Pentecost22B.25.10.2015

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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



LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

25 October 2015.  Pentecost 22B. (Green).


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

Morning has come.
Night is away.
Rise with the sun and welcome the day.

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

 (Note: A suggested process for introducing new hymns, called Hymn of the Month, can be found HERE)

Hymn The people stand, as they are able, to sing
We Look in Wonder(Tune: ‘Lasst uns erfreuen’, 88 88+ 3AHB)   5 SNS
When we, in wonder, look beyond;
And with the cosmos feel a bond;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
When we, in wonder, sleep and dream;
Imagine virtue is supreme;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, look around;
Entranced with every sight and sound;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
When we, in wonder, catch a smile;
Ponder on thoughts that are worthwhile;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, look below;
Watch tiny ants run to and fro;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
When we, in wonder, greet the dawn,
Enchanted as each day is born;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

When we, in wonder, meet the night;
Then rest in God 'till morning light;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
When we, in wonder, look about;
Know God is here. We wish to shout
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! (GStuart)
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
God of all time, God of eternity
All our years belong to you.
Our endings are often your beginnings.
All
Our dreamings are often your realities.
You affirm our past
All
and give life to our future.

Act of Awareness
Marvel at life!
Strive to know its ways!
Seek wisdom and truth,
the gateways to life’s mysteries!

Wondrous indeed is life! (Adapt. Rabbi Rami M Shapiro/ep)

OR

We pray:
This day let us give thanks for the signs of Creativity God
that surround us and bless us.
May it be so.

Hymn "Whispers Rippled Through The Cosmos" (Tune: 'Nettleton', 87 87. 372 TiS)
Whispers rippled through the cosmos,
pan-galactic breath of God;
marking paths of whirling planets,
stellar strings where stars first trod.

Major chords of constellations
ringing on the staves of time,
soften to a sombre minor,
echoes of an ancient rhyme.

God is in this wild confusion
bringing order, giving grace;
author, ground of all creation,
fount of being, Lord of space.

All transcendent power and glory
now distilled, condensed, confined;
shaped while shaping rich resources
cradling waiting humankind.  © APratt
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

Reflection
"When Life is Messy”
By  Richard S Gilbert/edited.

It is easy to pray when the sun shines
and we are grateful for another glorious day of being.
It is hard to pray when wind and rain and thunder
plague our every step and spoil our every plan.

It is easy to be virtuous when life goes well
and our existence is a journey from bliss to beauty and back.
It is hard to be virtuous when life assaults us
and our very being is a pilgrimage from bad to worse to worst.

It is easy to be cheerful when health bursts in us
so that we can feel the very pulse of life.
It is hard to be happy when pain and fatigue beset us
and we wonder if we can go on...

God of order and neatness, we give thanks for all that is good.
We are grateful for manifold blessings bestowed upon us.
God of chaos and disorder, be with us also when life is messy.
Bless our coming in and our going out from this day forth.

Centering Silence

In these quieter moments, may optimism's glow
creep in and pervade our spirits.
May hope and new possibilities begin to grow.
(Silence)

Spring flourishes with abundance and warmth.
The litany of flowers take center stage, blooming,
as nature continues to emerge from Winter sleep.

May we too celebrate the now and who we are.
And whom we are yet becoming.
(Silence)

In honour of life itself and with this people
we gather together in this sacred place
(Silence)

Music of Reflection

EXPLORING

Readings from our Religious Tradition
Some readings from our broad religious tradition
shall now be offered.

Responsive Psalm:
Psalm 34.
A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab.
A Fine Wind is Blowing/16-17.

• The psalmist's psychology is starkly stated: What we believe about life makes a huge difference to us. 
He highlights the importance of having a meaning and purpose.
Above all, he says, keep looking for signs of God's presence.

We all want to embrace the great delights of life.
We all want to have a long life and enjoy all good things.
But we are constantly aware of how easily
our best endeavours can be undermined,
and our spirits can be swept into misery.

My experience has shown me there are ways to survive things
and get through our anxieties
and find a worthwhile joy.
What we believe about life makes a huge difference to us. 
We know that if we believe in a presence
that is good and supportive,
in a God who leads us to be positive,
then we can be in touch with a strength that helps us
through our misfortunes
and gives us hope
despite the inevitabilities of our mortality.

We know that life can leave many people feeling
there is no meaning and there is no purpose in it all.
But we are able to find meaning and purpose
as we seek peace and pursue it;
as we consider how we will speak to each other,
and how we will put controls on our destructiveness...

I commend this to you:
Find the freedom to turn your thoughts
to searching for signs of God's presence.
When you see those signs, be glad.
Look to that eternal goodness and let it permeate
your whole being,
your whole life.

Yes - 'Taste and see the goodness of God’.
You will be much happier as you learn
what these words can mean.

Though we cannot fully understand the mystery of life
and the mystery of God,
just a taste will show us the high value of goodness
which is at the heart of everything.

Traditional Gospel:
Mark 10:46-52 (Inclusive Text)

As Jesus left Jericho with the disciples and a large crowd,
Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus),
a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road.

When Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to shout out and to say,
'Descendant of David, Jesus, have pity on me.'

And many of them scolded him and told him to be quiet,
but Bartimaeus only shouted all the louder,
'Descendant of David, have pity on me!'

'Courage,' they said, get up; Jesus is calling you.'

So throwing off his cloak, Bartimaeus jumped up and went to Jesus.

Then Jesus spoke,'What do you want me to do for you?’’
'Rabbuni,' the blind man said, 'Let me see again.’Jesus said, 'Go; your faith has saved you.'

And immediately his sight returned
and Bartimaeus followed him along the road.

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

Litany: Spirit of Life(Optional)
The people stand as they are able

Out of the ordinariness of the bare earth,
you brought the extra ordinariness of human life
All
Your spirit lives within us, O God.

In the ordinariness of the bare earth
we plant grain from last year's harvest
All
Your spirit lives within us, O God.

Out of the ordinariness of water
comes the life of the seed
All
Your spirit lives within the water, O God.

In human life and in the life of the seed
lies the life of this community
All
Your spirit lives within this community, O God.

From the life of God
comes creation and recreation
All
Your spirit lives within creation, O God.

Out of the heart of God
comes peace and hope
All Your spirit lives within us, O God. (PWyley/grpe)

Sharing 'The Peace’
Let us take some time to celebrate each other.

May a heart of peace be with you (DGalston/q)
All And also with you.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours.

Hymn The people stand, as they are able, to sing
Just As The Rainbow(Tune: ‘Colours of Hope’, D C Damon)      22 PaT
Just as the rainbow, bright with its promise,
holds in its prism spectrums of light,
sp do our human cultures and colours
bring to each other depth and delight.

Colours adorn us, colours define us,
colours enliven nature’s own art,
colours divide us, stark in their meaning,
black and white judgments tar us apart.

Fear of the stranger, unspoken anger,
shades of misgiving show in our face,
colours of blood have stained our traditions,
led us to conflict, race against race.

God give us eyes to value our neighbour,
judging no colour, image or skin,
but where the heart is, open to friendship,
care and connection making us kin.

God give us wisdom, luminous thinking,
prizing this rainbow, sensing its scope,
finding the gold in icons of others,
working to paint the colours of hope. (Shirley Erena Murray)
People sit

CELEBRATING

Offerings
Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,
shall now be received.

Presentation
We give thanks for all we have, for all we are.
And we give thanks for the privilege we have
of responding generosity to others
with these gifts and with our lives.

Conversation 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:
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

For ourselves, for those named or remembered,
and in solidarity with those
who have not the freedom
to express their concern or celebration
for fear of discrimination or condemnation.

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 God, you love us like a good parent,
and are present in every aspect of our existence

May your nature become known and respected by all
May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice
be the reality for everyone
as we live by the Jesus Way

Give us all that we really need to live every day for you
And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures
Keep us from doing those things which are not of you,
and cause us always to be centred on your love

For you are the true reality in this our now,
and in all our future.
In the Jesus Way we pray. (DSorril)

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand, as they are able, to sing
God of Dawn
(Tune: ‘Abbot’s Leigh, 87 87D, 153 TiS)
God of dawn, each day’s renewal
brings the world into your light.
As your sun defeats the shadows,
drives away the darkest night:
we would greet this new beginning
as your call to start again,
lead us on with hope and courage,
make your will and purpose plain.

Christ, you walked the world as we do,
knew its human pain and loss.
As your love broke through the barriers
by your death upon the cross;
we still speak your gospel message,
though two thousand years have gone.
Help us now translate its meaning
in this present world of wrong.

Holy Spirit, inspiration,
light and truth and root of prayer,
as your challenge moves us forward
taking us we know not where:
we will follow your direction,
though the way may not be clear.
Shape us, change, recreate us,
so the future holds no fear.
Remain standing

Parting Words
Time has now come for us to leave this sacred place.
As we do, may we embrace the challengesof our lives and our world…

The Community 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.
And in the intervals, rest us
All in your still centre ALewin-adapted/wb.

Words of Blessing
May the love that gives to life its beauty
The reverence that gives to life its sacredness
And the purposes that give to life its deep significance,
be strong within each of us and lead us
into ever deepening relationships with all of life GGBrooks.
All Amen! May it be so!

Hymn (Cont).God of Dawn(Tune: ‘Abbot’s Leigh, 87 87D, 153 TiS)
Praise to God, who spoke creation,
giving life to time and space.
Praise to Christ, whose living presence
showed the world your human face.
Praise the Spirit, daily witness
to you ever-loving way.
Take us now and reawake us,
challenge us to use this day. MDobson/mcm
The people sit

'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

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Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
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.
Dobson, M. 2004. Multi-coloured Maze. Drama, hymns, prayers and poems for worship and everyday living. London: Stainer & Bell.
Duncan, G. (ed). 2000. 
A World of Blessing. Benedictions from every continent and many cultures. Norwich: The Canterbury Press.
(HoS)
Hope Is Our Song. New Hymns and Songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. Palmerston North. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, 2009.
Inclusive Readings. Year B. 2005. Brisbane: Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.
Liebelt, P. & N. Nicholls. (ed). 1996. 
Gentle Rain on Parched Earth. Worship resources for rural situations. Melbourne: JBCE.
Macnab, F. 2006. 
A Fine Wind is Blowing: Psalms of the bible in words that blow you away. Richmond: Spectrum Publications.
(PaT) Murray, S. E. A Place at the Table. New Hymns written between 2009 and 2013. Carol Stream: Hope Publishing, 2013.
(SNS) Stuart, G. 2006. Singing a New Song. Traditional hymn tunes with new century lyrics. Second edition. Sydney: CPRT Sydney.
Vosper, G. 2008. 
With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Toronto: HarperCollins.

Web site/Others:
Gilbert, Sorril. UUA Worship Web. Boston: UUA. www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
"Whispers Rippled Through the Cosmos" Andrew Pratt eMail distribution. UK.
David Galston. Quest Learning Centre for Religious Literacy. http://www.questcentre.ca/

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