Emmaus Liturgy September 8, 2019
Shared Values Among Faiths
OPENING REFLECTION: Todays liturgy will continue the theme from the earlier workshop Shared Values Among Faiths. We will utilize sacred writings from many Spiritual Traditions around the world honoring the unity and wholeness that binds us. Franciscan Richard Rohr in his Daily Meditation series recently wrote, “Christ is the Christian word for the One reality that includes everything and excludes nothing.” As Fr. Gregory Boyle reminds us, we must not come with a limited and static image of God, but must continue to expand and experience the unlimited joy that is the God we have. Our God cannot be put into a box. Our God is an inclusive God where all are welcomed and called to be co-creators in the Great Story.
OPENING SONG: All Are Welcome
OPENING PRAYER: Finding Unity Lao Tzu
Those who know do not speak;
Those who speak do not know.
Stop up the openings,
Close down the doors,
Rub off the sharp edges.
Unravel all confusion.
Harmonize the light,
Give up contention;
This is called finding the unity of life.
When love and hatred cannot affect you,
Profit and loss cannot touch you.
Praise and blame cannot ruffle you,
You are honored by all the world.
Presider: Our first reading comes from Kabir an Indian Mystic.
O seeker, the simple union is the best.
Since the day when I met with my Lord,
There has been no end to the sport of our love.
I shut not my eyes, I close not my ears,
I do not mortify my body; I see with eyes open
And smile and behold his beauty everywhere.
I utter his name, and whatever I see,
It reminds me of him; whatever I do.
It becomes his worship.
The rising and the setting are one to me:
All contradictions are solved.
Wherever I go, I move round him.
All I achieve is his service; when I lie down,
I lie prostrate at his feet.
He is the only adorable one to me:
I have none other.
My tongue has left off impure words;
It sings his glory, day and night.
Whether I rise or sit down, I can never forget him,
For the rhythm of his music beats in my ears.
Kabir says: My heart is frenzied
And I disclose in my soul what is hidden.
I am immersed in that great bliss
Which transcends all pleasure and pain.
These are words as written by Indian Mystic Kabir
All: Thanks be to God
RESPONSORIAL SONG: Open My Eyes
Presider: Our Gospel reading is an aggregate reading from multiple spiritual traditions.
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John Chapter 1 versus 1 - 5
2. In my heart I found my Beloved. Now wherever I turn, His face I see. In all beings and things - great and small. His light illumines all space. He is there in natures’s beauty. He is present in men, birds, and beasts - His power pervades all the worlds. He is Love, Peace, and Joy. Swami Ramdas - He Is Omnipresent
3. Radiant is the world soul,
Full of splendor and beauty,
Full of life,
Of souls hidden,
Of treasures of the holy spirit,
Of fountains of strength,
Of greatness and beauty.
Proudly I ascend
Toward the heights of the world soul
That gives life to the universe.
How majestic the vision -
Come, find peace,
Taste and see that God is good.
Why spend your substance on what does not nourish
And your labor on what cannot satisfy?
Listen to me, and you will enjoy what is good,
And find delight in what is truly precious.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook - Radiant is the Soul
READER: These are the words from multiple spiritual traditions.
All: Thanks be to God
Presider: What do we bring to the table this evening? What do you want to pray for?
Pass the basket. Bring up the Gifts
OFFERTORY SONG: Christ Be Our Light
The Eucharistic Prayer:
O Divine Wisdom, hold us in your loving arms,
let us see you in all things and in our relationships with each other.
We gather now to celebrate this meal of bread and grape
to partake in the unity that you want so much for our world.
May we find peace and harmony and acceptance in our different approaches
and let us know that you are the One True God.
Holy! Holy!Holy! Lord God of Love!
Heav’n and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is she who does in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Presider: May our loving God be with us.
All: And with the whole world.
Presider: May we listen for the loving presence of our Creator in every corner of our lives.
All: Divine Wisdom is present in all things.
Presider: May the Holy Spirit guide us toward wholeness.
All: YES!, may this be true.
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts.
All: We lift them up with Love.
Presider: Let us give thanks and praise to Divine Mystery.
All: It is right to give thanks and praise.
Presider: O’ Loving God, we sincerely ask that you hear all our prayers, both spoken and unspoken. May Jesus be our model of love and acceptance. May we respect and honor all spiritual traditions and realize that they are diverse expressions of your Great Divine Mystery. Fill our hearts with peace. We are grateful for your love and guidance.
Presider: On the night before He died, with His friends gathered, Jesus took bread, he blessed the bread, broke the bread and said, this is My Body, the bread of life. Take and Eat.
Presider: Then he took the cup of wine. He blessed the cup and said, this is My blood, the cup of Life, Take and drink.
Presider: Let us proclaim the Mystery of Faith.
All: Through You, with You, and in You, in unity with the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are Yours, Almighty Creator, now and forever and ever.
Sing: “Amen” (from Lillies of the Field)
Presider: Now let us pray as our brother Jesus taught us to pray.
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:
Presider: Peace. It is not and easy peace.
It is not a half-hearted peace.
It is the peace of the Spirit.
We are called to share this peace with one another, all together in this beautiful, Beloved Emmaus Community. Peace be with you. Let us offer each other a sign of peace.
Invitation to Eucharist:
Presider: O Divine One, we ask for your grace to be open to your never-ending presence. You come to us with your love and acceptance through many forms and avenues. May we be accepting of those who express their love for you a little differently than we do and understand that we all are seeking the same thing. Help us to welcome your unconditional love, so we may know you better. And through this Eucharist, and in the spirit of our Beloved Community, we extend the invitation of Jesus to each and everyone of you to take and eat, to take and drink. Come, come, whoever you are. Ours is a caravan of love and acceptance; so come, this is the table of Risen Christ, where all are welcome.
COMMUNION SONG: One Bread One Body
POST COMMUNION MEDITATION:
Franciscan scientist Sr. Ilia Delio writes about our cosmology as participatory movement:
Evolution impels us to think of God as drawing the world from up ahead, attracting it into a new future. Process theology maintains that God is neither simply an impersonal order nor simply the individual person who creates the universe. Rather, God and world are in process together; the world continually participates in God and God in the world. God, who is the primordial ground of order, embodies within Godself the order of possibilities, the potential forms of relationship that are not chaotic but orderly even before they are actualized. Nothing less than a transcendent force, radically distinct from matter but also incarnate in it, could ultimately explain evolution. . . . God is distinct from the world yet essential to it, just as the world is essential to God. Apart from God there would be nothing new in the world and no order in the world. God influences the world without determining it. This influence is the lure of ideals to be actualized, the persuasive vision of the good; it contributes to the self creation of each entity. . . .
Evolution brings with it the rise of consciousness, and as consciousness rises, so too does awareness of God. The human person is created to see God in every aspect of life, charged with divine energy, and to love what he or she sees. In this respect scripture is written daily in the supermarkets, nursing homes, playgrounds, post offices, cafes, bars, and in the scripts of home and community life. God is not hovering over us; God is the amazing depth, breadth, imagination, and creativity in culture, art, music, poetry, science, literature, film, gyms, and parks—all in some way speak the word of God. Every place is the place to find God, and God is in everything.
THE CLOSING PRAYER:
All: O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be greater than my brother or sister but to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as the fading sunset my spirit may come to you without shame.
And the Beloved Emmaus Community says, Amen.
Let Me Walk in Beauty Chief Yellow Lark
CLOSING SONG: City of God