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Saturday, April 13, 2024: Tomorrow we celebrate being Easter People, Hopeful People (we gather at 3:45PM)

Updated: May 4

Saturday, April 13, 2024: Tomorrow we celebrate being Easter People, Hopeful People (we gather at 3:45PM)




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

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Santa Rosa, CA 95401


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Emmaus Liturgy April 14, 2024:

Easter People are Hopeful People

Gather on the patio.

Pat:   

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself, it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life… This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize, and receive our very presence here as blessing. - John O’Donohue  To Bless the Space Between Us 


WELCOME/INTRODUCTION: Steve:

At our last liturgy, Mary and Ed had us travel down the road of the Passion and Death of Jesus, both historically and in our current time. But since then the tomb was found empty, He has Risen. Today, we not only celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter, we also celebrate Earth Week and Earth Day which is April 22nd, and is also the beginning of Passover for our Jewish friends.

As was accentuated at our last liturgy, the world looks bleak. It is difficult to feel positive and not to be depressed with what is happening on planet Earth today.

The suffering from wars and killings and political insanity is just part of it. We continue to wreak havoc on Mother Earth causing the sixth great extinction and putting our own survival and that of many other life forms at great peril.

As Pat and I were brainstorming for this liturgy, a theme spontaneously emerged. Just maybe we might not see the whole picture. What is God working on behind the scenes? If the tomb is empty and death is conquered, what does that look like in todays world? As Christians, can we find hope as an Easter people.  

Congregates receive a blessing with Holy Water, then pass through the threshold into our Sacred Space and take their place inside at the tables and maintain silence.



Blessing: Receive this blessing with these Holy Waters in the name of the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit. May your heart be opened to receive as well as to give, as you enter this Sacred Space.

OPENING SONG: HALLELUJAH by Leonard Cohen David: https://youtu.be/YrLk4vdY28Q

OPENING PRAYER: OUR PRAYER FOR THE EARTH

All:

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. Amen.  

- School Sisters of Notre Dame, Green Team

             

FIRST READING: THE EAGLE POEM 

Melva:

To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more

That you can't see, can't hear

Can't know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other.

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River.  Circles in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings.

We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because weWere born, and die soon, within a

True circle of motion,Like eagle rounding out the morning Inside us.

We pray that it will be doneIn beauty.In beauty.

~ Joy Harjo ~

(How We Become Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001)

SECOND READING:

Steve:

AS IF TO DEMONSTRATE AN ECLIPSE 

I pick an orange from a wicker basket and place it on the tableto represent the sun.Then down at the other enda blue and white marblebecomes the earthand nearby I lay the little moon of an aspirin. 

I get a glass from a cabinet,open a bottle of wine,then I sit in a ladder-back chair,a benevolent god presiding over a miniature creation myth, and I begin to singa homemade canticle of thanksfor this perfect little arrangement,for not making the earth too hot or coldnot making it spin too fast or slow so that the grove of orange treesand the owl become possible,not to mention the rolling wave,the play of clouds, geese in flight,and the Z of lightning on a dark lake. 

Then I fill my glass againand give thanks for the trout,the oak, and the yellow feather, 

singing the room full of shadows,as sun and earth and mooncircle one another in their impeccable orbitsand I get more and more cockeyed with gratitude. 

  by Billy Collins

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



RESPONSORIAL PSALM    Ps 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 

Jeanine:  Lord, let your face shine on us.

All: Lord, let your face shine on us. Jeanine:

When I call, answer me, O my just God, you who relieve me when I am in distress;

have pity on me, and hear my prayer!

All: Lord, let your face shine on us. 

Jeanine: Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one; the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.

All: Lord, let your face shine on us.

Jeanine:: O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!

You put gladness into my heart.

All:  Lord, let your face shine on us. 

Jeanine: As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep, for you alone, O LORD, bring security to my dwelling.

All:  Lord, let your face shine on us. Jeanine: 

Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you speak to us.

All: Alleluia, alleluia.



John: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE 24 vs 35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."

But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?

Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them,

"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

All: Alleluia, Alleluia! 

SHARED HOMILY: 

Steve:

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

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER:

Steve: 

Triune God, in the transformation of bread and wine, let the Incarnate Christ be not only revealed to us, but in us, so that we may be transformed evermore-so into the Body of Christ. Lord Jesus, make my hands your hands, my feet your feet, my heart your heart. Let me see with your eyes, listen with your ears, speak with your lips, love with your heart, understand with your mind and serve with your Will. By the power of the Spirit, make me your other Self. 

All: Amen

BLESSING OF THE BREAD AND WINE:

Pat:  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 be my feet; carry my love into the world. 


Pat:     Let us proclaim the Mystery of Our Faith


All:  For it is Through Christ, With Christ, and In Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit that all honor and glory are yours, now and forever. All:  Amen.

Steve:  Now together, as one community, let us pray in the spirit that our brother Jesus taught us. 

All:  

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)



THE KISS OF PEACE:

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

Invitation to Eucharist: 

Steve:   So through this Eucharist, and in the spirit of our Beloved Community, we extend the invitation of Jesus to each and everyone              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.


POST COMMUNION REFLECTION: 

CLOSING PRAYER: Pat:

Earth mother, star mother, You who are called by a thousand names,

May all remember we are cells in your body and dance together.

You are the grain and the loaf That sustains us each day,

And as you are patient with our struggles to learn

So shall we be patient with ourselves and each other.

We are radiant light and sacred dark — the balance —

You are the embrace that heartens And the freedom beyond fear.

Within you we are born we grow, live, and die—

You bring us around the circle to rebirth,

Within us you dance Forever.

by Starhawk ALL:

And this Beloved Emmaus Community says:  AMEN!


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