Meditation 42:13 AND I FELT MY SOUL AND ALL THAT I COULD SEE DISSOLVE AND VANISH IN A BRILLIANT LIGHT, IN A LIKENESS UNTO THE SUN. AND IN THE LIGHT, I BEHELD A WOMAN OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY, CLOTHED IN GARMENTS OF BRILLIANT WHITE. THE FIGURE EXTENDED ITS ARMS, AND I FELT MY SOUL DRAWN INTO ITS EMBRACE, AND IN THAT MOMENT I WAS FREED FROM THE WORLD, The Gospel of the Beloved Companion: The Complete Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by Jehanne de Quillan
Welcome and Check in
Invocation Eternal Our God (call and response)
Passing of the Peace God Loves You and There is Nothing You Can Do About It!
Sharing of Announcements
Opening Hymn We Gather Together
Opening Musical Prayer Our Dear, Dear Mother by Raffi
Our dear, dear Mother, daily provider, earth be your name. The time has come, to honor you, to know you and to show our love.” 1.You give us each day our daily grain, kissed by the sun and kissed by the rain. Teach us now to find a way to care for you in our work and play. Chorus 2. Within the beauty of your silent spin, we know you’re hurting and we feel your pain your pain. With your forgiveness we can start anew. We need a chance to make it up to you. Chorus
I went down to the River to Pray
Attributed to George H. Allan in the Slave Songbook of 1867
I went down to the river to pray, studying about that good old way and who shall wear the starry crown, good God show me the way. Oh Laina, let’s go down, let’s go down, come on down, Oh Laina, let’s go down, down in the river to pray. (Repeat- Oh Nasiya, let’s go down…)
Unison Prayer Mother/Father God who is within us, we celebrate your many names. Your wisdom come, your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us. Each day you give us all that we need. You remind us of our limits and we let go. You support us in our power and we act with courage. For you are the dwelling place within us, the empowerment around us, and the celebration among us, now and forever. Amen
Scriptures The Gospel of the Beloved Companion
Musical response Medley Tis a Gift to Be Simple,
Lord of the Dance and Appalachian Spring
American Shaker tune and Aron Copland
'Tis the gift to be free 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be And when we find ourselves in the place just right It will be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained To bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed To turn, turn, will be our delight 'Til by turning, turning, we come round right.
I danced in the morning. When the world was begun, And I danced in the moon. And the stars and the sun, And I came down from heaven And I danced on the earth, At San Diego I had my birth.
Dance, then, wherever you may be, I am the God/ess of the Dance, said she, And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be, And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said she.
Reflection Divine Feminine Metaphors for God;El Shaddai;
God is like the Mountains with Breasts Rev. Bonnie
Hymn El Shaddai
Closing Prayer St Francis of Assisi Prayer
Make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy, And where there is sadness, joy, joy, joy. God grant that I may not so much see; To be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we pardoned. And it is in dying that we are born, to Eternal Life. Amen, Amen, Amen
Check Out (How are you feeling and how did you feel about our time together?)
Benediction Blessing Song by Miriam Therese Winters
May the blessings of God go before you. May her grace and peace abound. May her spirit live within you. May her love wrap you round. May her blessings remain with you always. May you walk on holy ground.
The Gospel of the Beloved Companion
42:12 AND I SAW MY SOUL, NOW FREE OF ALL DARKNESS, ASCEND AGAIN TO BE FILLED WITH THE LIGHT AND GOODNESS THAT IS THE SPIRIT. AND I WAS FILLED WITH A FIERCE JOY AS MY SOUL TURNED TO FIRE AND FLEW UPWARDS IN THE FLAMES FROM WHENCE MY MASTER SHOWED ME THE EIGHTH AND FINAL BOUGH, UPON WHICH BURNED THE FRUIT OF THE GRACE AND BEAUTY OF THE SPIRIT.
42:13 AND I FELT MY SOUL AND ALL THAT I COULD SEE DISSOLVE AND VANISH IN A BRILLIANT LIGHT, IN A LIKENESS UNTO THE SUN. AND IN THE LIGHT, I BEHELD A WOMAN OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY, CLOTHED IN GARMENTS OF BRILLIANT WHITE. THE FIGURE EXTENDED ITS ARMS, AND I FELT MY SOUL DRAWN INTO ITS EMBRACE, AND IN THAT MOMENT I WAS FREED FROM THE WORLD, AND I REALIZED THAT THE FETTER OF FORGETFULNESS WAS TEMPORARY. FROM NOW ON, I SHALL REST THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE TIME OF THE AGE IN SILENCE. AND THEN, AS IF FROM A GREAT DISTANCE, I HEARD THE VOICE OF MY MASTER TELL ME, ‘MIRYAM, WHOM I HAVE CALLED THE MIGDALAH, NOW YOU HAVE SEEN THE ALL, AND HAVE KNOWN THE TRUTH OF YOUR SELF; THE TRUTH THAT IS I AM. NOW YOU HAVE BECOME THE COMPLETION OF COMPLETIONS.’ AND THUS, THE VISION ENDED.
42:14 THIS IS WHAT MY MASTER HAS TOLD AND SHOWN ME. AND ONLY FROM THE TRUTH I TELL YOU, THAT ALL THAT I HAVE REVEALED TO YOU IS TRUE. 42:15 WHEN THE MIGDALAH HAD TOLD OF ALL THAT YESHUA HAD SAID AND DONE, SHE FELL SILENT, SINCE IT WAS IN THAT SILENCE THAT YESHUA HAD SPOKEN WITH HER AND REVEALED THESE TRUTHS
Announcements: We are witnessing the 6th extinction of life on earth and we gather for worship, prayer and community every Sunday at 5 pm for Jesus taught us that, “truth will set you free!” Following worship we invite you to the Mary Magdalene Cafe for a pot luck dinner at 6 pm, with soup and drinks provided. Weather permitting share a bon fire, star gazing and dancing. We offer weekly study of the gnostic gospels and world wisdom scriptures in Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer, dream sharing, creative and artistic projects as spiritual practice and social justice activism, as well as monthly Taize chanting services. Dogs welcome at worship.
New Affiliation with Unitarian Universalist denomination!
Weekly Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer Contemplation of scriptures for following Sunday every Wednesday, 10-11 am.
Thanksgiving pot luck party after worship Sunday before Thanksgiving Nov. 19th!
Monthly Taize first Sunday of every month 5 pm, Dec. 3, 2017
Advent Dream Series Dec. 3,10, 17, 24. “Conscious Contact with God Every Night in Dreams”
Christmas Candle Light and Christmas Carol Sing along Sunday Dec. 24 5 pm and 6 pm Christmas Party Pot luck!
New Year’s Eve alcohol free party with dream sharing, guided mediation, silent meditative walk of the snake labyrinth by candle light, fire ritual and dancing.
Dance Celebration with One Billion Rising Sunday Feb 7th and Valentine’s Day Wed. Feb. 14th 2018.