Revd Rex A E Hunt, MSc(Hons)
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Beginnings and endings shape this meal gathering today.

We celebrate a faithful, strong past.
We prepare for a future yet to be conceived.
We call it the rhythm of life.

v1 May it be well with you.
All  And also with you.

v1 Sacred is the cosmos, whirling, expanding, living, dying,
yearning for abundance and freedom.
All  We come to this table awe-struck creatures
conscious that as we take these few short steps
the whole cosmos—gathered up in us—journeys with us, and in us.
v2  How can we not stand in awe.
Those same vast processes that created
        galaxies and suns and stars and planets,
        continue to shape our existence…

v1  Out of the Big Bang the stars;
All Out of the stardust the Earth;
Out of the molecules of the Earth, life.
v1  Earth was planted with the seeds of its future;
by the sacrifice of our sun,
Earth flowered forth.
In the human species, nature became conscious of itself
and open to fulfilment in thought and word and deed.
All  Blessed be Earth.
v1  Blessed be Earth
All  Earth, our home.

v2  We celebrate the interconnectedness that is our life—all life.
           Stardust and mountains,
           wild flowers and rain forests;
           gilled ones of river and sea and the feathered ones of the air;
           kangaroo and desert dingo,
           earth-worm, butterfly, and bacteria;
           First/Native Peoples and recent arrivals;
           sacred wisdom of sages and the consciousness of prophets.

v1  Every day we encounter the cosmos.
All  It is our bodies, our food our air our everything.
v1 One thing is made up of all other things.
All  Being and beauty flow freely through
all the universe in this great procession of life.

Bread and Wine
v1  As we gather together to share and eat food
we also remember the stories around all the meals
        in the wisdom tradition of the Galilean sage we call Jesus…

v2  Born of a woman and the Hebrew gene pool,
he was a creature of earth, a moment in the biological evolution of this planet.
v1  Like all human beings, he carried within himself
        the signature of the supernovas
        and the geology and life history of the Earth…

v2  For just as the Milky Way is the universe in the form of a galaxy,
and the Wedge-tailed Eagle is the universe in the form of a bird,
        he was and we are, the universe in the form of a human.
All  May we care for our planet.
May we nurture this piece of stardust!
May we celebrate with the cosmos!

v1  And so we remember the living tradition…
How, during a meal, he would take Bread, give thanks, break it,
and share it with both friend and stranger.
Bread is broken several times

v2  This piece of bread is the body of the whole cosmos.
Look deeply and you notice the sunshine in the bread,
        the blue sky in the bread,
        the clouds and the great earth in the bread.

The whole cosmos has come together
in order to bring to us this piece of bread.
(Short silence)

v1  And after conversation he would pour a cup of Wine,
offer thanks for it, and share it with all those with him.
White wine is poured out

v1  Wine, fruit of the vine, gift of nature.
v2  Since all food is cosmic and born of the sun and photosynthesis,
        sharing a meal of bread and wine
        renders the universe both sacred and intimate.
(Short silence)

v1  Bread and Wine,
        Elements for life on Earth…
        In solidarity with life…

v2  In sharing this banquet, we in our time and place,
enter into a new relationship,
        with sacred wisdom,
        with the planet, and
        with one another,
All  to feel our kinship with all life,
to raise our voice in the service of life,
All  to love kindness, and to seek justice,
to live in harmony
All  and awaken to peace.

v2  May we sense the wonder of what might yet be.
All  We are part of Earth
Earth is part of us.
v1  And as we consider this Earth, our home,
All  may we continue to walk upon it
gently and with reverence.

The Bread and White Wine - with conversation - is served is small groups around the Gathering space

Shaped from the various published writings of:
• Margie Abbott. Cosmic Sparks. Igniting a Re-Enchantment with the Sacred. Bayswater. Coventry Press, 200
• David Bumbaugh. Selected Communion Liturgies published in (ed) Carl Seaburg. The Communion Book. Boston. Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, 1993, plus “Toward a Humanist Vocabulary of Reverence”. Boulder International Humanist Institute, Fourth Annual Symposium, Boulder, Colorado. (22 February 2003). <>
• Elizabeth Johnson. “Deep Incarnation: Prepare to be Astonished”, UNIFAS Conference, Rio de Janeiro, (7-14 July 2010). <>
• Bruce Sanguin. “Cosmic Sacrifice” and “Feast of the Cosmos” in If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolutionary Mystics. Vancouver. ES Press, 2010
• Gretta Vosper, With or Without God. Why the Way we Live is More Important than What we Believe. Toronto. HarperCollins, 2008.

Plus Thich Nhat Hanh, Matthew Fox, Thomas Berry, David Galston, and others… with grateful thanks.