Pentecost22B.28.10.2012

Revd Rex A E Hunt



eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au

Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com




LITURGY FOR THE 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

28 October 2012.  Pentecost 22B. (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


Morning has come.

Night is away.

Rise with the sun and welcome the day.


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

We Look in Wonder(Tune: ‘Lasst uns erfreuen’, 88 88+. 3 AHB)   5 SNS

When we, in wonder, look beyond;

And with the cosmos feel a bond;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, sleep and dream;

Imagine virtue is supreme;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


When we, in wonder, look around;

Entranced with every sight and sound;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, catch a smile;

Ponder on thoughts that are worthwhile;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


When we, in wonder, look below;

Watch tiny ants run to and fro;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, greet the dawn,

Enchanted as each day is born;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


When we, in wonder, meet the night;

Then rest in God 'till morning light;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, look about;

Know God is here. We wish to shout

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! (GStuart)

Remain standing


Opening Sentences

God of all time, God of eternity

All our years belong to you.

Our endings are often your beginnings.

All Our dreamings are often your realities.

You affirm our past

All and give life to our future.


Act of Awareness

Marvel at life!

Strive to know its ways!

Seek wisdom and truth,

the gateways to life’s mysteries!


Wondrous indeed is life! (Adapt. Rabbi Rami M Shapiro/ep)

OR


We pray:

This day let us give thanks for the signs of Creativity God

that surround us and bless us.

May it be so.


Hymn "Whispers Rippled Through The Cosmos" (Tune: 'Nettleton', 87 87. 372 TiS)

Whispers rippled through the cosmos,

pan-galactic breath of God;

marking paths of whirling planets,

stellar strings where stars first trod.


Major chords of constellations

ringing on the staves of time,

soften to a sombre minor,

echoes of an ancient rhyme.


God is in this wild confusion

bringing order, giving grace;

author, ground of all creation,

fount of being, Lord of space.


All transcendent power and glory

now distilled, condensed, confined;

shaped while shaping rich resources

cradling waiting humankind.  © APratt

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

"When life is messy"

By  Richard S Gilbert/edited.


It is easy to pray when the sun shines

and we are grateful for another glorious day of being.

It is hard to pray when wind and rain and thunder

plague our every step and spoil our every plan.

It is easy to be virtuous when life goes well

and our existence is a journey from bliss to beauty and back.

It is hard to be virtuous when life assaults us

and our very being is a pilgrimage from bad to worse to worst.

It is easy to be cheerful when health bursts in us

so that we can feel the very pulse of life.

It is hard to be happy when pain and fatigue beset us

and we wonder if we can go on...


God of order and neatness, we give thanks for all that is good.

We are grateful for manifold blessings bestowed upon us.

God of chaos and disorder, be with us also when life is messy.

Bless our coming in and our going out from this day forth.


Silence

In these quieter moments, may optimism's glow

creep in and pervade our spirits.

May hope and new possibilities begin to grow.

(Silence)


Spring flourishes with abundance and warmth.

The litany of flowers take center stage, blooming,

as nature continues to emerge from Winter sleep.

May we too celebrate the now and who we are.

And whom we are yet becoming.

(Silence)


In honour of life itself and with this people

we gather together in this sacred place

(Silence)


Music of Reflection


EXPLORING

Readings from our Religious Tradition

Some readings from our broad religious tradition

shall now be offered.


Responsive Psalm:

Psalm 34.

A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab. A Fine Wind is Blowing/16-17.


• The psalmist's psychology is starkly stated: What we believe about life makes a huge difference to us.  He highlights the importance of having a meaning and purpose.

Above all, he says, keep looking for signs of God's presence.


We all want to embrace the great delights of life.

We all want to have a long life and enjoy all good things.

But we are constantly aware of how easily

our best endeavours can be undermined,

and our spirits can be swept into misery.


My experience has shown me there are ways to survive things

and get through our anxieties

and find a worthwhile joy.

What we believe about life makes a huge difference to us. 

We know that if we believe in a presence

that is good and supportive,

in a God who leads us to be positive,

then we can be in touch with a strength that helps us

through our misfortunes

and gives us hope

despite the inevitabilities of our mortality.


We know that life can leave many people feeling

there is no meaning and there is no purpose in it all.

But we are able to find meaning and purpose

as we seek peace and pursue it;

as we consider how we will speak to each other,

and how we will put controls on our destructiveness...


I commend this to you:

Find the freedom to turn your thoughts

to searching for signs of God's presence.

When you see those signs, be glad.

Look to that eternal goodness and let it permeate

your whole being,

your whole life.


Yes - 'Taste and see the goodness of God'.

You will be much happier as you learn

what these words can mean.


Though we cannot fully understand the mystery of life

and the mystery of God,

just a taste will show us the high value of goodness

which is at the heart of everything.


Gospel:

Mark 10:46-52 (Inclusive Text)


As Jesus left Jericho with the disciples and a large crowd,

Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus),

a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road.


When Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,

he began to shout out and to say,

'Descendant of David, Jesus, have pity on me.'


And many of them scolded him and told him to be quiet,

but Bartimaeus only shouted all the louder,

'Descendant of David, have pity on me!'


'Courage,' they said, get up; Jesus is calling you.'

So throwing off his cloak, Bartimaeus jumped up

and went to Jesus.


Then Jesus spoke,

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

'Rabbuni,' the blind man said, 'Let me see again.'


Jesus said, 'Go; your faith has saved you.'

And immediately his sight returned

and Bartimaeus followed him along the road.


Contemporary Word


Silence for Personal Reflection


AFFIRMING

Litany: Spirit of Life...

The people stand as they are able


Out of the ordinariness of the bare earth,

you brought the extra ordinariness of human life

All Your spirit lives within us, O God.


In the ordinariness of the bare earth

we plant grain from last year's harvest

All Your spirit lives within us, O God.


Out of the ordinariness of water

comes the life of the seed

All Your spirit lives within the water, O God.


In human life and in the life of the seed

lies the life of this community

All Your spirit lives within this community, O God.


From the life of God

comes creation and recreation

All Your spirit lives within creation, O God.


Out of the heart of God

comes peace and hope

All Your spirit lives within us, O God. (PWyley/grpe)


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

We give thanks for all we have, for all we are.

And we give thanks for the privilege we have

of responding generosity to others

with these gifts and with our lives.

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 of Dawn(Tune: ‘Abbot’s Leigh, 87 87D, 153 TiS)

God of dawn, each day’s renewal

brings the world into your light.

As your sun defeats the shadows,

drives away the darkest night:

we would greet this new beginning

as your call to start again,

lead us on with hope and courage,

make your will and purpose plain.


Christ, you walked the world as we do,

knew its human pain and loss.

As your love broke through the barriers

by your death upon the cross;

we still speak your gospel message,

though two thousand years have gone.

Help us now translate its meaning

in this present world of wrong.


Holy Spirit, inspiration,

light and truth and root of prayer,

as your challenge moves us forward

taking us we know not where:

we will follow your direction,

though the way may not be clear.

Shape us, change, recreate us,

so the future holds no fear.

Remain standing


Words of Mission

Time has now come for us to leave this sacred place.

As we do, may we embrace the challenges

of our lives and our world...

The candle is extinguished


Flame-dancing spirit, come

All sweep us off our feet and

dance us through our days.

Surprise us with your rhythms,

All dare us to try new steps, explore new patterns

and new adventures.

And in the intervals, rest us

All in your still centre ALewin-adapted/wb.


Blessing Words

May the love that gives to life its beauty

The reverence that gives to life its sacredness

And the purposes that give to life its deep significance,

be strong within each of us and lead us

into ever deepening relationships with all of life GGBrooks.

All Amen! May it be so!


Hymn (Cont). God of Dawn(Tune: ‘Abbot’s Leigh, 87 87D, 153 TiS)

Praise to God, who spoke creation,

giving life to time and space.

Praise to Christ, whose living presence

showed the world your human face.

Praise the Spirit, daily witness

to you ever-loving way.

Take us now and reawake us,

challenge us to use this day. MDobson/mcm

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.

Dobson, M. 2004. Multi-coloured Maze. Drama, hymns, prayers and poems for worship and everyday living. London: Stainer & Bell.

Duncan, G. (ed). 2000. A World of Blessing. Benedictions from every continent and many cultures. 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.

Liebelt, P; N. Nicholls. (ed). 1996.  Gentle Rain on Parched Earth. Worship resources for rural situations. Melbourne: JBCE.

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

(SNS) Stuart, G. 2006. Singing a New Song. Traditional hymn tunes with new century lyrics. Second edition. Sydney: CPRT Sydney.

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

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


Web sites:

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

"Whispers Rippled Through the Cosmos" Andrew Pratt eMail distribution. UK.

rexae@optusnet.com.au