Pentecost6A.

Revd Rex A E Hunt
eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au
Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Pentecost 6A. (Green).

DUE TO A LATE EASTER IN 2011 ANOTHER LITURGY IS AVAILABLE


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 worship
The gong is sounded three times

v1 Life is a journey with others;
we travel as a people, on a winding road.

v2 We share our lives, our experiences, our hopes, our fears.

v1 So as we gather, let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life
in the presentness of the God.

Lighting of the candle
The community candle is lit

We light this flame and give praise for
the gifts that lift and inspire our living:
music, art, creativity and all beauty.

Hymn  The people stand as they are able, to sing

Sing a new song”  (Tune: “Cosmic Praise”.) 166 TiS
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening sentences
We are met in the presence of God
All And we do not meet alone.
With the angels in highest heaven,
All
We gather to worship this present God.
With the saints of every age,
All
We gather to worship this present God.
With the church throughout the world,
All
We gather to worship this present God.

We are met in the presence of God
All And we do not meet alone.

Prayer
We pray:
Surprising God, as you lead us into new experiences,
help us to be open to your presence among us and within.

Let us sense your glory
in the sights and sounds of this winter day.
Amen.

Hymn We are many”  (Tune: ‘Hamilton’)    67 FFS

We are many, we are one,
and the work of Christ is done
when we learn to live in true community,
as the stars that fill the night,
as a flock of birds in flight,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the branches of a tree,
as the waves upon the sea,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.

All division is made whole
when we honour every soul,
find the life of God in every you and me,
as the fingers of a hand,
as the grains that form the sand,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the threads upon a loom,
as a field of flowers in bloom,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.

We will join creation's song,
make a world where all belong,
build as one in peace and loving harmony,
as the voices of a choir,
as the flames within a fire,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the snowflakes in the snow,
as the colours of a bow,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.  Colin Gibson
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 be a silence among us…
(Silence)

In the stillness of early morning,
In the heat of the mid-day sun,
In the cool of the evening,
In the dark of night…(Alex Ruth/worship-rcl)

God’s presentness can be seen and felt.
And we are blessed.
(Silence)

Music of reflection

EXPLORING

Readings from our religious tradition
Some readings from our broad religious tradition shall now be read.
The reader is (NN).

From the world of theology:

“The legacy of christianity”
By Lloyd Geering. The once and future Jesus/131-32.

We humans the world over are becoming increasingly interdependent on one another.
Our material standard of living is becoming dependent on one global economy,
even though this is making some very rich and some very poor…

More than ever before
we humans face a common future
and for this we must create some
kind of global culture.

The global world now being formed is not a Christian world,
certainly not in the sense that medieval Christendom was a Christian world.
But neither is it non-Christian, in the way that the pre-Christian world of Greece and Rome was.

The global world as a whole has been influenced by the Christian tradition a great deal
more than is usually recognized.

The global world has to be described as post-Christian.

While there are still very many who personally embrace the traditional Christian beliefs,
Christianity no longer overtly determines
the public face of western societies.

The post-Christian global world is even better described as secular.
By the term ‘secular’ I do not mean non-religious but ‘this-worldly’…

It is only when religion is focused primarily on ‘other-worldliness’,
as has been the case in the Christian tradition,
that ‘secular’ appeared to be ‘anti-religious’.

Harvey Cox defined secularisation simply as
“man turning his attention away from worlds beyond and toward this world and this time”…

Gospel:

Matthew 10:16, 24, 34-39  (NRSV, adapted)

Jesus continued to instruct the Twelve as follows:
'I am sending you out [into the world] like sheep into the midst of wolves;
so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves…

'A disciple is not above the teacher,
nor a slave above the master;
it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher,
and the slave like the teacher…

'Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth;
I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

'For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

'Those who prefer father or mother to me are not worthy of me.
Those who prefer son or daughter more to me are not worthy of me.
Those who do not take up the cross and follow in my footsteps are not worthy of me.

'Those who find their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake will find it’.

Contemporary word

Silence for personal reflection

AFFIRMING

A celebration of faith
In response to the word reflected on
let us stand and share together a celebration of our faith.
The people stand as they are able

We celebrate the presentness of God
in our lives and in our community,
All whose creativity is not defeated by concrete or traffic.

We celebrate the presentness of Christ
who lived as friend and saviour
to the people of the city,
All who ate and laughed, wept and celebrated
with ordinary people like us.

We celebrate the presentness of the Holy Spirit
who dances in the city as truth and moments of love,
All who goes between us with threads of community,
and never leaves us without hope.

We celebrate the presence of the church in our lives,
All which is real when it stands open
to the life of the city, and bears witness
to the love and justice of God.  (D McRae-McMahon/adapt. eoj)

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

CELEBRATING

Hymn of the Month

Touch the earth, reach the sky”  (Tune: ‘Touch the earth’, 6 7 9 8)    301 SLT
Touch the earth, reach the sky!
Walk on shores while spirits fly
over the ocean, over the land,
our faith a quest to understand.

Touch the earth, reach the sky!
Children ask the reasons why.
In our lives the answers show,
and by our love they learn and grow.

Touch the earth, reach the sky!
All are born and all shall die;
Life’s the time left in between,
to follow a star, to build a dream.

Touch the earth, reach the sky!
Hug the laughter, feel the cry.
May we see where we can give,
for this is what it means to live.

Touch the earth, reach the sky!
Soar with courage ever high;
spirits joining as we fly,
to touch the earth, to reach the sky.  Grace Lewis-McLaren.
People sit

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

Presentation  People stand as the gifts are presented
God of all times and places,
may our offerings reflect confidence and inclusiveness.

And may the programs and concerns we undertake
build up the church among us
and far beyond us.
People sit

Care candle
We are people of all ages who enter this space
bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and concerns shared.

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

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

All Indwelling God,
infused throughout all existence,
we honour you with many names.

Your realm is within the human heart.
We accept life for all that it can be,
on earth as throughout all creation.

May we continue to draw sustenance from this earth,
and may we receive forgiveness equal to our own.

May we ever move from separation toward union,
to live in grace, with love in our hearts,
forever and ever.  Amen.  Fred F. Keip

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)

SCATTERING

Hymn It all depends”  (Tune: Te Horo)     39 FFS
It all depends on where I'm going
if I reach my anywhere,
but this I'm surely, surely knowing,
that I'll never leave God's care;
it all depends on when I'm travelling,
maybe now or maybe then,
but the Son of God will lead me
through each where and why and when.

It all depends on how I'm choosing
for the life that is in me,
but I will never lose the hand of Christ,
the one who walks with me;
if I stumble or I falter
he will steady me once more,
for there is no darkest pathway
that we cannot both explore.
Remain standing

Words of mission
As we prepare to leave this sacred space
where we have worshipped together,
let us return to our work, our home, our school,
enlivened and renewed...
The candle is extinguished

May this ending be our beginning.
All Let us begin, again and again,
to wonder, and to cherish, and to act,
so that at day's end we will be content 
knowing that we have given our all to life.  M Hachten-Cotter

Blessing words
May God's love sustain, comfort and uphold you
this day and every day.
All Amen.

Hymn (Cont)It all depends”  (Tune: Te Horo)    39 FFS
It all depends on who comes with me
if I break or if I bend,
but this I'm surely, surely knowing,
God will be there at the end
in the laughter and the sadness,
in the pleasure or the pain,
by my side and all about me
God's own Spirit will remain.  Colin Gibson
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.
Faith forever singing. Songs for a new day. 2000. NZ: Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust. 
Geering, L. 2000.  “The legacy of christianity” in R. W. Funk (ed).
The once and future Jesus. CA: Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
Holy Bible. NRSV. 1989. Ten: Nashville. Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Iona Community. 2001. 
Iona abbey worship book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
McRae-McMahon, D. 1993. 
Echoes of our journey. Liturgies of the people. VIC: Melbourne. JBCE.
Singing the living tradition. 1993.  MA: Boston. UUA.
Together in song. Australian hymn book 2. 1999. NSW: Sydney. HarperCollins Religious.

Web sites:
UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. UUA. < www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
Alex Ruth. [w-rcl] Liturgy web site.

rexae@optusnet.com.au