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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. Chorus2.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
Hymn We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star
O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light
Born a King on Bethlehem's plain Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign
Frankincense to offer have I Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying Sealed in the stone-cold tomb
Prayer(in union)Holy Mama, Great Spirit, God of Love,You who we call by many names, we give thanks for the gift of life and all of creation. We thank you for the potential that is the process of becoming and inspiration this Epiphany We pray for the 8 billion people in our human family and for the animals, plants and minerals, the water, air, land and stars. May we treat all children and all life forms as the interconnected web of interspecies life that is the truth of our shared existence. We pray for the 150-200 species that die every day in this time of earth genocide. (Silence)We pray for the poor and sick as well as the poor and sick of spirit. (Silence) We pray for our common home Mother Earth who has been dishonored, ignored and abused. We give thanks for her abundant gifts to us. (Silence) We pray for our enemies as Jesus taught us. We give thanks to all our ancestors who loved and cared for us making it possible for us to be here now. May we act in creativity in love in the new year. (Silence)Amen
Prayer (in unison)Our Mother Father God who is within uswe celebrate your many names. Your wisdom comeYour 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 us the empowerment around us and the celebration among us now and forever. Amen
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.
Vegetarian pot luck dinner is our communion.
Everyone is welcome at God’s table.
Chant Be still and know that I am God/dess. Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am,Be still and know that I, Be still and know that, Be still and know, Be still and, Be still, Be. (repeat)
Scripture Matthew 2:1-23 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
Chant Come and pray in us, Holy Spirit, come and pray in us, come and visit us, Holy Spirit, Spirit come, Sprit come. (repeat)
ScriptureKing Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” 7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”
Chant Go tell it on the mountain over the hill and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born. (repeat)
Scripture When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh
Chant Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin mother and child holy infant so tender nd mild. Sleep in heavenly sleep, sleep in heavenly peace. (repeat)
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 celebrate all the wisdom traditions from the East, West, indigenous peoples, science and 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, some Sundays 5 pm (PST) Churchforourcommonhome.com
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 Beach. Please dress warmly for it is cold and call Bonnie if you can’t find us or meet us near Roberto’s Taco Shop on Carmel Valley Road at 4:30 to car pool.
Prayer and Healing Service third Sunday
Dream Circle every first and third Sunday before worship 3-5 pm.
Committee on Ministry meeting every third Sunday each month 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
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 and/or if you have prayer requests (858) 248-5123.