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Sunday, March 10, 2024: Join us for an inspiring celebration today with guest speaker Adam Manasra from the farming community of Wadi Foquin in Palestine

Sunday, March 10, 2024: Join us for an inspiring celebration today with guest speaker Adam Manasra from the farming community of Wadi Foquin in Palestine

Sunday February 25, 2024: Please join us for our Emmaus Liturgy today - Sunday, February 25 starting at 3:45:

We meet In person or on Zoom.

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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Emmaus Celebration for Sunday, March 10, 2024. We begin at 3:45 with a joyful greeting of the community. Come earlier and get more love!

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Introduction to our Liturgy: Jim and JoAnn



(Wadi Foquin is in the District of Bethlehem)


O broken town of Bethlehem your people long for peace,

But curfews, raids and barricades have brought them to their knees.

Yet still they long for justice, and still they make their stand.

Their hopes and fears still echo true

Come heal this holy land.


O holy child of Bethlehem, a royal refugee,

Your place of birth now hell on earth, through our complicity.

The innocents still suffer, their backs against the wall.

We see the crime, the pain and death

And choose to ignore it all

Greeting: A Call for being together in the Spirit


Pat: This is our sacred time to connect with each other in the presence of the Divine.

All: We come together in unity, trusting that we are truly one in the Spirit

Pat: Let us open our hearts to receive grace anew as we share in these holy moments.

All: With open hearts we sense a deeper connection with God and each other

Pat: May the Spirit of God be vitally present in our midst.

All: Even as we bring forth the best that is within us.

Pat: We are blessed to be together for this time.

All: Let the blessing flow.


Opening Prayer JoAnn:

Gracious and loving God, we join our hearts and minds in this meeting place in expectation that you will meet us here. Enrich us with your grace in such a way that we experience again our connection with you, with each other, with all of life, and with ourselves. From this deep well of belonging may we then welcome all the dimensions of life and meet whatever comes with courage and grace. Grant us wisdom and inspiration in this day and for this time as we listen to Adam from Wadi Foquin in Palestine.

All: Amen



a presentation by Palestinian, Adam Manasra from the farming village of Wadi Foquin, a short distance from Bethlehem


Questions, Comments- Emmaus Community and Friends


O Broken Town of Bethlehem


O holy streets of Bethlehem, where watch towers block our view

With armored cars and tanks and guns so no one can go through

The marketplace stands empty, The fruit rots on the tree.

While loving families strive to build a life of dignity,


O hopeful town of Bethlehem quite soon your day will come

When tanks go back to Israel and prison walls are gone.

Go tell it on the mountain and spread it o’er the plain

The ancient land of Palestine

A nation once again.


Prayer of the Faithful- Spoken with usual hand gestures


John: Offering of our hands, toil and the sweat of our brows. (Basket)


Liturgy of the Eucharist


JoAnn: 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.

Pat: 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 cup is the new covenant of my lifeblood shed for you and for all. As often as you do this, you do this in memory of me.


Acclamation: (Sung)


All: We remember how you loved us all your life.

And now we 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!


JoAnn: 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.


Pat: 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.

Pat and JoAnn (Holding up the bread and wine)

 All:  Amen Siakudumisa 2x

        Amen Bawo 2x

       Amen Siakudumisa.


Jim:  through him, with him,  in him, in union with the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, Maker of All, Amen Siakadumisa!


JoAnn: Now together, as one community, we offer to you O God, our prayer, in the name of your beloved son and our brother, Jesus:


Our Creator and Giver of Life, holy and sacred is your name.  Let your kinship with us on earth  strive to be as it was created to be  that we all would live as one. We are grateful that we have you  as our life-giving sustenance of body and spirit.


We are humbled by your unfailing forgiveness  no matter our faults and failings.

Teach us to offer unconditional kindness and love to others.  You do not leave us comfortless and wandering in the desert.  You guide us down the paths away from harm and folly, knowing you lift us up when we falter. We long to be in faithful communion with you.  We long to feel the presence of your Holy Spirit moving and working in us in all we do. 

We long to have your light shining through us in the world.



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


Invitation to Communion



Everyone is welcome to this table. Our God, whom the universe cannot contain, is present to us in 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.


JoAnn: We invite everyone now to partake of this communion we share. (As the cup is passed, if you choose, please only dip the bread into the cup.


Communion Song

       (If you’d like join hands)


We Shall Overcome (sung at the 2008 International Sabeel conference in Jerusalem)


1.  We shall overcome (3x) someday. Oh deep in my heart I do believe that we shall overcome someday.

2.  We shall live in peace…

3.  We shall all be free…


(The holy month of Ramadan begins today at sundown. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer (salah), reflection, and community. A commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam[11] and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.

Final Blessing: God of Open Hands (extend your hands if you'd like)



God of open hands, you care for the needs of every living thing, open my hands to imitate yours, open my ears to listen with my heart.

Where there are needs to be met, open my hands and open my listening heart.

When I don't think I can open my hands and she have given my all, let me think of you God of open hands


Open my hands and my listening heart to your love

And help me listen to God within me. Help me to not fill my moments with noise and



Help me keep those little openings open, let my soul rest.

Let me create my own sacred space in my heart, in my mind, And in my listening.

And when I am up late at night, and during the night let me both connect my prayers with all other prayers and then – I am not so alone.

May there be peace with you and peace within me and peace within all of us.

Let me open my hands and listen with my heart.

And the people of this beloved Emmaus Community proclaim:


All: Amen! 

Closing Song:


God of Justice, God of Mercy (sung at the 2008 International Sabeel conference in Jerusalem)


1. God of Justice, God of Mercy, Make us merciful and just.

Help us see all your creation As from you a sacred trust.

And when people cry in anguish for their own or others pain,

Show us ways to make a difference. O dear God, make us humane!


2. How can we, as people chosen By your grace for service here -

How endure another's hardship without off’ring hope or cheer?

God, forgive us, we beseech you, when our love fails to empow’r.

Teach us how to be more faithful In this present crucial hour.


3. You have formed us, God of rainbows, In the image for your will.

Seeing our diverse reflections, Trusting you, we marvel still;

For our colors, strengths and talents Show what one alone would lack,

Calling us to work together - brown, red, golden, white and black.


4. Grant all people work with meaning, Strength to care for those they love.

Food for table, truth for telling, Challenges to rise above.

But remind us, God of justice, This is now our work, our call!

Changing life's oppressive systems Into ones

empow’ring all.


5. So the vision you have planted In each human mind and heart.

Now becomes the spark of action Calling us to do our part.

Keep that vision clear before us: Men and women , girls and boys,

Valued in response and witness, Sharing challenges and joys.

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