Pentecost4A.

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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


LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Pentecost 4A. (Green).
Celebrating community: Sacrament of Holy Communion

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


GATHERING

Gathering music

Entry into the celebration
The gong is sounded three times

Come in.  Come into this place 
which we make special by our presence. 

Come into this place,
where the ordinary is sanctified,
the human is celebrated, 
the compassionate is expected.

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life
in the presentness of the God.

Lighting of the candle
The community candle is lit

Let the light we kindle go before us,
strong in hope,
wide in good will,
inviting the day to come.  (Adapted/ GKBeach) 

Hymn  The people stand as they are able, to sing

It is so grand”  (Tune: ‘Woodlands’, 10 10 10 10, 161 TiS)       4 SNS
It is so grand - the cosmos with its store
Of galaxies and stars; we stand in awe;
The constellations, nebulae and more,
So limitless, no human can explore.

It is so grand - the beauty of the earth -
Abundant life; all species seek re-birth;
We look at nature; she responds with mirth;
And then we wonder at her dazzling worth.

It is so grand - the body, soul and mind -
So complex yet exquisitely combined;
Belief, thought, deed - effectively entwined
Reveal the miracle of humankind.

It is so grand - the virtues we hold dear -
Soft kindness, goodness, gentleness sincere;
Faith, hope and love which constantly appear;
And grace, compassion which helps conquer fear.

The God beyond is always on display;
The God within sustains us all each day;
The God between in all our interplay;
We are so blest; we need to kneel and pray.  (GStuart)
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening sentences
We come to worship as different people
All A gift to each other from God.

We come as we are,
because it is God who invites us.
All We come as important parts
of the body of Christ in this place.

Prayer
We pray:
In all our living, may we
be freed to see things afresh,
be more fully alive,
and have the courage to keep faith in the future of humanity,
Creator Spirit, Life-giving Spirit, Nurturing Spirit.
Amen.

HymnGod it was”  (Tune: ‘Jesus calls us’)      48 (v1, 4-5) LFB
God it was who said to Abraham,
‘Pack your bags and travel on!’
God it was who said to Sarah,
‘Smile and soon you’ll bear a son!’
Travelling folk and aged mothers
Wandering when they thought they’d done -
This is how God calls his people,
Losing all because of One.

Christ it was who said to Matthew,
‘Leave your books and follow me!’
Christ it was who said to Martha,
‘Listen first, then make the tea!’
Civil servants and housekeepers
Changing places at a cost -
This is how Christ calls disciples,
Finding those he knew were lost.

In this crowd of common people,
Once unknown, whom we revere,
God calls us to share his purpose
Starting now and starting here.
So we celebrate his calling,
So we prize and praise his choice,
As we pray that through this company
God will act and raise his voice.  © The Iona Community
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.

CENTERING

Silence
Come apart from the busyness of family and work,
and dwell in the presentness of God
who is our source of being.
(Silence)

May the silence which we now share
quieten us,
touch our need,
refresh our courage,
enlarge our wonder.
(Silence)

Music of reflection

EXPLORING

Readings from our religious tradition
Some readings from our biblical tradition shall now be read.
The reader is (NN).

Hebrew scriptures:
Genesis 12:1-4a  (NRSV, adapted)

God said to Abram,
"Go from your country and your kindred and your ancestor’s house, to the land I will show you.
"I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you,
and make your name great, so you will be a blessing.

"I will bless those who bless you,
and the one who curses you I will curse;
and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

So Abram (and Sarai) went as God had told them.

Gospel:
Matthew 9:9-13, 20-22a  (NRSV)

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth;
and he said to him, “Follow me.”
Matthew got up and followed Jesus.

And as Jesus sat at dinner, many tax collectors and sinners came
and were sitting with him and the disciples.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to the disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

When Jesus heard this, he replied,
"Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick.

"Go and learn what this means,
‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’

"For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."

Then suddenly a woman
who had been suffering from hemorrhages for 12 years
came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of his cloak,

"If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well."

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said,
"Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well."

Contemporary word

Silence for personal reflection

AFFIRMING

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

Loving One, our Maker, our Friend,
All the wonder of your presence
is a glory filling heaven and earth
and our own gathered hearts.

May our lives reveal that same wondrous presence
with everything we think and say and do
All as your Holy Spirit transforms us and all things.

Send us together
All to share your love in all this hurting world.  (Lee Lovett-Olson)

The peace
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
Beautiful presence(Tune: ‘Beautiful presence’)
9 HoS

Beautiful presence, how can we name you?

Words are too small for the one who is all.

How can we speak of your gentleness in us,

the warmth of our hearts in response to your call?

Refrain:

Beautiful presence, ocean of love,

strong as forever, soft as a dove.

Words often fail us, but this we know true,

you live within us as we live in you.

There have been times of spiritual blindness,

when error and pain have distorted our sight.

Beautiful presence, you were there with us,

to show us how darkness can turn into light.

Refrain:

Nothing that happens to us will be wasted,

all of our living is grounded in grace.

Gently you take down the walls of division,

leading us on to a larger place. (Joy Cowley)

Refrain:

People sit

Reflections and prayers
Care candle:
We are people of all ages who enter this space
bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and concerns shared.

Listening response:
xxx

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
of the presentness of God among us,
and to see the new possibilities of the now.
The Care candle is lit

Pastoral prayers:
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   Indwelling God,
infused throughout all existence,
we honour you with many names.

Your realm is within the human heart.
We accept life for all that it can be,
on earth as throughout all creation.

May we continue to draw sustenance from this earth,
and may we receive forgiveness equal to our own.

May we ever move from separation toward union,
to live in grace, with love in our hearts,
forever and ever. Amen.  Fred F. Keip

CELEBRATING

With the children
Children gather on the conversation mat

Conversation

"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)

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Offerings

Our offerings for the work of ministry in this place 

and beyond,
and our gifts of bread and wine, shall now be received.

Presentation  People stand as the gifts are presented
As a river without an outlet becomes stagnant,
so life which receives but does not give
becomes polluted and sour.

As we give, we know we will be refreshed and cleansed
as well as being a blessing to others.
People sit

xxxxxxx

SCATTERING

Hymn A place at the table”    17 (v1-3) FFS
For everyone born, a place at the table,
for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
for everyone born, a star overhead,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!

For woman and man, a place at the table,
revising the roles, deciding the share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
for woman and man, a system that’s fair,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!

For young and for old, a place at the table,
a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hand of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
for young and for old, the right to belong,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!
Remain standing

Words of mission
Let us embrace the work and wonder of this week with fresh commitment...
The candle is extinguished

Flame-dancing spirit, come
All sweep us off our feet and
dance us through our days.

Surprise us with your rhythms,
All dare us to try new steps, explore
new patterns and new adventures.

Rest us,
All in your still centreAnn Lewin-adapted/wb

Blessing words
And may you always stand tall as a tree.
Be as strong as the rock Uluru.
As gentle and still as the morning mist.
Hold the warmth of the campfire in your heart.

And may the Creator Spirit always walk with you.  E. Pike
All Amen.

Hymn (Cont)A place at the table”     17 (v4-5) FFS
For just and unjust, a place at the table,
abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy,
for just and unjust, a new way to live,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!

For everyone born, a place at the table,
to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
for everyone born, the right to be free,
and God will delight when we are creators
of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
yes, God will delight when we are creators
of justice, justice and joy!  SEMurray
The people sit after the hymn

'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:
(LFB) Bell, J; G. Maule. 1989. Love From Below. Wild Goose Songs Vol. 3. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Binkley, C. G.; J. M. McKeel. 2001. Jesus and his Kingdom of Equals. An international curriculum on the life and teaching of Jesus. CA: Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
Duncan, G. (ed). 2000. A World of Blessing. Benedictions from every continent and many cultures. GtB: Norwich. The Canterbury Press.
(FFS) Faith Forever Singing. Songs for a new day. 2000. NZ: Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust. 
Holy Bible. NRSV. 1989. TN: Nashville. Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. GtB: Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
(SNS) Stuart, G. 2006. Singing a New Song. Traditional hymn tunes with new century lyrics. Second edition. NSW: Sydney. CPRT Sydney.

Web sites:
Beach, Lovett-Olsen, Keip, Lewin. UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. < www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

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