“If I ever become a saint, I will surely be
a  saint of darkness. I’ll continually be absent
from heaven to be the light of those who are
in darkness on earth.” NCR     

Mary Mother of Jesus
Inclusive Catholic Community
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
September 3, 2016

Imogene & Michael Rigdon 
Mindy Lou Simmons, 
Music Minister


Moment of silence

Gathering Song: #604 Christ, 

Be Our Light vs 1-3

All: In the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, 
and of the Holy Spirit our wisdom. Amen.

Presider: God is with you. All: Namaste!

Opening Prayer. Presider: Let us pray.

All: Dear Mother Teresa, you lived a life of immense love and 

charity toward others. You inspired us with your words, such as 
“You can save only one at a time. We can love only one at a time.” 
You truly believed that loving others, especially the most 
destitute, was the purpose of our life 
and that God put each of us here on earth 
to do something beautiful for God. 
Inspire us to learn what particular mission 
God has in mind for us in our life. Amen. 
(Women Saints, MS Compton)

Rite of Forgiveness. All, with hand extended in prayer: 

O God of all mercy, through his life Jesus revealed that nothing 
can separate us from your love. May God give us pardon 
and peace, and may we forgive each other our failures to care 
for one another and for our earth, in the name of Abba 
God, and of our brother Jesus, and 
of Spirit Sophia. Amen

All sing: Glory to God, glory. O praise God, alleluia. 

Glory to God, glory. O praise the name of our God. 

1st reading: Quotes from Mother Teresa

Response: #760 My God is my light ; my salvation, 

of whom should I be afraid, of whom should I be afraid?

2nd reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa

Gospel Acclamation: #931 Celtic Alleluia

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew 25

Response. All: Glory; praise to Jesus the Christ!

All (sing): Celtic Alleluia

Shared Homily

Moment of silence

Profession of Faith. All: We believe in God, the creator of all, 

whose divinity infuses life with the sacred. 
We believe in Jesus the Christ who leads us 
to the fullness of humanity. 
Through Christ we become new people, 
lifted to the fullness of life. We believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the breath of God on earth, who enlightens those living
 in darkness. We believe in God who is life. 
Amen to courage, to hope, to the spirit of truth, to
 wholeness, to the partnership and equality 
of women and men in God’s plan. 
We believe in justice and peace for all. 
We surely believe in all this!

Community Petitions. Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and

 care for us, we bring the needs of the people to our loving God. 
Response: Christ, be our light!

Presider: Energize us in our works for justice, equality, 

and peace. We pray this with Jesus our brother.

All: Amen

Collection and Presentation of Gifts at the table.

All Sing: #361 Seed Scattered and Sown, 1&;3

Eucharistic Prayer.

All Sing: We are holy holy holy (x3) We are whole. You are holy… 

I am holy… We are holy

All: As we do in this place what you did in an upstairs room, 

send down your Spirit Sophia on us and on these gifts of bread 
and wine that they may become for us your body, healing, 
forgiving, and making us whole. And that we may become 
for you, your body, loving and caring in the world 
until your kindom comes. Amen.

We remember Jesus. All, with hand extended in blessing: 

On the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, 
Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and 
gave it to them saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. 
This is my body which will be broken for you.” Pause. 
In the same way, Jesus took a cup of wine. 
He said the blessing, gave the cup to his friends and said,
 “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. 
Do this in memory of me.”

All: Remember, gracious God, your Church throughout the world. 

Make us open to receive all believers. In union with all people, 
may we strive to create a world where suffering is diminished, 
and where all people in darkness can live in your light.

Thru Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, 

all glory is yours, gracious God. Amen(sing)

Prayer of Jesus (Sing “Our Father and Mother”)

Presider: Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Instrumental, Peace Before Us (Mindy)

All: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us 

and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. 
We are the Body of Christ.

All Sing: Holy gifts for holy people; come, you hungry, and believe. 

Come and take Christ’s body offered, come and be what you receive. 
(Repeat x2)

Communion: Instrumental music (Mindy)

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Didache, Instruction, 100CE)

Men: For the thanksgiving, give thanks this way: 

First, for the cup: We thank you, Abba God, for the sacred 
vine of David your son, whose meaning you made clear to us 
through our brother Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.

Women: And for the bread fragment: We thank you, Abba God, 

for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us 
through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.

All: As this fragment was scattered high on hills, but

 by gathering was united into one, so let your people from 
earth’s ends be united into your single reign, 
for yours are splendor and might through 
Jesus Christ down the ages.

Prayers of Thanksgiving. Introductions. 


All sing, hand extended in blessing: You are the face of God, 

I hold you in my heart, You are a part of me, You 
are the face of God. You are the face of God, 
I hold you in my heart,You are my family, 
You are the face of God.

Presider: Go in the peace of Christ, may our loving service 

to all continue! All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Closing song: #604 Christ, Be Our Light vs 4-5

Anointing of those in need


Our thanks to Lee Breyer who provided the resources 

for this celebration. 

This bird  stood outside St. Andrew UCC during our liturgy.