Pentecost7A.12A.31.7.2011

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

31 July 2011. Pentecost 7A/12A. (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

Life is meant to be an adventure;
change is a gift that we have to learn to use aright.

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

Lighting of the Candle
The community candle is lit in silence

As we light our flame this morning:
we celebrate by its warmth the depth and breadth of our congregation;
we celebrate by its light the faith we share.

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
Sing Praise To All”  (Tune: ‘Lobe den Herren’, 14 14 4 7 8. 111 TiS)
Sing praise to all that has offered us life and sustains us -
All that has opened our hearts to the love borne within us:
Family and friends,
Beauty we see without end -
Gifts that our lives lay before us.

Sing praise to all that has opened our minds to new vistas -
All that has called us to seek out new truths through the ages:
Vision and word,
Music that sought to be heard
These are the gifts that will mould us.

Sing praise to minds that will fashion our bold new tomorrows -
Yesterday's wisdom released from its dogma and credos.
Evermore free
To live out what we believe
Walking the path that Life hallows.  GVosper/wwg
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 tender, firm, fragrant and curious,
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.  (Iona/St Hilda Communities/adapt)

Prayer
We pray:
Spirit of life and love, we have gathered in this sacred place, again.
May we create here a circle of love,
ever expanding,
ever growing.

A place of wisdom.
A place of connection.
A place of hope.
Amen.

Hymn "Faith Has Set Us On A Journey(Tune: Venture)       14 FFS
Faith has set us on a journey
past the landmarks that we know,
taking risks with no insurance
but the Word that tells us "Go!"
Friend or job or home or lover
we may need to leave behind,
outworn truths and ways of thinking,
baggage to the past consigned.

Some are swags of easy conscience
who with others hitch a ride,
some are tourist-package Christians,
dollar-safe, with Book and guide.
There are others on this journey -
those who long and pray and search,
heave the stones to free the structures,
love the Christ and leave the Church.

We are this unlikely people
in the Body knit as one,
company of clowns and cripples -
some are wise and some can run.
Prophets are our travel agents,
gospel-makers lay this road:
to the place of peace and promise
faith will take us into God.  SEMurray
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 1
May the silence of this place which now engulfs us,
be for us a time of reflection, prayer and meditation…
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

Silence 2
Great possibilities do await us.
The grandeur of life, of which we are a part,
fills us with hope… if we seek to choose it. (BHolmes)
(Silence)

EXPLORING

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

Gospel:
Matthew 14:13-21  (Inclusive Text)

When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist's death
he withdrew by boat to a lonely place
where they could be by themselves.

But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after Jesus on foot.

So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd;
and he took pity on them and healed their sick.

When evening came, the disciples went to Jesus and said,
'This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by;
so send the people away and they can go to the village
to buy themselves some food.'

Jesus replied,
'There is no need for them to go:
give them something to eat yourselves.'

But they answered,
'All we have with us is five loaves and two fish...'

World around us:
"Just a housewife"
By Cordelia Baker-Pearce. Celebrating women/44.)

I packed five cakes of bread and two small fishes,
Sent him off, my youngest lad,
To take his father's dinner to the field.

Came back alone he did, all goggle-eyed.

My fresh-baked bread that varmint gave away
To some young travelling preacher out of Galilee.
It fed five thousand people.
What a tale!

It can't be true... but if it is.
What kind of dough did these hands knead
This morning?

Gospel:  (Cont)

'Bring them here to me,' Jesus said.

Giving orders that the people were to sit down on the grass,
Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish,
raised his eyes to the heaven and said a blessing.

And breaking the loaves he handed them to the disciples
who  gave them to the crowds.

They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected
the scraps remaining, 12 baskets full.
The number who ate were many more than five thousand.

Contemporary Word

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

A Litany: Word Made Flesh
The people stand as they are able

God speaks!
with excitement!
with enthusiasm!
with new life!

All God is present!
God is with us!
nothing can separate us!

Even when we feel unsure,
unclear,
confused,
even when we feel broken to the core of our being -

All We hold fast to God's love,
God's acceptance,
we are always welcome in God's household.

We will each, once again,
feel like a well-watered garden.
Full of life!
Radiant in the sun!
All It will be good.
It is good(RMitchell/bb)

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 neighbour

Hymn of the Month  People stand as they are able, to sing
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

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

Presentation  People stand as the gifts are presented
The stories of God's gracious love have been entrusted to us.
May we share the beauty of Creativity God
with all who walk with us,
in caring service.
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.

Listening response:
May our thoughts be filled with transformation,
All May our words reflect the yearnings of our hearts.
And may the spirit that binds within us as we gather
All Hallow each and every passing moment
we know here together
(Adapt.GVosper/ab).

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

SCATTERING

Hymn "This Love, This Life, This Enterprise(Tune: O Waly, Waly. 88 88)    72(v1-2) WNC
This love, this life, this enterprise
is that by which we will arise
affirmed, up-raised, to live again
when we have suffered death or pain.

Our practical adventure here
involves both urgency and care;
compelled by shared humanity
to offer love, set people free.
Remain standing

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

Gathered in this sacred place, we have
lifted our voices in song and thanksgiving.
All May we now show forth our thanks
in simple acts of kindness and concern,
so the essential nature of our faith
many be evident in our daily lives.

Blessing Words
May the blessing in the strength of the Brindabellas,
the calm of Lake Burley Griffin,
the freshness of gum tree and wild flower…
remain with you...

And may God's strength, peace and creativity
go with you always.
All Amen.

Hymn (Cont)  "This Love, This Life, This Enterprise(Tune: O Waly, Waly. 88 88)   72 (v3) WNC
And if the task enlarges sight
to wider visions, greater height
than those which we can reach on earth,
then know that God has come to birth.  APratt
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
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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.
(FFS) Faith Forever Singing. Songs for a new day. 2000. NZ: Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust. 
Holmes, R. H. 1972.  The Bob Holmes worship materials. Vol 1.  NY: Little Falls. Self published.
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.
Mitchell, R. C; G. A. Ricciuti. 1992.  Birthings and blessings. Liberating worship services for the inclusive church. NY: New York. Crossroads.
Nelson-Pallmeyer, J; B. Hesle. 2005.  Worship in the spirit of Jesus. Theology, liturgy, and songs without violence. OH: Cleveland. The Pilgrim Press.
(WNC) Pratt, A. 2002.  Whatever Name or Creed. Hymns and songs. GtB: London. Stainer & Bell Ltd.
(SLT)
Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  MA: Boston. UUA.
The St Hilda Community. 1996.  The New Women Included. A book of services and prayers. GtB: London.  SPCK.
Vosper, G. 2008.  With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.
Vosper, G. 2009/2010.  
Another Breath. Prayers for celebration and reflection. QLD: Brisbane. The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought Brisbane.
Ward, H.; J. Wild, J Morley. (ed). 1995.  
Celebrating Women. New edition. GtB: London. SPCK.

Web sites:
Sorrill, UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. < www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

rexae@optusnet.com.au