I. Opening : Ontario “The Liberator”
From different backgrounds and countries,
Bangkok, here they come,
Women from India, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam,
Australia, Japan, Korea, Ceylon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan
Not to talk about their own countries’ prestige anymore
But about every oppression and injustice welling in their heart
They are discussing what’s really going on around us
And, sometimes, arguing to find the solutions
To these oppressive problems
North to South
Seems never to stop
Just like the wheel of this life
The world goes round and round
Round the sun
And I look at myself through a mirror every single day
Whose face is it?
Is it mine as it was?
With its frowned forehead?
Or, is it the future face for my oppressed others?
Every single day different questions emerge
Fight against my spirit of life
Fight against the system and culture of patriarchy
that has been there, inside our blood, for so long
So hard, yes, it is
But never will I give up
Little and nothing, yes, I am little and nothing
But I am now standing under the sun
I keep on walking, fighting for my beloved society’s future
For my beloved Church’s future
For all of humankind’s future
For you, my world, my earth
And everything inside you
I sacrifice this little body and this tiny soul
For the liberation and abolition
of all kinds of violence, oppression and injustice
Toward a more just and friendly future for women
Narrator 1 :
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
The earth was barren, with no form of life;
It was a roaring ocean covered with darkness.
But the Spirit of God was moving over the waters
Then God created the sky and the earth.
Separated light from darkness.
Made plants grow on the land
Filled the ocean, the sky and the earth
With various creatures
In the end, God created humans,: man and woman
To be like Herself
And it was all good
: And it was all good
But men started revolting
Abusing the freedom given by God.
In the face of other creatures
They acted as if they were equal to God
Then, wrath was God
“Get yourself out of here,
for you don’t deserve to live inside this Paradise anymore”.
Since then, the history of humanity has been stained by disrespectful deeds.
Humans blackmail, oppress, and silence each other.
The value of truth and justice is misused in the name of rationality,
objectivity and civilization.
The Earth is covered with blood and tears, blackened, and stinking
The earth is full of brothers stabbing and slashing each other.
In the darkness, we remember God’s promise
Even so, humans are ashamed.
The memories grow harder and become a lump in the throat
Humans have to scream hard to get rid of the nightmare of the memories
The women’s shrieks and the agonizing wail of suffering humankind melts God’s heart.
She sends Her only Son to free us from the rule of sin.
Words have become flesh and lived among us.
To be remembered and celebrated in the form of unleavened bread and wine, Eucharist.
are we using the power of God’s blessings to change our lives for the better?
From all over the world, we hear the soft lamentation of Asia women who are oppressed and become the victims of violence.
(Softly, a song “Inilah Tubuhku” is sung)
5 7 1 / 2 1 2 1 1 2 / 4 3 2 1/ 2.
Inilah tubuhKu yang diserahkan bagimu
5 7 1 / 2 1 2 1 1 2 / 45 4 / 43 21 / 2..
Inilah darahKu yang ditumpahkan ba- gi – mu
6 7 1 7 / 6 6 5 7 2 / 1 7 6 5 7 1 / 6.//
Lakukanlah ini akan peringatan kepadaKu
(This is My body which was given up for you, This is My blood which was shed for you, Do this in memory of Me)
How can we commemorate and look at the Eucharistic bread and say: “This is My Body”
While the bodies of women are tortured, raped, sterilized, chopped, enslaved, manipulated, and abused for the benefit of men?
Once again, the Spirit of God does not stand still.
She empowers the voices so that they are like ripples that disrupt the stability and comfort of the oppressors
The simultaneous ear-shattering wails and cries rock the Earth.
Asian skies are bubbling in turbulence and the oceans are boiling in anger.
(Loud instrumental music, women’s and children’s screams are heard in the background)
Then, an honest vow and strong determination is built among the children of God: Women and Men.
(Women dressed in black enter the room carrying a bier – the symbol of death of the violence, injustice towards women, the silence and imprisonment towards women. Arriving at the Altar, the leader of the group breaks the earthen jug, as a symbol of “breaking the silence” for the women violence victims. “Syair Abunawas”, a song of repentance in Islamic tradition is sung).
If we believe that at this moment,
God is still building freedom
through the sweat and tears of these men and women,
and that God is maintaining our freedom
through those who are still listening to their conscience.
Narrator 13 :
We will see that liberation and freedom are not the end
Instead, a challenge for the Church community
An Ecclesia of Wo/men!
( All narrators exit, accompanied by instrumental music )
II. Alleluia (entrance of the Scripture Reader)
6 1 17 // 1 . 3 3 /2 1 4 3 /2 1 6 1/ 17 1. / 1 7 //
Al le lu ia Al le lu ia, al le lu ia, al le lu ia ! ------ 2x
III. Scripture Reading
IV. Song : Shiwa Shankara
1 1 1 1 1 6 5 / 2 2 2 3 2 1 1/
Shiwa Shiwa Shankara Hara Para meswara
2 . 2 2 2 3 5 / 2 2 3 2 1 1 /
Om Nama Shiwa ya Om Nama Shiwa ya
5 5 . 3 5 5 5 / 6 1 . 6 5 5 /
Shiwa ya Nama Om Nama Shiwa ya
2 . 2 2 2 3 5 / 2 . 2 3 2 1 1 //
Om Nama Shiwa ya Om Nama Shiwa ya
: conclusion of the conference
VI. Offering :
Some participants come forward while carrying the symbols of life as the sign of personal and community devotion, then say their prayer. (They are allowed to bring other symbols and to pray privately).
(Singing “Sewaka Bakti” verse 1 (see the appendix), one participant comes forward to bring a candle to be presented to the Altar)
Candle is a symbol of brightness and light needed to proceed to the next level. God, our Mother, sometimes we are worried about our steps and fate tomorrow: What will we become and what kind of life will we have in the future? Will we gain something from our struggles and hard work? Lord, we often forget that all we need is sensitivity to see the light shining in front of our very eyes, the light that will guide and light our way in the future. The art of living is having the ability to capture the light in the darkness, not merely cursing the darkness. Help us to survive and believe that there is enough brightness and light to shine upon our struggles, which seem to get darker and heavier.
(singing “Sri Ram”, other participants come forward to bring flowers)
Flower is a symbol of compassion, empathy, and affection. Compassion is an important element needed in a community, in our fight against the suffering, violence and injustice. By being a person who’s willing to suffer with those who are suffering, being present for those who need and who are treated unjustly, being sisters and brothers for those who are put at the edge, meek, hungry, and poor; Oh, Sophia’s God, we indeed find the deep meaning of solidarity and happiness in our struggle. Let this solidarity inside our weakness, inside our pain, and inside our dissension, lead us to peace and glory in which we can share our sense of humanity with our others, the victims of injustice.
(Singing the second verse of “Sewaka Bakti”, some participants step forward from many directions while dancing with the beat of the song. Bringing colorful long scarves from all parts of Asia, the participants present their scarves).
Scarf is the symbol of solidarity and the bond of “sisterhood” in the community. Lord, our God, with these scarves, each of us is united in an inclusive and loving solidarity among one another. Individual addresses individual heart to heart with respectful and reinforcing greetings and touch. Supportive greetings and healing touch liberate us from the alienation and self-abandonment. In the hustle and bustle of violence and injustice and the suffering all around. Asia is the place where all the diversities unite and enrich each other. Lord, our God, this union of our diversities is not mean to banish all our uniqueness and strength; we come together to become pillars that support the roof of our community. Remind us then all that the strength of the community is within our various personalities, all of us who are willing to share and bind ourselves in loving one another.
(Singing “Tiada yang Lebih Indah” (see the appendix), participants present the incense and perfume)
Incense and perfume
symbolize the beauty of heart, and overflowing love. Lord the Almighty, guide and accompany our next journey so that we can love both our enemies and friends. Let beauty of heart spread the sweet-smelling fragrance all over the Earth. Let the nasty and stinking smell of violence and suffering no longer persist. It is love that will bring us to a world willing to reconcile, to uphold justice, peace, and the harmony among all creation.
(Singing the first verse of “Tuhan Trimalah” (See the appendix), participants step forward to present rice, corn, and water/tea)
Everyone needs food to survive. But the feast is more than just eating and drinking. The feast is to celebrate the gift of life that we share. For the feast is one of the holiest and most intimate moments among humankind, we are truly grateful for this gift, which is created mostly by women’s hands. In this offering of rice, corn, sago, and water/tea symbolizing indigenous food of Asian for ages; Oh, God, the Source of Life, we’d like to share the source of life especially with those who are in great hunger and thirst, and with those who are forced to survive with nothing/ Through this feast, may we be united as family, friends and one body of community.
(Closed by singing “Sembahan Sudra”, while the service leader enters the room carrying the “Tree of Life “ with fruit and seedlings hanging on it, accompanied by some dancers. The Tree of Life is placed in the middle of the Altar).
VII. Eucharistic Prayer of Community/ Ecclesia
Ever-living God, we come before you this evening to thank you for calling us into the community of God, Son and Spirit.
By creating and re-creating us, you have called us into solidarity with a constellation of communities:
The world community,
The Christian community,
Our local community.
So, we pause for a moment to thank you,
For all that we are in communion with:
The vastness of the universe,
The beauty of nature,
The infinitely diverse forms of life,
The entirety of humankind,
Our families and friends,
This worshipping community.
In the joy and strength of this solidarity, we proclaim:
Holy, holy, holy,…
God, our Mother, with gratitude for one another we celebrate this Eucharist.
We are brought together in community by your Son: for whenever two or more are united in The name, there The is in their midst.
We are sustained in ecclesia by your Spirit who is poured forth into our hearts.
We form ecclesia by being of one mind and one heart.
We build ecclesia by serving God and Her People with our diversity of gifts.
We intensify ecclesia by remaining united in silence and solitude with you.
That we might live no longer for ourselves but for him, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit from you, God of Sophia, as his first gift to those who believe.
May this Holy Spirit consecrate these offerings.
Let them become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord, as we celebrate the great mystery which he left us as an everlasting covenant.
He always loved those who were his own in the world.
When the time came for him to be glorified by You, he showed the depth of his love.
While they were at supper, Jesus took bread, prayed the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take this, all of you, and eat it:
This is my body, which will be given up for you.
In the same way, he took the cup of wine.
He gave you thanks, and giving the cup to his disciples, said:
Take this, all of you, and drink from it:
This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all so that sin may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me.
Let us proclain the mystery of faith:
When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
We proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.
God, we, your pilgrim people, celebrate in faith Jesus’s life, death and resurrection.
We pray that we who share in the body and blood of Christ may be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit.
We pray that we may be one with the entire People of God:
With our spiritual leaders,
With those who seek you and serve you,
With our sisters and all of the oppressed and the rejected,
With the homeless and the displaced,
With the imprisoned and the insane.
We pray, that You may free us from all that alienates us from You and from Your Spirit within us, so that we may enjoy the life of the risen Christ.
For it is:
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory and honor is yours, almighty Mother, forever and ever.
VIII. The Prayer of Peace
: Song “Kubawa Damai”
Participants shake each other’s hands to share peace.
1. Evenu syalom alairam 3x
Evenu syalom, syalom, syalom alairam
2. Kubawa damai bagimu 3x
Kubawa damai, damai, damai bagimu
3. We walk in peace and love together 3x
We walk in peace and love, and love, and love together
4. Salimna salam alaikum 3x
Salimna salam, salam, salam alaikum
5. Wo tai lai thai ping song kei ni 3x
Wo tai lai thai ping, thai ping, thai ping song kei ni
IX. Blessings and Delegation
The service leader picks the fruit from the Tree of Life and gives introductory speech on its symbol and meaning. Then, he hands it to one of the participants while giving some comforting, reinforcing and delegating words. This is also a sign of sharing the blessings. Next, the recipient of the blessings passes the blessings on the person next to him. This chained blessing-giving continues on to the last person, while the song “Biji” is sung in the background.
EWA participants giving each other the symbolic fruit of the Tree of Life
Reff: Jika bji tidak mati, ia tetap tinggal biji,
Namun bila ia musnah, berbuah berlimpah-limpah
1. Seperti roli dikunyah, mengualkan badan lemah,
Seperti humus di tanah, menyuburkan sawah.
2. Siapa yang hilang nyawa, ia akan mendapainya.
Siapa yang terkeed, jadi terbesar.
(If the seed doesn't die, it is still a seed. But if it dies, it will be plentiful of ftruits.
1. Like a chewed bread, it will strengthen weakly bodies. And like manure in land, it makes fields fertile
2. . Who loses his soul, will get it. Who was smallest, will be the biggest).
IX. Ecclessia Wo/men's Holy Comminion
(Participants stand in a circle, then put their hands over each other's hands to bless the food to eat while saying grace. Afterwards, they sing 'Gereja Bagai Bahtera", and eat together).