Revd Rex A E Hunt


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25 November 2012.  Reign of Christ B. (White).

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

With faith to face our challenges,

With love that casts out fear,

With hope to trust tomorrow,

We accept this day as the gift it is:

a reason for rejoicing. GKowalski

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

Now Thank We All…(Tune: ‘Nun Danket alle Gott’, 67 67 66 66)  106(i) TiS

Now thank we all our God,

with hearts and hands and voices,

who wondrous things hath done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mother’s arms

hath blest us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us;

and keep us in his grace,

and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills

in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God

the Father now be given,

the Son, and Holy Ghost,

one Lord in highest heaven:

the one eternal God,

whom earth and heaven adore;

for thus it was, is now,

and shall be evermore. (MRinkart)

Remain standing

Opening Sentences

God of the cosmos

attune our ears to hear you today

All in the great symphony of creation.

God of community

open our eyes to see you today

All in the drama of nature's interconnectedness.

God of our hearts

touch our lives so we sense you today

All in both the beauty and the agony 

of the world. KCompston/sco

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.


We pray:

Abiding God,

grant us the joy of feeling ourselves

a part of your vast magnificence,

your all-encompassing presentness.

May it be so.

Hymn Hymn to Christ the Companion”   1 FTS

Where two or three are gathered

in the name of Christ,

there will we know his presence,

share in a love unpriced.

He will be with us always,

even to journey's end;

found in our humblest neighbour,

present in foe and friend.

Forward our path together,

through a mysterious land,

darkened by our unknowing,

desert of rock and sand.

Spirit of Christ before us,

lead us through storm and night;

beacon of hope unfailing,

draw us towards your light.

Spur us to seek each other,

following the pilgrim way,

and, if our footsteps falter,

feed and sustain, we pray.

Broken the bread you offer,

shared is the cup you pour,

calling to true communion

now and for ever more.

O loving Christ-companion,

bond us, that we may be

one in our common purpose,

one in our loyalty;

strong for the weak and powerless,

open to truth, and pain,

daring to stand for justice,

working to bring your reign. CGibson

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.



“The Web of Life”

By Robert T Weston. Day of Promise: Collected Meditations, Vol. 1

Ed. Kathleen Montgomery

There is a living web that runs through us

To all the universe

Linking us each with each and through all life

On to the distant stars.

Each knows a little corner of the world, and lives

As if this were his all.

We no more see the farther reaches of the threads

Than we see of the future, yet they’re there.

Touch but one thread, no matter which;

The thoughtful eye may trace to distant lands

Its firm continuing strand, yet lose its filaments as they reach out,

But find at last it coming back to him from whom it led.

We move as in a fog, aware of self

But only dimly conscious of the rest

As they are close to us in sight or feeling.

New objects loom up for a time, fade in and out;

Then, sometimes, as we look on unawares, the fog lifts

And then there’s the web in shimmering beauty,

Reaching past all horizons.

We catch our breath;

Stretch out our eager hands, and then

In comes the fog again, and we go on,

Feeling a little foolish, doubting what we had seen.

The hands were right.  The web is real.

Our folly is that we so soon forget.


In this time of silence may we move

from busy-ness

to quietness...


God of life

God of peace

God of wonders that will not cease...

Present with us now.


Music of Reflection


Readings from our Biblical Tradition

A responsive psalm and a reading from our biblical tradition

shall now be read by (NN).

Responsive psalm:

Psalm 133, 134

A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab. A Fine Wind is Blowing/48.

• The author looks for a united and better humanity.  How different the world would be if people everywhere would live and worship together!

Our human scene is constantly disrupted

by discordant views and divisive behaviour.

People take up positions they firmly believe are right

and lose respect for people who have taken up other positions.

How different the world could be

if people could live together and worship together.

That would be like the magnificent transformation of the hills after a heavy downpour of rain.

In such a dialogue of togetherness 

the best humanity would emerge and we would see 

something of what life is really about.

Everyone would lift their hands in prayer and celebration.

All Come all of you searchers of this higher purpose.

Come and find that blessing of the God

who is Source and Substance of this hope for our world.


John 18:33-38 (Inclusive Text)

'Are you the King of the Jews' Pilate asked.

Jesus replied,

'Do you ask this of your own accord,

or have others spoken to you about me?'

Pilate replied,

'Am I a Jew?  It is your own people and the chief priests

who have handed you over to me:

what have you done?'

Jesus replied,

'My reign is not of this world; if my reign were of this world,

my servants would have fought to prevent my being

surrendered to the people.

'But my reign is not of this kind.'

'So you are a king then?' said Pilate.

'It is you who say it' answered Jesus.  'Yes, I am a king.

I was born for this, I came into the world for this:

to bear witness to the truth;

and all who are on the side of truth

listen to my voice.'

Pilate said, 'What is truth?'

Contemporary Word
• A Sermon suitable for this day can be found in my forthcoming book, Against the Stream. Progressive Christianity Between Pulpit and Pew.

Silence for Personal Reflection


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

v1  Beckoning Christ,

you call us out of our comfortable ghetto of 'us' and 'them'

to risk discipleship without walls.

All  You call us into a world-wide fellowship

where God is worshipped

above all other.

Wn  You call us into a world-wide fellowship

where prayer is offered day and night.

All  You call us into a world-wide fellowship

where we can share what we are

with others who love you.

Mn  You call us into a world-wide fellowship

where each person has something to give to the whole.

All  You call us into a world-wide fellowship

where compassion and respect

shape missionary endeavour.

v2  Keep on beckoning us out of our safe havens

into your rich fellowship

of challenge and reconciliation,

faith and hope. KCompston/sco

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



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

May we be empowered to find a meaning in life,

a purpose, a belonging.

And in finding pleasure in receiving from life

may we also receive satisfaction in enriching life.

The 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:

May our thoughts be filled with transformation,

All May our words reflect the yearnings of our hearts.

And may the spirit that binds within us as we gather

All Hallow each and every passing moment

we know here together (Adapt.GVosper/ab).

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 presence of the Sacred 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)


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

Christ Is Our Peace(Tune: ‘Suantrai’)   16 (v1-2) AA

Christ is our peace, Christ is our health,

he the true Word, his the true wealth –

gifts to be shared by the simple and poor:

peace in your land, peace at your door.

Peace in your mouth, peace in the hands

open to truth, to love's demands;

those who would go with Christ also must bleed -

bright is the flower, burst is the seed.

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

Go in peace and celebrate

the presence of God in your lives.

All Amen!

Hymn (Cont). Christ Is Our Peace(Tune: ‘Suantrai’)   16 (v3) AA

Who work for peace find the true wealth,

who heal the hurt find their own health

peace will flow on through the hearts that believe:

this may we know, thus may we live (SMurray).

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

Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:

(AA) Alleluia Aotearoa. Hymns and songs for all churches. 1993. Raumati: New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.

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.

Duncan, G. (ed). 1998. Seeing Christ in Others. An anthology for worship, mediation and mission. Norwich: The Canterbury Press.

(FTS) Forward Together Songs. 1991. Melbourne: JBCE.

Inclusive Readings. Year C. 2006. Brisbane: Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.

Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications.
(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.

(TiS) Together in Song. Australian Hymn Book 2. 1999. Sydney: HarperCollins Religious.

Vosper, G. 2009/2010. Another Breath. Prayers for Celebration and Reflection. Brisbane: The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought Brisbane.

Web sites:

Kowalski, Hobart. UUA Worship Web. Boston: UUA.>