Pentecost25B.18.11.2012

Revd Rex A E Hunt



eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au

Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com




LITURGY FOR THE 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

18 November 2012.  Pentecost 25B. (Green).

Celebrating Community: Sacrament of Holy Communion



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


Come in.  Come into this place

which we make special by our presence.

Together we make it a holy place

with our every act of celebration and worship.


So 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

"I Love To Tell The Story" Stanza 1A.CHankey 1834-1911 Stanza 2, DDewey 1993

I love to tell the story

of unseen things above,

Of Jesus and his glory,

of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story

because I know it's true;

It satisfies my longings

as nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story.

'Twill be my theme in glory

To tell the old, old story,

of Jesus and his love.


I love to tell the story;

the story changes things!

It challenges the powers;

it whispers, thunders, sings!

It births the holy presence

in moments of surprise,

It heals, empowers and strengthens,

and opens ears and eyes!

I love to tell the story,

of Jesus and his glory,

Because it is God's story,

of justice, love and peace!

Remain standing


Opening Sentences

Among us the spirit of Creativity God conceives new life

All And we feel the life within us.

In our history Jesus the Sage makes gentle entry

All And we see the light before us.

Within our dreams the truth of our God is revealed

All We await the hope of the world.


Act of Awareness

Gathered here, we sense the Sacred in this place.

May we be awakened again to

the mysteries that humble us,

the realities that orient us,

the beauty that informs us,

the fellowship that sustains us,

and the creativity that heightens and deepens our living,

that we may give ourselves in honesty and openness

to the larger life before us. (Adapt/Clarke Wells) 


OR


We pray:

God of all life we give thanks for the signs

of your love and creativity

that surround us and bless us.

May it be so.


HymnA Man of Ancient Time and Place(Tune: ‘Tallis’ Canon’, 88 88. 443 TiS)

A man of ancient time and place

with foreign speech and foreign face,

reveals the glory, power and grace

of costly, unexpected love.


A rabbi, schooled in Moses’ Law,

a male, amending Herod’s flaw,

arouses wonder, rage and awe

with costly, unexpected love.


By teasing word and healing deed,

a leper touched, an outcast freed,

he bears the fruit and plants the seed

of costly, unexpected love.


The cost we barely can surmise

when, lifted up before our eyes,

the face of God we recognize

in crucified, unfathomed love.


May faith and hope within us grow,

the way of Christ to tell and show,

and may the Spirit breathe and blow

in costly, unexpected love. BWren

The people sit


OR

For those in the Northern hemisphere

Wild Waves of Storm(Tune: ‘Wild Waves’, 4 10 10 10 4) 80 SLT

Wild waves of storm,

the wonder of the wind and crashing sea,

nature in power and might and majesty,

yet wonder more in deep tranquillity,

sea, calm and still.


Migrating birds,

in flocks intent upon far distant shore

great wonder hold; yet there is wonder more

when lonely eagle, watchful on a post,

sits, calm and still.


All people one

in urgent haste, on some great enterprise,

hearts beating fast, great dreams to realize,

yet in the soul a dream of richer prize,

serene and still.


Then striving cease:

from troubled turmoil seek an inward goal;

tranquillity shall make the spirit whole.

Be still, and know a Presence in the soul,

serene, alive. (SHKnight/adapt)


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

"Meeting the Sacred"
Norman Habel. Rainbow of Mysteries/11


When a mystery
breaks the surface of nature
my consciousness quivers.
I meet the sacred,
sense the spiritual,
and wonder.


When a mystery
rises from the depths of nature
my mind seeks wisdom.
I meet the sacred,
discern the spiritual,
and wonder.


When a mystery
reveals its presence in nature
my spirit is startled.
I meet the sacred,
celebrate the spiritual,
and wonder.


Silence

In this time of silence may we move

from busy-ness

to quietness...

(Silence)


God of life

God of peace

God of wonders that will not cease...

Present with us now.

(Silence)


Music of Reflection


EXPLORING

Reading from our Biblical Tradition

A reading from our biblical tradition shall now be read by (NN).


Gospel:

Mark 13:1-8 (NRSV)


As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said,

“Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 


Jesus asked him,

“Do you see these great buildings?

Not one stone will be left here upon another;

all will be thrown down.”


When Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives

opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,

“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign

that all these things are about to be accomplished?”


Then Jesus began to say to them,

“Beware that no one leads you astray.

Many will come in my name and say,

‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.


“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars,

do not be alarmed; this must take place,

but the end is still to come.


“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom

against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines.

“This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”


Contemporary Word


Contemporary Word 2


Silence for Personal Reflection


AFFIRMING

A Celebration of Faith...

In response to the word reflected on, let us stand 

and share together a celebration of faith.

The people stand as they are able


We are a cloth of diverse colours

made from many gifts and graces.

All We are the people flowing forth from Creator God,

surprising ourselves with the things which can be done.


We are raw material for rewarding relationships

as our lives interweave,

All contributing one to the other,

holding each other firm when one is weak or breaking.


We are each worthy of being respected and cared for

All   essential to the pattern,

skilled in our appointed tasks,

sources of laughter and sharers of tears.


We commit ourselves to work together,

All that one day, this world may be a place

where all people live in justice, freedom and peace(Adapt.DMcRae-McMahon/bst)


OR


Christ our life, you are alive

All  in the beauty of the earth

in the rhythm of the seasons

in the mystery of time and space,

Alleluia.


Christ our life, you are alive

All in the tenderness of touch

in the heartbeat of intimacy

in the insights of solitude,

Alleluia.


Christ our life, you are alive

All  in the creative possibility

of the dullest conversation

the dreariest task

the most threatening event,

Alleluia.


Christ our life, you are alive

All  to offer re-creation

to every unhealed hurt

to every deadened place

to every damaged heart,

Alleluia.


You set before us a great choice.

Therefore we choose life.

The dance of resurrection soars and surges

through the whole creation.

It sets gifts of bread and wine upon our table.

All This is grace, dying we live.

So let us live. KGalloway/cw


Sharing '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 The people stand, as they are able, to sing

This Land of Bursting Sunrise(Tune: ‘Andujar’, 76 86D)           82 SLT

This land of bursting sunrise,

all lavender and blue,

its cloud-strewn, light-swept day skies flow,

and every day renew.

To east the glow of dawning,

to west the blaze of night,

‘round all the long horizon’s rim,

the everlasting light!


This land of open vistas,

life rooted deep and free,

the canyoned plains, the mountains vast,

plumb earth’s immensity.

Here in life’s fragile balance,

the sun and stars above,

find hand in hand, and heart to heart,

the everlasting love. (JHHolmes)

The people sit

CELEBRATING

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:

As one heart is lifted

All May we share its celebration

As one heart is burdened

All May we share the pain it knows (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, who cares for us,

The wonder of whose presence fills us with awe.


Let kindness, justice and love shine in our world.

Let your secrets be known here as they are in heaven.

Give us the food and the hope we need for today.


Forgive us our wrongdoing

as we forgive the wrongs done to us.

Protect us from pride and from despair

and from the fear and hate which can swallow us up.


In you is truth, meaning, glory and power,

while worlds come and go.

Amen. (MFurlong/nwi)


CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

Offerings

Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place

and beyond, and our gifts of bread and wine,

shall now be received.


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

Be with us, Loving God, in the breaking:

in the break of day

in the breaking of the bread

in the breaking of our lives

in the breaking of our hearts

in the breaking of our hopes.

Be with us, Loving God,

for you alone can make us whole.

The people sit


Thanksgiving

We give thanks and praise for all that is good in the world.

For the love we name Creativity God, and all that is.

For the person we name Jesus

and his message of peace, justice and inclusiveness

that is the realm of God.

For the renewing strength and freedom of the Spirit

always present on the breath of life.

All We give thanks for the love, peace,

justice, prosperity, strength and freedom,

and for the presentness of God in the midst of life.


The Celebration

Jesus gathered with his friends

to tell them of a re-imagined way of living and being.


A way that did not conform

to the standards of the Roman Empire

or any other system of governance

that suppressed people

until starvation and deprivation resulted in death.


He knew that human nature was such 

that despite good intentions it often betrayed itself...

And he named the betrayal when he said,

there is one among us who will deny what I say.


The Story/Bread and Wine

So let us break bread together.

We remember...

at the end of a journey, among friends,

gathered round a table...

 

Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it:

'This bread is broken, as my body will be'.


And he handed it to his friends,

and invited them to eat:

'Remember all that I have been to you'.


We remember...

Jesus poured a cup of wine, offered thanks for it,

and gave it to his friends: 

'This wine is poured out as my life will be.

As you drink give thanks for all I have given'.


Bread... the very stuff of life.

Wine... fruit of the vine.


May the spirit within us

All be a source of healing and consolation

May the spirit within us

All strengthen us when we feel weak,

warm us when we are cold-hearted,

bend us when we are stubborn,

move us when we are uncaring,

guide us in the way of love.

May the spirit within us

All shine in all we do.


Communion

By eating this bread and drinking this wine

we become one in hope.

The bread and the wine will be served.


After Communion

God of love, God of compassion,

may the celebration of the wonder

and the mystery of your presence,

strengthen and enable us

to be your body the church.


SCATTERING

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

From Atoms To Planets(Tune: ‘Kemeza’, 12 11 12 11)   108 (v1-2) WNC

From atoms to planets eternity changes;

the hues and the colours that cover the earth,

through seasons and cycles, the world rearranges,

but sure is the love that has brought us to birth.


The wind and the weather distort vegetation,

the breakers are pounding and shaping the shore.

Our lives are spun round as each grief re-determines

the things that are doubtful and those that are sure.

Remain standing


Parting Words

The God we worship is never confined to this holy place.

So go and travel with the God

who is found in ordinary and surprising places.

The candle is extinguished


As we depart one from another,

let our hearts be secure through every human season.

All Let our hearts be secure

in seasons of anguish as in seasons of joy,

in seasons of failure as in seasons of success,

in seasons of uncertainty as in seasons of security.

Let our hearts be secure in this dual reality:

we are worthy recipients of love and support

we can never earn,

All and we are worthy providers of love

and support others cannot earn.

Let our hearts be secure,

All for hearts know and understand

and will respond if invited in. JA.Hobart


Words of Blessing

Fall in love with living

Wrestling with the chaos and the pain

Within ourself and within the world.


Join the celebration of life,

Dancing with the angels and the clowns.

And may the God of peace and joy,

Who is continually making all things new,

Embrace you

As a partner

In the divine creating (JBoyce-Tillman/wb).

All Amen!


Hymn (Cont). From Atoms To Planets(Tune: ‘Kemeza’, 12 11 12 11)   108 (v3) WNC

Amid all this turmoil, this change and mutation,

the strained intertwining of living and strife,

one thing remains constant, relentless, determined:

that God goes on loving in death as through life (APratt).

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





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Duncan, G. (ed). 2000. A World of Blessing. Benedictions from every continent and many cultures. Norwich: The Canterbury Press.
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Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications.
McRae-McMahon, D. 1996. The Glory of Blood, Sweat and Tears. Liturgies for Living and Dying. Melbourne: JBCE.

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

Seaburg, C. (ed). 1993. The Communion Book. Boston: UUMA.
(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.

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

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


Web sites/Other:

Wells, Hobart. UUA Worship Web. Boston. UUA. www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

B Wren. "A Man of Ancient Time..." Stainer & Bell Ltd. Web site: hymns.uk.com

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