Pentecost17A.22A.9.10.2011

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

12 October 2014. Pentecost 18A. (Green).


Acknowledgement of Country
(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

Hope brings us here:
hope of inspiration,
hope of comfort,
hope of enlightenment,
hope of love (CReed/wah).

Then let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The community candle is lit in silence

May we be open to this light,
and to the rich possibilities that it brings us.

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.

Wake, now my vision of ministry clear;
brighten my pathway with radiance here;
mingle my calling with all who will share;
work toward a planet transformed by our care. TJS Mikelson
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
In the beginning, God made the world:
Wn Made it and mothered it,
Mn Shaped it and fathered it,
Wn Filled it with seed and signs of fertility,
Mn Filled it with love and its folk with ability.

All that is green, blue, deep and growing,
All God's is the hand that created you.
All that speaks, sings, cries, laughs or keeps silent,
A
ll God's is the hand that created you.

The world belongs to Creativity God.
All The earth and all its people. (nwi/adapt)

Act of Awareness
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OR

We pray:
We are gathered here in community.
A place has been made for each of us.
Let what we say and do here be real for us
in preparation for the life of the world.
May it be so.

Hymn "Where the Road Runs Out"     156 AA
Where the road runs out and the signposts end,
where we come to the edge of today,
be the God of Abraham for us,
send us out upon our way.
Refrain:
Lord, you were our beginning,
the faith that gave us birth.
We look to you, our ending,
our hope for heaven and earth.

When the coast is left and we journey on
to the rim of the sky and the sea,
be the sailor's friend, be the dolphin Christ,
lead us in to eternity.
Refrain:

When the clouds are low and the wind is strong,
when tomorrow's storm draws near,
be the spirit bird hovering overhead
who will take away our fear.  CGibson
Refrain:
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 there now be a silence between us for a time.
(Silence)

May that which is the continual longing of the spirit
find strength in the secret places of our hearts (RHolmes/wm)
(Silence)

How did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world
all its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light
against its Being.
Otherwise, we all remain
too frightened.
(Hafiz/It felt love)

Music of Reflection

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:
“O Taste and See”
Kathy Galloway. Celebrating Women/134.

Now is the time for the good wine
Pressed from the fruit of the tree
Now is the time for rejoicing
In the place where the feast will be.
O taste and see
And refresh us with love.

Leave all the cares of the growing
Just let the mystery sing
Magic of ripening and pruning
And the fullness that time will bring
O taste and see
And refresh us with love.

Sweet-tasting cup of our loving
Promise of pleasure and pain
Take it and drink of it deeply
For the new life it will contain
O taste and see
And refresh us with love.

Traditional Gospel:
Matthew 22:1-10 (Inclusive Text)

Once more Jesus spoke to the chief priests and Pharisees in parables.
‘The reign of heaven may be compared to a ruler
who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

‘The ruler sent slaves to call those who had been invited
to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

‘Again, he sent other slaves, saying:
“Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner,
my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready;
Come to the wedding banquet”.

‘But they made light of it and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest
seized the slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.

‘The ruler was enraged.
He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers,
and burned their city.

‘Then he said to his slaves:
“The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find, to the wedding banquet.”

‘Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered
all whom they found, both good and bad;
so the wedding hall was filled with guests.’

Contemporary Word

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

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

May we be aware of our weaknesses -
and strengthened by that awareness.
Wn. May we be conscious of our shortcomings -
and alerted by that consciousness.
Mn. May we know our limitations -
and be humbled by that knowledge.

Thus may we come to pay less attention
to our weaknesses, shortcomings, limitations -
All And to give greater attention
to possible areas of continuing growth:
awareness, consciousness, knowledge!  RTDick

Sharing '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  People stand as they are able, to sing


People sit

CELEBRATING

Offerings
Our offerings for the celebration of life and ministry in this place
and beyond, shall now be received.

Presentation
Inspired by stories of a compassionate God,
may we find a good feeling in our hearts
so through these gifts we can
help free some people from hunger,
lift some people from their distress, and
encourage some people to be part of a better world.

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 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 the sacred among us,
and to see new possibilities of the now.

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   Gracious Spirit,
Who loves us like a mother,
Whose realm is blooming among us now.
And within.

We pray that your compassion guide us in every action.
Give us what we need for each day,
and help us to be satisfied with the miracle of that alone.

Forgiver, whose embrace brings us to wholeness without our asking,
May we reconcile ourselves to one another in humility.
And may we cancel the crushing debts that imprison our neighbours
So that communities of joy and health may flourish.

May we neither profit from nor ignore evil.
But ever work to thwart it with non-violence
As we co-create the realm of peace in this world.
Now and each day.
Amen.  (BHesla/wsj)

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
A Man of Ancient Time and Place(Tune ‘Tallis’ Canon’, 88 88. 443 TiS)
A man of ancient time and place
with foreign speech and foreign face,
reveals the glory, power and grace
of costly, unexpected love.

A rabbi, schooled in Moses’ Law,
a male, amending Herod’s flaw,
arouses wonder, rage and awe
with costly, unexpected love.

By teasing word and healing deed,
a leper touched, an outcast freed,
he bears the fruit and plants the seed
of costly, unexpected love.
Remain standing

Parting Words
As we prepare to leave this sacred space where we have celebrated together,
let us return to our homes and work enlivened and renewed...
The candle is extinguished

Go into the world:
dance, laugh, sing and create.
All We go with the encouragement of God.

Go into the world:
risk, explore, discover and love.
All We go with the empowerment of God.

Go into the world:
believe, hope, struggle and remember.
All We go with the assurance of the love of God.

Words of Blessing
May the Spirit which flows through all creation,
that speaks through the prophets and the poets,
and which acts through those who care,
be with us here today, and awaken us
to the unconquerable power of life (CReed/wah).
All Amen. May it be so.

Hymn (Cont) A Man of Ancient Time and Place”  (Tune ‘Tallis’ Canon’, 88 88. 443 TiS)
The cost we barely can surmise
when, lifted up before our eyes,
the face of God we recognize
in crucified, unfathomed love.

May faith and hope within us grow,
the way of Christ to tell and show,
and may the Spirit breathe and blow
in costly, unexpected love. BWren
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:
(AA) Alleluia Aotearoa. Hymns and songs for all churches. 1993. Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Binkley, C. G. & J. M. McKeel. 2001. Jesus and his Kingdom of Equals. An international curriculum on the life and teaching of Jesus. Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
Holmes, R. H. 1972. The Bob Holmes Worship Materials. Vol 1.  Little Falls. Self published.
(HoS) Hope Is Our Song. New hymns and songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. 2009. Palmerston North. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Inclusive Readings. Year A. 2004. Brisbane. Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.
Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.

Nelson-Pallmeyer, J. & B. Hesle. 2005. Worship in the Spirit of Jesus. Theology, liturgy, and songs without violence. Cleveland. The Pilgrim Press.


Reed, C. 1992. We Are Here. A Book of Prayer for Corporate Worship. London. Lindsey Press.
(SLT)
Singing the Living Tradition
. 1993.  Boston. UUA.
The St Hilda Community. 1996. The New Women Included. A book of services and prayers. London.  SPCK.
Vosper, G. 2008. With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.


Web sites/Other:
Dick. UUA Worship Web. Boston. < www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
Brian Wren. "A Man of Ancient Time". Stainer & Bell Ltd. Web site: <www.hymns.uk.com>

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