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Service of Cleansing and Healing

Font with recycled glass bowl that held the water
Font with recycled glass bowl that held the water

At noon on Thursday January 20, 2011, a Service of Cleansing and Healing took place in front of Safeway at Ina and Oracle in Tucson, Arizona. This is the site of the January 8th shooting that took the lives of Christina Taylor Green, Federal Judge John Roll, Gabe Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck and Dorwin Stoddard and wounded 12 more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Pam Simon and Ron Barber.

A Service of Cleansing and Healing

Reverencing the Space and Blessing the Community

 La Toscana Center

Noon, January 20, 201

CENTERING MUSIC                          Native Flute                                   Larry Redhouse

 WORDS OF GATHERING

 As we select fruit and vegetables for dinner, meet a friend for lunch, purchase flowers for our aunt’s birthday, buy a house, or pick up a prescription for our child, we live out our spiritual journey. It is in the everydayness of our lives – in striving to be an informed citizen or a mentoring friend, in living out our passion to help others and in seeking to learn – that we know more of the Holy One. And more of that Light is witnessed through us.

 Sacred cannot be divided into Sunday or Friday/Saturday and the rest of the week. It cannot be divided strictly by space – sanctuary or shopping center. God is, was and will be in this place. God was and is with us as we grieve. And God is with us today to help us reclaim this space for the good of all.

 We gather today to ask the gracious winds of the Spirit to blow in this place anew. We gather to remember servant hearts and acts of courage and tenderness. May each of us who have been shaken to the core carry with us the deep reminder of how precious and fragile life is. In the midst of these dark days, may we reaffirm our faith in a God of love who knows our grief and comforts our shattered hearts.

 Let us join our hearts, minds and voices to praise God for the beauty that surrounds and sustains us.

 SONG                                                                                  For the Beauty of the Earth              

 1. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies

    For the love which from our birth over and around us lies

     God of All, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.

 2. For the beauty of each hour, of the day and of the night

    Hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light

    God of All, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.

 3. For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child

    Friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild

    God of All, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise

 7. For the strength to live our call, in the face of threat and death

    For the courage to risk all, putting others before self

    God of All, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise

                                                                      Verse 7             ©2011 Rev. Cynthia Langston Kirk

 PRAYER                           

 PSALM                               Psalm 107: 1-9           

 WORD ABOUT PRAYER FLAGS

 PRAYER      

 Merciful God, we lay our brothers and sisters who died and those who are wounded before you. We lay those who are isolated by grief and overwhelmed by thoughtless inquiries before you.

 Today we lay La Toscana Center, especially Safeway – the land, the buildings, the people – before you. Pour out your healing on people and place.

 Grace-filled One, we are hungry for each person to think and live reverently. We are thirsty for compassion. Fill us with reverence. Fill us with compassion.

 Help us understand the plight of mental illness in a deeper way and commit our time and resources toward systemic help for those who suffer and their families.

 Holy Healer, in moments when we despair, remind us of your unwavering faithfulness. Remind us that you are our rock and refuge.

 Receive our rawness and our frantic searching to make sense of the senseless. Take our outrage, our pain, our wordless grief and heal us individually and as a community.

 Loving Breath of the Spirit, help us remember the passion for people and the generosity exuded in the lives of the people who were injured or killed on January 8th. May their lives continue to inspire our words and actions.

 Consecrate our tears, our tokens and our expressions of service. Guide us to be beacons of hope from the corner of Ina and Oracle to the four corners of the world. Amen.

 SONG                        “Live in Charity”  (Ubi Caritas)

 Live in charity and steadfast love,

Live in charity; God will dwell with you.

A TIME OF REFLECTION

                              Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño 

A TIME OF SILENCE

BLESSING OVER THE WATER

SPRINKLING THE SPACE

LITURGY OF RECLAMATION AND BLESSING

May the healing waters cleanse and reclaim;

May they renew and bring hope

From the North and the South, from the East and the West,

From all places in this center to every corner of our city

Pour out your mercy

For every store owner and employee

Pour out your mercy

For each neighbor and every visitor

Pour out your mercy

For those who bring food and merchandise to this center

Pour out your mercy

For those who cleaned this space

Pour out your mercy

For those who are consumed by grief or fear

Pour out your mercy

For those around the world who continue to pray for us

Pour out your mercy

For those who seek to live reverently and compassionately, knowing we are all connected

Pour out your mercy

SONG                                                                               Peace is Flowing Like a River

Peace is flowing like a river, flowing out through you and me

Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.

Hope is flowing like a river, flowing out through you and me

Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.

Love is flowing like a river, flowing out through you and me

Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.

BENEDICTION

May the gracious winds of the Spirit blow in this place anew. May peace, hope and love flow from person to person to person. And may the world continue to be transformed by acts of kindness and courage.

SONG                                                                                                Peace is Flowing Like a River

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

PASSING THE PEACE

 

Liturgy and verse 7 of “For the Beauty of the Earth” ©2011 Rev. Cynthia Langston Kirk