Pentecost9B.2.8.2009

Revd Rex A E Hunt

eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au
Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

2 August 2009.  Pentecost 9B. (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

We live in between winter cold and summer heat:
in between birth and death.

In these perpetual between-times... (Adapt. JM.Rickard)
let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life
in the presentness of God.
(Silence)

Lighting of the community candle
The candle is lit

Hymn “Mothering God…” (Tune: ‘Winchester New’, 88 88)
Mothering God, you gave me birth
in the bright morning of this world.
Creator, source of every breath,
you are my wind, my rain, my sun.

Mothering Christ, you took my form,
offering me your food of light,
grain of life and grape of love,
your very body for my peace.

Mothering Spirit, nurturing one,
in arms of patience hold me close,
so that in faith I root and grow
until I flower, until I know. © JJansen

Opening Sentences
Come.  Let us be joined
in seeking the aspirations of the heart.

Come.  Let us be joined
in giving voice to those melodies
which can heal the wounded soul. 
All Come.  Let us be joined
in speaking the words which set us free. CODame 

Act of Awareness
We pray:
Gathered in this sacred place, may we
feel ourselves as integral parts
of God’s continuing growth of meaning
throughout the universe.
A kinship to all that is.
Amen.

Hymn O God of Earth and Space(Tune: ‘Leoni’, 66 84D. 125 TiS)
O God of earth and space,
of sea and fire and air,
Your providence surrounds us here
and everywhere.

In fruit and grain and tree,
in shelter from the cold,
In cooling breezes, flowing wells,
now as of old.

Where faithfulness is shown,
where love and truth abound,
Where beauty graces human life,
there you are found.

Inspirer of all thought!
Creative force of art!
The melody on every tongue,
in every heart!

Wherever freedom reigns,
where sin is overthrown,
Where justice fused with mercy rules,
there you are known.

Give us the courage clear,
to make the earth a home,
For all to live in harmony,
in Christ’s shalom. JPHuber/C3ccc

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
"Life-giving possibilities”
By Peter Millar. Waymarks/xiv.

Lord of every new day
when the road ahead is
totally scary
or far too comfortable,
reveal your
life-giving waymarks,
so that having made them our own,
we travel on with
risk,
vulnerability,
vision,
awareness,
passion,
struggle,
energy,
and compassion
as our constant companions.

Centering Silence
Now let silence gently enfold us.
(Silence)

In this time of silence may it
renew our hope
refresh our courage
lift our spirits,
and restore us in faith.
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

EXPLORING

Reading from Biblical Tradition
A reading from our biblical tradition shall now be offered.

Gospel:
John 6: 25-35 (NRSV)

When the crowd found that Jesus was on the other side of the sea, they said to him,
‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’

Jesus answered them,
‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me,
not because you saw signs, but because
you ate your fill of the loaves.

‘Do not work for the food that perishes,
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.

‘For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’

Then they said to him,
‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’

Jesus answered them,
‘This is the work of God, that you believe
in him whom he has sent.’

So they said to him,
‘What sign are you going to give us then,
so we may see it and believe you?
What work are you performing?

‘Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written,
'He gave them bread from heaven to eat’.'

Then Jesus said to them,
‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven,
but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

‘For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’

They said to him,
‘Sir, give us this bread always.’

Jesus said to them,
‘I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’.

Contemporary Word

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

An Affirmation of Faith
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
a share an affirmation of faith.
The people stand as they are able

v1 I believe in God's World,
All In beauty of earth and sky and sea;
In sunbeams playing on rippling water;
In moon and stars milking the midnight sky;

v2 I believe in God's World,
All In green life pulsing through brown earth,
In miracle of bud and flower and fruit;
In great trees raising gnarled arms 'gainst rain and wind;

v1 I believe in God's World,
All In cry of new born seeking the lifegiving breast;
In gnarled old age dozing in the sun;
In sweating backs bent over unyielding soil;

v2 I believe in God's World,
All In the Man hung 'twixt earth and sky,
In the giving of one's life in the service of humanity,
I believe in God's World. (Adapt.GRose/lol)

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.
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
People are God’s language(Tune: ‘Ellers’, 10 10 10 10. 301 RCH)
People are language through whom God can speak;
Heard by the list'ners, found by those who seek;
Heard in a whisper, never in a roar;
Heard in compassion, not through formal law.

People are language through whom God can care
With words of comfort when we see despair;
Spoken in kindness, yet with certainty;
Heard with delight when calming misery.

People are language through whom God can plead
For peace and mercy, for the ones in need;
Spoken in strength, with poise and dignity,
Calling for justice and for liberty.

Sharing of love with acts of gentleness,
Sharing the load with deeds of thoughtfulness,
We can ensure the message can be heard;
For we are language of God's living word (GStuart).

CELEBRATING

Conversation with the Children

"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:
xxx

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 Life-Giver, Pain-Bearer, Love-Maker.
Source of all that is and that shall be.

Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed
by all peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever.  Amen. (UIW2)

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
There is dignity here – we will exalt it.
There is courage here – we will support it.
There is humanity here – we will enjoy it.

Let them that have eyes to see, see.
Let them that have ears to hear, hear (Adapt.PAndrews/bot)
The people sit

Thanksgiving
May it be well with you.
All And also with you.
Life is a gift and we its celebration.
All May we rejoice in the beauty that we areGVosper/wwg

The story...
v1 In the beginning was God
v2 In the beginning, the source of all that is
v3 In the beginning, God yearning,
v4 God moaning,

v1 God labouring
v2 God giving birth
v3 God rejoicing
v4 And God loved what had been made
vAll And God said, "It is good".

v2 Then God, knowing all that is good, is shared
v3 Held the earth tenderly in embracing arms
v4 God yearned for relationship
v1 God longed to share the good earth

v2 And humanity was born in the yearning of God
v3 We were born to share the earth.
v4 In the earth was the seed
v1 In the seed was the grain
v2 In the grain was the harvest
v3 In the harvest was the bread
All In the bread was empowerment.

v1 And God said, All shall eat of the earth
v2 All shall eat of the seed
v3 All shall eat of the grain
v4 All shall eat of the harvest
v1 All shall eat of the bread
v2 All shall eat of the power.

v3 God said, You are my people
v4 My friends
v1 My lovers
v2 My sisters
v3 And brothers

v4 All of you shall eat
v1 Of the bread
v2 And the power
All All shall eat.

v4 Then God, gathering up courage in love, said
v1 Let there be bread!
v2 And God's people,
God's friends and lovers, 
knelt on the earth
v3 planted the seeds
v4 prayed for rain
v1 sang for the grain
v2 made the harvest
v3 cracked the wheat
v4 pounded the flour
v1 kneaded the dough
v2 kindled the fire
v3 filled the air with the smell of fresh bread
v4 And there was bread!
All And it was good!

v2 We, the people of God in this place, say today
v3 All shall eat of the bread
v4 And the power.
v1 We say today
v2 All shall have power
All And bread.

v4 Today we say
v1 Let there be bread.
v2 And let there be empowerment!
v3 Let us eat of the bread and the power!
All And all will be filled.  (CHeyward/cw.Adapted)

Bread and wine
As we prepare to eat together at this table
we remember 
the importance and the words
and the actions of all meals in the tradition of Jesus…

He took bread, gave thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his friends.
Bread

He poured a cup of wine, offered thanks for it,
and gave it also to his friends.
Wine

Response
Everyone is welcome to be here.
All In this way, we lift up a world of inclusion,
where all people live with respect and dignity.

Everyone present will receive a share.
All In this way, we lift up a world of generosity,
where, as in the examples of Jesus,
abundance overcomes scarcity so all are fed.

Everyone is invited now to take a portion,
and to see others also receive.
All In this way, we lift up a world of sufficiency,
where entrenched systems of privilege are challenged,
wealth is shared equally, and all are satisfied with enough. (JNelson-Pallmeyer/wsj)

Communion
So in the meal tradition of Jesus
we break and share bread and drink wine,
pledging ourselves to allow the spirit
that moved in Jesus
to move freely in our lives.
The bread and wine is served

After Communion
God of amazing grace,
in the cold of the winter months
we are grateful for your presence, warming us.
We pray this presence will strengthen us
to follow in the way of Jesus, in this city.

SCATTERING

HymnOf the Multitude of Words(Tune:  ‘Vienna’, 77 77)   16 (v1-3) TMT
Of the multitude of words
held within the Bible's wall,
some bring life and some spread death,
some can liberate us all.

Should our use of sacred words
put all other views to flight?
Does our inner certainty
justify abuse of might?

Are our ways of using strength
open for the world to see?
Do they hide behind the texts
masking our transparency?
Remain standing

Words of Mission
Let us embrace the wonder of this week
with expectation and imagination...
The candle is extinguished

In our lives, may we know the holy meaning,
the mystery that breaks into it every moment.
All May we live at peace with our world
and at peace with ourselves.

Blessing Words
As the sun in its shining brings glory
As the stars in the night scatter dark
As the moon gives us hope in its radiance

So may the light of God
fill your heart
and your mind
and your life.
All Amen!

Hymn (Cont). Of the Multitude of Words”  (Tune:  440 TiS)    16 (4-5) TMT
Loving God, the source of truth,
help us clearly to discern
what brings death and what brings life,
life for which our spirits yearn.

Then O God of spirit life,
we shall live with openness,
giving all the right to be
their true selves with graciousness. (WWallace)
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:
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Hilton, D. (ed). 1991. Liturgy of Life. An Anthology. GtB: Birmingham. National Christian Education Council.
Holy Bible. NRSV. 1989. TN: Nashville. Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Iona Community. 2001.  Iona Abbey Worship Book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
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Morely, J. (ed). 1992.  Bread of Tomorrow. Praying with the World’s Poor. GtB: London. SPCK/Christian Aid.
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The St Hilda Community. 1996.  The New Women Included. A Book of Services and Prayers. GtB: London.  SPCK.
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Vosper, G. 2008.  With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.
(TMT) Wallace, W. L. 2001.  The Mystery Telling. Hymns and Songs for the New Millennium. NY: Kingston. Selah Publishing.
Ward, H.; J. Wild, J Morley. (ed). 1995.  Celebrating Women. New edition. GtB: London. SPCK.

Web sites:
UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. <www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
Christ Community Church, Spring Lake. MI. <www.christ-community.net/>

rexae@optusnet.com.au