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One Billion Rising Dance Valentines Worship - Dancing for Mother Earth

  • Church for Our Common Home 13014 Calle de Las Rosas San Diego, CA 92129 (map)

Meditation     “Maybe you’re one of the ones who’s not dancing, who’s sitting in the corner, saying “It’s stupid,” or “I don’t want to,” or “I’m no good.” Well, like the guy at the prom who kindly and nobly takes notice, Jesus is extending his hand to you, asking would you please “answer thou unto my dancing” (M. R. James). “Would you please give Christianity a chance?” he asks. “I know that a lot of people don’t do it right and have made it look ridiculous, and that it can be intimidating to share a floor with those who are more advanced, but let me teach you.” (“When ye are come to me, then shall ye know: what ye know not will I myself teach you” [Holst].)”

Welcome/ Check in(How are you feeling?)

Sharing of Invitations (see back of order of worship)    

Invocation                   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. 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

Musical Prayer                      O Love That Will Not Let me Go (see insert)

O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee, I give thee back the life I owe, that in Thine ocean depths its flow, may richer fuller be.Lyrics by Matheson

Prayer(in union)Holy One, God of Love, You who we call by many names, we give thanks for the gift of life and all of creation.  We come to pray for you and the earth our common home. We pray for the trillions of cells in our body,  the trillions of cells in every handful of dirt and trillions of stars in the cosmos. May we know our oneness with you God of love,  the natural world and our own bodies. We pray for our enemies as Jesus taught us. Amen   

Prayer Requests(We are not sending but rather in deep loving relationship for all those we pray for.)

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

Guided Mediation

Scripture (see insert) Micah 6:4 Exodus 15:20 and Psalm 149 and 150

The Round Dance of the Cross from Acts of John (editor Marin Meyer) 

"For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam"

“Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand and went out with all the women behind her with tambourines and dancing. 

“Let them praise God’s name in the dance: let them sing praises unto God with timbrel and harp…Praise you God….Praise God with psaltery and harp. Praise God with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise God upon the loud symbols: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.” 

The Round Dance of the Cross (see insert) 

Reflection                       Dancing for Mother Earth 

Responsive Reading(see insert) 

Rehearse opening of dance and words(see insert) 


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

Offering for church (please place donations in red box with lid in the dining room) 

Check out              How are you feeling?

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. 

Mary Magdalene Café pot luck dinner!

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 everyone else. Every Sunday at 5 pm we acknowledge that we need one another more than ever before . and commune with the Great  Spirit. We celebrate  the  wisdom traditions from  the East, West, indigenous peoples,  new science as we study the teachings of Jesus and the Bible and the newly found gnostic gospels. 

New live stream worship on church web site, some Sundays 5 pm (PST) 

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

Review finding land and or collaboration with other individuals or organizations to build an artistic church to pray for the earth, Walt and Bonnie will live and we will grow our own organic food. 

Join Bonnie this Thursday for One Billion Rising in Encinitas. Call Bonnie

Webinar with Environmental Justice Practitioners Network co-sponsored by First UU Church and Church for Our Common Home, one Thursday a month, 

call Jamie Long (619) 436-9435   

Sign up for our newsletter on church web site.

Please call Rev. Bonnieif you would like a pastoral visit and/or if you have prayer requests  (858) 248-5123.

Earlier Event: January 13
Epiphany Baptism
Later Event: February 24
Prayer and Healing Worship