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Saturday, June 8, 2024: Join us tomorrow afternoon for our Emmaus celebration created by Denise Dixon

Saturday, June 8, 2024: Join us tomorrow afternoon for our Emmaus celebration created by Denise Dixon



Come Join Us tomorrow, June 9, 2024, 2024 starting at 3:45 with a welcoming

4:00 Liturgy

5:00: Yummy Potluck and massive sharing


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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Our Celebration by Denise:


Denise: United States bishops have been emphasizing the Eucharist over the past year. Though I am suspicious about their intent (to distract from the Synod), looking at what we are doing twice a month and why, could be productive. Next week is the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Let us focus on what that means to each of us in this celebration.

 

First, the Holy Thursday that we commemorate each Sunday service did not start with a meal with bread and wine but with washing of feet. Jesus did service first. He invited and acknowledged each participant at his meal. We cannot wash each other’s feet but we can acknowledge each other. I propose that we go around the room and each person say their name and we all acknowledge them by repeating their name.

 

Go around room, acknowledging each member.

 

David: We are now gathered. By what we just did we have recognized that each participant is an important part of this gathering and it would not be complete without each one of us. So now, united as one body we can start our service.

 



Opening Song: One Bread, One Body

Song by John Michael Talbot


One bread, one body, one Lord of all

One cup of blessing which we bless

And we, though many, throughout the Earth

We are one body in this one Lord

Gentile or Jew

Servant or free

Woman or man, No more


One bread, one body, one Lord of all

One cup of blessing which we bless

And we, though many, throughout the Earth

We are one body in this one Lord

Many the gifts, many the works

One in the Lord Of all


One bread, one body, one Lord of all

One cup of blessing which we bless

And we, though many, throughout the Earth

We are one body in this one Lord

We are one body in this one Lord

  

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading

John 13:2-17

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.


The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

 

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

 

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

 

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

 

Denise: Note how Jesus instructed us to wash each other’s feet just as he instructed us to follow his example of the Eucharistic service. How have we missed that? How different might our religious institutions be if we had not?  



Taste and See


Taste and see, Oh taste and see,

taste and see the goodness of God.

Glory, glory to God most high,

glory, blessing and praise.

With one voice, Oh people,

rejoice in our God,

who hears the cry

of all in need.

 

Taste and see, Oh taste and see,

taste and see the goodness of God.

 

Who has fashioned the earth and sky,

who created the deep,

who exalts the lowly

and sets captives free,

who opens the door

to all those who seek.

 

Taste and see, Oh taste and see,

taste and see the goodness of God.

 

Oh, the love of God!

Become flesh of our flesh,

so that we might live in glory.

 

Taste and see, Oh taste and see,

taste and see the goodness of God.

 

Gospel

Luke 22:14-24

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”


17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”


19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”


20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

 

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27

 

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Homily

 



Denise: We are so familiar with this story and have faithfully, at least witnessed its reenactment most of our lives. It can become so familiar that we go brain dead, going through the motions but not really paying attention. What are we doing? What does this ceremony mean? Is it a performance to unite our group in a shared faith? Is it a ritual to remember something that happened over 2,00 years ago? Is it faithfully following the instruction to do this in memory of Jesus? Is it a ceremony calling down Christ’s presence to join us? 


Is it a miracle happening each time, converting bread and wine to Christ’s body and blood?


Discussion


Prayer of the Faithful

 

Liturgy of the Eucharist

David: Jesus did not ask some to do this in memory of him and the rest just watch. So let us each take part in this holy act of transformation.

 

All: 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 This is my body, broken for you.

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

 

Denise: If we believe what we just did, we can acclaim not that he is gone and will come again someday but that he is here now with us. So we say:

 

All: Christ is here

God is with us

His Spirit will never leave.

 

All: 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.

 

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 Gracious God, now and forever.

 

Denise: I took a webinar from Joan Chittister’s Monastic Way about not doing rote repeating of prayers but making our prayers our own. So here is my version the Our Father. A word used that needs to be define is shirking. It comes from the Muslim faith that people have a covenant with God to give him priority in their lives for all He does for them.

 

Shirking is the most mortal of sins in the Muslim faith, when one does not keep the covenant by not giving priority to God. I love this concept. It is not about keeping count of who stole or lied which can allow some of us to feel smug but about all of us slipping into forgetting God’s place.

 

All: 

Our Benefactor, who art in everything

Blessed be Thy presents.

Thy self come, Thy love abound,

In me as well as in all others.

Give us this day awareness of You.

And forgive us our shirking,

As we forgive the shirking of others.

Dissuade us from temporary distractions,

But guide us to oneness with you.  

 

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

 

Invitation to Communion

Our God, whom the universe cannot contain, has joined us in the presence of 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.



We Are Many Parts

Song by Marty Haugen


 We are many parts

We are all one body

And the gifts we have

We are given to share

May the spirit of love, make us one indeed

One, the love that we share

One, our hope in despair

One, the cross that we bear


God of all, we look to You

We would be Your servants true

Let us be Your love for all the world


We are many parts

We are all one body

And the gifts we have

We are given to share

May the spirit of love, make us one indeed

One, the love that we share

One, our hope in despair

One, the cross that we bear


All you seekers great and small

Seek the greatest gift of all

If you love, then you will know the Lord


We are many parts

We are all one body

And the gifts we have

We are given to share

May the spirit of love, make us one indeed

One, the love that we share

One, our hope in despair

One, the cross that we bear

 

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