Blessing of the Animals
Just as St. Francis of Assisi wrote the Canticle of the Sun on his death bed when he was blind, we are invited to learn how to love all life forms as we awaken to the death of million of species of animals and plants during the current 6th extinction of life on earth that we humans are inflicting. It is time to close our eyes in prayer and thanksgiving and ask to see the truth of our oneness with all creatures and ask God/dess for guidance 
to learn how to be more loving. 

   Order of Worship
Interfaith,  Interspecies and Interconnected!  October 9,2016
Mission Statement: Encouraging awe and loving intimacy with all of creation and the cosmos, we explore the visual and performing arts, dreams, wisdom teachings of Christ-Sophia in the Bible and newly found gnostic gospels, prayer, social activism, and relationships as we work to care for our common home Mother Earth, in a new kind of local and global community. We are a home church with people around the world via the Internet, exploring a new religious story for our time.
Vision: Our vision is to spiritually awaken and raise our consciousness about the sacred nature of all life and our interconnectedness in order to come together as a human family and care for our common home and love God/dess with all our hearts, souls and minds and creation as ourselves.
Meditation " Saint Francis is said to have composed most of the  canticle   in late 1224 while recovering from an illness at  San Damiano , in a small cottage that had been built for him by  Saint Clare   and other women of her  Order of Poor Ladies . According to tradition, the first time it was sung in its entirety was by Francis and Brothers Angelo and Leo, two of his original companions, on Francis' deathbed, the final verse praising "Sister Death" having been added only a few minutes before. A legend which emphasizes the topic of "brightness" says he did not physically write the Canticle, because of his blindness from an eye disease; but he dictated it and he did it looking at Nature through the eye of mind. Father Eric Doyle wrote: "Though physically blind, he was able to see more clearly than ever with the inner eye of his mind. With unparalleled clarity he perceived the basic unity of all creation and his own place as a friar in the midst of God's creatures. His unqualified love of all creatures, great and small, had grown into unity in his own heart. He was so open to reality that it found a place to be at home in his heart and he was at home everywhere and anywhere. He was a center of communion with all creatures" Wikipedia
Lighting of Candles and  Joyful Welcome with Music
"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"   (see insert)        music  by  Ludwig Beethoven
 
Introduction of the Human and Non-Human Animals
 
Musical Prayer "Our Dear, Dear Mother"    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 your pain. With your forgiveness we can start anew. We need a chance to make it up to you. Chorus
Sharing of Announcements
Musical Response   "Mother Earth Our Home" adapted by Miriam Therese Winters 
"Mother  earth our home, to you we sing, wide is your womb warm is your wing in you we live move and are fed sweet flowing milk life giving bread. Mother earth our home to you we bring all broken hearts all broken wings."
 
Blessing of the Animals with Water and Music
Sing, Sing, Sing of  Blessing(Please repeat) by Miriam Therese Winters
Unison Prayer   Mother/Father God who is within us, we 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 limits and 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
 
Scripture Job 12:7-10 " But turn to the animals, and let them teach you; the birds of the air will tell you the truth. Listen to the plants of the earth, and learn from them; let the fish of the sea become your teaches. Who among you all these does not know that God has done this? In God's hand is the soul of every living things in God's hand is the breadth of all human kind."
Canticle of the Sun Clare and Francis of Assisi (see insert)
 
Reflection/Conversation "The  6th Extinction and Learning to Love"                                                      
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise for the Animals
(after each species and name of animal please repeat)
"We give thanks and praise!"
 
Musical Prayer
"St Francis 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 see; 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.
 
Joyful Musical Welcome "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"
music  by  Ludwig Beethoven
1.Joyful, joyful we adore thee God of glory, God of love, Hearts unfold like flowers before thee
Opening to the sun above, Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, Drive the doubt and dark away, Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day.
2. All thy works with joy surround thee. Earth and heaven reflect thy rays, Stars and angels sing around thee, Center of unbroken praise, Field and  forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea, Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Call us to rejoice in thee.  
3.Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest, Wellspring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, and our Mother, All who live in love are Thine; Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the joy divine.
4. Mortals, join the happy chorus, Which the morning stars began; Mother love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds all of us. Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife, Joyful music leads us Sunward In the triumph song of life.
 
Canticle of the Sun, Clare and Francis of Assisi 1224
(edited by Bonnie with inclusive words for the divine)
Most high, all powerful, all good Holy One!
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To You, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.
Be praised, my Mother-Father God, through all Your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and You give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Be praised, my Mother-Father God, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.
Be praised, my Holy One, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which You give Your creatures sustenance.
Be praised, my Holy One, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Mother-Father God, through Brother Fire, through whom You brighten the night.
He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.
Be praised, my Gracious God, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Be praised, my Holy One, through those who forgive for love of You; through those who endure sickness and trial.
Happy those who endure in peace, for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.
Be praised, my Gracious God, through our sister Bodily Death, from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.
Praise and bless my Mother-Father God, and give thanks ,and serve God/dess with great humility.
 

All human and non-human creatures welcome!
Sunday, October 9, 5 pm
Pot luck immediately following.
   13014 Calle De Las Rosas, SD CA 92129

House of Prayer
for All Creatures 
 Please bring photos of pets who have died to place on the altar.
There will be flowers for you to make flower garlands
 for your dogs and other pets before worship!
Church for Our Common Home for more info contact Bonnie (858) 248-5123, revtarwater@yahoo.com
            www.churchforourcommon
 Community Mural Project!
Come paint your favorite animal Sunday afternoons in
October or call and make an appointment, (858) 248-5123
 Everyone is invited to paint their favorite animal.
All dogs also welcome to weekly worship every Sunday at 5 pm.

 Interfaith, Interspecies and Interconnected!
"But turn to the animals, and let them teach you; the birds of the air will tell you the truth. Listen to the plants of the earth, and learn from them; let the fish of the sea become your teaches. Who among you all these does not know that God has done this? In God's hand is the soul of every living things in God's hand is the breadth of all human kind." Job 12:7-10

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