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Lent week 2

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

Meditation  ”(Exercise to create an identity pouch) It’s a container. However, it’s more than just that. In a similar way, you are a space that holds the content of your life: your thoughts, feelings, memories and so forth. These contents are important, but they do not fully define you. You can transcend them if you need to; you can change and transform because what you are as a spirit and soul as a living identity, is larger than the contents of your mind. Like the carpetbag which Mary Poppins carried that could hold anything no matter how large, the space within you, the space of your soul and your imagination, can hold anything you put into it.”  Working with Subtle Energiesby   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 Prayer           Angels Watchin Over Me

All night , all day, angels watchin over me my Lord. All night all day angels watchin over me. If I die before I wake, angels wathcin over m my Lord, 

Pray my Lord my soul to take, angels watchin over me. (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 Gospel of Luke 13:31-35 NRSVAt that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” 

Poem                Breathing Under Waterby Carol Bieleck      Jamie Long

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

Week Two: Mary Poppins Bag of our Sacred Self’

 What is a meta for?

1.Your soul’s purpose.

2. Your connection to the worlds as a whole and the forces and power of nature.

3. Your connection to the Soul of Humanity as a whole, the larger evolving collective spirit of which you are a part and to which you contribute. (adapted from  Working with Subtle Energiesby   David Spangler) 

Silent Prayer      

Musical ResponseThe Garden Song (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. 

 Fr. Richard Rorh states that Carol Bieleck intuits in her poem that “we cannot stop the drowning waters of our addictive culture from rising, but we must at least see our reality for what it is, seek to properly detach from it, and build 'a coral castle and learn to breathe under water.' The New Testament called it salvation or enlightenment, the Twelve Step Program called it recovery.”


I built my house by the sea.
Not on the sands, mind you;
not on the shifting sand.
And I built it of rock.

A strong house
by a strong sea.
And we got well acquainted, the sea and I.
Good neighbors.
Not that we spoke much.
We met in silences.
Respectful, keeping our distance,
but looking our thoughts across the fence of sand.
Always, the fence of sand our barrier,
always, the sand between.

And then one day,
-and I still don’t know how it happened -
the sea came.
Without warning.

Without welcome, even
Not sudden and swift, but a shifting across the sand like wine,
less like the flow of water than the flow of blood.
Slow, but coming.
Slow, but flowing like an open wound.
And I thought of flight and I thought of drowning and I thought of death.
And while I thought the sea crept higher, till it reached my door.
And I knew, then, there was neither flight, nor death, nor drowning.
That when the sea comes calling, you stop being neighbors,
Well acquainted, friendly-at-a-distance neighbors,
And you give your house for a coral castle,
And you learn to breathe underwater.

Sr. Carol Bieleck, RSCJ
from an unpublished work

Garden Songby David Mallett 


Inch by inch, row by row, Gonna make this garden grow

All it takes is a rake and a hoe, And a piece of fertile ground
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless these seeds I sow
Please God warm them from below, Till the rain comes tumbling down.

1. Pulling weeds and picking stones ,We are made of dreams and bones
Feel the need to grow my own, Cause the time is close at hand
Grain for grain, sun and rain, Find my way in nature's chain
Tune my body and my brain, To the music from the land.

2. Plant your rows straight and long, Temper them with prayer and song
Mother Earth will make you strong, If you give her love and care
Mother crow watching me , From her perch in yonder tree
In my garden I'm as free,  As that feathered mother  up there.

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

Committee on Ministrymeeting 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, 

call Jamie Long (619) 436-9435   

Sign up for our newsletter on church web site. 

Presentation for Men’s Group at First UU Church with Walt and Jamie Monday, March 25th

“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, grow organic vegetables and continue Church for Our Common Home and Our Common Home Counseling Center. 

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


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. 

Earlier Event: March 10
Beloved Is Where We Begin
Later Event: March 24
Lent week 3