Community Liturgy – 4th Sundays
The Community Liturgy is unique to Companions on the Journey. We feel that it is an important and vital difference for our community, because it acknowledges the ability that each of us has to teach others. We are all striving to deepen our spirituality and the insights each of us has, can be of immense value and importance to others. In fact, as a community, we are deeply committed to the evolution of each individual within the community. Our community liturgies allow us the opportunity to deepen our commitment.
For the 4th Sunday of each month, a small group of individuals come together to plan the liturgy. Each month a different group of individuals is involved in this process. The theme of the liturgy is often the outgrowth of a particular study or experience someone has engaged in and which has for that individual yielded an important insight or transformation, which he/she feels ready to share in the form of a Homily with the community. One or two other persons join the homilist as co-celebrants of the liturgy, offering their ideas on the sharing of the liturgy and selecting the readings. The music is selected by the group with the assistance of the music director. As the celebrants immerse themselves in the theme, they often experience a new creativity and depth in the way they themselves experience the liturgy.
In addition to liturgies planned and celebrated by community members, we often have guests on our 4th Sundays, to widen our knowledge of and appreciation of other wisdom traditions. We have been very fortunate to welcome as guests representatives of many diverse spiritual beliefs and we gain greatly from what they share with us.