Pentecost10A.15A.21.8.2011

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

21 August 2011. Pentecost 10A/15A. (Green).


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) People 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

In the breaking of the morning…
In the breaking of the bread…

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life
in the presentness of God.

Lighting of the Candle
The community candle is lit in silence

May the blessing of light be upon us:
the blessing of daylight
the blessing of sunlight
the blessing of Christ light. (Adapt. DAdam/og)

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
"God Called Us"  (Tune: ‘Duke Street’. 88 88. 439 TiS)
God, you have called us to this hour:
now two or three or many claim
the promised gift of living power.
as your church meets in Jesus' name.

Open our minds and set us free
from spite and hurt, that we may face
the dread responsibility
of your church, meeting in this place.

Encouraged by the risk you take
in trusting us to do your will,
we dare to offer, for your sake,
all this church gath'ring can fulfil.  JWootton. © Stainer & Bell Ltd (Title and last line adapted by RAEHunt)
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
v1 In the name of Creativity God
who has shaped you in the divine image
and delights in the diversity of creation...

v2 In the name of Liberator God
who breaks the bonds of oppression...

v1 In the name of Love-maker God
who rejoices in true love wherever it is found,
All We are welcome in this place.

Prayer
We pray:
God of surprises,
startle us with truth we do not see,
amaze us with your power and grace,
beckon us, and lead us far above
restricted hope and narrow faith  (MRose-adapt/sco).
Amen.

HymnGreat God of Many Names”  (Tune: 66 84 + Choru: 444)     39 WNC
Great God of many names:
Jehovah, Allah, Lord,
Christ, Brahman, Spirit, Adonai;
we worship you.
Chorus:
Whatever name,
whichever face,
we worship you.

With pomp and pageantry
Beneath an onion dome,
Or in a bare and simple room,
we worship you.
Chorus:

In chapel, mosque or shrine
we wait to praise your name,
through icon, book or choir
we worship you.
Chorus:

With tabla or guitar,
or with a thousand lights,
through fasting, feasting, fellowship
we worship you.
Chorus:

With formal dress or free,
we meditate or dance,
through pesach, hajj or nam simran
we worship you.
Chorus:

Whatever name or creed,
enlightenment or book,
we seek you through our pilgrimage
and worship you.
Chorus:   APratt
The people sit

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
Let us take a moment to settle into the silence.
(Silence)

In these brief moments of silence and meditation may we find strength.
May our lives be rich in affection,
deep in understanding and
sympathy for each other.
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

Silence
May the blessings of life be known to all. 
BHolmes/adapt
(Silence)     

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
Two readings from our broad religious tradition shall now be read by (NN).

From the world around us:
“Like the wind”
By Bruce Prewer. Prayers encircling the world/66.

Like the wind swaying through mountain trees,
or surging through thickets of wattle,
so, God, is your presence with us;

your power thrusts through our lives.
You sweep away our petty worries
and shake us free from fears.

At your pressure we move and sway together,
as if we were of one mind.
Sometimes you are as strong as winter storms,
at others as soft as the rustling of ferns.
We are taught to bend and not be broken,
to be flexible without shifting ground.

You test the strength of our feet
and whatever proves shallow is uprooted.
On calm days we rest content,
glad to watch each other in stillness;
enjoying quietness because we know

you are still with us.

Gospel:
Matthew 16:13-20  (Inclusive Text)

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked the disciples,
‘Who do people say that the Chosen One is?’

And they said,
‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah,
and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’

Jesus said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’

Simon Peter answered,
‘You are the Messiah, the Firstborn of the living God.’

And Jesus answered,
‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
but the One in heaven who sent me.

‘And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the underworld will not prevail against it.

‘I will give you the keys to God's realm, and whatever you bind on earth
will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’

Then Jesus sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone
that he was the Christ.

Contemporary Word

Contemporary Word 2

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

An Affirmation of Faith
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
and share an affirmation of faith.
The people stand as they are able

From all corners of the world:
All God has called a pilgrim people.

From all walks and ways of life:
All God has called a pilgrim people.

Black and white, male and female
All We are signs of God's division.
Black and white, male and female
All We are signs of God's new creation
joined together by love.

So let us not journey alone with God.
All So let us not journey only with our friends.

Let us be a place and a people of welcome
All signs of God's all embracing love.  (PCruchley-Jones/wb)

The Peace
Let us take a moment to celebrate each other.
The peace of God is here... to stay. (Iona)
All Thanks be to God.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours

Hymn of the Month  In solidarity with others, all will remain seated
Name Unnamed(Tune: ‘Samuel’, Irreg.) 31 SLT

Refrain:

Name unnamed,

hidden and shown,

knowing and known,

Gloria!

Beautifully moving, ceaselessly forming,

growing, emerging with awesome delight,

Maker of Rainbows, growing with colour,

arching in wonder,

energy flowing in darkness an light:

Refrain:

Spinner of Chaos, pulling and twisting,

freeing the fibers of pattern and form,

Weaver of Stories, famed or unspoken,

tangled or broken,

shaping a tapestry vivid and warm:

Refrain:

Nudging Discomfort, prodding and shaking,

waking our lives to creative unease,

Straight-talking Lover, checking and humbling

jargon and grumbling,

speaking the truth that refreshes and frees:

Refrain:

Midwife of Changes, skilfully guiding,

drawing us out through the shock of the new,

Woman of Wisdom, deeply perceiving,

never deceiving,

freeing and leading in all that we do:

Refrain:

Daredevil Gambler, risking and loving,

giving us freedom to shatter your drams,

Lifegiving Loser, wounded and weeping,

dancing and leaping,

sharing the caring that heals and redeems. (BWren)

CELEBRATING

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.

Listening response:

In joy and in sorrow

All We do not walk alone (GVosper/wwg)

And so we take this flame and light our special care candle.

The Care candle is lit

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful

of the presentness of God among us,

and to see new possibilities of the now.

Pastoral prayers:
The 'Abba' Prayer:

You are invited to pray in the spirit of the Lord's Prayer, and in your original language, as that is appropriate

All  O God, you love us like a good parent, 
and are present in every aspect of our existence

May your nature become known and respected by all
May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice
be the reality for everyone
as we live by the Jesus Way

Give us all that we really need to live every day for you
And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures 
Keep us from doing those things which are not of you,
and cause us always to be centred on your love

For you are the true reality in this our now,
and in all our future.

In the Jesus Way we pray.  Amen.  DSorrill

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Offerings
Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,
and our gifts of bread and wine, shall now be received.

Presentation  People stand as the gifts are presented
We give thanks for all we have and for all we are.
Let us accept the privilege of responding
to the generosity of these gifts
with lives lived for others.
People sit

The Invitation
Jesus invited all to the feast of peace and new life.
Jesus risked everything in compassion.
Jesus was known in the breaking of the bread.

Thanksgiving
God is the heart of life.
All And we are the heartbeat.
May our hearts be filled 
with thanks and praise and songs of joy.
All We rejoice in the miracle of life 
and delight in our participation.
SWeinberg

The Celebration
When Jesus gathered with his friends
to tell them of a re-imagined way of living and being,
the conversations often went
on into the time for a meal.

Jesus ate and conversed
with the high and mighty,
with the pious and self-righteous, and
with those considered outcasts and sinners.
His table fellowship included everyone.

He often told them stories that caused them
to wonder and ask questions.
He also welcomed these opportunities
to eat with those who disagreed with him
and engaged them in open discussion.

In this way, the issues of life and death,
justice and injustice,
conflict and peace,
goodness and evil
were talked through and made real to ordinary people.

Jesus at a meal is a demonstration of his teaching.
He urged his followers to include a wide variety of people
in what he called the realm of God.

And he encouraged them to be open
to the insights and understandings that come
from honest and respectful dialogue
among those who seek a worthy way of life.

We are here to carry on this tradition
of seeking for truth and recognising goodness
wherever they may be found.

To this end, everyone is invited and encouraged
to share in this symbolic meal.
All This being so, we who are followers of Jesus in these times
gather around this table to pledge ourselves anew
to his words and ways.

The Bread and Wine
Now, in the way humans have made certain things
and certain actions holy throughout the ages,
we offer this bread
and this wine to one another...
All This offering represents our lives and our desire 
for a world that increasingly conforms
to the words and ways of Jesus.

Let us be grateful for the words and ways of Jesus
as they have been handed down to us
from generation to generation
by faithful followers and conscientious scholars.
All We are grateful for the many records
of Jesus’ words and ways and for those who
cared for them,
copied them,
studied them,
interpreted them, and
preserved them for study and interpretation in our time.

Let us, in the spirit of Jesus, welcome this knowledge
and determine to use it as he would use it
in the service of justice and well being
for all persons, creatures, and things.
All We welcome the new ways of truth
and seek a deeper wisdom about all that is known.

Communion
And we remember...
Jesus took bread and blessed it,
acknowledging with gratitude the hands that produced it
and the earthly goodness that made it possible.

Our tradition says he broke the bread and gave it to his followers
in a spirit of devotion to the new community he wished to form.

In the same way, we break this bread
and share it with one another.
All We give thanks for this bread.
The bread is broken and distributed.

Our tradition also says Jesus took a cup of wine and blessed it
for the sense of joy and celebration wine can bring.

Thus do we lift this cup and drink this wine,
celebrating the blessedness of our fellowship
and this time together.
All We celebrate together.
The wine is poured out and served.

After Communion  
v1 Let us give thanks for this communion
as it sustains us in our desire to be followers of Jesus
in our time and place.

v2 Let us acknowledge that sharing this bread and this wine
ties us to a great company of people throughout history
and around the present world.

v1 And let us renew our sense of belonging to this congregation
as we seek to bring the words and ways of Jesus
into relevant connection with life
as we live and understand it today.
All May true knowledge increase in our minds.
May compassion increase in our hearts.
May there be energy and strength for good actions
that serve a suffering world.

And may peace be our portion
and the portion of all who live on this small planet
which is our human home.
 (Adapted/Robert Jones)

SCATTERING

HymnGod of Unexplored Tomorrows”  (Tune: ‘Marching’, 87 87. 165 TiS)     27 (v1-2) FFS
God of unexplored tomorrows,
of today and yesterday,
God of rock and flowing river,
be our refuge, be our way.

Guardian rock above, before us,
strong foundation where we build,
landmark through the haze of doubting,
shelter where our fears are stilled.
Remain standing

Words of Mission
Let us embrace the wonder of this week
with expectation and imagination...
The candle is extinguished

Our time of celebration in this place is now coming to an end.
All For it is merely a resting place,
a place of transit, where we, together
with Creativity God, can pause
before taking to the road again.

Blessing Words
Fall in love with living
Wrestling with the chaos and the pain
Within ourself and within the world.
Join the celebration of life,
Dancing with the angels and the clowns.

And may the God of peace and joy,
Who is continually making all things new,
Embrace you
As a partner
In the divine creating  (JBoyce-Tillman/wb).
All Amen.

Hymn (Cont) God of Unexplored Tomorrows”  (Tune: ‘Marching’, 87 87. 165 TiS)    27 (v3-4) FFS
Be the cleansing, quenching water,
irrigate, disturb and move,
stir us from our easy shallows,
current of refreshing love.

God of rock and flowing river
now and ever with us stand,
to transform our land of promise
into each one's promised land.  BJones
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

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Web sites:
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Sherri Weinberg. 2007. St Paul's Presbyterian Church. NZ: Devonport.

rexae@optusnet.com.au