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Taize Lent week 5

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

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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

         Greeting one another as Christ, seeing through the eyes of Christ.

Prayer   (in unison)      Dear God of Ever-living, every-loving, and ever-adventurous God, we open to the    gifts of tradition and excitement of innovation. We seek guidance in letting go and moving forward to be your faithful compassion in healing our communities and the world. Amen (Bruce Epperly, Praying with Process Theology)

Prayer Requests(Please offer name and condition briefly and Bonnie will repeat.)

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 us the empowerment around u sand the celebration among us now and forever. Amen

Reflection                     Lent Week # 5 The Deer’s Cryby Shaun Davey

I arise today

Through the strength of Heaven, Light of sun

Radiance of moon, Splendor of fire Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind
Depth of the sea, Stability of earth Firmness of rock

I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me God’s eye to look before me
God’s wisdom to guide me God’s way to lie before me

God’s shield to protect me

From all who shall wish me ill, Afar and near
Alone and in a multitude, Against every cruel
Merciless power, That may oppose my body and soul

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me. I arise today.

Taize      Prayer, God, Morphic Resonance, Subtle Energy and the Christ 

                                            (see insert) 

Blessings to the person on your right. “(name) I give you my blessing.  (name) I give you God’s blessing.”

Blessings for the Earth, a living being and release of the lady bugs

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.  

Communion is our pot luck dinner at the Mary Magdalene Café and a are welcome.

Taize      Prayer, God, Subtle Energy and the Christ

Chant Our God is our light, Our light and salvation. In God I trust. In God I trust. (repeat) 


Reading  “Furthermore, after living there a while, I also saw the shadow side of the Hindu tradition, which I hadn't seen in my earlier brief visit. There is a fatalistic lack of concern for other people that was alien to me. That view was at variance with my more optimistic, progressivist Christian culture. In India I came face to face with the realization that rooted in the Christian tradition is the sense that you can, and should, help other people; we can aim for some better state of affairs on Earth, for the whole of society. When I talked with my Indian friends and colleagues, it became very clear that I had this view deep within me. I realized that this sense didn't come from Hindu philosophy, nor from my atheistic outlook. Instead, I saw it came from a deeply embedded Christian view of the world that I carried with me unwittingly. In fact, I realized this partly because in conversation with my Indian friends they would frequently point out that so much of what I was expressing was a Christian view. The repeated revelation of this, even to an avowed atheist, was difficult to ignore.” Rupert SheldrakePrayer: a Challenge for Science Noetic Sciences Review, (Summer 1994)

Chant Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas De-usi-biest. Live in charity and steadfast love, live in charity, God will dwell in you. (repeat)


Reading “I spent some time living in Father Bede Griffiths ashram, and I found that coming back to a Christian path made sense to me. I began praying and discovered that it was more helpful to me than meditating. I would say that meditation involves a kind of separation between the practice and the rest of one’s life; it is going into another space altogether. You could say that contemplative prayer would have the same effect. But for me, ordinary petitionary and intercessory prayer, such as the "Lord’s Prayer" links the events of my daily life directly with my practice. I pray about what I've done that day and what’s coming up the next day. It's a matter of bringing the very fabric of one's life -relationships, work, and personal concerns into the context of the spiritual life.” Rupert Sheldrake 

Chant “Come and fill my heart with your peace, you the God of love are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace”


Reading The key to understanding prayer as a scientific phenomenon requires, in my view, getting away from the idea of the mind as somehow inside the brain. If we think our minds are confined to our brains the standard view then since what goes on in our brain occurs in the privacy and isolation of our own skull it can’t affect anyone else. However, I see minds being field-like in nature (part of my general view of morphic fields), and I see mental fields as the basis for habitual patterns of thought. Mental fields go beyond, though, and interface with the electromagnetic patterns in the brain. In this way mental fields can affect our bodies through our brains. However, they are much more extensive than our brains, reaching out to great distances in some cases.”Rupert Sheldrake

Chant Sweet will of God, still fold me closer. Till I am wholly lost in Thee. (repeat)


Reading “If prayer affects things in the physical world, its effects should be measurable, and science should be able to investigate it. There is a very scattered literature on this, but when you bring it all together as Larry Dossey has done in his recent book, Healing Words (Harper San Francisco, 1993), you see there is quite a large number of interesting experiments with challenging results. Out of 131 controlled experiments on prayer-based healing, more than half showed statistically significant benefits. One of the best known is a double blind study of 393 patients in the coronary unit at San Francisco General Hospital. In this experiment, 192 patients, chosen at random, were prayed for by home prayer groups, the others were not. The prayed-for patients recovered better than the controls, and fewer died.”Rupert Sheldrake

Chant HolySpirit come to us, kindle in us the fire of your love, Holy Spirit, come to us, Holy Spirit, come to us.”(repeat)


Reading “”Sometimes, a person drawn to subtle activism sees himself or herself as a “warrior of light” going forth to do battle with forces of darkness.” It’s easy to frame a situation so that there are “friends” to help and “enemies” to combat. But subtle activism is not spiritual combat. It is an act of healing, which is inclusive by its nature. There are no enemies in subtle activism, only conditions to be understood, held in love and positive energies and transformed. When we are aligned with sacredness, we feel this inclusiveness more powerfully…..We must be whatever it is that we “send.” David Spangler Working with Subtle  Energies  

Chant Come and pray in us, Holy Spirit, come and pray in us, come and visit us, Holy Spirit, Spirit come, Sprit come. (repeat) 


“You could picture it something like this: When two people come into contact and establish some mental connection (perhaps experienced as affection, love, even hate) their morphic fields in effect become part of a larger, inclusive field. Then, if they separate from each other it is as if their particular portions of the morphic field are stretched elastically, so that there remains a "mental tension" or link between them. There has to be something like this that relates the two people.”Rupert Sheldrake

ChantO God of Loveliness O Lord of Heaven AboveHow worthy to possess my hearts devoted love.So sweet they countenance so gracious to behold  That one, one only glance to me were bliss untold(repeat)


Reading ““Because I believe in God, I find it  supremely important to reconsider and doubt my belief, And because God is of ultimate importance, how we think of God deeply affects how we live. Every misunderstanding 

of God reflects itself in a misdirection of human energy.”  John B. Cobb Jr. Can Christ be Good News Again? 

 Chant 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. (repeat) 


Reading“Christ is the giver of life to all who live, of freedom to all who are free, of understanding to all who understand, of love to all who love. Apart from Christ, there could be no life, no reason, no imagination, no personal or social redemption. But neither in Jesus, nor elsewhere, does Christ compel human beings to respond to the divine gift, promise, and call. Christ does not act as one agent alongside others but in the empowering and directing of every agent.”  John B. Cobb Jr. Can Christ be Good News Again? 

ChantChrist with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
I arise today.


Reading Gospel of John 12:1-8 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Chant Alleluia Kiss the Bride of Christ Mary Magdalene 


 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 

Beach worship 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 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. 

Easter Sunday sunrise 6:30 am worship at Torrey Pines State Park Beach

Earth Day Monday April 22  workshop 7 pm Soap form Compost see flyer. We need help with dinner, set up, getting the word out, clean up etc. 

Earth Day Celebration Sunday 5 pm April 28thwe hope with live music!

We are 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


Earlier Event: March 31
Lent week 4
Later Event: April 14
Palm Sunday