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Please join us for our Emmaus Community Celebration this Sunday, November 26, 2023

Please join us for our Emmaus Community Celebration this Sunday, November 26, 2023 at Knox Presbyterian or join us on ZOOM:



Sunday, November 26, 2023: Our celebration starts with greetings at 3:45pm (or earlier if the Spirit moves you)


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

1650 West Third Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95401


On ZOOM (for our Zoom Sisters and Brothers please plan on joining us ar 3:30 so we can test the sound!)


Join Zoom Meeting using this link:

Passcode: 1234


Or join the ZOOM Meeting by using the Meeting ID:

Start ZOOM, Select Join, and then Enter the Meeting ID at the prompt:

519 315 8573

Passcode: 1234


Whether you join in person or on ZOOM let your voice be heard.


Emmaus Community Celebration for Sunday, November 26, 2023


In the light... of the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize….

we are one... we are one.


In the light... of the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize ...

We are one... we are one... we are one


In the light... in the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize ...

We are strong in our weakness.


In the light... in the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize

We are healed of our blindness.


In the light... in the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize

We give thanks for those who seek mercy and cry out to end war.


In the light... in the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize

We belong... we are one Holy Family on this fragile earth.

In the light... in the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize

Our gift is our joy


In the light... in the Spirit of the Divine in each one of us we realize

Our gift is our love.



First Reading: From our Jewish Brothers and Sisters of Sonoma County:

It is clear that the status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unjust and untenable. This is time for creativity and vigor to find a solution that takes into account the security needs of Israel and Palestinians. We call on all the relevant governments, and our own, to rapidly move to the implementation of a comprehensive negotiated two state solution.


Perhaps most importantly, we call on peace-loving Jews and Palestinians, our Muslim and Christian neighbors, and people of faith and people of conscience, not to give up hope. May we all rededicate ourselves to bring more lovingkindness into the world, more dialogue, more compassion, and more human decency. May we all live to see the day when “they shall turn their swords into plows, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4) and “the cry ‘violence!’ will no more be heard in your land. . .” (Isaiah 60:18). May that day come soon, sooner than we think possible, and may it last.


Second Reading:

If sorrow is how we learn to love, then let us learn.

Already enough sorrow’s been sown

for whole continents to erupt into astonishing tenderness.

Let us learn.


Let compassion grow rampant,

like sunflowers along the highway.

Let each act of kindness replant itself into acres and acres of widespread devotion.


Let us choose love as if our lives depend on it. The sorrow is great.

Let us learn to love greater -- riotous love, expansive love,

love so rooted, so common

we almost forget the world could look any other way.


—Rita Mae Brown, Riding Shotgun


Shared Homily: The world is crazy. How have we gone so wrong in the world that the core message of Christianity has been lost, stolen and broken? Or has it?





Grace before the meal:

Thanks and blessing be to the Sun and the Earth

for this bread and this wine, this fruit, this meat, this salt, this food;

thanks be and blessing to them who prepare it, who serve it;


thanks and blessing to them who share it

(and also the absent and the dead.)


Thanks and blessing to them who bring it

(may they not want), to them who plant and tend it,

harvest and gather it (may they not want);


thanks and blessing to them who work

and blessing to them who cannot;

may they not want — for their hunger sours the wine

and robs the salt of its taste.


Thanks be for the sustenance and strength

for our dance and the work of justice, of peace.


Rafael Jesús González


Offertory / Preparation of ourselves:

O Spirit of the Divine We thank You especially for Your love which gives our journey meaning and direction…You bless us with Your divine restlessness. You urge us down roads we do not feel strong enough to travel. You support us with fellow-travelers who bolster us when we despair, who refresh and renew us when we think our last step is just that…

For all those pilgrims who have gone before us and pointed the way to You…For the Holy Ones … for Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, for David, Ruth, Esther, Solomon and Isaiah, for Joseph and Mary, and for so many others in our families and friends who have offered us their wisdom. We give thanks for their presence,

But most of all we give thanks for our greatest gift, Jesus. He is the way, the truth, the life. He lights our path.  He opens our eyes. He does not abandon us in our need but gives us food for our journey… We give thanks.


Eucharistic Prayer:

It is truly right to thank You, O Spirit of the Divine.

You move among us as breath, as natural and rhythmic as our own.

We find you in the ten thousand things of creation.


You nurture in us wise and understanding hearts. We know that your wisdom, which sees all things and is at work in all things, can be touched everywhere.


Spirit of Light and Love, You are within us and light our way. We thank You for Your presence and action in our world. We thank You for turning our hearts to peace in the midst of conflict. We thank You for opening our hearts to our enemies and joining our hands in friendship with those from whom we are estranged.


Your Spirit has the power to evoke understanding if we would listen

Puts an end to strife if we would act

Quenches hatred with compassion if we break open our hearts

and conquers vengeance with forgiveness.


It is in the holiness of this gathering, and the gathering of our holiness, that we join our praise of You with that of all creation:


All: Let us bless this bread that gives itself to us, with its tremendous weight, its infinite grace.

Let us bless this cup poured out for us with a love that makes us anew.

Let us gather around these gifts simply given and deeply blessed.

And then let us go bearing the bread, carrying the cup, laying the table within a hungering world.

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.


All: We Remember

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!


Now together, as one community, we offer each other, our prayer, in the name of our brother, Jesus:


O Holy Spirit, who gives birth to all radiance and vibration! Soften the ground of our hearts and carve out a space within us where your presence can abide. Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered to joyously identify with the poor and excluded of the world. Let us welcome the stranger and the alienated.


Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share what each being needs to grow and flourish. Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us, as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes. Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment. For we are the ground and fruitful vision, the birth, power and fulfillment, as all is gathered and made whole once again.


Offering our Blessing of Peace:

Let us now offer one another this blessing of peace:

“I wish you peace, Beloved Friend!”


Everyone is welcome at this table.

The Spirit, whom the universe cannot contain is present to us in this bread.

The Spirit, 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, The Spirit comes to us

So that we may radiate the joy of the good news.


All: Communion

Communion Song: Christ Be Our Light

Refrain: Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.


Shine through the darkness.


Christ, be our light!


Shine in your church gathered today.



1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.


Longing for truth, we turn to you.


Make us your own, your holy people,


light for the world to see.
Refrain



2. Longing for food, many are hungry.


Longing for water, many still thirst.


Make us your bread, broken for others,


shared until all are fed.
Refrain


3. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others,

walls made of living stone. Refrain



Closing Prayer:

Blessed Are You That Bear the Light (by Jan Richardson © janrichardson.org)

Blessing are we who bear the light in unbearable times, who testify to its endurance amid the unendurable, who bear witness to its persistence when everything seems in shadow and grief.


Blessed are we in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes - our hearts a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen the fire that shines forth in us in unaccountable faith, in stubborn hope, in love that illumines every broken thing it finds.

And the People of this Beloved Community say...Amen!

Closing Song: We Are Called (by David Haas)

1. Come! Live in the light! Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord! We are called to be light for the kingdom, to live in the freedom of the city of God!


Refrain: We are called to act with justice. We are called to love tenderly. We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

2. Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear! We are called to be hope for the hopeless, so all hatred and blindness will be no more! 3. Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one! God will reign and we'll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love!


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