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Sunday, April 28, 2024: Let's get ready to celebrate Today at 3:45. Our Sunday liturgy focuses on listening to women and other marginalized groups and how that might change our view of th

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Sunday, April 28, 2024: Let's get ready to celebrate Today at 3:45. Our Sunday liturgy focuses on listening to women and other marginalized groups and how that might change our view of the world



Today - Sunday April 28, 2024

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Emmaus Liturgy for April 28, 2024

Welcome and Introduction:

Our liturgy today focuses on listening to women and other marginalized groups and how that might change our view of the world. This liturgy has been the work of many. Enid inspired us with her idea of looking to Mary Magdalene and the women at the cross and the tomb. We thank her and pray for her health and in thanks that her surgery went well.


Nancy reflected on Mary Magdalene and the women at the cross and the tomb--their intuitive knowing and willingness to be vulnerable, at the empty tomb the "gardener" (who tends the earth), and speaking out with courage in a society often hostile to women. Victoria stepped in to help us bring it all together.


Cynthia Bourgeault wrote: "All four gospels insist that when all the other disciples are fleeing, Mary Magdalene stands firm. She does not run; she does not betray or lie about her commitment; she witnesses...So why, one wonders, do the Holy Week liturgies tell and re-tell the story of Peter's threefold denial of Jesus, while the steady, unwavering witness of Magdalene is not even noticed?"


"How would our understanding of the Paschal Mystery change if...instead of emphasizing that Jesus died alone and rejected, we reinforce that one stood by him and did not leave?--for surely this other story is as deeply and truly there in the scripture as the first. How would this change the emotional timbre of the day?


How would it affect our feelings about ourselves? About the place of women in the church? About the nature of redemptive love?



Opening Song: "Servant Song," by Sr. Donna Marie McGargill

What do you want of me, Lord?

Where do you want me to serve you? Where can I sing your praises?

I am your song.

Jesus, Jesus, you are the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

I hear you call my name, Lord. And I am moved within me.

Your spirit stirs my deepest self.

Sing your songs in me.

Jesus, Jesus, you are my Lord.

Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

Above, below and around me,

Before, behind and all through me,

Your spirit burns deep within me.

Fire my life with your love.

Jesus, Jesus, be the warmth of my heart.

Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

You are the light in my darkness,

You are my strength when I'm weary,

You give me sight when I'm blinded,

Come see for me.

Jesus, Jesus, you are my light,

Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

I am your song and servant,

Singing your praise like Mary.

Surrendered to your spirit,

"Let it be done to me."

Jesus, Jesus, "Let it be done to me."

Jesus, Jesus, you are the way.

 

Jaqueline, 1st Reading: The Servant Girl at Emmaus, a Poem by Denise Levertov

She listens, listens, holding her breath,

Surely that voice is his--the one

who had looked at her, once,

across the crowd, as no one ever had looked?

Had he seen her?

Had he spoken as if to her?

Surely those hands were his,

taking the platter of bread from hers just now?

Hands he'd laid on the dying and made them well?

Surely that face--?

The man they'd crucified for sedition and blasphemy.

The man whose body disappeared from the tomb.

The man it was rumored now some women had seen this morning,

alive?

Those who had brought this stranger home to their table

don't recognize yet with whom they sit.

But she in the kitchen,

absently touching the wine jug she's to take in,

a young Black servant intently listening,

swings round and sees

the light around him

and is sure.


Victoria, Second Reading: From The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (translation by David Curtis)

(Peter) questioned the brothers about the Savior: "Did he really speak secretly with a woman and not openly so that we could all hear? Are we just going to turn around and listen to her? Did he really choose her and prefer her to us? Surely, he wouldn't have wanted to show that she is more worthy than we are?


Then Mary wept. She said to Peter: "My brother Peter, what are you thinking? Do you really believe that I made all this up, or that I would tell lies about our Savior?


Levi also responded to Peter, saying: "Peter, you have always been hot-tempered from the beginning, and now we see you arguing against this woman as if you were her adversary. Yet if the Savior deemed her worthy, indeed if he himself has made her worthy, then who are you to despise and reject her? Surely the Savior's knowledge of her is completely reliable.


That is why he loved her more than us.


Jeanine, Gospel Reading: John 20: 11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping and as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.


Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and said to him, "Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him,and I will take him." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni," which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.''' Mary went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and then reported what he had told her.



Mary Ellen, Homily starter and shared homily: How might our understanding of the place of women in the church and society change by reinforcing the story of Mary Magdalene? In our lives, what have we learned or might we learn from those we consider marginalized or "other," whose voices are often not heard? Who are some of these people or groups?


Mary Ellen, Prayers of the faithful

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

And so we gather all those prayers that have been said and those that have been left unsaid and we take them to the heart of our God.


Eucharistic Prayer

Victoria: 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."

Mary Ellen: 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 is the new covenant of my lifeblood shed for you and for all. As often as you do this, do this in memory or me."

Victoria: 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.

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: 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.



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

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.

Mary Ellen, Sharing Our Peace: Let us now offer to one another a sign of our peace and love.

Victoria, Invitation to Communion:

Welcome to our table and your table! This is the table, not of the church, but of this welcoming community. It is a table made for those who love. And for those who want to love more. Receive now these gifts of God, for the people of God. We are the body and the life blood of Christ! Amen. 

Communion Song: "Come and Be Filled" by Janet Sullivan Whitaker


Closing Blessing: Mary Ellen: Nancy will now offer our closing blessing – the Prayer for Conscience and Courage, by Joan Chittister

Loving God, lead us beyond ourselves to care and protect, to nourish and shape, to challenge and energize both the life and the world You have given us. God of light and God of darkness, God of conscience and God of courage, lead us through this time of spiritual confusion and public uncertainty. Lead us beyond fear, apathy and defensiveness to new hope in You and to hearts full of faith.

Give us the conscience it takes to comprehend what we're facing, to see what we're looking at and to say what we see so that others, hearing us, may also brave the pressue that comes with being out of public step.

Give us the courage we need to confront those things that compromise our consciences or threaten our integrity. Give us, most of all, the courage to follow those before us who challenged wrong and changed it, whatever the cost to themselves.

And the good people of this beloved Emmaus Community say: Amen! Amen!


Closing Song: Sing a New Song, by Dan Schutte


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