Pentecost12B.23.8.2009

Revd Rex A E Hunt



eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au

Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com




LITURGY FOR THE 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

19 August 2012.  Pentecost 12B. (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


This being human is a guest house.

Every morning is a new arrival (Rumi/lp).


Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this life

in the presentness of God.


Lighting of the Community Candle

The candle is lit


Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Playful God”  (Tune: ‘Joyful God’. 77 87)   75 RP

Playful God, you laugh and dance

at every indication

that we have caught a glimpse, a glance

of magic in creation.


Tearful God, you weep and mourn,

you share our desolation;

in every doubt, in pain and grief,

we need your consolation.


Joyful God, we praise your name

in every situation.

Your love will even live through death,

you promise resurrection.


Mighty God, creative heart

and source of our elation,

accept our praise, our lives, our all,

our ceaseless adoration. APratt


OR


Seek Not Afar for Beauty”  (Tune: ‘Sursum corda’, 10 10 10 10, 240 TiS) 77 SLT

Seek not afar for beauty; lo! it glows

in dew-wet grasses all about your feet;

in birds, in sunshine, childish faces sweet,

in stars and mountain summits topped with snows.


Go not abroad for happiness; behold

it is a flower blooming at your door.

Bring love and laughter home, and evermore

joy shall be yours as changing years unfold.


In wonder-workings, or some bush aflame,

we look for Truth and fancy it concealed;

but in earth's common things it stands revealed,

while grass and flowers and stars spell out the name. (MJSavage)


Opening Sentences

Sing to Life a new song!

All Sing to Life, all Creation!

Sing of compassion and

temper your deeds with kindness.

All Sing to all the world and tell

of the miracles that sustain us daily (RMShapiro/lp).


Act of Awareness

In all our living, may we be freed

to see things afresh,

to be more fully alive,

and have the courage to keep faith in

the future of humanity.
All   May it be so with us.


OR


We pray:

May the spirit of wisdom, comfort and inspire us.

The symbols of life are all around us:

light and noise,

infants and adults,

birds and animals,

colours and movement,

words of goodwill,

songs of joy.


May we be helped to recognise the symbols of life.

May they be renewed everyday,

as we are inspired to share them generously.

Amen.


Hymn World Without End(Tune: ‘Slane1’, Irreg. 547 TiS)

Praise to the Lord for the joys of the earth:

Cycles of seasons and reason and birth,

Contrasts in outlook and landscape and need,

Challenge of famine, pollution and greed.


Praise to the Lord for the progress of life:

Cradle and grave, bond of husband and wife,

Pain of youth growing and wrinkling of age,

Questions in step with experience and stage.


Praise to the Lord for his care of our kind:

Faith for the faithless and sight for the blind,

Healing, acceptance, disturbance and change,

All the emotions through which our lives range.


Praise to the Lord for the people we meet,

Safe in our homes or at risk in the street:

Kiss of a lover and friendship’s embrace,

Smile of a stranger and words full of grace.


Praise to the Lord for the carpenter’s son,

Dovetailing worship and work into one:

Tradesman and teacher and vagrant and friend,

Source of all life in this world without end. © Iona Community


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 silence be placed around us now, like a mantle.


Let us enter into it,

as through a small secret door;

stooping,

to emerge into

an acre of peace,

where stillness reigns

and the Sacred is present.

(Silence)


May the mantle of silence

become a cloak of understanding

to warm our hearts this day. (Adapt.KMcIlhagga/ghs)

(Silence)


Music of Reflection


EXPLORING

Readings from broad Biblical Tradition

Some readings from our broad biblical tradition shall now be offered.


Responsive psalm:

Psalm 84

A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab.


O God, from my place in the working world,

and in the wide wilderness of life,

I long for that sure sense of knowing what it is all about.

All I yearn for that experience of joy

to come to my whole body and soul.

I look for your presence as a pathway to life's fullness.

Even the birds as small as a sparrow and the swallow,

show me the way to your presence.

 

Though we are often wounded and hurt in this fractured world,

we discover that this world also has its source of healing.

All We are all enriched and our hearts are made stronger

as we tap into that power that flows into us.


The very sight of a spring of water

arouses our anticipation of  being refreshed and renewed.

From all our external involvements,

we hear the call of our inner spirits.

O Lord of all Being you remind us that you take hold of us.

A moment in your presence is worth more

than many years in the wilderness of life.

All I will be happy to stay only at the edge of your presence

than be carried away by my own self-serving pursuits.

Pause


God - you stand in front of us when we fear the future.

In our dark times you bring the sun to shine again.

All Out of our troubles you point us

to the pathway of our best bliss.

And as we receive: we are rich indeed! (FMacnab/fwb)


Gospel:

John 6:60-61, 63-64a, 65-69 (Inclusive Text/adapted)


Jesus has been in the synagogue.

He had just finished teaching the disciples about

the bread come down from heaven...


After hearing it, may of the followers of Jesus said:

'This is intolerable language.

How could anyone accept it?'


Jesus was aware that his followers 

were complaining about it, and said...

'It is the spirit that gives life,

the flesh has nothing to offer.

The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.


'But there are some of you who do not believe'....


'This is why I told you that no one could come to me 

unless it is granted by God.'

 

After this, many of the disciples left and stopped going with Jesus.


Then Jesus said to the Twelve,

'What about you, do you want to go away too?'


Simon Peter answered,

'Teacher, whom shall we go to?

You have the message of eternal life, and we believe;

we know that you are the Holy One of God.'


Contemporary Word


Silence for Personal Reflection


AFFIRMING

A Litany as We Prepare for Early Spring

The people stand as they are able


v1 The icy frosts of winter

Give way to springtime dew.

Frost-bitten fuschias

Struggle to burst forth in new bud.

All Thanks be to Creativity God.


v2 Early morning dew on cobwebs,

Hangs like crystal on the weeds

along the roadside,

Reminding us of creations's plan

for all creatures; great and small.

All Thanks be to Creativity God.


v1 The winter has been short and dry;

Cold wind never quite giving way to rain

Driving its clouds on towards the coast;

But the seed lying in the thirsty ground

Has still burst forth.

All Thanks be to God.


v2 We cannot hold you in the spider's web, O God;

We cannot hold you in the winds that drive the windmill;

For you are also in the thirsty ground,

The budding fuschia,

and the struggling seed.

Great is your faithfulness

All O Lord, our God.


v3 Daffodil and jonquil 

Filling fields and lining driveways,

Cheer the heart;

Perfumed daphney awakens dulled senses;

And songbirds declare the joy of living.

All Thanks be to God.


v1 We cannot hold you in the daffodil or daphne;

All For you are also in the air we breathe 

And in the magpie's song

v1 Reminding us again of creation's plan.

All Great is your harmony, Creativity God. (Adapt. PWyley/grpe)


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  People stand as they are able, to sing

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CELEBRATING

Offerings

Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,

shall now be received.


Presentation  People stand, as they are able, as the gifts are presented

May our giving be blessed.

May all that we give today and all that we receive,

be for the enrichment of our life

and the lives of others.

The people sit


Conversation 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 this abundant blessing

All We share the joy.

In this, our time of need,

All May love abound (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.


The 'Abba' Prayer

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


All God, lover of us all, most holy one.

Help us to respond to you.

To create what you want for us here on earth.


Give us today enough for our needs.

Forgive our weak and deliberate offences,

just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.


Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.

For we are yours, endowed with your power

to make our world whole.

Amen. LWinkley/cw


SCATTERING

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
God Who Carved... Landscape(Tune: ‘Dansey’, 87 87)      31(v1-2) FFS

God who carved this timeless landscape,

snow-clad ridge to valley plain,

power of surging race and river,

limestone crag and scarred terrain;

maker still of earth, fire, water,

artistry of sight and sound,

Southern lights and sunset splendour,

raise our eyes and you are found.


Calendar of nature's balance,

rhythms of the farming year,

shearing, milking, ploughing, pruning,

manger setting ever near!

lonely struggle in the byways,

nor'west dust or snow and flood,

fellowship of tears and laughter:

Lord, with you, we're understood.

Remain standing


Words of Mission

The presentness of God reaches beyond this place...

The candle is extinguished


Blessed is the One within the many.

All Blessed are the Many who make one (AWaskow/lp).


Blessing Words

Walk softly.

Speak truthfully.

Love gently.

Breathe deeply.

Live wisely.

Go in peace. EGehrmann

All Amen!


Hymn (Cont). God Who Carved... Landscape(Tune: ‘Dansey’, 87 87)     31(v3) FFS

Giving thanks for those before us,

village life and tussock track,

as we turn to face the future,

history's wind upon our back;

scattered are our congregations,

each now shares in ministry,

bonding strength of work together:

spirit of community. DGrierson

The people sit


'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.

(FFS) Faith forever singing. Songs for a new day. 2000. NZ: Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.

Inclusive Readings. Year B. 2005. QLD: Brisbane. Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.

Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.

Liebelt, P; N. Nicholls. (ed). 1996. Gentle Rain on Parched Earth. Worship Resources for Rural Situations. VIC: Melbourne. JBCE.

McIlhagga, K. 2004. The Green Heart of the Snowdrop. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.

Macnab, F. 2006. A Fine Wind is Blowing: Psalms of the Bible in Words that Blow you Away. VIC: Richmond. Spectrum Publications.

(RP) Pratt, A. 2006. Reclaiming Praise. Hymns from a Spiritual Journey. GtB: London. Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Roberts, E; E. Amidon. 1996. Life Prayers from Around the World. 365 Prayers, Blessings, and Affirmations to Celebrate the Human Journey. NY: New York. HarperCollins.

(SLT) Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  MA: Boston. UUA.

Stuart, G. 2006. Singing a New Song. Traditional Hymn Tunes with New Century Lyrics. Second edition. NSW: Sydney. CPRT Sydney.

Vosper, G. 2008.  With or Without God. Why the Way we Live is More Important than what we Believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.

Ward, H.; J. Wild, J Morley. (ed). 1995.  Celebrating Women. New edition. GtB: London. SPCK.


Web sites:

UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. UUA. www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

"World Without End". Iona Community, Scotland.

rexae@optusnet.com.au