Pentecost8B.19.7.2015

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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


LITURGY FOR THE 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

19 July 2015.  Pentecost 8B. (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

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

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.
(Silence)

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 People stand as they are able, to sing
Jesus Comes To Me…” 
(Tune: ‘Joy”).   77 AA
Jesus comes to me as a springtime tree
and I receive him as a springtime tree.
Fragrant the blossoming of the child,
fresh with laughter, free and wild,
and carrying the green of summer.

Jesus comes to me as a summer tree
and I receive him as a summer tree.
Warm in the sun and richly laid
with patterns of growth through light and shade,
and carrying the fire of autumn.

Jesus comes to me as an autumn tree
and I receive him as an autumn tree.
Season of ripeness, brightly ablaze
like a torch in the quietness of closing days
and carrying the wood of winter.

Jesus comes to me as a winter tree
and I receive him as a winter tree.
Gentle the cross and gentle the snow,
gentle the path where he and I go,
carrying the buds of spring.
(JCowley)

OR

Wisdom Far Beyond(Tune: ‘Coronation Road’) 157 HoS
Wisdom far beyond our knowledge,
Word of endless mystery,
God, in whom is comprehended
all that was, is now, will be,
you have set us free to wander,
world on world, through time and space,
haunted by the hope of heaven,
nurtured by your constant grace.

Unimaginable lover,
faithful to eternity,
God, fulfilling and indwelling
all that was, is now, will be,
we can never stray beyond you,
loving Presence, you are here:
called to join your great adventure,
forth we go to find you there.

Beating heart of all creation,
first and final unity,
God who draws all things together,
all that was, is now, will be,
we have heard your distant music,
shared your dream of harmony:
now we go as reconcilers,
makers of community.

Focus of our search for meaning,
truth in our perplexity,
God the One by whom we measure
all that was, is now, will be,
centre of our heart’s devotion,
magnet of our questing mind,
spirit’s birth and soul’s companion,
journey’s end in you we find (CGibson).

Opening Sentences
Together, God in us, in human life,
Wn Creating us, in our uniqueness,
Mn Uniting us in our solidarity,
Wn
Holding us in our belonging,
Mn Cradling us in our vulnerability,

Seeking us in our searching for justice and peace,
All Together, God in us, in our humanity
(Adapt.FBallantyne/tpp).

Act of Awareness
We are born to make manifest
the glory of the Sacred that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others (Adapt.Marianne Williamson/ep)

OR

We pray:
May the joys and the concerns of this present day
move and jolt us to our greater selves
and our greater thoughts. Adapt.R
Kleinheksel/C3Exch
May it be so.

HymnO God Of Earth And Space(Tune: ‘Leoni’, 66 84D. 125 TiS)
O God of earth and space,
of sea and fire and air,
Your providence surrounds us here
and everywhere.

In fruit and grain and tree,
in shelter from the cold,
In cooling breezes, flowing wells,
now as of old.

Where faithfulness is shown,
where love and truth abound,
Where beauty graces human life,
there you are found.

Inspirer of all thought!
Creative force of art!
The melody on every tongue,
in every heart!

Wherever freedom reigns,
where sin is overthrown,
Where justice fused with mercy rules,
there you are known.

Give us the courage clear,
to make the earth a home,
For all to live in harmony,
in Christ’s shalom.
JPHuber/C3Exch

OR

Who Would Steal A Life?”  (Tune: 11 11 10 11)
A hymn to address human trafficking and the exploitation of children 
  

Who would steal a life to satisfy a greed?
Who would buy a life, despairing and in need?
        God, help us wipe away this evil trade,
        make it now your people's passionate crusade!

Who would hurt a child, lead innocents astray?
Who would do this thing and bear the light of day?
        God, help us wipe away this evil trade,
        make it now your people's passionate crusade!

Who would taint the young who look for love and care,
slake a lust for lucre, harm the unaware?
        God, help us wipe away this evil trade,
        make it now your people's passionate crusade!

Where the poor are punished, nothing left to sell
but their very bodies in a human hell,
        **let us hear the Gospel, heed its urgent pleas:
        as you would for Jesus, do for the least of these!
(Shirley Erena Murray 2015)

Interfaith version:

          ** God, help us wipe away this evil trade!
         Every faith and culture join in this crusade!

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
"To the God above God..."
By Gary Kowalski.
UUA Worship Web.

To the God above God we turn our thoughts in meditation.
To the God above the god of any single nation,
who unites the people of the world
in the bonds of kinship and peace;
To the God above the god of any single ideology,
who knows that one human life
is more valuable than all the systems in the world;
To the God above the god of any single religion,
whose goodness and inspiration
are the possession of people of all faiths;
To the God above God
who brings humility to our minds
and reverence to our hearts...

We dedicate ourselves in work and in prayer.

Centering Silence
Let us be still and know that all will be well,
that in all manner of things it will be well.
(Silence)

Questions linger…
Deep emotions are felt…
Fresh anticipation percolates, as this community
gathers together in this sacred place.

Draw your deep breath, knowing
you are welcomed and valued now, here.

Be at peace and at one with yourself
and with those close by…
(Silence)

Let us affirm we are not alone…
That we need others and others need us…
to be more of who we are,
to be challenged with new growth,
to be fully alive!

Let us be guided by love and imagination for what is yet to be:
this winter
and for the rest of our lives. (RKleinheksel/C3Exchange, 2010)

OR

Now let silence gently enfold us.
(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 broad Religious Tradition
Two readings from our broad religious tradition shall now be offered.

Reader: Even as we seek understanding, our minds,
too often, shelter us from the realities we might uncover.
All:  May we have the courage to hear and hold truths
found within these words
(GVosper/ab)

From the World Around us:
“Meditation Song” (To be spoken)
© Gretta Vosper (2015)

In this passing moment,
be, my heart, at rest
that I might consider
love’s undaunted quest.

Might I sense around me
naught to cause me harm;
love, my true foundation,
‘neath me, sure and firm.

Might my days be joy-filled,
and my evenings sweet,
every ending, happy,
every day, complete.

Might I lean more surely
in t’wards what is good,
caring for my body,
as I know I should.

And as each day opens,
bridging all that’s been,
might I stand within it,
peaceful and serene.

Then, as evening’s mantle
billows o’er the land,
might I rest rememb’ring
all love can withstand.

Traditional Gospel:
Mark 6: 30-34 (Inclusive Text)

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told all they had done and taught.
Then Jesus said to them, 
‘You must come away to some lonely place
all by yourselves and rest for a while';
for there were so many coming and going
that the apostles had no time even to eat.

So they went off in a boat to a lonely place
where they could be by themselves.

But people saw them going, and many could guess where; 
and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot
and reached it before them.

So as Jesus stepped ashore, he saw a large crowd,
took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, 
and began to teach them at some length.

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

A Litany: Life In All Its Fullness (Optional)
The people stand as they are able

Bless you Wise and Holy One,
for your down-to-earth vision
of the best of what human life can be.
All Bless you Wise and Holy One,
for your call to life in all its fullness…

v1 when we honour who we are as easily
as we are enthralled by what others
want us to be;
v2 when we stop pursuing happiness
and let it embrace us;
v3 when we love
not in the hope of getting
but for the joy of giving;
v4 when love is not
what-you-can-do-for-me
but what-we-can-be together;
v5 when we choose our leaders
not for their image
but for their imagination,
not for the politics they play
but for the principles they live;
v6 when our economy thrives
on our expressing who we are
not on our spending what we have;
v7 when the earth itself
is our communion table;
v8 when we bite into theology's questions
as readily as we swallow technology’s answers;
v9 when we celebrate today as not just all we have
but all we need.

Bless you Wise and Holy One
All for calling us to life in all its fullness,
not just hereafter, but here and now.
(NSD Esdon.edited/ea)

Sharing 'The Peace
Let us take a moment to celebrate each other.

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

Hymn  People stand as they are able, to sing
Yahweh, Breathe the Breath of God(Tune: ‘Te Rahui’. By Colin Gibson) 158 HoS
Yahweh, Yahweh, breathe the breath of God.
Yahweh, Yahweh, draw the breath of God.
Fill me, empty me, catch the pulse of God.
Yahweh, Yahweh, breathe the breath of God.

Yahweh, Yahweh, breathe the life of God.
Yahweh, Yahweh, draw the life of God.
Fill me, empty me, catch the pulse of God.
Yahweh, Yahweh, breathe the life of God.

Yahweh, Yahweh, breathe the love of God.
Yahweh, Yahweh, draw the love of God.
Fill me, empty me, catch the pulse of God.
Yahweh, Yahweh, breathe the love of God. (CGibson)

CELEBRATING

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

Presentation
May these offerings which we now present, be a sign of our gratitude
and a sign of our hope
for life and the world
(Adapt.FMacnab/h).

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:
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

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 Life-Giver, Pain-Bearer, Love-Maker.
Source of all that is and that shall be.

Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed
by all peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done
by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever.  Amen. (UIW2)

SCATTERING

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Travelling The Road To Freedom” 
(Tune: ‘Travelling’).    52 (v1-2) EOA
Travelling the road to freedom.
Who wants to travel the road with me?
Feted by noise and branches
And banners hanging from every tree;
Cheered on by frenzied people,
Puzzled by what they hear and see:
Travelling the road to freedom,
Who wants to travel the road with me?

Travelling the road to freedom.
Who wants to travel the road with me?
Partnered by staunch supporters
Who, come the dark, will turn and flee;
Nourished by faith and patience,
Neither of which is plain to see:
Travelling the road to freedom,
Who wants to travel the road with me?
Remain standing

Parting Words
Let us go in faith to ponder in our hearts
the mystery and the wonder of this season...
The Community Candle is extinguished

A blessing on you who are poor.
All yours is the realm of God.
A blessing on you who mourn,
All
you shall be comforted.
A blessing on you who hunger for justice,
All
you shall be satisfied.
A blessing on you who make peace,
All
you shall be called children of God.
A blessing on you who are persecuted in the cause of right,
All
yours is the realm of heaven.

Words of Blessing
As the many threads are made one in the cloth,
as the many grains are made one in the bread,
as the many grapes are made one in the wine,
so we who are many are made one
as we gather around this table.
(Adapt. NSlee/bb)
All
Amen! May it be so!

Hymn (Cont). Travelling The Road To Freedom”  (Tune: ‘Travelling’).    52 (3-4) EOA
Travelling the road to freedom.
Who wants to travel the road with me?
Tipping the scales of justice,
Setting both minds and captives free;
Suffering and yet forgiving,
Even when my friends most disagree:
Travelling the road to freedom,
Who wants to travel the road with me?

Travelling the road to freedom.
I am the Way, I’ll take you there.
Choose to come on the journey,
Or choose to criticise and stare.
Earth’s mesmerising evil
Only a traveller can repair.
Travelling the road to freedom,
I am the Way, I’ll take you there.
(Bell/Maule)
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.

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
(EOA) Bell, J. & G. Maule. 1990.
Enemy Of Apathy. Wild Goose Songs Vol. 2. Revised edition. 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. Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
Burgess, R. 2001. 
A Book of Blessings. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Duncan, G. (ed). 2005. 
Entertaining Angels. A Worship Anthology on Sharing Christ’s Hospitality. Norwich. The Canterbury Press.
Duncan, G. (ed). 2003. 
Timeless Prayers for Peace. Voices Together from Around the World. Norwich. The Canterbury Press. 
(HoS) Hope Is Our Song. New Hymns and Songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. 2009. Palmerston North. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Macnab, F. 1996.
Hope: The Deeper Longings of the Mind and Heart. Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
Roberts, E. & E. Amidon. 1991. Earth Prayers from Around the World. 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth. New York. HarperCollins.
The St Hilda Community. 1996. 
The New Women Included. A Book of Services and Prayers. London.  SPCK.
Uniting in Worship 2. 2005. Sydney. Uniting Church Press.
Vosper, G. 2009/2010.  Another Breath. Prayers for Celebration and Reflection. Brisbane. The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought Brisbane.
Ward, H.; J. Wild, & J Morley. (ed). 1995. 
Celebrating Women. New edition. London. SPCK.

Web sites/Other:
Kowalski. UUA Worship Web. Boston. <www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/>
Kleinheksel. C3Exchange, Spring Lake. MI. <www.c3exchange.org/>
Shirley Erena Murray. “Who Would Steal a Life”. Direct from the author. Copyright Note: Shirley Murray writes… “© Copyright for Australia (as well as New Zealand and all of Asia) - I give free permission of use. Rest of the World - © Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, USA. Additional condition… They are to be copied exactly as written, without alteration. In all cases author’s full name to be acknowledged.”
Gretta Vosper. “Meditation Song”. Direct from the author. <grettavosper.com>
David Galston.
Quest Learning Centre for Religious Literacy. http://www.questcentre.ca/

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