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February 24, 2024: Please join us for our Emmaus Liturgy tomorrow - Sunday, February 25 starting at 3:45: In person or on Zoom.

February 24, 2024: Please join us for our Emmaus Liturgy tomorrow - Sunday, February 25 starting at 3:45:

We meet In person or on Zoom.

In Person at Knox Presbyterian and Thanksgiving Lutheran (a facility we share with both congregations)

1650 West Third Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95401


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Here's the Liturgy in WORD and PDF formats for downloading:

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For the Liiturgy Tomorrow our Theme is Love and Loss.

Created by Marcia and Alice



Marcie: Acknowledge any newcomers.


Today we will reflect on the Emmaus people we have loved and lost. By living purposeful lives they became our everyday “saints.” Some were partners, some dear friends, some we didn’t know. All were travelers on the same journey, sharing failures and successes, supporting us and each other to find more meaning in life through service to others.


Song: “Sing a New Church” On YouTube:


Sing a New Church (sung to “Nettleton,” the melody for “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”) By Delores Dufner, OSB


Summoned by the God who made us

rich in our diversity

Gathered in the name of Jesus,

richer still in unity.


Refrain: Let us bring the gifts that differ

and, in splendid, varied ways,

sing a new Church into being,

one in faith and love and praise.


Bring the hopes of every nation;

bring the art of every race.

Weave a song of peace and justice;

let it sound through time and space.



Draw together at one table,

all the human family;

shape a circle ever wider

and a people ever free



© Oregon Catholic Press


David1st READING - 1 John 3:11-18

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another….Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Our response is—There is no remedy for love but to love more. 

All repeat… There is no remedy for love but to love more

When loving unconditionally is too hard, remember……

There is no remedy for love but to love more

When grief overtakes us, remember…….

There is no remedy for love but to love more

When our experiences of reality, where life is made vulnerable by injustice and violence, remember…….

There is no remedy for love but to love more

Let love be our guiding light, as it was for those who went before.

There is no remedy for love but to love more


Patti : 2nd Reading: Jan Richardson is a poet and author. Just a few years after she and her husband were married, he died unexpectedly. No surprise, then, that much of her work explores grief and loss. She writes: what has struck me most…is what shows up amid the intense sorrow. Hope has proven to be wildly stubborn. And love, no matter how inextricably it lives with deepest grief, turns out to be infinitely more enduring, more fierce.

Blessing for the Brokenhearted

Let us agree for now that we will not say the breaking makes us stronger or that it is better to have this pain than to have done without this love.

Let us promise we will not tell ourselves time will heal the wound, when every day our waking opens it anew.

Perhaps for now it can be enough to simply marvel at the mystery of how a heart so broken can go on beating, as if it were made for precisely this—as if it knows the only cure for love is more of it, as if it sees the heart’s sole remedy for breaking is to love still, as if it trusts that its own persistent pulse is the rhythm of a blessing we cannot begin to fathom but will save us nonetheless. —Jan Richardson

Victoria: Gospel Reading - St. Paul 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


Shared Homily

In order to prepare for the shared homily it might be good to view the photos of our sisters and brothers who have passed. Here's a link to the presentation with all the photos:

Or Please download this PDF to view all the photos of our sisters and brothers who have passed. Once downloaded to your computer please double click to open the file.

Emmaus Friends who have passed_v2
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Alice: Introduction

We have all loved and lost. Bill was a man who loved everyone and I live with the memory of his last words said to me…at least a dozen times…in bed before he left on his final bicycle ride…I love you, I love you….

The loss is more than I thought I could bare but the love is always remembered with it.


Let us envelop ourselves in the love of the Emmaus community by sharing a gift that our Emmaus saints have given each of us when they were here in body…hopefully, those who did not know them will come to experience their love.

In remembering our Emmaus saints, David will show their picture on the screen and we invite you to share with a sentence or phrase what gift did (picture of person on screen) give you or Emmaus? You do not need to respond to every person.

Alice - anyone else?          

Going forward, as we continue our journey, reflect silently while the music plays, how you want to pass on their legacy and therefore honor them.


Song: “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You”



Prayers of the Faithful


Alice: What or who do you bring to the table? (Use hand gestures to gather them in, hold them to our heart, and lift them up.)


Eucharist Prayer

Marcie: God of Love, we gather together remembering those who have gone before us, grateful for their love and asking for the strength and courage to persevere in love and hope.

Alice: 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.”

Marcie: 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 for all. As often as you do this, do this in memory of me.”

Acclamation (sung a cappella)

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

Alice: 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.

Marcie: 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.

All: (Holding up the bread and wine) For it is through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor. Is yours, O God, now and forever. Amen.

Alice: 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, 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. Come swiftly Mother, Father, come. For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy: forever your name is All in One.


Offering Our Gift of Peace

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

Invitation to Communion:

Marcie: 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.

Marcie and Dan V: (Distribute bread and wine to all.) As Dan and I distribute the bread and wine around those present, we invite everyone on Zoom to join in the communion we share while we listen to our communion song.

Communion Song: “Here I Am Lord”

I, the Lord of sea and sky

I have heard my people cry

All who dwell in dark and sin

My hand will save


[Verse 2]

I, who made the stars of night

I will make their darkness bright

Who will bear my light to them?

Whom shall I send?



Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart


[Verse 3]

I the Lord of snow and rain

I have borne my people's pain

I have wept for love of them

They turn away


[Verse 4]

I will break their hearts of stone

Give them hearts for love alone

I will speak my words to them

Whom shall I send?



Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go, Lord, if you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart


Marcie: Closing Blessing: Prayer for our Community

from “Undefended Love” by therapists Jett Psaris & Marlena Lyons 2/24/22 Rohr’s Daily Meditations

God, Lord of all creation, lover of life and of everything, please help us to love in our very small way what You love infinitely and everywhere. We thank You that we can offer just this one prayer and that will be more than enough, because in reality every thing and every one is connected, and nothing stands alone. To pray for one part is really to pray for the whole, and so we do. Help us each day to stand for love, for healing, for the good, for the diverse unity of the Body of Christ and all creation, because we know this is that You desire: as Jesus prayed, that all may be one. We offer our prayer together with all the holy names of God. We offer our prayer together with Christ, our Lord.

 And the good people of this beloved community say,





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