Lent5A.10.4.2011

Revd Rex A E Hunt

eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au
Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

10 April 2011. Lent 5A. (Purple).


Acknowledgement of land
(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years Indigenous people have walked
in this land, on their own country.
Their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives.

We acknowledge the (NN) and their stewardship
of this land throughout the ages.


(NN) is a safe place for all people to worship regardless of
race, creed, age, cultural background or sexual orientation


GATHERING

Gathering Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

The creator of life and the giver of life is in our midst.
Life in all its fullness is God’s offer to all (Adapt.WARC)

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The candle is lit

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
"Wake, Now My Senses"  (Tune: Slane, 10 10 10 10, 547 TiS)     298 SLT
Wake, now my senses, and hear the earth call;
feel the deep power of being in all;
keep, with the web of creation your vow,
giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now my reason, reach out to the new,
join with each pilgrim who quests for the true;
honour the beauty and wisdom of time;
suffer your limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now compassion, give heed to the cry;
voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
take as your neighbour both stranger and friend,
praying and striving their hardship to end.

Wake, now my conscience, with justice your guide;
join with all people whose rights are denied;
take not for granted a privileged place;
God's love embraces the whole human race.  TJS Mikelson
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
Praise to Creativity God, present through the ages,
All source of our living.
Praise to Creativity God, dancing within our lives,
All transforming and overflowing our lives.

Act of Awareness
Xxx

OR

We pray:
May our coming and our going be blessed,
this day and forever more.
May it be so.

Hymn Brother, Sister...” (Tune: 'Servant Song', 87 87)
Brother, sister I'm beside you,
Let me be as Christ to you,
Pray that I might have the grace
to let you be as Christ to me.

We are pilgrims on a journey
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will share your problems with you
I'll support you in your space
I will help you run your distance
I will look you in the face.

I'll remember that God made you
I'll not take your dignity
I'll encourage you in your skills
to create and feel and be.

Brother, sister I'm beside you,
Let me be as Christ to you,
Pray that I might have the grace
to let you be as Christ to me.  SEMurray
The people sit after the hymn

Welcome
In your own words

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who are worshipping at (NN) for the first time
or who have returned after an absence.

Your presence both enriches us
and this time of celebration together.
Refer to printed liturgy.
Fellowship hour following worship.
Those visiting, please sign our Visitors book.

CENTERING

Silence
In the safety of this sacred place
I invite you now into a time of silence
(Silence)

May this time of silence together
renew our hope
refresh our courage
lift our spirits
restore us in faith.
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
A reflection from a modern poet and a story from our biblical tradition
shall be read by (NN).

From the World around us:
“Australian Street”
By Brenda Saunders. Eureka Street, Vol 22, No. 10. 21/5/2012

I know it's autumn when exotic imports
lose their cargo of leaves
Empty branches startle the sky
Northern cut-outs curling in the sun
catch on fence wire at the school
flooding gutters after rain

In summer the gumtree
in our yard
slims down, mindful of the dry spell
Oily crescents pressed underfoot
soften the asphalt under the line
Loose bark hangs in strips for weeks
like forgotten underwear
Gum nuts line the pathway to the bin
tiny hulls, our hidden progeny.

Traditionl Gospel:
Matthew 26: 6-13.  (Inclusive Text)

While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment,
and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.

But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said,
‘Why this waste? This ointment could have been sold for a large sum,
and the money given to the poor.’

But Jesus, aware of this, said to them,
‘Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me.
For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

‘Bypouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial

‘Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world,
what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’

Contemporary word

Contemporary word 2: 'Autumn'

Silence for personal reflection

AFFIRMING

A Litany: Life in all its Fullness
The people stand as they are able

Bless you Wise and Holy One,
for your down-to-earth vision
of the best of what human life can be.
All Bless you Wise and Holy One,
for your call to life in all its fullness…

v1 when we honour who we are as easily
as we are enthralled by what others want us to be;

v2 when we stop pursuing happiness and let it embrace us;

v3 when we love not in the hope of getting
but for the joy of giving;

v4 when love is not what-you-can-do-for-me
but what-we-can-be together;

v5 when we choose our leaders not for their image
but for their imagination,
not for the politics they play
but for the principles they live;

v6 when our economy thrives on our expressing who we are
not on our spending what we have;

v7 when the earth itself is our communion table;

v8 when we bite into theology's questions
as readily as we swallow technology’s answers;

v9 when we celebrate today as not just all we have but all we need.

Bless you Wise and Holy One
All  for calling us to life in all its fullness,
not just hereafter, but here and now.  (N S D Esdon.edited/ea)

The peace
This is a house of God.  A place of peace.
A place where we befriend one another.

Let us greet another as a sign of God's peace
and of our shared friendship.

The peace of God is here... to stay.
All Thanks be to God.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours, and with AP

Hymn 
On a cool and Autumn dawn(Tune: ‘Te Ripeka’)   110 HoS
On a cool and autumn dawn,
as the sun awoke the eastern sky,
we decided you were such a risk,
we abandoned you to die –
on a cool and autumn dawn.

On a cool and autumn morn,
as the sun began to climb above,
we nailed you to a kauri beam,
as your wounded eyes spoke of love –
on a cool and autumn morn.

On a cool and autumn noon,
as the sun lit every watching face,
you forgave our cries of heartless hate
with compassion and with grace –
on a cool and autumn noon

On a cool and autumn day,
as the sun began its western slide,
‘It is finished!’ came your cry of hope,
confident of Eastertide –
on a cool and autumn day.

On a cool and autumn eve,
in the fading light when hope seemed lost,
in the tomb we laid your mortal bones,
waiting for God’s Pentecost –
on a cool and autumn eve (BillBennett)

Offering
Our offerings for the work of ministry in this place and beyond,
shall now be received.

Presentation  The people stand as they are able, for the presentation of gifts
We are grateful that these gifts enable us
to share in the lives of others.
May we be empowered by the Spirit,
to share more deeply in both sorrows and joys.
People sit

With the children
Children gather on the conversation mat

Conversation

"Somewhere someone"
The kingdom of love is coming because:
All somewhere someone is kind when others are unkind,
somewhere someone shares with another in need,
somewhere someone refuses to hate, while others hate,
somewhere someone is patient - and waits in love,
somewhere someone returns good for evil,
somewhere someone serves another, in love,
somewhere someone is calm in a storm,
somewhere someone is loving everybody.
Is that someone you?  (jke)

Reflections and prayers
Care Candle:
We are people of all ages who enter this space bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and concerns shared.

Focused Thoughts:

Listening Response:
In the light and beauty of day
All We give thanks in awe and wonder.
In the dark and stillness of night
All We dream of healing and hope (GVosper/wwg)


In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
of the presentness of God among us,
and to see the new possibilities of the now.

The Care candle is lit

Pastoral prayer:
The
Abba Prayer:
You are invited to pray in the spirit of the Lord's Prayer in your original language, as that is appropriate

All  Eternal Spirit
Source of all that is and ever shall be,
Loving Parent in whom we discern heaven,
May knowledge of your holiness inspire all peoples.

And may your commonwealth of peace and freedom
flourish on earth, until all of humankind
heed your call to justice and compassion.

May we find the bread that we need for today.
And for the hurts we cause one another
may we be forgiven in the same measure
that we forgive.

In times of trial and temptation, help us to be strong;
When life seems overwhelming, help us to endure;
And thus from the yoke of sin deliver us.

May you reign in the power of human love,
Now and forever.
(THall)
Amen.

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
Celebrate each difference”  (Tune: ‘Intercessor’, 11 10 11 10. 587 TiS)
We cannot make an easy, safe distinction,
all people are our neighbours, none denied.
The voices of all nations heard beside us:
all sisters, brothers, none we should deride.

The wall between the peoples has been broken.
In love of God divisions disappear.
As seen in Christ, we recognise our neighbours.
We greet unusual faces without fear.

We celebrate each difference God has given.
Each nation, black and white, both straight and gay,
the able and the challenged, God has offered,
that we might share together, learn and pray
Remain standing

Words of mission
The God we worship is never confined to this holy place.
So go and travel with the God found
in ordinary and surprising places.
The community candle is extinguished

You are wayfarers, following roads to the end of the earth,
pilgrims on your way to the end of the age.
All We are travellers on the road to freedom,
a community of grace, with good news for all we meet.

Travel lightly, travel together, learn as you go:
you are disciples, the mission is urgent, the journey is long.
All We will take heart.

When the way is uncertain,
shadows are sinister and dangers threaten,
All we will not be afraid.
For we are in God and God is in us.

Blessing words
Go in peace.
And may the Holy God surprise you on the way,
Christ Jesus be your company,
and the Spirit lift up your life.
All Amen!

Hymn (Cont)Celebrate each difference” (Tune: ‘Intercessor’, 11 10 11 10. 587 TiS)
We meet with those who paint a different picture,
who value God in words not yet our own.
In dialogue we offer one another
a vision we could never find alone.

This God we seek is greater than each difference;
the source and ground of all variety,
the centre and the soul of all creation,
erasing hate with love, to set us free.  APratt/ea
The people sit after the hymn

'This week' at (NN)
Notices
Birthdays and anniversaries
Significant events
Journey candles

Music

Fellowship
Morning tea is now served.
You are invited to share in the moment of fellowship.


You are invited to keep this copy of the liturgy and take it home with you
to share with another member of your family, or with a friend

I recommend the use of
LicenSing - Copyright cleared music for churches


Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
Binkley, C. G.; J. M. McKeel. 2001.  Jesus and his kingdom of equals. An international curriculum on the life and teaching of Jesus. CA: Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
Duncan, G. (ed). 2005.  Entertaining angels. A worship anthology on sharing Christ’s hospitality. GtB: Norwich. The Canterbury Press.
(HoS) Hope is our song. New hymns and songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. 2009. NZ: Palmerston North. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Inclusive readings. Year A. 2004
. QLD: Brisbane. Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.
Iona Community. 2001.  Iona abbey worship book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Prewer, B. D. 2000.  Australian psalms. Revised and expanded. SA: Adelaide.  OpenBook Publishers.
(SLT) Singing the living tradition. 1993.  MA: Boston. UUA.
Vosper, G. 2008.  With or without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.

Web sites, etc:
Tom Hall. The Lord's Prayer. Direct form the author. (Also published in The Fourth 4).
"Brother, sister/The call of Christ". Shirley E Murray.
Direct from the author.

rexae@optusnet.com.au