"If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." - Mother Teresa
Collective Call to Prayer: Psalm 103:1-13 | The Collective Edition
With all we are, we bless the One,
Whose image we reflect through love.
With all we are, we remember the One,
Who made the Universe and called it good,
Who calls us to infinite forgiveness,
Whose healing love is all around us,
Who calls us to redeem the world through peace,
And whose eternal mercy stitches us together.
The One whose wisdom fills the human heart,
So that we can embrace the power of possibility.
A wisdom that calls us to action toward mercy,
And justice for all who are in need of liberation.
A collective wisdom born out of the human thirst for justice,
Revealed to us by the Hebrew Prophets of old.
We are called to be agents of change in this world,
Slow to anger and living in the fullness of grace.
A calling to not hurt one another,
But to love with no reservations.
Do not judge others by the times they have missed the mark,
And do not repay hurt with hurt.
For the One who created the Universe,
Observes the Universe through our eyes and actions.
So love one another and be kind to all creation,
For your actions reflect the truth at the core of your divinity.
If you love yourself and show compassion toward yourself,
Then you will also do so for those around you, for that is the Way of Love.
So, say we all. Amen!
Words of Wisdom: Matthew 18: 21-35 | Collective Edition
Peter went to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, is there a limit to forgiveness?"
Christ said to Peter, "Just as love is infinite, so too must your compassion and forgiveness be, reflecting the boundless nature of love. This embodies the essence of endless possibility for love and compassion, tied to our collective desire for mercy and understanding.
There was a farmer who rented fertile land to create a farm collective, aiming to provide fresh organic food to local schools serving underprivileged children and families.
One day, the farmer faced financial trouble. The landowner, having received a lucrative offer from a food conglomerate, told her to pay $10,000 in back rent or lose the land. Fearing the loss would deprive the local children of healthy food options, the farmer pleaded with the landowner to let her raise money from local communities to keep the collective going.
Touched by her mission and sincerity, the landowner said, 'Don't worry about the $10,000. Instead, use any money you raise to further develop my land and expand your collective. Just promise to keep it free for families in need and treat your workers well.'
Filled with gratitude, the farmer promised to make the collective a sanctuary of love and kindness.
Days later, however, she found that a worker had damaged a solar panel costing $100. Overwhelmed and angry, she demanded immediate repayment and fired the worker who couldn't pay but offered to work extra hours.
Witnessing this, the others informed the landowner, who confronted the farmer: 'I forgave your debt and asked only that you treat people here with kindness. Why didn't you extend the same mercy to your worker over a much smaller matter? If you can't embody the kindness shown to you, how can I trust you to run a collective dedicated to love and inclusion?'
At that moment, the farmer recognized her failing. Her stress had clouded her judgment, betraying her initial promise. She apologized to both the landowner and the fired worker, even working the extra hours herself to pay for the repair. From then on, she understood that forgiveness and grace are for everyone—a cosmic dance inviting all to evolve together."
Pastoral Prayer: Based on Genesis 50:15-21 | Collective Version
Eternal and Loving One, as we close this Mosaic service centered on forgiveness and the call to boundless love.
In the shadows of our imperfect lives, where grudges take root and conflict stifles our common humanity, let us remember the story of Joseph and his brothers—a tale of forgiveness even when forgiveness seemed impossible.
The Christ within us kindles the light of our authentic self, guiding us toward a path of grace and boundless love. Like Joseph, may we internalize the wisdom that even though harm may be intended, it is within our reach to transform it into good, cultivate peace where there is conflict, and act kindly when words fail us.
Today, let us carry forward this teaching, navigating the delicate balance between judgment and grace. We all stand in need of grace and forgiveness; may we recognize our capacity to extend it to ourselves and to others.
In a world that sometimes divides and conquers, may we instead unite and heal. May we be the living embodiment of the divinity within us, the God of endless possibility, the Christ consciousness that calls us to awaken to a higher love, a deeper peace, and a fuller compassion.
With hearts open wide and spirits lifted high, let us step into the world as bearers of this boundless love, empowered to forgive and to be forgiven, ever-seeking the Christ way—a middle ground teeming with mercy and understanding.
Let us carry the essence of today's teaching deep within our souls, always remembering that we are not merely travelers on this journey, but co-creators of a world stitched together by the very fabric of love and forgiveness.
So, Say we all. Amen!
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Communion - A Collective Meal
The First Meal
A Collective Meal
Prayer of the One
Inside every one of us is the nature of God, the incomprehensible One whose Spirit is all around us,
who has set the worlds into motion, who has revealed to us how we are to live with one another.
As citizens of this world and caretakers of creation, let us take only what we need, and share all that we can with one another.
In forgiving ourselves for the times that we have missed the mark, let us also forgive the debts and the times when others have missed that mark.
For in times of trouble and fear, the shared love of one another will see us through it all.
Together, let us seek to evolve the human condition,
so that we can awaken the true self, the Christ inside us all.
Remembering that Christ is our Path, God is our Light, and the Spirit is our Strength.
So say we all. Amen.
Words of Gratitude