For Sunday, October 17, 2021, Readings: Paradise Now*, Psalm 8**, Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45
*1st Reading, from Paradise Now: "What do you want?" To make the world glow with creation. To make life irresistible. To feed all the people. To change the demonic forces into the celestial. To remove the causes of violence. To do useful work. To work for the love of it and not for the money. To live without the police. To change myself. To get rid of the class system. To re-invent love. To make each moment creative. To be free of the force of the State. To be free to create. To get rid of a life of material greed. To free all the energy wasted in financial transaction. To cut all the bureaucratic wasted time out of life. To free humanity from armies. To stop distorting the mind of the people. To stop crippling the human body with frustration. To learn how to breath. To live longer than we do. To be free of the system. To get rid of central control. To supply what we need. To seek what we desire. To stop wasting the planet. To stop dying of competition. To break down the walls that alienate. To get to know God. To make the destination clear. [From The Living Theatre, Judith Malina and Julian Beck]
-I see your handiwork in the heavens: The moon and the stars you set in place.
-You treat them like gods, dressing them in glory and splendor. You give them charge of the earth,
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Living, Loving Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, grant us the humility to understand our true place in, and responsibilities for Your Creation, to learn from every living creature and life form, and to be voice and champion for the protection and preservation of this Earth that you lay at our feet.
~ Living, Loving Creator, instill within us and all who lead the governments of our Planet, our Nation, and our Community, the urgency to feed all people, remove causes of violence, be rid of material greed, and to stop wasting this planet, through assuring the well-being of eco-systems and environments that sustain the life and existence of Your whole world. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Living, Loving Creator, surround the hearts of all who live with chronic illness, or critical need, with Your peace and healing; and endurance for those who give them care. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ Living, Loving Creator, keep us in the knowledge that love never dies and that those we have sent ahead, have new life in the holy grandeur of Your Eternal Kingdom. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ Living, Loving Creator, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
~ Living, Loving Creator, set alight the spirits of those called by You to lead us in Your Church, who guide us to make our destination clear, and join us to love, honor, and serve as Christ has taught and shown us by His example. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
We bless You by our faith and action
The Celebrant adds: O God of Glory, awaken us each day with the renewed desire to restore and cherish Your precious gift of this living, breathing planet, the literal ground that supports our earthly being. Kindle our fervor to actively engage in and assure its health and wholeness for all who live and breathe on this planet, now and always. We ask through Jesus, our Teacher and Redeemer; and the Holy Spirit, the Divine and Limitless Energy of our souls; who together with You are One God, forever and ever. Amen.
** Click here for more information about: Season of Creation ~ In The Beginning