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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commentary by Jean-Yves Leloup

Meditation“A living deity who wants to communicate thus necessitates an intermediate realm between God and human, between the invisible and the visible, between the world of immaterial spirit and material bodies. It is this intermediary imaginal realm that Miriam has her meetings with the resurrected Christ. As with the ancient prophets, God activates the necessary visionary, imaginal forms in her, so as to bring her to the Divine.” The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commentary by Jean-Yves Leloup

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Dedication             Amor Si, Se Puede, Love, yes we can!

This worship service is dedicated to families who have been separated from their children and to the legacy of  Mary Magdalene the refugee who was separated from her family and the invitation to all crisis beings to mature and spiritually grow.

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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. Chorus

Passing of the Peace God Loves You and There is Nothing You Can Do About It  

Sharing of Announcements Walt Rutherford   

Opening Music Over My Head I hear music in the air…there must be a God somewhere……I hear singing in the air…..I feel love is in the air

Scripture    Gospel ofJohn  20:16-18 Inclusive Bible the First Egalitarian Translation “Jesus said to her. “Mary!”  She turned to him and said. “Rabbboni” which means ‘Teacher.’ Jesus then said, “Don’t be afraid of me, for I have not yet ascended to Abba God. Rather, go to the sisters and brothers and tell them. ‘I’m ascending to my Abba and to your Abba, my God and your God!” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples, “I have seen the Teacher!” she announced, Then she reported what the savior had said to her. 

Gospel of Mary Magdalene Line 7 “Lord, I see you now in a vision.” And the Lord answered: “You are blessed for the sight of me does not disturb you.” (see insert for the rest of reading, change translation mind to nous-intermediary reality) 

Reflection Mary Magdalene: Refugee, 

Visions, Dreams and the ImaginalRev. Bonnie Tarwater

Prayersof Confession (in unison) Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We are living in a time of  the 6thextinction of life on earth where 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.We obviously have not loved you and your creation with our whole heart; we have not loved all of our human, non-human and plant families as ourselves. We are truly sorry and humbly ask you to help us to tell the truth and work for reconciliation.  You who we call by many names, you who are the source of all, have mercy on us and forgive us and give us courage to explore the imaginal realms for we will not solve our current problems using the same methods we used to create them. Help us to wake up to the divine realm where we meet and co-create with you. Guide us as we scommune with you in new ways and please wake us up to visions and dreams of you. Please  bring all those things into holy union within us, so that we may rest in you. Heal us in your miraculous love.  Give us hope when we are afraid and have little hope. Amen Silent Prayerand Prayers(see insert) 

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  and Love Offering    Open My Eyes, That I May See  (see insert)

Chanting        Alleluia and Kiss the Bride of Christ, Mary Magdalene


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 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

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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. 

Prayer requests and prayers  (Please share names or one sentence and we will pray for them and  everyone with the same suffering or joy.) 

We pray for healing and holy union in our relationship with you God, you who we call by many names. (Prayer followed by silence) 

We pray for healing and holy union of all babies with their nursing mother’s. 

We pray for healing and holy unionof all children and their families jailed here at the border as well as all those families human and non-human separated because of the imperial corporate dominant powers.  

We prayfor healing and holy unionof the 27 million American children who are currently separated from their parents who are in jails as well  the millions of animals in cages separated from their children. 

We prayfor healing and holy unionwith all children human and non-human that we may consider them our own. 

We pray for healing and holy unionfor all refugees, humans and non-humans. 

We prayfor healing and holy unionfor everyone imprisoned here at Otay Mesa Detention Center and for their jailers. We stand in solidarity with those who are oppressed and pray for the conversion of their oppressors. 

We prayfor healing and holy unionof human dualistic thinking that has allowed us to feel we are separate  from other creatures and life forms.

We pray for healing and holy unionof the divine feminine and divine masculine within us and in the world. 

We pray for healing and holy unionof our heads and our hearts. 

We pray for healing and holy unionin the church and all religions that have been separated from  the spirit of the divine feminine. 

We prayfor healing and holy unionbetween all ecologic systems on earth. May this ecologic crisis catapult us to wake up and have a raising of human consciousness to build an ecological civilization. 

We pray for healing and holy unionof human sexuality and that our sexuality brings us new energy to save our planet.  

We prayfor healing and holy unionhere on Our Common Home, Mother Earth that we may all experience our oneness with all sacred life and work to alleviate suffering as we destroy habitats, species and eco systems.  

We pray healing and holy unionfor our enemies as Jesus taught us, and pray for the heads of oil companies, banks, killing institutions, imperial nations that are destroying our planet. 

May we be one heart, one body, as we open our eyes and our ears to you Gracious God. Amen

Announcements:We are witnessing the 6thextinction of life on earth -the only one created by humans. We gather to create community and to give thanks to God for all of creation as we build a new ‘ecologic civilization.’  .  Jesus taught a way to live in the truth and taught us that, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Every Sunday at 5 pm we acknowledge that we need one another more than ever before as we deepen our relationship with God. Following worship we invite everyone to the Mary Magdalene Cafe for a pot luck dinner at 6 pm, with vegetarian soup or main dish and drinks provided. Weather permitting we share star gazing and dancing. We follow in the early traditions of house churches led by women in the first few hundred years of early Christianity and also to study the newly found gnostic gospels. Children and dogs are especially welcome at worship. (Dogs are not allowed at Torrey Pines State Park) 


Help us find two acres or more of land in San Diego County to build our church. We will also consider collaborating with another  organization to work to alleviate suffering and create community for needy serve children, families, Mother Earth and the least of these. We ask our  elders to become  community makers, in the spirit of the Taize community after WWII, who cared for orphans and who became leaders in innovative artistic soulful worship and a spirit filled ecumenical community.  It is time to prepare for the ecologic disaster.  It is time to use our planetary crisis as an invitation to spiritually grow.

California nonprofit tax exempt status for church approved and IRS nonprofit status as well this week.

Straw Bale  workshopfirst week in October. Bonnie, Dan and Jamie going and others welcome. 

Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer  Contemplation of scriptures for the following Sunday and Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian contemplative prayer practice every Wednesday, 10-11 am,.

Monthly Taize Chanting service first Sunday of every month. 

Monthly beach worship every second Sunday at Torrey Pines State Park  5 pm Monthly Prayer and Healing Service third Sunday 5 pm.

Dream Circleevery first and third Sunday before worship 3-5 pm. 

Painting the Dance Floor, some Saturdays this summer. TBA. Call Bonnie

Worlds Parliament of Religion in  Toronto Nov 1-7, 2018 Please join 

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Communion at Mary Magdalene Café please stay after the service Sharing of a pot luck of finger foods.

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