Revd Rex A E Hunt
Web site: www.rexaehuntprogressive.com
LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Pentecost 2A. (Green).
DUE TO A LATE EASTER IN 2011 ANOTHER LITURGY IS AVAILABLE
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
Entry into the celebration
The gong is sounded three times
We gather in community
to rest from our labours,
to greet our neighbours,
and to open our being to insight and intuition
of that greater reality of which we are a part.
Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life in the presentness of the God.
Lighting of the candle
The community candle is lit
Deep calls unto deep,
joy calls unto joy,
light calls unto light. GBMcKeeman
Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
"God molds the shapes of life" (Tune: Little Conard 66 66 88. 469 TiS) 38 TMT
God molds the shapes of life,
drawing the flow of tides,
firing the sunlight's blaze,
glazing the night with pride:
God gives the love which warms and moves
the patterned rhythm life provides.
the rising sap
changing to leaf's decay;
think of the winter's death
turning to spring's new day,
and in these cycles find the shapes
of all God dreams and all God makes.
of the veins and lungs,
seasons of human hearts -
patterns that intertwine,
shaping our thought and art;
all these are part of nature's flow -
the life of God we reap and sow.
to the God of change,
chaos, and fine design;
hallow the ordered forms
filled with the life divine.
In God the universe is one
and sings the hymn which God first sung! WWallace
We come to this celebration of life
All in our need, and bringing with us
the needs of our selves and others.
We come remembering amazing stories of people
coming to awareness through reflection on the life of Jesus,
All that the same Spirit that moved in him,
moved in them and moves in us.
We come with our faithing and with our questions.
All We come with our hopes and our fears.
We come as we are.
All For this community seeks to embrace the inclusiveness of God.
Blossom of Love, give us courage and an open spirit
as we consider the life and teachings of Jesus.
May we feel an invitational embrace
beckoning us to fullness of life, where we
celebrate beauty and
engage the causes of suffering.
Hymn “When life juggles” (Tune: 87 87)
When life juggles with our learning,
with the things we thought secure,
then it seems the artist’s palette
spins and faith becomes obscure.
In the wash of different colours,
as we seek for shape and form,
others paint their faith by numbers
forcing God to fit some norm.
But when life has torn the canvas,
when the numbers twist and slip;
then we need to find an image
that will help our hope to grip:
holding us, when we're past holding,
grounding when we're insecure,
till we find a faith, not drifting,
still dynamic, free, yet sure. © Andrew Pratt 28/5/2010
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.
How good it is to be alive!
Yes, we feel the beat of our own hearts,
the pulsing of life in our veins,
the rhythm of our breathing.
We come into the silence of this time with gratitude for this day.
We come with our needs.
And we come because we have gifts to share.
In our coming and in our going
may we be strengthened
in our bonds of love and peace.
Music of reflection
Readings from our broad religious tradition
Three readings from our broad religious tradition shall now be read.
Our reader is (NN).
Isaiah 49:13-16a (NRSV)
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering one.
But Zion said, The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.
Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands...
The world around us:
“Beyond passing seasons”
Stephen M Shick. Consider the lilies/19
There is no less magic now,
no less mystery now,
than when your comet first caught our eye.
Crossing seasonal space you captured
from cold indifference, sparks of hope,
from weary stillness, light waves of resilience,
from the dark, the light of distant stars
that once burned bright and also died.
Looking where you passed
will not reveal your eternal radiance.
But look further –
out there beyond seasonal change,
deep in the galaxies of the human spirit,
flares of passion have been released
to shape justice
and move the world toward peace.
Matthew 6:25-31, 33-34. (NRSV)
Jesus is speaking:
‘… I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.
‘Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
‘Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?
‘And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
And why do you worry about clothing?
‘Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory
was not clothed like one of these.
'But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith?
‘Therefore do not worry, saying,
‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear…?’
‘Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.’
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, to say.
In desert and bushland, mountain and water,
we see the signs that God is with us.
All In grass that grows through cities of concrete and brick,
we see the signs that God is with us.
In the faces of people whom God so loves,
All we see the signs that God is with us.
In our brokenness, there is the hope of wholeness.
All In our emptiness, there is the hope of fullness.
In our deaths,
All lies the hope of resurrection life.
This is the Word in Christ to us.
All The flame of the Holy Spirit lives in this place
and travels with us.
Amen. (Adapted-D McRae-McMahon/eoj)
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
“As the wind song” (Tune: ‘Wairua Tapu’ – Holy Spirit) 7 HoS
As the wind song through the trees,
as the stirring of the breeze,
so it is with the Spirit of God,
as the heart made strangely warm,
as the voice within the storm,
so it is with the Spirit of God.
Never seen, ever known
where this wind has blown
bringing life, bringing power to the world,
as the dancing tongues of fire,
as the soul’s most deep desire,
so it with the Spirit of God.
As the rainbow after rain,
as the hope that’s born again,
so it is with the Spirit of God,
as the green in the spring,
as a kite on a string,
so it it is with the Spirit of God,
making worlds that are new,
making peace come true,
bringing gifts, bringing love to the world,
as the rising of the yeast,
as the wine at the feast,
so it is with the Spirit of God. (SEMurray)
Our offerings for the work of ministry in this place shall now be received.
Presentation People stand as the gifts are presented
The riches of God's gracious love have been entrusted to us.
May we share the beauty of God
with all who walk with us, in caring service.
With the children
Children gather on the conversation mat
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
We are people of all ages who enter this space bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and concerns shared.
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).
of the presentness of God among us,
and to see the new possibilities of the now.
The Care candle is lit
The 'Abba' Prayer:
You are invited to pray in the spirit of the Lord's Prayer, and in your original language, as that is appropriate
All Dear One,
closer to us than our own hearts,
farther from us than the most distant star,
you are beyond naming.
May your powerful presence become obvious
not only in the undeniable glory of the sky,
but also in the seemingly base
and common processes of the earth.
Give us what we need, day by day,
to keep body and soul together, because
clever as you have made us,
we still owe our existence to you.
We recognize that to be reconciled with you,
we must live peaceably and justly with other human beings,
putting hate and bitterness behind us.
We are torn between our faith in your goodness
and our awareness of the evil in your creation,
so deliver us from the temptation to despair.
Yours alone is the universe and all its majesty and beauty.
So it is. Amen. (JBurklo, 2010)
Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
"Human touch can light the flame" (Tune: 387 TiS, Dunedin. 88 88) 307 (v1-2) SLT
The human touch can light the flame
which gives a brightness to the day,
the spirit uses mortal flame,
life's vehicle for work and play.
The lover's kiss, the friends embrace,
the clasp of hands to show we care,
the light of welcome on the face
are treasured moments all can share.
Words of mission
The presentness of God reaches beyond this place...
The candle is extinguished
We have a calling in this world:
All we are called to honour diversity,
to respect differences with dignity,
and to challenge those who would forbid it.
We are people of a wide path.
All Let us be wide in affection
and go our way in peace. JMRickard
May the places where you walk
become sacred spaces of the Holy God...
The places where you take your stand
be signposts to the love of Christ...
The places where you rest be filled
with the renewing grace of the Spirit. D McRae-McMahon/ith
Hymn (Cont) "Human touch can light the flame" (Tune: 387 TiS, Dunedin. 88 88) 307 (v3) SLT
May all who come within our reach
be kindled by our inner glow,
not just in spirit's words we preach,
in human touch love's faith we show. JStorey
The people sit after the hymn
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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
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(SLT) Singing the living tradition. 1993. MA: Boston. UUA.
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