Pentecost6A.20.7.2014

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

20 July 2014. Pentecost 6A. (Green).
Celebrating Community: Sacrament of Holy Communion


Acknowledgement of Country
(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

v1 Come in.  Come into this place
which we make special by our presence.

Where the ordinary is sanctified,
the human is celebrated,
the compassionate is expected.

Together we make it a holy place with our every act of celebration.

v2 Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The community candle is lit in silence

Hymn  The people stand as they are able, to sing
O Threefold God”  (Tune: Unity)      110 AA
O threefold God of tender unity,
life’s great unknown that binds and sets us free:
felt in our loving, greater than our thought,
you are the mystery found, the mystery sought.

O blaze of radiance, source of light that blinds,
the fiery splendour of prophetic minds,
you live in mystery, yet within us dwell;
life springs from you as from a living well.

Most loving Parent, Child of joys and pains,
creative Spirit, life-force that sustains,
in bone and flesh, in blood we touch your hand,
your face we see in water, air and land.

In every making, each creative dream
and in the flowing of life’s healing stream,
when love is born or people reconciled,
we share your life, O Parent, Spirit, Child.

O threefold God of tender unity,
life’s great unknown that binds and sets us free:
felt in our loving, greater than our thought,
you are the mystery found, the mystery sought. WWallace
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
Let there be joy in our coming together this morning.
All Let there be compassion heard in the
words we speak, and love in the songs we sing.
Let there be silence for the voice within us and beyond us.
All
Let there be joy in our coming together.

Act of Awareness
Today we celebrate a dream awakening.
Today we celebrate with renewed hope in our hearts.
Today we act on an audacity of hopes and dreams for the future.

Today we begin the hard work for justice, equity and
compassion in all human relations,
for today is a day like no other and
it is ours to shape with vision and action.

Let us be together and celebrate a dream awakening (Adapt.EMStrong).

OR

We pray:
Spirit of life, present in this hour...
may we always sense our presentness
when we gather in this sacred place. 

May all who enter here find comfort
and wisdom in this community.
May it be so.

HymnGod With Joy We Look Around Us”  (Tune: ‘Regent Square’, 431 TiS)
God with joy we look around us
At your world’s diversity.
Folk of every kind surround us
And you call your church to see;
All are made in your own image!
All are people whom you love.

In the times we’ve hurt each other,
Lord, we’ve hurt the ones you bless.
Hating sister, cursing brother,
We’ve denied what you express;
All are made in your own image!
All are people whom you love!

God, you sent a Saviour to us,
Breaking walls that would divide.
By your Spirit, now work through us
As we witness side by side;
All are made in your own image!
All are people whom you love!  Carolyn Winfrey Gillette/sos
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
In this moment of silence together...
may it renew our hope
may it refresh our courage
may it lift our spirits
may it restore us in faith.
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

EXPLORING

Readings from our Religious Tradition
Two stories from our biblical/broad religious tradition
shall now be told by (NN).

Hebrew Scriptures:
Genesis 28:10-19a  (NRSV, adapted)

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran,
to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set.

Taking one of the stones of the place, 
he put it under his head and lay down in that place.

And he dreamed... that there was a ladder set up on the earth,
the top of it reaching to heaven;
and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

And the Holy One stood beside him and said,
“I am the Holy One, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac;
the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring;
and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth,
and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east
and to the north and to the south;
and all the families of the earth
shall be blessed in you and in your offspring.

"Know that I am with you and will keep you
wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land;
for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said,
“Surely God, the Holy One is in this place and I did not know it!”

And he was afraid, and said,
“How awesome is this place!
This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

So Jacob rose early in the morning,
and he took the stone that he had put under his head
and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.

He called that place Bethel.

OR

From the World Around us:
“A Permeable Life”
By Carrie Newcomer

I want to leave enough room in my heart
For the unexpected,
For the mistake that becomes knowing,
For knowing that becomes wonder,
For wonder that makes everything porous,
Allowing in and out
All available light.

An impermeable life is full to the edges,
But only to the edges.
It is a limited thing.
Like the pause at the center of the breath,
Neither releasing or inviting,
With no hollow spaces
For longing and possibility.

I would rather live unlocked,
And more often than not astonished,
Which is possible
If I am willing to surrender
What I already think I know.

So I will stay open
And companionably friendly,
With all that presses out from the heart
And comes in at a slant
And shimmers just below
The surface of things.

Traditional Gospel:
Matthew 13:24-30  (Inclusive Text)

Jesus put a parable before the crowds:
The reign of God may be compared to a sower who sowed good seed in a field.

While everybody was asleep an enemy came,
sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off.
When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well.

The owner's servants came and said:
‘Was it not good seed that you sowed in your field?
If so, where does the darnel come from?’

‘Some enemy has done this’, the owner answered.
And the servants said:
‘Do you want us to go and weed it out?’

No, because when you weed out the darnel
you might pull up the wheat with it.
Let them both grow until the harvest.

And at harvest time I will tell the reapers:
‘First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt,
then gather the wheat into my barn’.

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

A Celebration of Faith (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on let us stand
and share together a celebration of faith.
The people stand as they are able

We celebrate
that where people are gathered together in love
All  God is present and good things happen and life is full.

We celebrate
that we are immersed in mystery
that our lives are more than they seem
All  that we belong to each other
and to a universe of great creative energies,
whose source and destiny is God.

We celebrate
that the spirit of God beat in the heart of Jesus of Nazareth
All  and God's good news was heard by the broken and wounded.

We are glad that the spirit of peace
is present with us, the church,
All  as we gather to celebrate our common existence,
and the fidelity of God.

And most deeply we believe
that in our struggle to love,
All  we incarnate God in the world.

And so aware of mystery and wonder,
caught in friendship and laughter,
All  we become speechless before the joy in our hearts
as we celebrate the sacredness of life.  (Adapt. JShea/hu)

Sharing '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  People remain seated
Quiet Descending(Music: David A Barker) 11 TEN
Quiet descending like mist over water,
surrender the care of your heart to its calm.
Holy the places where footfalls sound softly,
for truth speaks its clearest where silence abides.

And awaken all the senses to the longing of the spirit.
Enliven your hearts yearning for truth.
Quiet descending like mist over water,
surrender the care of your heart to its calm. (DABarker)

OR

You Do Not Need To Come…(Tune: ‘Ominpresence’, 86 86 10 10) 4 TMT
You do not need to come, O God,
you are already here.
You do not need to go, O God,
you are already there.
It is our minds that need to be aware;
it is our hearts, O God, that need to care.

We are your hands and feet, O God,
the presence all can see.
We are the body and the blood,
the Christ in you and me.
It is our minds that need to be aware;
it is our hearts, O God, that need to care.

You do not need to go, O God,
you are already there.
You do not need to come, O God,
you are already here.
It is our minds that need to be aware;
it is our hearts, O God, that need to care. (WWallace)

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)

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 we have courage in uncertain times,
All Let it all happen.  No mood is final.
May we recognise new beginnings
in what seem to be endings,
All Let it all happen.  No feeling is final. (3C Exchange)

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 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  O Birther!  Father-Mother of the Cosmos
you create all that moves in light.
Hear the one Sound that created all others,
in this way the Name is hallowed
in silence.

Your rule springs into existence
as our arms reach out to embrace all creation.
Let all wills move together
in your vortex, as stars and planets
swirl through the sky.

Grant what we need each day in bread and insight:
subsistence for the call of
growing life.

Lighten our load of secret debts as
we relieve others of their
need to repay.

Keep us from hoarding false wealth,
and from the inner shame of
help not given in time. (MFox/ormw)

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Offerings
Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,
and our gifts of bread and wine, shall now be received.

Presentation
Bread, wine, money...
May these gifts be brought to life as:
new hope of healing,
fresh ways of coping,
a chance to rest,
a chance to work,
a way to live gracefully.

Thanksgiving
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 areGVosper/wwg

We give thanks and praise for all that is good in the world.
For that mystery we name God…
For the person we name Jesus…
For the renewing strength and freedom of the Spirit…
All We give thanks for the love, peace and justice,
for prosperity, strength and freedom,
and for the presentness of the Sacred in the midst of life.

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 fires, coats and gloves,
brightened by Wyalong Wattle, Thryptomene and Native Sarsaparilla…
we open ourselves to all the possibilities life offers us.

Thus we join our celebration of life to all people, saying:
All  Holy, holy, holy, re-creating God,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
All
Hosanna in the highest.

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 God’s guiding, warming light.

And as we eat together at this table
we remember the importance and the words
and the actions of all meals in the tradition of Jesus…
Bread broken, wine poured out

Response
Jesus, human like us,
All  reveals to us our true identity, temples of God's spirit.
Jesus, human like us,
All  reveals God present and active throughout human history.
Jesus, human like us,
All  reveals God-always-with-us in our everyday loving.
Jesus, human like us,
All  challenges us to let his story be our story also.

Communion
The bread and wine is served in the pews

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.

SCATTERING

Hymn "God Of Our Every Day(Tune: Jansen)    52 (v1-2) AA
God of our every day,
friend who will walk our way,
light who can change the 
focus of our seeing:
capture our heart and mid,
be in the work we find,
till all we do becomes
your mode of being.

Speak to the spirit's void,
hands that are unemployed,
lives that are lived without
a true direction:
gifts that are hid, unearth,
lift us to know our worth
that in ourselves we see
your own reflection.
Remain standing

Parting Words
Let us take on this week’s life
with renewed hope and imagination...
The candle is extinguished

For all that God can do within us,
for all that God can do without us,
All Thanks be to God.

For all in whom Christ lived before us,
for all in whom Christ lives beside us,
All Thanks be to God.

For all the Spirit wants to bring us,
for where the Spirit wants to send us,
All Thanks be to God.

Words of Blessing
The calling of a magpie greets the gentle sunrise on an Winter morning.
May there be awakened in us long held hopes
and a keening of our longing for you, Gracious God.
All And we are blessed.  Amen.

Hymn (Cont) "God Of Our Every Day(Tune: Jansen)        52 (v3) AA
Shine through our winter's grey,
break through depression's day,
live in the little deaths
we die in growing:
meaning for whom we grope,
home of our strongest hope,
power and peace, through all
creation flowing.  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
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Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
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(TEN) Barker, D. A. Ten! New Songs for a New World. Canada. PDF Direct from the author.
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Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Morwood, M. 2003.  Praying a New Story. Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
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Vosper, G. 2008.  With or Without God. Why the way we Live is more important that what we Believe. Canada: Toronto. HarperCollins.
(TMT) Wallace, W. L. The Mystery Telling. Hymns and Songs for the New Millennium. Kingston. Selah Publishing, 2001.
Withrow, L. 1995.  Seasons of Prayer. Resources for Worship. London. SPCK.

Web sites/Other:
Newcomer. UUA Worship Web. Boston. <www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
C3Exchange, Spring Lake. MI. <http://www.c3exchange.org/
Strong. UUA Worship Web. Boston. <www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>

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