Pentecost22A.27A.13.11.2011

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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


GATHERING FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

9 November 2014. Pentecost 22A. (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

The eastern sky announces to all, a new day has dawned.

So on this new day, let us celebrate the richness
and diversity of life.

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

We light this candle to celebrate
the inherent worth and dignity of every person
and to share that love which is ultimately
beyond even our cherished reason,
that love which unites us. (Adapt.SStock)

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
For the Beauty of the Earth(Tune: ‘Dix’, 77 77 77) 21 SLT
For the beauty of the earth,
for the splendour of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:
Refrain:
Source of all,
to thee we raise this
our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight:
Refrain:

For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light:
Refrain:

For the joy of human care,
sister, brother, parent, child,
for the kinship we all share,
for all gentle thought and mild:
Refrain:
Source of all,
to thee we raise this,
our hymn of grateful praise. (FSPierpoint/adapt)
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
In bright sunlight, warm air, and balmy evenings,
seasons of colour and courage
All God is in our midst.

In hills outlined against the rising sun,
and the muted sounds of early morning walkers along the Ridge
All God is in our midst.

In the faces of families, and those alone,
the hurrying and the day dreaming
All God is in our midst.

In life touching other life, moments of kindness,
sharing of joys, caring for others
All God is in our midst.

Act of Awareness
Xx

OR

We pray:
Spirit of Life, bless us through this day
and through this life, till this day ends,
and a new day dawns.
May it be so.

HymnGod in All”  (Tune: Wunderbarer Konig”, 668 668 33 66. 121 TiS)
All the cosmos beaming,
All creation gleaming,
So we stand in awe and silence.
Galaxies are dancing,
Stars, the night enhancing,
Constellations claim our reverence.
God’s own heart
Seen in part
Shines in all the brilliance;
Shows forth God’s transcendence.

Microscopic sources
Hold such mighty forces
In the atom’s sacred magic.
Germs can be our masters,
Makers of disasters,
So minute, yet cause the tragic.
Smaller still
Genes, with skill,
Breed God’s inborn presence
In our human essence.

Love when given dearly
And received sincerely
Each proclaim our human beauty.
When we make connection,
Share in real affection
Brings to birth much more than duty.
God perceived;
Love conceived.
We can live more gently,
Sharing joy intently.

God in all, surrounding,
Source of life abounding,
Ground of being; spirit swelling.
Inmost at our centre,
There we all encounter
God as love and grace indwelling.
We adore
Evermore
God the wondrous mystery;
Worshipped down through history.  (GStuart)
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
Now let silence gently enfold us.
(Silence)

In this day made fresh,
In the chorus of birds,
In the scent of wild flowers,
We embrace this day in hope.
(Silence)

Reflection
"Beyond This Line You Shall Not Go"
Ken Walsh. Sometimes I Weep/78

Once a line is drawn
There's a beginning and an end,
There's our side
And their side.

There's right and wrong,
(And we're usually right)
Black and white,
Two sides.

Nature has few straight lines.

If no line is drawn
There are no sides -
No Limits.

Maybe the answer lies in
Temporary, flexible lines,
When we can find no alternative
For the present, to
Drawing lines.

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:
‘Problem and Promise’
J Donald Johnston. Beginning Now/6.

Life must be shared.
The demand comes from deep inside us.
Our bodies demand it, our minds require it,
our hearts are starved without it.

Yet each one lives alone.
This, too, is deeply rooted in our minds and hearts.

We depend upon one another yet are afraid of one another.
We are independent of one another
yet cannot do without one another.

We can be jealous of our independence
and yet sell it cheaply.
We can be so dependent
that the price of independence seems beyond us.

We are problems to one another and within ourselves.
But between us and within us
there is also promise.

Traditional Gospel:
Matthew 25:14-28 (NRSV)

Jesus spoke this parable to the disciples:
'It is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves
and entrusted his property to them;
to one he gave five talents,
to another two,
to another one,
to each according to his ability.

Then he went away.

The one who had received the five talents went off at once
and traded with them, and made five more talents.

In the same way, the one who had the two talents
made two more talents. 

But the one who had received the one talent went off
and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those slaves came
and settled accounts with them.

Then the one who had received the five talents came forward,
bringing five more talents, saying,
Master, you handed over to me five talents;
see, I have made five more talents.’

His master said to him,
Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things,
I will put you in charge of many things;
enter into the joy of your master.

And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying,
Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’

His master said to him,
Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things,
I will put you in charge of many things;
enter into the joy of your master.

Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying,
Master, I knew that you were a harsh man,
reaping where you did not sow,
and gathering where you did not scatter seed;
so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.
Here you have what is yours.

But his master replied,
You wicked and lazy slave!
You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?
Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers,
and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.

So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.

Contemporary Word
• A Sermon suitable for this day can be found in my book, Against the Stream. Progressive Christianity Between Pulpit and Pew.

Contemporary Word 2

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

Litany: ‘Voices of Praise’ (Optional)
The people stand

v1 God is good to us;
v2 there is rain
v3 and there is sunshine.
v2 Be glad!
v3 Rejoice!
All For all these blessings - thanks and praise.

v1 God is good to us;
v2 there is food
v3 and there is shelter.
v2 Be glad!
v3 Rejoice!
All For all these blessings - thanks and praise.

v1 God is good to us;
v2 there is beauty
v3 and there is laughter.
v2 Be glad!
v3 Rejoice!
All For all these blessings - thanks and praise.

v1 God is good to us;
v2 there is love
v3 and there is hope.
v2 Be glad!
v3 Rejoice!
All For all these blessings - thanks and praise. NNicholls/grpe

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
"The Pen is Greater" (Tune: 'Gragareth', 8 8 8) 320 SLT
The pen is greater than the sword.
To wield a blade or write a word
we need the skill which hands accord.

A surgeon takes a knife to heal;
assassins do the same to kill.
Each acts according to their will.

I pick the cherries from a tree,
or break the branch and let it die.
For good or ill, my hands are free.

With fingers I can soothe a brow,
or make a fist and strike a blow,
kindness or cruelty bestow.

Then let us now this lesson see:
like life itself our hands can be
for evil used, or charity. (JAStorey)
People sit

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

Presentation
We are called to make real the sharing of
the gifts God has given to us.
We offer what we have for the good of all.

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.

Focused Thoughts:

Listening Response:
As one heart is lifted
All May we share its celebration
As one heart is burdened
All May we share the pain it knows  (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 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

SCATTERING

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Buried In My Being”  (Tune: ‘Cranham” 65 65D)       3 (v1-2) TMT
Buried in my being
many voices dwell,
sharing all the stories
past and present tell;
deeper than these voices
silence weaves as one
all the threads that form life's
tapestries of sun.

Deeper than my thinking
lies my wisdom spring-
ancient dream-time river-
songs creation sings.
Yet beyond this wisdom
dwells unknowing's cloud
holding all together
in the mystery-God.
Remain standing

Parting Words
Let us take on this week’s life with renewed hope and imagination...
The candle is extinguished

May we go out from this place of celebration,
to live lives of hope,
to be nurturers of the vision of wholeness,
and to serve as healers in this wounded world.
All With wisdom.
With courage.
With love.

Words of Blessing
Go boldly into the future which has been claimed by God.

Know that the God who holds all things will be there,
that Christ who calls us friend will walk beside us,
and the Spirit who makes all things new
will mark our way with light and hope.
All Amen. May it be so.

Hymn (Cont) Buried In My Being”  (Tune: ‘Cranham” 65 65D)      3 (v3-4) TMT
Hidden in the journey
questing spirits make
lie the diverse pathways
pilgrim travellers take;
but beyond the many
quests of human kind
dwells the wondrous mystery
birthing heart and mind.

You, O God, are being-
wisdom's fountain head,
Spirit's goal and journey,
pilgrim wine and bread,
fire that keeps me travelling,
nurture for my heart,
oneness of the mystery
glimpsed in life and art.  (WWallace)
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.
Holy Bible. NRSV. 1989. Nashville. Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Johnston, J. D. 1970. Beginning Now. A book of explorations. Boston. UUA.
Liebelt, P; N. Nicholls. (ed). 1996. Gentle Rain on Parched Earth. Worship resources for rural situations. Melbourne. JBCE.
(SLT) Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  Boston. UUA.
Vosper, G. 2008. With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.
(TMT) Wallace, W. L. 2001. The Mystery Telling. Hymns and songs for the new millennium. Kingston. Selah Publishing.
Walsh, K. 1973. Sometime I Weep. Prayers and meditations. London. SCM Press. 

Web sites/Other:
Stock, Sorrill. UUA Worship Web. Boston.  <http://www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
“God In All”. George Stuart. Direct from the composer.

rexae@optusnet.com.au