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Liturgy for Communion in the Courtyard

June 17, 2021 6:00 P.M.

Entrance on 2700 block of Fifth Avenue 92103 (5th Ave. Side)

Thank you for joining us this evening for a socially-distanced, outdoor worship service. Please follow along in this simple liturgy, based on the Doxology Life gathering at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Would you like to participate in next week’s service? This is a community driven service. Whether you would like to read something, contribute a spoken piece or musical offering, or help with organization- you are welcome! Please talk to Jeff or  or email 


Un Día de Noviembre by Leo Brower.


Let us begin the evening in silence.

Regular text will be said by the leader, text in bold can be said in unison. Please participate as you feel led, or feel free to rest in quiet contemplation.

We are glad you are here.

Officiant: Stay with us, Christ, for it is evening.

All: Make your church bright with your radiance.

Officiant: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

All: Amen.

The officiant now lights the candle at the Altar as you may light your own (electronic) candle. Please listen, watch, pray or keep silence.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5.

O Gracious Light

Led by officiant, said by all

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds. 


The Psalms

Led by the Lector.  Read responsively, the people responding with the text in bold.

Psalm 85

  You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
  You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
  You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
  Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
let your anger depart from us.
  Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
will you prolong your anger from age to age?
  Will you not give us life again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?
  Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
and grant us your salvation.
  I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
  Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10   Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11   Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12   The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13   Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Psalm 86 

  Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
  Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
  Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
  Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
  For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
  Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
  In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
  Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
nor anything like your works.
  All the nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD, *
and glorify your Name.
10   For you are great; you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
11   Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12   I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.
13   For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14   The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
15   But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16   Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.
17   Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

The Lesson

Read by the Lector

Luke 20:41-21:4

A reading from the Gospel according to Luke.

Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”‘ David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

The Word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.

The Reflection

Canticle / Poem

“A Golden Compass” by Hafiz

Forget every idea of right and wrong
Any classroom ever taught you

An empty heart, a tormented mind,
Unkindness, jealousy and fear

Are always the testimony
You have been completely fooled!

Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.

Come, join the honest company
Of the King’s beggars –
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.

Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
That indeed,
Indeed, God is Real.

I will lead you into the Circle
Of the Beloved’s cunning thieves,
Those playful royal rogues –
The ones you can trust for true guidance –
Who can aid you
In this Blessed Calamity of life.

Look at the Perfect One
At the Circle’s Center:

He Spins and Whirls like a Golden Compass,
Beyond all that is Rational,

To show this dear world

That Everything,
Everything in Existence
Does point to God.


Extasiados en Ti by Salvador Arce Guerra


Iona Eucharistic Prayer

Communion Liturgy Iona 2020 (

The Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We offer you praise, dear God, and hearts lifted high,
for in the communion of your love
Christ comes close to us and we come close to Christ.
Therefore with the whole realm of nature around us,
with earth, sea, and sky, we sing to you.
With the angels of light who envelop us,
with all the saints before and beside us,
with brothers and sisters, east and west,
we sing to you.
And with our loved ones, separate from us now,
who yet in this mystery are close to us,
we join in the song of your unending greatness:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and
earth are full of your glory. Blessed is the one who comes in
the name of the Lord! Hosanna
in the highest!

Blessed is our brother Jesus,
who walks with us the road of our world’s suffering,
and who is known to us in the breaking of bread.
On the night of his arrest Jesus took bread
and having blessed it he broke the bread
and gave it to his disciples, saying,
This is my body, given to you.
In the same way he took wine
and having given thanks for it, he poured it out
and gave the cup to his disciples, saying,
This cup is the new relationship with God,
sealed with my blood.
Take this and share it.
Hear us, O Christ,
and breathe your Spirit upon us,
and upon this bread and wine.
May they become for us your body,
vibrant with your life,
healing, renewing, and make us whole.
And as the bread and wine
which we now eat and drink
are changed into us,
may we be changed again into you,
bone of your bone, flesh of your flesh,
loving and caring in the world.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say

Our Father in heaven,
holy is your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen. 

The Breaking of the Bread.
He whose table was open to all
is now present in this bread.
He whose word welcomed friend and stranger
offers friendship through this cup.

With people everywhere we affirm
God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
The gifts of God for the people of God …

Thanks be to God.

Share the Meal

If you wish to take communion, please come forward with your mask on.  A wafer will be dispensed into your cupped palm. Please return with it to your seat.  Once seated, you may remove your mask and consume your wafer, then please re-mask.

Currently we are unable to take wine due to COVID precautions, however the Prayer Book allows that communion in one kind provides the same spiritual benefit as communion in both kinds.

Music and Distribution of Communion

Bless the Lord by Br. Jacques Berthier (Taizé)


“Come and be still,” says the Holy.
Linger in Love’s presence.
Let striving cease.
Accept what is,
for what is.
All is held in Sacred embrace.
your pain is honored.
Your loss is acknowledged.
Your struggle is neither dismissed nor inflated.
It rests in the web of shared existence,
cruel and beautiful.

Eventually, love will ask more of you…
But in this moment,
feel the nearness of the Source of Life Itself,
tender and fierce.
Know that the Infinite embraces you
in all the ways you are essential –
and not.

Let your chest rise and fall
to the rhythm of eternity’s breath:

– Rev. M Barclay, enfleshed 

The Blessing and Dismissal

Said by Officiant.

May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Alleluia, alleluia.  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia!


Siembra Fe by Salvador Arce Guerra

Worship Leaders

Officiant: Pat Kreder

Celebrant: The Very Rev. Penny Bridges

Lector: Richard Lief

Prayers: Susan Williams

Reflector: Maya Little-Saña

Canticle: Stacey Klaman

Music: Salvador Arce Guerra


Because of you,


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