Welcome/ Check in(How are you feeling?)
Sharing of Invitations (see back of the order of worship)
Readingof Church for Our Common Home’s 12 Step Program for an Ecological Civilization
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
Prayer (in unison) Dear God, You who we call by many names, we come to give you thanks and to fill ourselves with devotion and reverence. We pray for our human and non-human family. We send our love to refugees, 1 in every 113 people on planet earth and for our common home Mother Earth. She has suffered unimaginable violence and destruction as millions of her animal and plant species go extinct and her water, air and earth are poisoned in this time of the 6thextinction of life on earth. You who we call Mother of God, Divine Mother, Holy Mama, we come to ask for you to come to life, within us and all around us. Please help us to wake up and turn our wooded hearts and into living spirits like a loving mother who loves and cares for her babies. We ask you to help us as we learn to do unto the least of these and love our enemies as Jesus taught us. Amen
Please share what you are grateful for here on Mother Earth who is a Living Being.
Musical ResponseLove is our mother tongue, ultimate freedom song, On lips of old and young, the breadth of life begun, Love is our mother tongue, Gaia’s communion song, In every nation sung, in every heart reborn. Love is our mother tongue, heart moving consciousness. Pulsing the universe, the light in all there is. Raffi,
Prayer Requests(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 us the empowerment around us and the celebration among us now and forever. Amen
Taize “The Divine Mother comes to life
a sleeping woman wakes up
and a wooden women turns to flesh.”
Presentation of the Opal Wong Award
Offering for church (Basket is in the dining room and we thank you for your support of this ministry.)
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.
Communion is our pot luck dinner at the Mary Magdalene Café and
Happy Birthday Walt!!!
DANCING and Star gazing and bonfire, weather permitting
Taize “The Divine Mother comes to life,
a sleeping woman wakes up
and a wooden women turns to flesh.”
Story of Bonnie’s Vision age 7 at the Abbey of the Dormition
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“Oneness from the Moon; Sex, Dreams and Loving Mother Earth
2019 is the fifty year anniversary of humans on the moon gifting us with photos of our interconnected oneness of our common home, Mother Earth. Process and eco-feminist theology and women in religious leadership are transforming our religions imagination. The Divine Mother comes to life, a sleeping woman wakes up and a wooden women turns to flesh. Dream sharing and the arts are celebrated in Mother’s Milk and Moon Cookies, Rev. Bonnie Tarwater’s playabout 12 goddesses from the world religions flying to the moon with Sally Ride, experiencing their oneness with all of creation and sharing a communion of “Mother’s Milk and Moon Cookies.” Dream sharing is an ideal spiritual practice for interfaith people inviting them to become intimate friends. It is an ancient spiritual practice whose time has come back! People are hearing the voice of the earth as they share their dreams about the planetary crisis in person and on the internet. Rev. Bonnie will share about Church for our Common Home, a church and counseling center dedicated to the Earth, the Divine Feminine and the Arts and the churches “12 Step Program for an Ecologic Civilization.” Rev. Bonnie’s abstract for Korean Interfaith Ecology Conference October 2019
Chant “ Love is our mother tongue, ultimate freedom song, On lips of old and young, the breadth of life begun. Love is our mother tongue, Gaia’s communion song, In every nation sung, in every heart reborn. Love is our mother tongue, heart moving consciousness. Pulsing the universe, the light in all there is.” Raffi, Communion
Reading “Abbey of the Dormition is an abbey and the name of a Benedictine community in Jerusalem on Mt. Zion just outside the walls of the Old City near the Zion Gate….. According to local tradition, it was on this spot, near the site of the Last Supper, that the Blessed Virgin Mary died, or at least ended her worldly existence. Both in Orthodoxy and Catholicism, as in the language of scripture, death is often called a "sleeping" - or "falling asleep" - and this gave the original monastery its name. The church itself is called Basilica of the Assumption (or Dormition). In the Catholic dogma of the Assumption of Mary, Christ's mother was taken, body and soul, to heaven.” Wikepedia
ChantI Know this Rose will Open
I know this rose will open. I know my fear will burn away. I know my soul will unfurl its wings. I know this rose will open. (Repeat)
Reading “The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life…..The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory…. While the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churchbelieve in the Dormition of the Mother of God (Dormition of the Theotokos or "the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God"), whether Mary had a physical death has not been dogmatically defined. ….The New Testament contains no explicit narrative about the death or Dormition, nor of the Assumption of Mary, but several scriptural passages have been theologically interpreted to describe the ultimate fate in this and the afterworld of the Mother of Jesus. In the churches that observe it, the Assumption is a major feast day, commonly celebrated on 15 August.” Wikepedia
Chant Alleluia, (repeat) Mother Mary (repeat) Holy Mama (repeat)
ScriptureGospel ofLuke 1:39-4539In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Chant O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary head in thee, I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow, my richer fuller be. (repeat)
ScriptureThe Gospel of Luke 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Chant My soul give glory to my God, my heart pours out its praise. God lifted up my lowliness in many marvelous ways. My God has sone great things for me: Holy is Her name, All people will declare me blessed and blessings they shall claim.
Reading “Thus the search for an ecological culture and society seems to demand three elements: 1 the rebuilding of primary and regional communities, in which people can understand and take responsibility for the ecosystem of which they are a part; 2 just relationships between humans that accept the right of all members of the community to an equitable share in the means of subsistence; and 3 an overcoming of the culture of competitive alienation and domination for compassion solidarity. Are there elements in Christian culture that are reclaimable for this task?” Gaia and God(p. 201 ) Rosemary Radford Reuther
ChantSophia, Sophia, Christ Sophia, Shekinah Age to age you’re still the same, by the power of your many names. Sophia, Sophia, Christ Sophia Shekinah, we will praise and lift you high Sophia. Through a Loving Mother Maria you save the ancient Christ-Sophia, through the power of your hands you turned the sea into dry land. To the outcast on her knees, you were the God who really sees an by your might you set your children free.
Reading “It is my belief that those who want to carry on this struggle in a sustained way must build strong base communities of celebration and resistance. By “base communities” I mean local face-to face groups with which one lives, works and prays. I do not mean that all these functions would necessary came together for most people in one base community. Most people will find these different forms of support in a variety of groups recognizing their interconnections in one unified struggle. There are three interrelated aspects of the word of such local communities. One is shaping the personal therapies, spiritualties, and support liturgies by which we nurture and symbolize a new biohilic consciousness. Second, there is the utilization of local institutions over which we have some control, our homes, schools, churches, farms, and locally controlled businesses, as pilot projects of ecologic living. Third, there is a the building of organization networks that reach out, regionally, nationally and internationally, in the struggle to change the power structures that keep the present death system in place. We must start by recognizing that metanoia,(communion with the larger mind of God aka the Sacred) or change of consciousness, begins with us. This does not happen all at once, but is an ongoing process. We all have been shaped to misname evil, to seek invulnerable power, or else to capitulate to such power demands in the hands of male authorities.” Gaia and God(p. 201 ) Rosemary Radford Reuther
Chant Love is our mother tongue, ultimate freedom song, On lips of old and young, the breadth of life begun. Love is our mother tongue, Gaia’s communion song, In every nation sung, in every heart reborn. Love is our mother tongue, heart moving consciousness. Pulsing the universe, the light in all there is.”
Reading “With respect to the soul, my guess is that it will continue as long as it wants. But those traditions who seek release also have a point. Forever is a very long time. “ John Cobb in a recent email correspondence
“The power of God is the worship He inspires.... The worship of God is not a rule of safety — it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. The death of religion comes with the repression of the high hope of adventure.“Whitehead
“Ninety percent of our lives is governed by emotion. Our brains merely register and act upon what is telegraphed to them by our bodily experience. Intellect is to emotion as our clothes are to our bodies; we could not very well have civilized life without clothes, but we would be in a poor way if we had only clothes without bodies.”Whitehead
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, Mary Magdalene, the Bible and the newly found gnostic gospels.
Invitation to become a memberof Church for Our Common Home, privileges and responsibilities--A Sacred Promise of Love. Please make an appointment with Rev. Bonnie when you are interested in membership.
No worship 9/22, 9/29, 10/6 or church programs while Bonnie is in China and Korea for Korean Interfaith Ecology Conference September 16-October 7th
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 La Jolla Shores Beach near life guard tower.
Prayer and Healing Service third Sunday of the month
Dream Circleevery first and third Sunday before worship 3-5 pm.
Committee on Ministrymeeting every third Sunday each month
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Please call Rev. Bonnieif you would like a pastoral visit and/or if you would like to pray or if you have prayer requests. (858) 248-5123.