Opening Song

Processional

Welcome

Blessing:  In the name of the Creator, the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit +

Opening Prayer 

Penitential Rite:

Eternal God, in whose presence we gather, you have    

promised us grace and pardon when we acknowledge our human frailty.  We recognize and confess that we have at times failed to respond fully to your gracious presence in our lives.  We have not always done what we were capable of doing.  We are human and long to become our fullest selves with your grace.  Reconcile us to you and to all people.  Forgive our failings and affirm our triumphs.  Strengthen us anew for life as you intend it. This we pray through Jesus the Christ.

Amen. 

Gloria:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s

people on earth.  O God, heavenly Being, all loving God and Mother, we praise you, we give you thanks, we honor all creation.  Jesus Christ, blessed Son of the Creator, Our God, help us to become a loving people: for you have loved us from the beginning and you dwell within us always. For you, Eternal Word, are Whole and Holy, you are the light of our faith, one with the Trinity, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God our Father.  Amen. 

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:  The Word of the Lord

Response:  Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm:  (Sung, led by cantor)

                                     (Said, led by reader) 

Second Reading:  The Word of the Lord

Response:  Thanks be to God. 

Alleluia:  (Sung) Sing, sing, alleluia.  Sing, sing alleluia.   (Said) Alleluia! 

Gospel Response:  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.  

Sermon

Profession of Faith:

All: We believe in God, Creator of a world of beauty and promise, the beginning and end of life, Mother and Father
in the love and nurture of all creation.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, who suffered and died for us. Resurrecting from the dead, he remains teacher of a new way, of faith that finds joy in trust, of hope that believes in peace, of love that risks everything for what is good and true,
of commitment to losing one’s life in order to gain it.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who empowers us for personal holiness and works of justice, who breathes within us and sends us forth on mission, who enables us to profess our belief in action and in word.
We believe in one people of God, baptism as a sacred symbol of community, the forgiveness of all sin, and life everlasting in the loving arms of God. We look for the continued blessing and unity of that which was, that which is, and that which will be.   Amen. 

Prayers of the Faithful:

We invite you to give voice to any concerns, needs and thanksgivings.  After each petition, please say,
“Hear our prayer.” 

Our response:  Amen.

Preparation of the Gifts


Offertory Song

Processional

Blessed are you, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have this bread to offer
which earth has given and human hands have made. 
It will become for us the bread of life.

All: Blessed be God forever. 

Blessed are you, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have this wine to offer
fruit of the vine and work of human hands.
It will become our spiritual drink.

All: Blessed be God forever. 

My sisters and brothers, let us pray that these gifts may be acceptable to God, our Creator. + 

All:         Creator God, accept these gifts from our hands for the praise and glory of your name, for our good and the good of all your people.  

Ever-gentle God, Jesus accepted all who came to him as an example for us.  Accept our gifts, our intentions and ourselves. We offer our lives in service to you and your people.  Fill us with the spirit of humility and love.  We ask this through Jesus our hope.  Amen.

(Stand) 

        May God dwell in you.

All:         And also in you.

Come to the table with thankful hearts.

All:         We open our hearts to God and to one another. 

The Eucharistic Prayer
(Michael Morwood)

God, it is our joy always and everywhere to give thanks
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  He is the Word through whom you made the universe, the Savior you sent to redeem us.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, he took flesh and was born of Mary.  For our sake, he opened his arms on the cross; he put an end to death and revealed the resurrection.  In this he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people. And so, we join the angels and saints in proclaiming your glory as we sing/say:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven
and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna]* in the highest.  Blessed is the One who comes, in the name of our God, Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna] in the highest.  *[One Hosanna when spoken] 

We give you thanks, Creator Spirit beyond all imagining, for the wonderful gift of reflective awareness that allows us to recognize and name your presence in our cosmos.  Everything we have; everything we see; everything we do; everyone we love and everyone who loves us reveals your sustaining presence.  We marvel and wonder at the size and complexity of our universe. We marvel and wonder at the development of life on this planet. We thank you that your presence “charges” this life and all that exists.  We recognize that human life gives you a particular way of expressing yourself and that in us you can sing and dance, speak and write, love and create. 

Conscious that we live, move, and have our being in you, we give you thanks for people throughout history who have affirmed your loving presence in all people and who have challenged people to give witness to your presence through lives characterized by mercy, gratitude, compassion,  generosity, and forgiveness. 

We thank you for Jesus of Nazareth who loved so greatly
and taught so clearly and courageously that he was able
to set people free from images and ideas and religious practices
that bound them into fear and a false sense of separation from you. Through him we have learned how our loving is a sharing in your life.  In him we see your presence challenging us to make your reign on earth more visible.

We remember the night before he died, when he took bread,
gave you thanks for everything he had, broke the bread and shared it with his friends asking them to remember his total surrender to you and his enduring love for each of us. 

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this, all of you, and eat it.  This is my body, which will be given up for you. 

Likewise, knowing his life was to be poured out, he shared
the cup of wine with his friends.  

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this, all of you, and drink from it.  This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant, a covenant of love. Do this in memory of me.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

(Sung) When we eat this bread, and drink this
cup, we proclaim your death Lord Jesus Christ, until
you come, until you come in glory. 

(Said) Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.


We believe that like all people who lived in love and died
in love, Jesus died into your eternal loving embrace. We are thankful that his story grounds our belief in our own eternal, loving connectedness with you and our belief that we are in communion with our relatives, friends and all who have died.


We pray for all who allow the mind and heart and spirit of Jesus to motivate their actions. We pray that Christian leadership may be open, affirming and inclusive, creative and challenging. We pray that all Christians might better recognize, acknowledge, and acclaim your presence in all people, at all times, in all places.

For ourselves gathered here we ask the grace to be who and what we ritualize here:  the “body of Christ,” people committed by our “Amen” to allowing your Spirit to move freely in our lives.  We thank you that we have gathered here as a community of faith; we rejoice in the giftedness of each person here; we are grateful for who we are for each other.  We consider ourselves blessed in and by you. May we be truly eucharistic in all we do.  To this prayer we give our AMEN. 

All:  Through Christ, may all creation unfold;
With Christ, may all creation be one;
In Christ, may all divisions be healed;
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, may all glory and
honor be Yours, forever and ever. 

(Sung:) We sing Amen, (repeat) all glory and praise
be yours, Oh God. We sing Amen, (repeat), with faith
and hope and love we sing Amen.
(Said:)  Amen!

Alternate Eucharistic Prayers
(Diarmuid O’Murchu) 

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II

Gracious God, we gather to acclaim our thanks and praise.
You have called us into birth and gifted our youthfulness.
You have protected our growth and blessed our maturity.
You have graced our transitions, amid the changes of life.
And you have called us as a people of faith, to embrace
our world with faith and new vision. 
With gratitude in our hearts we thank you for being our companion on the journey.  And in union with all who lift their voices in joy, we, too, acclaim our song of praise: 


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven
and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna]* in the highest.  Blessed is the One who comes, in the name of our God, Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna] in the highest.  *[One Hosanna when spoken]

Gracious God, all creation celebrates your empowering presence.
All your creatures hunger for the new life you promise.
In Jesus, our friend and liberator, you reveal our humanity come of age, the evolutionary fulfillment of many aeons,
the invitation to wholeness and the promise of new life.

In the power of the creative Spirit, Jesus lived life to the full.
We, too, are blessed in the power of that same Spirit,
which we now invoke upon all gathered here,
to celebrate the transformative energy,
symbolized in our gifts of bread and wine,
given to nourish and sustain us into the fullness of life.

While sharing a feast at table, Jesus took bread,
blessed you, God of all good gifts.
Jesus broke the bread, and along with the cup,
shared it among friends and said: 

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you: eat and drink;
this is my body which will be given up for you.

After the meal, Jesus took another cup, poured out in a spirit of solidarity and empowerment. Jesus gave thanks and handed the cup to those at table saying:

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you and drink from it;
this is the cup of my life-blood,
the life of the new and everlasting covenant.
In prophetic solidarity, it is poured out for you and for all.
Sustain one another in sacred memory.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Nurtured by your Word, nourished by your food;
Called anew to be your people, we acclaim your praise. 

As a Christian people we inherit a story of liberation and new life.
We remember the blessings of ages past, and we look forward in hope, knowing that you, our wise and faithful God, will continue to empower us in our earthly mission.

As a people called to mature and adult faith, we invoke upon
all gathered here, the empowering Spirit of courage and wisdom,
so that we, too, are empowered to be agents of Gospel liberation.

We unite in thought and prayer with all who are weighed down by oppression, trapped in poverty, victimized by violence and exploitation.
We grieve for all who will never reach their full potential,
because of the greed perpetuated by unjust systems.

Bless us, O God of liberation, to work for the freedom of all,
to bring about a world where justice can reign and love can flourish.
In the fellowship of our faith, with all the living and those gone before us, confirm our hearts in this resolve. May we never betray that fullness of life to which you invite all your people.

All:  This prayer we make in the name of our Creator God and liberating Spirit, whom Jesus embodied as our primary model: in with and through whom we offer our praise, this day and forever. 

(Sung) We sing Amen, (repeat), all glory and praise

be yours, Oh God. We sing Amen, (repeat), with faith

and hope and love we sing Amen.)

(Said)  Amen!

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III

God of life, you nurture and sustain your people.
You bless us with abundance; you gift us with your presence,
you know our every need.

In the birthing forth of creation you call us into being.
You gift us with the unconditional love of a mother; you make us whole; you nurture us throughout our lives. You feed your hungering people.  You call us to work for justice, to share our table with all creation, to feed the needy at our door, to see nobody left in need. You call us to birth a new church.  For the blessing of your gifts, and the challenge of your call to us, we lift our voices as we acclaim your gracious love: 

Holy, Holy, Holy, God of birth and life, heaven and earth are filled with your love. Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed are You who dwell among us. Happy are we who are called to be fed at this banquet of unending joy. Hosanna in the Highest.

The table we share is adorned with the gifts of creation,
gifts given for all to share in equality and justice, a table where all are welcome and from which nobody is to be excluded. 
As a Christian people we celebrate the open table,
proclaimed by Jesus our liberator and our friend,
a table of abundant life, inclusive love, and joy-filled liberation.

In the power of the creative Spirit, Jesus lived life to the full.
We, too, are blessed in the power of that same Spirit,
which we now invoke upon all gathered here,
to celebrate the life changing energy symbolized in our gifts
of bread and wine, given to nourish and sustain us into the fullness of life. 

While sharing a feast at table, Jesus took bread, blessed you, God of all good gifts. Jesus broke the bread and along with the cup,
shared it among friends, and said:

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you and eat and drink:
this is my body which will be given up for you.

After the meal, Jesus took another cup,
poured out in a spirit of solidarity and empowerment.
Jesus gave thanks and shared the cup with his friends,

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you and drink from it; this is the cup of my life-blood, the life that I laid down in the name of Love.
In prophetic solidarity, it is poured out for you and for all.
Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

Nurtured by your word, nourished by your food;
Called anew to be your people, we rejoice in this meal.

As we celebrate this Eucharistic feast, we call to mind that we are a people nourished throughout the ages; and we look forward in hope to that day when the justice of our God will guarantee food and nurturance for all who hunger and thirst for the fullness of life.

With grateful hearts we receive the gifts of this table.
May Sophia who provides these gifts activate in our hearts too, a hunger for that justice that will guarantee food, peace and justice for every human being.

In the spirit of this celebration, we rejoice and thank our God for all
we have received; but we do so in the painful awareness
of all who are excluded from the table of God’s abundant life.

Awaken in us, O God, a passion for equality and generosity of spirit
that all may be brought to the table of abundance, from which our Mother God wants no one to be excluded.

All:  This prayer we make in union with all God’s people, living and dead, and particularly with those laboring for justice in our world.  May we all know the blessing of our loving God, Mother and Father, Creator, Liberator, and Holy Spirit, in whose power we gather here, nourished and sustained, now and forever. 

(Sung) We sing Amen, (repeat) all glory and praise
be yours, Oh God. We sing Amen, (repeat), with faith
and hope and love we sing Amen.)
(Said)  Amen!

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IV

Wise and faithful God, you have birthed us in goodness,
gifted us with life and cherished us in love.  In the heart of our being, your Spirit dwells; a Spirit of courage and vision, a Spirit of wisdom and truth.

In the power of that same Spirit, we lift our hearts in prayer,
invoking anew the gift of wisdom and enlightenment, that we may continue to praise and thank you, in union with all who sing the ancient hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven
and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna]* in the highest.  Blessed is the One who comes, in the name of our God, Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna] in the highest.  *[One Hosanna when spoken]

Creator God, we see around us the work of your hands, the fruit of your wisdom and love. The unfolding story of creation witnesses unceasingly to your creative power.  We, your creatures, often deviate from that wisdom, thus hindering your creative presence in our midst.

Sending among us Jesus, our Savior, you birth afresh in our world the power of Sophia-Wisdom, and in the gift of the Spirit, your creative goodness blooms anew, amid the variety and wonder of life.

That same Spirit we invoke upon the gifts of this Eucharistic table, bread of the grain & vine of the grape, that they may become the body and blood of Jesus – to nurture afresh in us the discerning gifts of wisdom, light and truth. 

Gathering the disciples around the table of shared wisdom,
Jesus took bread; blessed you God of all good gifts, broke the bread and along with the cup handed to those seeking nourishment,
with these words:

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you, eat and drink:
This is my body which will be given up for you.

After the meal, Jesus took another cup, poured out in a spirit of solidarity and empowerment.  Jesus gave thanks and shared the cup with his friends, saying: 

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you and drink from it;
this is the cup of my life-blood,
the life of the new and everlasting covenant.
In prophetic solidarity, it is poured out for you and for all.
Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
In faith and hope we are sustained,
In grace and dignity reclaimed,
In praise, we thank our God.

As we celebrate this sacred meal, we recall the wise and gracious
gifts bestowed on us down through the ages; and we look forward
in hope, knowing that you, our wise and faithful God, will continue to endow us with abundant blessings.

In the power of this Eucharistic meal, bless us afresh with the gift of the Spirit, that our hearts may be open and receptive as you invite us into the fullness of life.

In union with all peoples living and dead, we unite our thoughts
and prayers, asking wisdom and courage:
- to discern more wisely your call to us in the circumstances
  of our daily lives;
- to act justly and courageously in confronting the pain and
  suffering that desecrates the Earth and its peoples;
- to take risks in being creative and proactive on behalf
  of the poor and marginalized;
- and to love all people with generosity of heart,
  beyond the labels of race, creed and color.

And may we ever be aware and alert to the new things the
Spirit makes possible, as our world unfolds amid pain and beauty,
into the fullness of life to which all are called, participating in the wise and wonderful work of co-creation.

All:  In the wisdom of our triune God, Creator, Liberator, and Holy Spirit, we are blessed with the gifts of this Eucharistic table, and with all the good things bestowed upon our world, now and forever. 

(Sung) We sing Amen, (repeat), all glory and praise

be yours, Oh God. We sing Amen, (repeat), with faith

and hope and love we sing Amen.)

(Said)  Amen!

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER V

Gracious God, source and sustenance of life, redeeming presence to the pain and brokenness of our world, Holy Spirit, who enlivens and inebriates all that exists, we beseech your healing power upon us and upon all we pray for today.

Down through the ages, you rescue us from darkness.  You light up our ways with wise and holy people. You restore our lost fortunes and you revive our dwindling hope.

For all you bring to our lives, and for all we seek amid
pain and suffering, we acclaim your love and greatness,
and we join with all creation to sing our hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven

and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna]* in the highest.  Blessed is the One who comes, in the name of our God, Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna] in the highest.  *[One Hosanna when spoken]

Source of our health and wholeness, healer of body, mind and spirit,
we bring before you the darkness of our world, and the pain and suffering of your people.  We seek to be healed and made whole; we seek to be reconciled and united; we seek peace in our hearts and in our world.

We ask you to awaken anew in our hearts the empowering grace
of your abundant Spirit, who infuses these gifts of bread and wine
with the transforming energy of life, to nourish and sustain us in our time of need.

That same bread, Jesus took and broke, to restore the unity
of our broken world. Jesus blessed you, God of healing and hope,
then, along with the cup, Jesus shared the bread with those at table saying:

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you, eat and drink:
This is my body which will be given up for you.

Then offering the cup of libation, poured out for the liberation of all, Jesus gave thanks and shared the cup in a spirit of mutual solidarity saying:

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you and drink from it;
This is the cup of my life-blood,
the life of the new and everlasting covenant.
In prophetic solidarity, it is poured out for you and for all.
Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
In faith and hope we are sustained,
In grace our dignity reclaimed,
In praise we thank our God.

As we gather around this Eucharistic table, we recall God’s
blessing and love from ages past, and we celebrate anew
the gift of life which we share among us at this Eucharistic feast.

May the Spirit of life and wholeness, who transforms the
gifts we present, transform us, too, that we may be
refreshed in our inner being and be empowered to bring
mercy, love and healing to those whose lives we touch.

The bread we break and the cup we share are symbols of our world
of abundance where all are invited to partake of the fullness of life.
But that life we often impede by our greed and selfishness,
and by our exploitation of other people.

So grant, that in union with all peoples, living and dead, we may
strive to create a world where suffering and pain are diminished,
where justice and peace are restored, and where all people can
live in health and wholeness, united in acclaiming the God of life,
whose abundance is offered to each and to all, ‘til the Kingdom
arrives in the fullness of time.

All:  This prayer we make in the name of our healing and nurturing God, through, with and in whom we offer these gifts,
sources of life, love and goodness, now and forever. 

(Sung) We sing Amen, (repeat), all glory and praise
be yours, Oh God. We sing Amen, (repeat), with faith
and hope and love we sing Amen.)
(Said)  Amen!

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER VI

In the blessed abundance of creation, we gather to celebrate the nourishing gift of life.  We gather in the power of the Spirit whose breath inspires the primal waters, calling into being the variety and abundance we see around us.

That same Spirit sustains and animates our every endeavor,
inviting us to act in wisdom and in truth.  In gratitude and joy we embrace our calling and we lift our voices to proclaim as one the ancient song of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.  Heaven
and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna]* in the highest.  Blessed is the One who comes, in the name of our God, Hosanna, [Hosanna, Hosanna] in the highest.  *[One Hosanna when spoken]

As a worshiping people, we gather in the power of the Spirit,
refreshing wind, purifying fire and living breath for the variety and diversity of life.  As a Christian people we seek to live as Jesus taught us, wise and holy as Spirit-filled people, courageous and prophetic, ever obedient to the Spirit’s call.
 
That same Spirit we now invoke, to liberate in these gifts of bread and wine, the nourishing power of holy wisdom, that they may become for us the Body and Blood of Jesus our Savior.

Gathering the beloved community around the table of nourishing hope, Jesus took the bread, and in grateful remembrance offered the bread and the cup to each and to all, uttering these words: 

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)

Take this all of you, eat and drink;
This is my body which will be given up for you.

After the meal, Jesus took another cup, poured out in a spirit of solidarity and empowerment.  Jesus gave thanks and shared the cup with his friends, saying: 

(Please extend your hands and say these words together)
Take this, all of you and drink from it;
This is the cup of my life-blood,
the life of the new and everlasting covenant.
In prophetic solidarity, it is poured out for you and for all.
Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Nurtured by your Word, nourished by your food;
Called anew to be your people, we acclaim your praise.

We gather as a people of cherished memories in a creation infused with divine energy from the dawn of time.  And we look forward in hope as the creative Spirit – amid the chaos and confusion of life – continues to liberate fresh possibility and enduring hope.

That same Spirit we invoke upon all who are gathered here
that our solidarity around the Eucharistic table may awaken in us a yearning for justice and generosity, so that all peoples can enjoy the gifts of God’s abundant nourishment.

We unite our thoughts and prayers with all who yearn for new life, those who are living and enrich our lives with friendship and love; those who have died and continue to sustain us in the cosmic communion of life.

In our daily lives may we be blessed with wisdom and courage,
with vision and resolve, forever committed to God’s reign of
justice, love and peace, faithful to God’s grace all the days of our lives.

All:  With grateful hearts we acclaim our faith and hope in the
Holy One: Creator, Liberator and Holy Spirit,
nourishing and sustaining us, this day and forever.  

(Sung) We sing Amen, (repeat), all glory and praise
be yours, Oh God. We sing Amen, (repeat), with faith
and hope and love we sing Amen.)
(Said)  Amen!

Let us pray together as Jesus taught us:

All:         Our Father, our Mother, who art in heaven…. 

The peace of Christ be with you all.

All:         And also with you.

Let us offer each other a sign of Christ’s peace. (Please extend a handshake or a hug to those near you.)

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Grant us peace. 

By the mingling of this water and wine we share in the divinity of Christ who shares in our humanity. 

Communion

This is Jesus, the Bread of Life and the Wine of Salvation.
How blessed are we who are called to this table.

All:  God, by your invitation, we delight in our worthiness to receive you. 

Communion Song
(All are welcome to receive communion.) 

Prayer after Communion

Announcements 

(Please stand)

Benediction

(After the prayer) Amen. 

Blessing

May Almighty God bless you +

Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit.

Amen. 

Our mass had ended but our service has just begun.  Go in peace.

Response:  Thanks be to God. 

Closing Song
 

All are invited to join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.

We will make a prayer shawl and bless it so it can be given to patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 


 

“In Christ there is no Jew or Greek, slave or citizen, male or female.

 All are one in Christ Jesus.”

-Galatians 3:28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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