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Invocation Our Dear, Dear Motherby 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. With your forgiveness we can start anew. We need a chance to make it up to you.
Passing of the Peace God Loves You and There is Nothing You Can Do About It
Opening Hymn Tiny Beginningsby Grace Lewis-McLaren (see insert)
Responsive Vow We come to pledge “to defend Mother Earth, to work and live as generously and wisely as we can on behalf of Mother earth and her creatures so that future generations might live and thrive and take in her beauty and her health that we may become defenders and lovers of Mother Earth.” (Matthew Fox)
Prayer(in union)Holy Mama, Great Spirit, God of Love, You who we call by many names, we give thanks for you and all of creation. Thank you God for our common home Mother Earth and help us to awake up and open our eyes to see your magnificence all around us. We pray for the 8 billion people in our human family. We pray for the animals, plants and minerals, the water, air, land and stars.
We confess that we have not recognized you in everyone, everywhere! We pray for the 150-200 species that die every day in this time of earth genocide. We pray for the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the 14 million people on the brink of starvation in a war the US supports. We pray for the poor and the poor of spirit. We pray for the 68 million refugees in the world, one in every 100 people. We pray for our Mother Earth who has been dishonored, ignored and abused. We pray for our enemies as Jesus taught us. (Silence)We pray for all human and non-human babies this Advent and Christmas season. May we wake up to the truth that all children are our own. Gracious God fill us with hope amidst despair. We come to you and give thanks and celebrate hope. We prepare this night for Advent and the dark of winter. In the stillness of our silent prayers may we release and surrender into you and your love. Amen
Prayer(in unison)Our Mother Father God who is within uswe 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 limitsand we let go. You support us in our power and we act with courage.For you are the dwelling place within usthe empowerment around usand the celebration among usnow and forever. Amen
Musical Prayer Open My Eyes, That I May See (see insert)
Scripture Jewish Sibylline Order(a vision of family not democracy according to Marcus Borg, in The First Christmas)see insert
Reflection The Vision of an Ecological Civilization and Putting the Christmas Story in a Historical Context
Love offering for ministry of church
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Closing PrayerSt. Francis and St. Clare 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 seek; 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
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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.
Scripture Jewish Sibylline Order(a vision of family not democracy according to Marcus Borg, in The First Christmas)
The earth will belong equally to all, undivided by walls or fences. It will then bear more abundant fruits spontaneously. Lives will be in common and wealth will have no division. For there will be no poor man there, no rich, no tyrant, no slave. Further, no one will be wither great or small anymore. No kings, no leaders. All will be on a par together. (2.319-24
Revelation 12: 1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3 Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule[a] all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne;
Invitations: Our current ecologic crisis is a call to awaken to the reverence of life and the truth that all nature is alive and sacred. As we witness the sixth extinction of life on earth, the only one created by us humans, we are invited to reclaim the ancient wisdom traditions. We are one organic, interspecies, interconnected whole. What we do affects everything else. Every Sunday at 5 pm we acknowledge that we need one another more than ever before . and commune with the divine reality. We study the wisdom traditions from the East, West, Indigenous peoples and science. We study the teachings of Jesus and the Bible as well as the newly found gnostic gospels.
New live stream worship on church web site, Sunday’s 5 pm (PST) Churchforourcommonhome.com
BOOK Group Jesus Abba by Dr. John B. Cobb Jr.
Last class on last chapter, Sunday 3:00- 4:30 pm Dec. 9th
Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer Contemplation of scriptures and Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian contemplative silent prayer practice, every Wednesday at 10 am.
Monthly Taize Chanting service first Sunday of every month
Candle Light Beach worship every second Sunday at Torrey Pines State Park. Please dress warmly for it is cold and call Bonnie if you can’t find us.
Prayer and Healing Service third Sunday
Dream Circleevery first and third Sunday before worship 3-5 pm.
Committee on Ministrymeeting every third Sunday, after dinner
Webinar with Environmental Justice Practitioners Network co-sponsored by First UU Church and Church for Our Common Home, one Thursday a month, 11/29 4:30pm call Jamie Long (619) 436-9435
Pot luck after church on the Sunday before Christmas Sunday Dec. 23 at 5 pm which will be our Christmas Service.
New Year’s Eve Jan 31 6-9 pmalcohol free, dream group, dream incubation, guided mediation, walking the snake labyrinth with music and candle light. Monday
MLK All People’s BreakfastMondayJanuary 21th, 9-12 noon $75join Walt and Bonnie and buy tickets www.alliancesd.org/all-peoples-celebration-sponsorship.
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Please call Rev. Bonnieif you would like a pastoral visit or have prayer requests (858) 248-5123.