Pentecost21B.21.10.2012

Revd Rex A E Hunt



eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au

Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com




LITURGY FOR THE 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

21 October 2012.  Pentecost 21B. (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


v1 Jesus calls all to an inclusive community.

Yet he promises no greatness and no soft beds.

Only to follow.


v2 Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life

in the presentness of God.


Lighting of the Community Candle

The candle is lit


Hymn The people stand, as they are able, to sing

"Come, O God, Of All The Earth" (Tune: 'Sing out')   181 (v1-3) TiS

Come, O God of all the earth:

come to us, a Righteous One;

come, and bring our love to birth:

in the glory of your Son.

Refrain:

Sing out, earth and skies!

sing of the God who loves you;

raise your joyful cries;

dance to the life around you.


Come, O God of wind and flame:

fill the earth with righteousness;

teach us all to sing your name:

may our lives your love confess. 

Refrain:


Come, O God of flashing light:

twinkling star and burning sun;

God of day and God of night:

in your light we all are one, 

Refrain:

Remain standing


Opening Sentences

In our gathering together let us ponder God,

recognise God's wonders and signs.

All The blowing wind, the rising and setting sun,

the fruiting trees and drying grasses.

In the beginning, in their ending, they

give God their praise.

All God's word is in all creation, 

visible and invisible. (Adapt.PPinsent/ml)


Act of Awareness

We receive fragments of holiness,

glimpses of eternity,

brief moments of insight.


Let us gather them up for the precious gifts that they are

and, renewed by their grace,

move boldly into the unknown. (SMCampbell/slt)


OR


We pray:

God, Source of Life, fulfil your promise

and bless us as we gather in your presentness.

Each day may we be transformed so we become

more human,

more friendly towards our neighbour

and all of creation.

Amen.


Hymn "Come, O God, Of All The Earth" (Tune: 'Sing out')   181 (v4-5) TiS

Come, O God of snow and rain:

shower down upon the earth;

come, a God of joy and pain:

God of sorrow, God of mirth. 

Refrain:

Sing out, earth and skies!

sing of the God who loves you;

raise your joyful cries;

dance to the life around you.

Come, O Justice, come, O Peace:

come and shape our hearts anew;

come and make oppression cease:

bring us all to life in you.

Refrain: (MHaugen)

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

Reflection

"We celebrate…"

By Ian Lawton. C3 Exchange, 2009.


v1 Do not take life or yourselves too seriously.  Live now.

v2 In each moment expect a miracle.  Enjoy creation.

v1 Look around you and see the beauty and wonder of this day

v2 and in this gathering!

v1 Look around you and see the joy, the possibilities of this day

v2 to live and love.

v1 We refuse to die before we die and rather live life

v2 to the fullest as best we can!

v1 We celebrate the whole of life!


Silence

Come apart now from the busyness of family and work,

and dwell in the presentness of Creativity God:

source of life.

(Silence)


Our tradition says God calls us to renew ourselves

and our life's purpose

as we gather with others who are searching.


So let us be in silence together.

(Silence)


EXPLORING

Reading from our Religious Tradition 1

Some readings from our broad religious tradition

shall now be offered.


Responsive psalm:

Psalm 104.

A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab. A Fine Wind is Blowing/40.


• With eloquence and beautiful words, the psalmist writes this great poem to all creation.
He praises the Creator and encourages everyone to recognise so many causes of happiness.


O God on our beautiful summer evenings,

I look up to the great vault of the heavens.

My soul throbs with vitality

as the splendour of creation unfolds before me.


The clouds become your chariots.

You ride along on the wings of the wind.

The mountains gather their water,

and at your signal those waters roar down the mountains

and rush along the valleys.

The animals of the world find new life

in the refreshment of those waters.

The birds of the air excitedly build their nests

among the bushes and screech and sing among the branches.


Everything is so vibrant and alive.

The grass grows, the fields become green.

We sow our seed, bake our bread, tend our vines

and drink our wine to gladden out hearts.

We find oils to soften our faces,

and the best foods to sustain our strength and vitality.


Up there high in the hills, the mountain goats run wild

and the badger takes cover behind the rocks.

The moon tells us the flow of the seasons

and everyday the sun rises at dawn and sets at dusk.

At night time animals and birds search for their food.

In the day time, they go to their rest,

while we rise from our rest and begin our work.


All this is part of the wisdom and mystery

that is too wonderful to fathom.


When we think of the seas and the oceans

and all the creatures of the deep: the ships that sail to and fro.

All look beyond themselves

aware they depend on something greater than themselves.


If you hide from them, they become troubled and anxious.

Should you withhold their breath, they will cease to be.

But breathe on them

and new life comes back to them.


God, Creator of all things,

what can we do as we pause to contemplate

these wonders,

the works of all creation?


Help us to find real happiness in our hearts. 

Help us to sing as if it was the best song we will ever sing,

Help us to embrace the amazing vitality

of those who have received a blessing from God

and want to return the blessing a hundredfold

with appreciation and praise.


Music of Celebration


Reading from our Religious Tradition 2

Gospel:

Mark 10:35-45a (Inclusive Text)


James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus.

'Teacher', they said, 'we want you to do us a favour.'


Jesus said to them,

'What is it you want me to do for you?'


They said,

'Allow us to sit one at your right hand 

and the other at your left in your glory.'


'You do not know what you are asking' Jesus said to them. 


'Can you drink the cup that I must drink, 

or be baptised with the baptism with which 

I must be baptised?'


They replied, 'We can'.


Jesus said to them,

'The cup that I must drink you shall drink,

and with the baptism with which I must be baptised

you shall be baptised,  but as for seats

at my right hand or my left,

these are not mine to grant;

they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.'

 

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant

with James and John, so Jesus called them and said,

'You know that among the gentiles their so-called rulers

lord it over them, and their great ones

make their authority felt.


'This is not to happen among you.

No; anyone who wants to become great among you

must be your servant, and anyone

who wants to be first among you must be slave of all.


'For the Human One did not come

to be served, but to serve...'


Contemporary Word


Silence for Personal Reflection


AFFIRMING

Litany: We Believe in a Sacred Power...

The people stand as they are able


v1 We believe in a sacred power within and around us.

v2 A divine spirit that we call by many names

and experience in many ways,

that empowers and heals,

that calls us forth.


All We believe in our creativity.

v1 Making and transforming beauty

out of words and notes,

images and colours,

lines and pictures...

and silence.


All We believe in doing justice.

v2 Justice that compels and empowers us

to risk whatever we must risk

to create a climate

in which all people can be who they are.


All We believe in our dreams.

v3 We experience the world as it is,

in both its ugliness and beauty,

and we see what it can become.


All We believe in making peace.

v1 A peace that is based on openness,

honesty and compassion.


All We believe in hope.

v2 We expect change to continue to occur in our world.

We rely on our courage to continue

to bring about these changes.


All We believe in love.

v3 A passionate love within and around us

that laughs and cries,

challenges and comforts,

a healing love that perseveres.


All We believe in potential.

v1 We know who we are,

painful as that can be at times,

yet we continue to call each other

to become more of who we are.


All We believe in celebrating.

v2 We remember and we commemorate.

We create rituals.

We play and dance,

and sing and love well.


All We believe in our diversity.

v3 We affirm our many shapes and sizes,

colours and traditions,

emotions and thoughts,

differences and similarities.


All We believe in life.

v4 Life that wells up within

and flows out of us

like a streaming fountain.

All We believe we are good and holy,

a sacred part of all creation.  SKramer/cl


The Peace

God makes peace within us.  Let us claim it.

God makes peace between us.  Let us share it. (nwi)

Let us greet another as a sign of God's peace.


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 The people stand, as they are able, to sing

"Companions, Let Us Pray Together" (Tune: ‘Companions’) 21 HoS

Companions, let us pray together,

in this place affirm our faith.

Our God who made us is here among us;

we stand together in God's grace.

Refrain:

We are whanau, we are one,

brothers, sisters, of the Son.

We are reaching for our freedom,

the prize that Christ has won.


The broken Christ stands here among us,

shares our suffering and our pain;

in breaking bread we find empowerment

to live in aroha again.
Refrain:


The risen Christ bring light and laughter,

celebrates the life we share;

the poured out wine of Christ's self-giving

inspires us to reach out and care.
Refrain:


Now let us sing to God who loves us

and accepts us as we are;

go out from here and live that message,

proclaim our oneness near and far.
Refrain: (DClark/WIhimaera)

The 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

In hope and thanksgiving, these gifts

are offered for the good of

our neighbours,

our city,

our world.
All  May it be so.

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 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. (DSorril)


SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand, as they are able, to sing

God Who Fills the Universe(Tune: ‘Francis David’. 77 66 7) 37 (v1-2) SLT

God who fills the universe

from the atom to the stars,

make firm my changeful heart

so I may do my part

and bring joy to all the earth.


God who webs the universe

with amazing mysteries,

make glad my fragile soul

so I can see life whole

and bring hope to all the earth.

Remain standing


Words of Mission

As we prepare to leave this sacred space

where we have celebrated together,

All let us return to our homes, our work and our school

enlivened and renewed...

The candle is extinguished


Remembering that the universe is much larger

than our ability to comprehend,

let us go from this time together

with the resolve to allow wonder,

to find space to open up our minds 

and illumine our lives. (Adapt.MNLeaming)


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.

All Amen! Blessed be!


Hymn (Cont). God Who Fills the Universe(Tune: ‘Francis David’. 77 66 7)    37 (v3) SLT

God who keeps the universe

by the truths of living love,

make strong that love in me

so I can set it free

and bring peace to all the earth. (CGSeaburg)

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. Santa Rosa: Polebridge Press.

Duncan, G. (ed). 2002. Courage to Love. An anthology of inclusive worship material. Norwich: The Canterbury Press.
(HoS) Hope Is Our Song. New Hymns and Songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. Palmerston North: New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, 2009.

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

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

McEwan, D. et al. (ed). 2001. Making Liturgy. Creating rituals for worship and life. GtB: Norwich. The Canterbury Press.

Macnab, F. 2006.  A Fine Wind is Blowing: Psalms of the bible in words that blow you away. VIC: Richmond. Spectrum Publications.

(SLT) Singing The Living Tradition. 1993. Boston: UUA.

The St Hilda Community. 1996. The New Women Included. A book of services and prayers. London:  SPCK.

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

Vosper, G. 2008.  With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Toronto: HarperCollins.


Web sites/Other:

Sorril, Leaming. UUA Worship Web. Boston: UUA. www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

Ian Lawton. "We Celebrate..." C3 Exchange, Spring Lake. MI. <www.c3exchange.org>

rexae@optusnet.com.au