Revd Rex A E Hunt


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19 August 2012.  Pentecost 12B. (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 Music

Entry into the Celebration

The gong is sounded three times

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning is a new arrival (Rumi/lp).

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this life

in the presentness of God.

Lighting of the Community Candle

The candle is lit

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Playful God”  (Tune: ‘Joyful God’. 77 87)   75 RP

Playful God, you laugh and dance

at every indication

that we have caught a glimpse, a glance

of magic in creation.

Tearful God, you weep and mourn,

you share our desolation;

in every doubt, in pain and grief,

we need your consolation.

Joyful God, we praise your name

in every situation.

Your love will even live through death,

you promise resurrection.

Mighty God, creative heart

and source of our elation,

accept our praise, our lives, our all,

our ceaseless adoration. APratt


Seek Not Afar for Beauty”  (Tune: ‘Sursum corda’, 10 10 10 10, 240 TiS) 77 SLT

Seek not afar for beauty; lo! it glows

in dew-wet grasses all about your feet;

in birds, in sunshine, childish faces sweet,

in stars and mountain summits topped with snows.

Go not abroad for happiness; behold

it is a flower blooming at your door.

Bring love and laughter home, and evermore

joy shall be yours as changing years unfold.

In wonder-workings, or some bush aflame,

we look for Truth and fancy it concealed;

but in earth's common things it stands revealed,

while grass and flowers and stars spell out the name. (MJSavage)

Opening Sentences

Sing to Life a new song!

All Sing to Life, all Creation!

Sing of compassion and

temper your deeds with kindness.

All Sing to all the world and tell

of the miracles that sustain us daily (RMShapiro/lp).

Act of Awareness

In all our living, may we be freed

to see things afresh,

to be more fully alive,

and have the courage to keep faith in

the future of humanity.
All   May it be so with us.


We pray:

May the spirit of wisdom, comfort and inspire us.

The symbols of life are all around us:

light and noise,

infants and adults,

birds and animals,

colours and movement,

words of goodwill,

songs of joy.

May we be helped to recognise the symbols of life.

May they be renewed everyday,

as we are inspired to share them generously.


Hymn World Without End(Tune: ‘Slane1’, Irreg. 547 TiS)

Praise to the Lord for the joys of the earth:

Cycles of seasons and reason and birth,

Contrasts in outlook and landscape and need,

Challenge of famine, pollution and greed.

Praise to the Lord for the progress of life:

Cradle and grave, bond of husband and wife,

Pain of youth growing and wrinkling of age,

Questions in step with experience and stage.

Praise to the Lord for his care of our kind:

Faith for the faithless and sight for the blind,

Healing, acceptance, disturbance and change,

All the emotions through which our lives range.

Praise to the Lord for the people we meet,

Safe in our homes or at risk in the street:

Kiss of a lover and friendship’s embrace,

Smile of a stranger and words full of grace.

Praise to the Lord for the carpenter’s son,

Dovetailing worship and work into one:

Tradesman and teacher and vagrant and friend,

Source of all life in this world without end. © Iona Community

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 Silence

Let silence be placed around us now, like a mantle.

Let us enter into it,

as through a small secret door;


to emerge into

an acre of peace,

where stillness reigns

and the Sacred is present.


May the mantle of silence

become a cloak of understanding

to warm our hearts this day. (Adapt.KMcIlhagga/ghs)


Music of Reflection


Reading from the Biblical Tradition

A reading from our biblical tradition shall now be offered.

John 6: 51-58 (Inclusive Text)

'I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Anyone who eats this bread will live forever;

and the bread that I shall give

is my flesh, for the life of the world.'

Then the crowds started arguing with one another:

How can this one give us his flesh to eat? they said.

Jesus replied:

'I tell you most solemnly,

if you do not eat my flesh or drink my blood,

you have no life in you.

'Those who do... have eternal life,

and I will raise them up on the last day.

'For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.

Those who do eat and drink, live in me, and I live in them.

'As the living God sent me, and I live because of God,

so whoever eats (and drinks) draw life from me.

'This is the bread come down from heaven;

not like the bread our ancestors ate, they are dead.

But anyone who eats this bread will live forever'.

Contemporary Word

Silence for Personal Reflection


A Litany as We Prepare for Early Spring

The people stand as they are able

v1 The icy frosts of winter

Give way to springtime dew.

Frost-bitten fuschias

Struggle to burst forth in new bud.

All Thanks be to Creativity God.

v2 Early morning dew on cobwebs,

Hangs like crystal on the weeds

along the roadside,

Reminding us of creations's plan

for all creatures; great and small.

All Thanks be to Creativity God.

v1 The winter has been short and dry;

Cold wind never quite giving way to rain

Driving its clouds on towards the coast;

But the seed lying in the thirsty ground

Has still burst forth.

All Thanks be to God.

v2 We cannot hold you in the spider's web, O God;

We cannot hold you in the winds that drive the windmill;

For you are also in the thirsty ground,

The budding fuschia,

and the struggling seed.

Great is your faithfulness

All O Lord, our God.

v3 Daffodil and jonquil 

Filling fields and lining driveways,

Cheer the heart;

Perfumed daphney awakens dulled senses;

And songbirds declare the joy of living.

All Thanks be to God.

v1 We cannot hold you in the daffodil or daphne;

All For you are also in the air we breathe 

And in the magpie's song

v1 Reminding us again of creation's plan.

All Great is your harmony, Creativity God. (Adapt. PWyley/grpe)

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  People stand as they are able, to sing

Spirit of Springtime(Tune: ‘Verdure’) 59 FFS

Spirit if springtime in creation’s garden,

tingling the senses,

tickling the earth,

sap that is rising where the seed was sleeping,

push for a new world

coming to birth!

Heard in the song that sweeps from bush to ocean,

seen in the sunlight,

felt in the blood,

surge of delight at every greening, growing,

God in the promise,

blossom from bud.

Fresh as the rain that washes clean our vision,

keen as the wind on

Pentecost day,

bright as the Spirit in the life of Jesus,

bold as the mindset

thinking his way.

Springtime of hope from out of winter’s clutches,

warm us to witness

woo us to see

beauty will break through rotted leaves and ashes,

joy will erupt, and

life will leap free! (SEMurray)
People sit

Conversation with the Children

Children gather on the conversation mat


"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 Loving Presence, luminous in all creation,

hallowed be your name.

Thy kin-dom come.

May we reflect on earth

the yielding perfection of the heavens.

Help us to receive an illumed measure from the earth this day.

Forgive us when we trespass against others,

human and other than human,

as we forgive others who trespass against us.

Keep us on the path of wisdom

when we are tempted to take the selfish path.

May it be your rule we follow,

your power we exercise,

and your radiance that allures.

May this be the truth that guides our lives,

the ground from which our future will grow,

until we meet again. (BSanguin/dddc)




Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,

and our gifts or bread and wine, shall now be received.


May our sharing and our giving be blessed.

May all that we give today and all that we receive,

be for the enrichment of our life

and the lives of others.


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 are.  (GVosper/wwg)

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

For that mystery we name God…

For the sage we name Jesus…

For the renewing strength and freedom of the Spirit…


God of winter, the unpopular, slandered season;

God of lightning, wind and storm;

God of brisk winter mornings, frosted back lawns

and stark hillsides; of warm socks, coats and gloves,

raincoats, umbrellas and warm fires,

we open ourselves to all the possibilities life offers us.

So we join in the canticle of the cosmos, saying:

All Holy, holy, holy, re-creating God,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Bread and Wine

We remember the times when Jesus faced

difficult decisions and destructive forces:

- in the days and nights of his searching,

- in finding ways to free others from images and ideas

that kept them captive and dependent and fearful of God,

- in breaking down social and religious barriers,

- in facing failure,

- in facing death (MMorwood/pns).

When we too experience the winter of our lives

may we find the courage to let go

and trust in your guiding, warming light.


And as we eat together at this table

we remember 
the importance and the words of many sages...

and the actions of all meals
 in the tradition of Jesus.

He took bread, gave thanks, broke it,

and gave it to his friends.

He said it was like his own body,

an offering of self

broken, that we might know the ways of peace,

with all creation.

Bread broken

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

and gave it also to his friends.

He said it was like his blood,

a pouring out of his very being in the service of life,

a self-donation

inspired by the way of the cosmos

(the sun burning four million tons of hydrogen every second

in the service of the great procession of life (BSanguin/idp).

Wine poured out


In sharing this meal, we enter a new covenant,

with the Sacred, with all creation, and with one another,

All a promise to walk gently upon this planet,

to raise our voice in the service of life,

to love kindness,

and to seek justice (BSanguin/idp).


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.


Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
God Who Carved... Landscape(Tune: ‘Dansey’, 87 87)      31(v1-2) FFS

God who carved this timeless landscape,

snow-clad ridge to valley plain,

power of surging race and river,

limestone crag and scarred terrain;

maker still of earth, fire, water,

artistry of sight and sound,

Southern lights and sunset splendour,

raise our eyes and you are found.

Calendar of nature's balance,

rhythms of the farming year,

shearing, milking, ploughing, pruning,

manger setting ever near!

lonely struggle in the byways,

nor'west dust or snow and flood,

fellowship of tears and laughter:

Lord, with you, we're understood.

Remain standing

Words of Mission

The presentness of God reaches beyond this place...

The candle is extinguished

Blessed is the One within the many.

All Blessed are the Many who make one (AWaskow/lp).

Blessing Words

Walk softly.

Speak truthfully.

Love gently.

Breathe deeply.

Live wisely.

Go in peace. EGehrmann

All Amen!

Hymn (Cont). God Who Carved... Landscape(Tune: ‘Dansey’, 87 87)     31(v3) FFS

Giving thanks for those before us,

village life and tussock track,

as we turn to face the future,

history's wind upon our back;

scattered are our congregations,

each now shares in ministry,

bonding strength of work together:

spirit of community. DGrierson

The people sit

'This Week' at (NN)


Birthdays and anniversaries

Significant events

Journey candles



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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