[The Upper Room] Upper Room Liturgy lead by Michael Morwood

The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community and the People’€™s Catholic Seminary’ sponsored a weekend retreat lead by Michael Morwood from June 1-3, 2018 in Albany, NY. The liturgy below concluded a weekend on God, Jesus and Prayer for the 21st  Century Christians.

Michael has over 40 years’€™ experience in retreat, education, parish and adult faith development ministries, and is the author of 10 books, the most recent being Prayers for Progressive Christians. Michael’€™s particular interest is in helping adult Christians examine what we believe and why we believe it, what we imagine and why we imagine the way we do.’
In his prophetic voice, he is raising the right and obvious questions that all Christians must face. In his response he provides fresh and perceptive possibilities for a modern and relevant faith.Like many of the prophets before him, he has paid a very high price for articulating Christian faith in ways that resonate with a contemporary understanding of our place in the universe.*
*Click on the links below to get a glimpse of what we experienced this weekend. “Jesus through a 21^st ‘ century lens (Part 1-3).’ ‘ https://youtu.be/ghdcvoT2VZQ* *https://youtu.be/qGV3X2Oay80*
*To learn more about Michael, visit his website at’ www.morwood.org <www.morwood.org/>.’ Bring him to your progressive Christian Community!!!*
*Liturgy: ‘€œThe Gifts We Are*
*Michael: Welcome and Theme* *’ ‘ * *Opening Prayer*:*’ In the Name of All That IS* *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR38ZBpAXZ8&sns=em* by Jan Novotka
*In the name of all that is we come together.’ * *In the name of the stars and galaxies; in the name of the planets, moons and the sun;’ * *in the name of all that is we come.*
*In the name of all that is we come together.’ * *In the name of the ocean and the sea; in the name of the mountain, desert and plain;’ * *in the name of all that is we come.*
*In the name of all that is we come together.’ * *In the name of the buffalo and bear; in the name of the turtle, eagle and whale;’ * *in the name of all that is we come.*
*In the name of all that is we come together.’ * *In the name of the cactus and the fern; in the name of the flower, tree and the herb;’ * *in the name of all that is we come.*
*In the name of all that is we come together.* *In the name of the elements of life; in the name of the soil, water and air;’ * *in the name of all that is we come.*
*In the name of all that is we come together.’ * *In the name of the children of earth; in the name of the Spirit breathing in all things;* *in the name of all that is we come.*
*First Meditation:’ We Who Are Alive Today by Jan Phillips*
*We who are alive today are the eyes and ears,* *the hands and feet of the Creative Force.*
*We are Thought Incarnate, Word made Flesh, Love materialized.* *We are the consciousness of the earth:*’ *the universe knowing itself, seeing itself, singing to itself.*
*We are prophets of a new time, makers of a new myth,* *where our Source dwells not on some heavenly throne* *but in the very breath of living things: among us and within us.*
*We are made of heaven and earth, starlight and clay,* *minerals and meteor dust.*’ *We are the Infinite Wave transformed into finite particles,’ spacetime compressed into the spec of a lifetime.*
*As the Cosmos multiplies and expands forever outward* *so does it expand forever inward*’ *evolving us into beings of higher consciousness.*
*We who are alive today came here with a purpose,’ * *are in service to a mission: to extend mercy, to bring forth justice,* *to re-member ourselves and converge as one.*
*We are creating’ tomorrow’ with our thoughts and words.* *We are shaping ourselves and families, our communities and cities,* *our cultures and civilizations by what we do and failed to do.*
*We are ascending into our potential, evolving into our God-ness,* *co-creating the Whole that is the sum of our parts.*
*We who are alive today; let us sing out that the heaven we seek* *is already around us, that wherever we look,* *the Holy One is there, looking right back.*
*No matter what storms batter and buffet us, let us not lose heart,* *for we are One with All and life holds us firmly in the palm of its hand.*
*These are the words of Jan Phillips and we affirm them by saying, AMEN!*
*’© Jan Phillips 2013*

*Second Meditation: ‘€œThe Gift You Are’€ by John Denver* *https://youtu.be/RG31OE6tKRY*
*Imagine a month of Sundays Each one a cloudy day Imagine the moment the sun came shining through Imagine that ray of sunshine as you Remember your darkest hour With dawn still far away Remember the way that you longed for morning’s light And think of yourself as a candle in the night Make believe this is the first day Everything all brand new Make believe that the sun is your own lucky star And then understand the kind of gift you are
* *[Chorus:] The gift you are Like the very first breath of Spring The gift you are All the joy that love can bring The gift you are All of our dreams come true The gift you are The gift of you
* *You are the promise of all the ages You are the Prodigal Son You are the vision of prophets and sages You are the only one Dream of a bright tomorrow Know that your dream will come true Carry your dream in a sparkling crystal jar Then you will know the kind of gift you are
* *[Chorus] The gift you are Like the very first breath of Springtime The gift you are All the joy that love can bring The gift you are All of our dreams come true, yes they do The gift you are The gift of you The gift you are The gift of you*
*Shared Homily ‘€“ Michael begins with homily starter.’ *

*Michael: Let us now celebrate in prayer the gifts we are and commit ourselves once again to being faithful to what we pray.*
*Prayer before Communion’ */(From Prayers for Progressive Christians, Michael Morwood, p. 53)/** /(community prays prayer alternating sides)/
*We gather here conscious of the gift* *each one of us is.* *We are gifts of the universe* *unfolding for billions of years* *to produce a wondering and wonderful life-form* *with awareness, appreciation, and creativity.*
*We are gifts of the universe,* *bringing us forth* *to sing, to dance* *and to be joyful* *on its behalf,* *on behalf of all of creation.*
*We are gifts of the Great Mystery,* *permeating* *penetrating* *and embracing* *everything that exists,* *and coming to human expression in us.*
*We are gifts of human love,* *of commitment* *of risk* *of hope* *of trust* *of promise* *of dreams of what could be.*
*We are gifts* *of all the joy that love can bring,* *of dreams come true,* *of Divine possibilities.*
*We are earthen vessels,* *gifted* *with the power and impulses* *that drive the universe.*
*We are earthen vessels,* *charged with the Great Mystery* *at work everywhere* *in the vastness of the universe.*
*We are gifts* *to be opened and shared,* *called to be co-creators* *of an evolving humanity,* *enablers of the ‘€œkingdom of God’€.*
*We come to this gathering* *to affirm our commitment* *to expansion, to risk* *to possibilities* *to the gift we want to be, and can be* *for anyone whose lives we touch.*
*All: We gather around bread and wine* *and the story of Jesus* *who lived the gift* *of human existence wholeheartedly.*
*We eat and drink today* *thankful for every person and for every influence* *in our lives* *that have helped and opened us* *to live beyond our fearful inner voices* *and have led us to embrace life wholeheartedly.*
*We eat and drink* *as a public sign of our readiness* *to BE the gifts we are,* *open to the Spirit of Life and Love* *moving in our hearts and minds.*
*To wherever the Spirit of Life and Love* *may lead us* *we give our, Amen.*
*Michael: Introduction to Communion’ * *In the Eucharistic ritual, we use bread and wine as symbols to ritualize our personal commitment to follow the dream of Jesus. It is our commitment that is sacred and precious’€¦ and the bread and wine symbolize for us our public willingness to be faithful followers of Jesus.’ */(Prayers for Progressive Christians by Michael Morwood, p. 41)/** /Four stations are set on a round table in the middle of the circle. Four people approach the table at one time. No line is formed./
*Communion Meditation: The Beauty of the Dancer by Sara Thomsen* *https://youtu.be/Lax7fxdOnVU*
*_Michael:’ _**Please stand as we’ pray together our blessing:* /(raise your hands in blessing)/
*All: May we continue to BE the gifts we are,* *open to the Spirit of Life and Love* *moving in our hearts and minds.* *And may our name be a blessing in our time!’ ‘ Amen.*
*Closing Song:’ **Canticle of the Sun By Marty Haughen* *https://youtu.be/-2R180JStUM**’ *
*Other songs used during the retreat:*
*Everything is Holy Now by Peter Mayer* *https://youtu.be/KiypaURysz4*
*Galilee Song by Frank Anderson* *https://youtu.be/bdh1QH3sbQU* * *
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ARCWP Albany Ordination – July 8, 2017 – All Are Welcome

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
joyfully invites you

to the
Priestly Ordination
Lindy Sanford

And the
Diaconate Ordination
Lynn Kinlan
Margaret Alderman
Anne Keller

Ordaining Bishop: Bridget Mary Meehan
July 8, 2017
2:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
405 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206


Fuller Road Firehouse
1342 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205

Reception Reservations:

Please RSVP by July 1, 2017.

Please send a check for $26 per person made out to the Upper Room ICC to
Joan Chesterfield
12 Oakwood Boulevard
Clifton Park, NY 12065-7414

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