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Sunday, June 23, 2024: Join us Today at 3:45 (or earlier if you like)

Sunday, June 23, 2024: Join us Today at 3:45 (or earlier if you like)

We start 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

or Join Zoom Meeting with this link:

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Or Use the Meeting ID: 519 315 8573

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Emmaus Liturgy for June 23, 2024 by Dan and John

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Welcome: Dan: In January 2018, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column entitled “Now Is the Time to Talk About the Power of Touch.” In a wonderfully expressive phrase he spoke of the power of “disenchanting emotional touch,” a touch not grounded in love or commitment which, when abusive, has the power to cripple if not destroy the immeasurably positive potential of loving touch.


Brooks wrote: “Emotional touch alters the heart and soul in ways that are mostly unconscious. It can take a lifetime of analysis to get even a glimpse of understanding.” There could hardly be a better introduction to today’s Gospel.



Plowshare Prayer

by Spencer LaJoye - suggested by Sharon Fujier


Ed & Mary: Dear blessed creator, dear mother, dear savior

Dear father, dear brother, dear holy other

Dear sibling, dear baby, dear patiently waiting

Dear sad & confused, dear stuck & abused

Dear end of your rope, dear worn out & broke

Dear go it alone, dear running from home

Dear righteously angry, forsaken by family

Dear jaded & quiet, dear tough & defiant


I pray that I'm heard

And I pray that this works

I pray if a prayer has been used as a sword

Against you & your heart

Against you & your word


I pray that this prayer is a plowshare of sorts

That it might break you open

It might help you grow

I pray that your body gets all that it needs

And if you don't want healing

I just pray for peace

I pray that your burden gets lighter each day

I pray the mean voice in your head goes away

I pray that you honor the grief as it comes

 I pray you can feel all the life in your lungs

I pray that if you go all day being brave

That you can go home, go to bed

Feeling safe


I pray you're forgiven. I pray you forgive

I pray you set boundaries & openly live

I pray that you feel you are worth never leaving

I pray that you know I will always believe your story


I pray that you're heard

And I pray that this works

Amen on behalf of the last & the least

On behalf of the anxious, depressed & unseen


Amen for the workers, the hungry, the houseless

Amen for the lonely & recently spouseless


Amen for the queers & their closeted peers

Amen for the bullied who hold in their tears

Amen for the mothers of little Black sons

Amen for the kids who grow up scared of guns

Amen for the addicts, ashamed & hungover


Amen for the calloused, the wisened, the sober

Amen for ones who want life to be over

Amen for the leaders who lose their composure

And amen for the parents who just lost their baby


Amen for chronically ill & disabled

Amen for the children down at the border

Amen for the victims of our law & order

I pray that you're heard

And I pray that this works

I pray if a prayer has been used as a sword

Against you & your heart

Against you & your word

I pray that this prayer is a plowshare of sorts


First Reading: (Jim Mc)

I let the flies bite me when I meditate

because I am a blood abundance and it is said that when you yield an amplitude it is right to give of the surplus and who among us would not bring forth a teardrop of hemoglobin it would feed a starving beggar and who among us could not afford to spare a raindrop in the flash flood

O I saith unto thee, it is this abundance which hath bowed our backs this bounty —

like a price on our heads, which hangs —

but here have come my guardian angels to alight upon me and banquet,

to sit at meat and to make my burden light.

– by Nick Demske


2. GOSPEL: Mark 5:25-34


Dialogue Homily: (Dan)

a) Share a story of healing from your own life?

b) What do you resonate with most from this story, and what is most challenging to you?

c) The woman is healed and integrated into the life of the community. What do these actions of Jesus teach us today for our life within the family and in community?


 Dan: What do we bring to the table this evening?



Preface Dialogue –


All: We are those who have each other at this table,And we are those who have family often too far away.We are friends loving each other in the way of God’s love.We look for light in darkness,Epiphanies in uncertainty,Holding each other in this sacred time of joyful communion in Christ.


Eucharistic Prayer:


 John: We gather together to share the Mystery of the Divine in every person, in everything we touch. Spirit of Life, Spirit of the Divine, come to us in this celebration and bless these gifts of bread and wine. Encircle us with your love and inspire us to become the transformation we seek to become.


Dan: We are on a journey and our road meets with those of everyone who is walking toward freedom and liberation tonight – wherever they come from, whatever sadness they face. With Mary we keep the human family together, telling them “we must go on, we cannot turn back. We have a role in creating a world of peace for us and all our children. Everyone is welcome in this new world without borders. Lament cannot take hold if gratitude gets there first.”


John: This is the message of our brother Jesus, who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and fire. Our brother Jesus now invites us to share with Him this simple meal, which he celebrated the night before he died with his companions. He knew the hours were precious and the time short. This gave new meaning to his words:


ALL: Come to the table and break this bread with us and understand that it is life itself.

Dan: And then he raised the cup and looked with love at each of the people in the room and saw everyone who had lived or would ever live and he invited them all saying:


ALL: Come and drink this cup of wine which we share together. Remember me and celebrate me by recreating this meal whenever the Spirit moves you. It is a cup filled with love.


 Acclamation: ONE BREAD, ONE BODY (refrain with some words changed)


One bread, one bod y, one Life for all,

One cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though

Man – y, throughout the earth, we are one bod – y in this

One Love.


Dan: Kiss of Peace 

And now, let us offer one another in place with a sign of peace and love.


John: Let us pray:

All: God, Son, and Holy Spirit, meet us in this space, whatever space we find ourselves in. Trinity, help us to learn more about who you are through this woman. Help us to see your image in the image bearer we find in this story. Help us to sympathize, grow, and lean into her story. Open us to the holy creation going on all around us: the spindrift airs, the green walks, the morning and the evening songs. Let your word be in us, lively and full of grace and fraught with healing. Give us wisdom and gentleness with ourselves today. In your many names we pray, Amen.


Dan: Everyone is welcome to this table because we are an intentional community of love; and it is love that makes Eucharist possible, Our God, whom the universe cannot contain, is present to us in this bread. He 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,

 them, God comes to us, so that we may come to God.


Before we start communion, John and I will model how we would like this to flow in the same way that Patti and Jacqueline led us previously with one small caveat. You may dip your bread into the wine or drink it directly from the cup.


John and Dan: We invite everyone now on Zoom in a gesture of cosmic love to partake of this communion we share while we listen to our Communion Song.




June Birthdays with a blessing from Enid



All: If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. -- Mary Oliver


And the people of this beloved community, say: Amen



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