.

(Celebrants now lift both the bread and wine as everyone says:) 

All: For, it is “Through Him, With Him, In Him,  In the Unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours Forever and Ever. Amen


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 Mother, Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen. 

Mary Ellen: 

 Let us offer one another, those near us, The Kiss of Peace:

All: Communion (Everyone now partakes of communion) 

All: Communion Song: Arabian Music Meditation in the Desert


Closing Ritual: 

Victoria: Will explain, and introduce ritual of each person rising (as they are able) (or if on Zoom, to highlight person in Zoom Focus ) as the whole community calls each person, one by one: “Beloved, Beloved, Beloved!” Victoria will initiate the ritual.

Mary Ellen: Closing Prayer / Closing Blessing: 

As you travel into this Lenten landscape, may you Find what you most need, may you receive the gift you never expected, may you Find strength in those who have journeyed there before you, and may angels attend your way.

Blessings to you.

And this Beloved Emmaus Community says: Amen! 

All: Closing Song: Stand Up For Love by Destiny’s Child 


Announcements: David 

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