Pentecost13B.26.8.2012

Revd Rex A E Hunt



eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au

Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com




LITURGY FOR THE 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

26 August 2012.  Pentecost 13B. (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


Each new day is a gift.

Each new phase of life brings generous possibilities.

Each new question brings learning and growth (FMacnab/h).


Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life

in the presentness of God.


Lighting of the Community Candle

The candle is lit


Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Sing for God’s Glory(Tune:  ‘Lobe den Herren’, 14 14 4 7 8  111 TiS)

Sing for God’s glory that colors the dawn of creation,

racing across the sky, trailing bright clouds of elation;

sun of delight succeeds the velvet of night,

warming the earth’s exultation.


Sing for God’s power that shatters the chains that would hold us,

searing the bleakness of fear and despair that would mold us,

touching our shame with love that will not lay blame,

reaching out gently to find us.


Sing for God’s justice disturbing each easy illusion,

tearing down tyrants and putting our pride to confusion;

lifeblood of right, resisting evil and slight,

offering freedom’s transfusion.


Sing for God’s saints who have travelled faith’s journey before us,

who in our weariness give us their hope to restore us;

in them we see the new creation to be,

spirit of love made flesh for us. (K Galloway.Adapt.)
Remain standing


Opening Sentences

As we enter into this sacred place,

put away the pressures of the world that ask us

to perform,

to take up masks,

to put on brave fronts.


Silence the voices that ask you to be perfect.

This is a community of compassion and welcoming. (EA Hewitt/adapt)

All We bring all that we are and all that we yet can be,

to this safe and holy place.


Act of Awareness

We have gathered in this sacred place, again.

May we continue to create here a circle of love,

ever expanding,

ever growing.

A place of wisdom.

A place of connection.

A place of hope.


OR


We pray:

Surprising God,

whose love leads us to 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 day.

May it be so.


HymnGreat God of Many Names(Tune: 66 84 + Choru: 444)   39 WNC

Great God of many names:

Jehovah, Allah, Lord,

Christ, Brahman, Spirit, Adonai;

We worship you.

Chorus:

Whatever name,

whichever face,

we worship you.


With pomp and pageantry

Beneath an onion dome,

Or in a bare and simple room,

we worship you.

Chorus:


In chapel, mosque or shrine

we wait to praise your name,

through icon, book or choir

we worship you.

Chorus:


With tabla or guitar,

or with a thousand lights,

through fasting, feasting, fellowship

we worship you.

Chorus:


With formal dress or free,

we meditate or dance,

through pesach, hajj or nam simran

we worship you.

Chorus:


Whatever name or creed,

enlightenment or book,

we seek you through our pilgrimage

and worship you.

Chorus: APratt
People sit


OR


Down the Ages” (Tune: ‘Woodland’ 77 77) 2 SLT

Down the ages we have trod

many paths in search of God,

seeking ever to define

the Eternal and Divine.


Some have seen eternal good

pictured best in parenthood,

and a Being throned above

ruling over us in love.


There are others who proclaim

God and Nature are the same,

and the present God-head own

where creation’s laws are known.


There are eyes which best can see

God within humanity,

and God's countenance there trace

written in the human face.


Where compassion is most found

is for some the hallowed ground,

and these paths they upward plod

teaching us that love is God.


Though the truth we can't perceive

this at least we must believe,

what we take most earnestly

is our living Deity.


Our true God we there shall find

in what claims our heart and mind,

and our hidden thoughts enshrine

that which for us is Divine (JAStorey)
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

Centering Silence

Let us take a moment to settle into the silence.

(Silence)


In these brief moments of silence may we find strength.

May our lives be rich in affection,

deep in understanding and

sympathy for each other.


May the blessings of life be known to all. Bob Holmes/adapt

(Silence) 


Music of Reflection


EXPLORING

Readings from our Religious Tradition

Two readings from our religious tradition shall now be offered.

Responsive Psalm: (Optional)

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.'


OR


From a religious neighbour:

"Let us be united"

From The Rig Veda. Earth Prayers/93.


Let us be united,

Let us speak in harmony,

Let our minds apprehend alike.

Common be our prayer,

Common be the end of our assembly,

Common be our resolution,

Common be our deliberations.

Alike be our feelings,

Unified be our hearts,

Common be our intentions,

Perfect be our unity.


Contemporary Word


Silence for Personal Reflection


AFFIRMING

An Affirmation of Faith

In response to the word reflected on, let us stand 

and share together an affirmation of faith…

The people stand as they are able


v1 We believe we are here because of the eternal generosity

of that Holy Lover whom we call God.


v2  Because God is, there is a universe;

All  galaxies, sun, moon, and the green earth.

Because God is,

All  there are mountains and plains,

streams and seas, forests and grasslands,

Because God is,

All  there are living creatures;

seagulls and wallabies,

parrots and butterflies.

Because God is,

All  we are breathing, thinking, feeling, self-aware creatures,

asking deep questions 

and reflecting in prayer.

Because God is,

All  we are made for loving,

and by the grace of our Brother Jesus,

we find the liberty to be people

of uncalculating compassion. (Adapt. BDPrewer)

Because God is,

All  we have a Spirit-Friend who inspires and counsels,

comforts and gives new life

to both young and old,

straight and gay,

friend and stranger.


v1 We believe in God,

All  who’s nature is creativity, shaping our lives and

the lives of our neighbours, luring us all to live life

generously and compassionately. (RAEHunt)


The Peace

Let us take a moment to celebrate each other.


The peace of God is here... to stay.

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

Spirit of Springtime(Tune: ‘Verdure’) 59 FFS

Spirit if springtime in creation’s garden,

tingling the senses,

tickling the earth,

sap that is rising where the seed was sleeping,

push for a new world

coming to birth!


Heard in the song that sweeps from bush to ocean,

seen in the sunlight,

felt in the blood,

surge of delight at every greening, growing,

God in the promise,

blossom from bud.


Fresh as the rain that washes clean our vision,

keen as the wind on

Pentecost day,

bright as the Spirit in the life of Jesus,

bold as the mindset

thinking his way.


Springtime of hope from out of winter’s clutches,

warm us to witness

woo us to see

beauty will break through rotted leaves and ashes,

joy will erupt, and

life will leap free! (SEMurray)

People sit


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

By our smallest actions,

we become part of a bigger world.

The smallest giving can be an expression

of the good spirit of generosity and caring.


May we be helped to carry through the doorway

of each new day, this good spirit

of generosity and caring. (FMacnab/h)

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:

May we have courage in uncertain times,

All Let it all happen.  No mood is final.

May we recognise new beginnings

in what seem to be endings,

All Let it all happen.  No feeling is final. (3CExchange)


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  Loving Presence, luminous in all creation,

hallowed be your name.

Thy kin-dom come.


May we reflect on earth

the yielding perfection of the heavens.

Help us to receive an illumed measure from the earth this day.


Forgive us when we trespass against others,

human and other than human,

as we forgive others who trespass against us.

Keep us on the path of wisdom

when we are tempted to take the selfish path.


May it be your rule we follow,

your power we exercise,

and your radiance that allures.

May this be the truth that guides our lives,

the ground from which our future will grow,

until we meet again. (BSanguin/dddc)


SCATTERING

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Morning has Broken156 (v1-2) TiS

Morning has broken

like the first morning;

blackbird has spoken

like the first bird. 

Praise for the singing,

praise for the morning,

praise for them, springing

fresh from the word.


Sweet the rain’s new fall

sunlit from heaven,

like the first dewfall

on the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness

of the wet garden,

sprung from completeness

where his feet pass.

Remain standing


Words of Mission

As we prepare to leave this sacred space

where we have worshipped together,

let us return to our work and school

enlivened and renewed...

The candle is extinguished


May we also remember that each day

offers more things than we can do.

All May we do what needs to be done,

postpone what does not,

and be at peace with what we can be and do.

Therefore, may we learn to separate

that which matters most

All and that which matters least of all


Blessing Words

May you always stand tall as a tree.

Be as strong as the rock Uluru.

As gentle and still as the morning mist.


Hold the warmth of the campfire in your heart.

And may the Creator Spirit

always walk with you. (EPike/grpe)

All Amen!


Hymn (Cont). Morning has Broken156 (v3) TiS

Mine is the sunlight;

mine is the morning

born of the one light

Eden saw play.

Praise with elation,

praise every morning,

God’s recreation

of the new day.

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


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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 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.

Macnab, F. 1996. Hope: The Deeper Longings of the Mind and Heart. VIC: Richmond. Spectrum Publications.

(WNC) Pratt, A. 2002. Whatever Name or Creed. Hymns and Songs. GtB: London. Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Roberts, E; E. Amidon. 1991. Earth Prayers from Around the World. 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth. NY: New York. HarperCollins.
Sanguin, B. 2007. Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos. An Ecological Christianity. Canada: Kelowna. CopperHouse.

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

(TiS) Together in Song. Australian Hymn Book 2. 1999. NSW: Sydney. HarperCollins Religious.


Web sites:

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

"Sing For God's Glory". Iona Community, Scotland.

Bruce Prewer Web Site. VIC: Bendigo.
"May we have courage". C3Exchange. <www.c3exchange.org>

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