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Beloved Is Where We Begin

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Meditation “There are four ideas that I wish to affirm at the outset. The first is this: In engaging the subtle worlds, love and trust yourself and have no fear….The second important idea we need to affirm is this: You do not have to be ‘psychic’ to work with the subtle energies. ….The third important idea is this: Subtle energies are not forces to me manipulated but living processes with which you enter into a relationship, each such relationship will be unique with each person. ….The fourth important idea is this: You will perceive subtle energies in your own unique way which may have nothing at all to do with ‘seeing’ or ‘hearing.’ 

Working with Subtle Energies  David Spangler

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 PrayerO 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. (repeat) 

Prayer Requests(We are not sending but rather in deep loving relationship for those we pray for. Please offer name and condition briefly)

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

Silent Prayer

Scripture Luke 4:1-13Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” 5Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,10for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 12Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Poem                            Circle of Grace  (see insert)          by Jan Richardson

Reflection       Lent and Preparing for Earth Day, the New Easter: 

    Week One: The Hummingbird Mother and Baby

Musical Response                Sweet Will of God (see insert) 

Prayers and Prostrations for the Earth Beloved and Beloved

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) 

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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. 

Beloved Is Where We Begin

If you would enter
into the wilderness,
do not begin
without a blessing.
Do not leave
without hearing
who you are:
Beloved,
named by the One
who has traveled this path
before you.
Do not go
without letting it echo
in your ears,
and if you find
it is hard
to let it into your heart,
do not despair.
That is what
this journey is for.
I cannot promise
this blessing will free you
from danger,
from fear,
from hunger
or thirst,
from the scorching
of sun
or the fall
of the night.
But I can tell you
that on this path
there will be help.
I can tell you
that on this way
there will be rest.
I can tell you
that you will know
the strange graces
that come to our aid
only on a road
such as this,
that fly to meet us
bearing comfort
and strength,
that come alongside us
for no other cause
than to lean themselves
toward our ear
and with their
curious insistence
whisper our name:

Beloved.

Beloved.

Beloved.

—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace

    TESTIMONIAL TO BONNIE TARWATER

                                                     John B. Cobb, Jr.

            This request is certainly unusual.  Bonnie Tarwater is an unusual person.  The request expresses her thoroughly intelligent, but certainly counter-cultural, hopes.  Many of us talk about our distress at our alienation from the land, especially the soil and all the life it supports.  Bonnie is way beyond distress.  She really feels her community with the land.  The extraordinary experience of the lovers of the land at Findhorn has grasped her imagination.  She wants to connect with the life of the land as they have done.  

            With the help of some generous owner of little used land, she will create a place where others can also learn to love the land and interact with it in mutual blessing.  My guess is that such experience will be healing in many ways. Bonnie Tarwater is that rare person who can turn this vision into reality.  May it be so.  

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)  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 (we will have worship at our home if it is raining) every second Sunday at Torrey Pines State Park Beach.  Please dress warmly for it is cold us on Carmel Valley Road at 4:30 to car pool at the Bird Rock Coffee Roaster  2212 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

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

“Our Common Home Adventures” seeking land and or collaboration with other individuals or organizations to build an artistic church to pray for the earth. Walt and Bonnie will live there and we will grow organic vegetables and continue Church for Our Common Home and continue to offer counseling. 

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   

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