SeasonCreation5B

Revd Rex A E Hunt


eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au

Web site:  www.rexaehuntprogressive.com




LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

30 September 2012.

Season of Creation 5B/Pentecost 18B. (Green).

Climate Sunday



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


With respect and gratitude for the original custodians of this land,

we gather together this day

to affirm in hope and faith,

that we can create a sacred space of welcome

for all who live in Australia.


So let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life

in the presentness of God.


Lighting of the Community Candle

The candle is lit


v2  Fountain of life...

Pulse of life...

Breath of life...

All  Earth is filled with the presentness of God.

v1  A planet filled with the presence of God

All  a living green blue planet,

peoples from every corner of creation,

the vast reaches of space above us,

the rocks and hills and wonders of the wild,

and the mysteries of weather and climate.


v2  Together this day, let us sense

the face of God in all creativity.


Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing

God Who Fills the Universe(Tune: ‘Francis David’. 77 66 7) 37 SLT

God who fills the universe

from the atom to the stars,

make firm my changeful heart

so I may do my part

and bring joy to all the earth.


God who webs the universe

with amazing mysteries,

make glad my fragile soul

so I can see life whole

and bring hope to all the earth.


God who keeps the universe

by the truths of living love,

make strong that love in me

so I can set it free

and bring peace to all the earth. (CGSeaburg)


OR


The Footprints Where Your People Tread(Tune: ‘Irish’, 86 86. 126 TiS)

The footprints where your people tread

have marked and marred the earth,

the global warming that we dread

has shadowed us from birth.


As climates change and nature shifts,

we play a god-less game.

We reap rewards from what we sow,

yet try to shift the blame.


O gracious God we pray for help,

that we might learn to live

in harmony within this world

with all you gave and give. © Andrew Pratt
Remain standing after the hymn


Opening Sentences

We invite the weather to worship with us,

All  thunderstorms and wild lightning,

rain clouds and soft summer skies.


We invite the ocean currents to praise God,

All  deep currents that circle in the Pacific Ocean,

swirling waters that warm the Atlantic.


We join with the movements of Earth in celebration,

All  rotations that create atmospheric movement,

weather cycles moving Westward from dawn to dusk.

We call the ecosystems of nature to worship with us,

All  connecting us with diverse climates

that nourish and sustain all life on Earth.


We celebrate the songs of our climate!

All  Sing! Climate! Sing! (Adapt.NHabel/soc)


Act of Awareness

It is a sacred time, this.

And a sacred place, this.

A place for questions more profound than answers;

vulnerability more powerful than strength;

and a peace that can pass all understanding.

It is a sacred time, this. (Davidson Loehr)


OR


We pray:

God of surprises, startle us with truth we do not see,

amaze us with your power and grace,

beckon us, and lead us far above

restricted hope and narrow faith.

May it be so with us.


HymnHuman Touch…" (Tune: 387 TiS, Dunedin. 88 88)  307 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.


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


OR


Spirit of Life(Tune: ‘Spirit of Life’ 8 12 8 12 8 10) 123 SLT

Spirit of Life, come unto me.

Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free;

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me. (CMcDade)

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

Remembering

Take the copy of the map of Australia you received at the door,

mark on it (approximately) where:

you were born, where you lived as a youth,

where you were married, where you now live.


Then share with the person next to you a special memory

of a climate pattern or climate extreme

from any of those areas where you have lived.

Conversation


We remember the weather cycles of our youth,

the storms of Winter and vibrant colours of Spring

the hot winds of Summer and peaceful skies of Autumn.


We remember and rejoice,

aware of Creativity God in nature

that balances our climate and sustains our planet.

All  We remember and rejoice.


Now away from the busyness of life

and in the silence of this place,

let us give thanks

for the gift of Planet Earth, filled with mystery!

(Silence)


We celebrate the songs of our climate!

All  Sing! Climate! Sing! (NHabel/soc)


Music of Celebration


EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition

Two readings from our broad religious tradition shall now be offered.


From the world around us:

"To Err is Divine"

By Karl E Peters. Dancing with the Sacred/38, 42.


If one is used to thinking about God as a being who created the world,

trying to think about God as a process or event of creation

may seem quite radical.


When I began to reflect of God as a process of creation,

I found it helpful to come up with unusual expressions

that heightened my sense of what this process could be in our daily lives.

Hence… to err is divine.


An immediate reaction… might be, “That’s a mistake.”  I agree.

The usual saying is “To err is human, to forgive divine”.

However, my mistake highlights the main point I wish to make…


How can God be regarded as mistake making…

[We need] to understand what an error or mistake is…

“Error” or “mistake” can mean a deviation from the way things have usually been said or done.
These words signify mis-takes,

so that the past is not reproduced in exactly the same way.


Yet from another perspective, mis-takes are

new variations on the past; therefore, they may possibly be

a creative advance into the future…


A classic example of one who made mis-takes, who refused to correct them,

who was harshly judged by the standards of his cultural environment
– [challenging interpretations of the established religious and moral code] -
and yet who prevailed to establish a major new cultural reality

was Jesus of Nazareth.


Gospel:

Mark 9: 38-42, 50 (Inclusive Text/adapted)


John said to Jesus,

'We saw someone who is not one of us

casting out devils in your name,

and because the person was not one of us, we forbad it.'


But Jesus said,

'You must not forbid it: no one who works a miracle

in my name is likely to speak evil of me.

Anyone who is not against us is for us.


'If any give you a cup of water to drink just because

you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly,

they will most certainly not lose their reward.


'But any who are an obstacle to bring down one of these

little ones who have faith, would be better thrown

into the sea with a great millstone round their neck...


'Salt is good, but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?

Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.'


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


We say to ourselves:

All  Choose life, that you

and your children may live.


We say to friends:

All  Choose life, that you

and your children may live.


We say to the world:

All  Choose life, that you

and your children may live.


The earth is our source of survival.

Deplete her resources, poison her waters,

and you will cultivate death.

All  Choose life, that you

and your children may live.


The universe is our sacred canopy.

Clutter its space with the hardware of war,

and the stars and the planets will die.

All  Choose life, that you

and your children may live.


Life is a fragile environment.

Upset the balance, and everything, everyone,

everywhere will disappear.

All  Choose life, that you

and your children may live. (Miriam T Winter/)


The Peace

God makes peace within us.  Let us claim it.

God makes peace between us.  Let us share it (nwi).

Let us greet another as a sign of God's 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

Spirit of Springtime(Tune: ‘Verdure’)   59 FFS

Spirit if springtime in creation’s garden,

tingling the senses,

tickling the earth,

sap that is rising where the seed was sleeping,

push for a new world

coming to birth!


Heard in the song that sweeps from bush to ocean,

seen in the sunlight,

felt in the blood,

surge of delight at every greening, growing,

God in the promise,

blossom from bud.


Fresh as the rain that washes clean our vision,

keen as the wind on

Pentecost day,

bright as the Spirit in the life of Jesus,

bold as the mindset

thinking his way.


Springtime of hope from out of winter’s clutches,

warm us to witness

woo us to see

beauty will break through rotted leaves and ashes,

joy will erupt, and

life will leap free! (SEMurray)

People sit


CELEBRATING

Offerings
Our offerings for the celebration of life in this place and beyond,

shall now be received.


Presentation
In a world so full of what is wonderful,

ever changing, ever surprising us with life’s

power and beauty, may we accept with gratitude,

all that gladdens us, and with fortitude

all that brings us grief.


Let be learning always,

from all that we see and do, and

from all that happens to us. (Adapt.APDavies/lth)



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:

Creation thrums with Being

and peals the Word - 'I am'.

All  We sometimes remember

to whisper the antiphon, 'We are'. (VArnold/ep)


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 God 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  Good caring presence within us, around us, and above us;

Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.


Let the fullness of your goodness be within us and around us.

Let all the world know your ways of caring and generosity.


May we find we have all we need

to meet each day without undue anxiety.

Overlook our many stupidities,

and help us to release everyone from their stupidities.

May we know we are accepted.


Strengthen us that we will reach out to the best,

always with the faith

to rise above the ugly realities of our existence.


And we celebrate the gifts you have given us:

the rich kingdom of life’s possibilities,

the power to do good and the triumphs of good,

and the moments when we have seen

the glory and wonder of everything.


You are life’s richness.

You are life’s power.

You are life’s ultimate meaning.

Always.

And for everyone.

And for ever more.  Amen. (FMacnab/fwb)


SCATTERING

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
During the hymn sprigs of eucalyptus leaves are distributed

Climate Change(Tune: ‘St Bernard’, 86 86)      42 (v1-3) SNS2

God’s presence sings a joyous song

When life’s in harmony;

But climate change – it is so wrong;

It can cause tragedy.


If green-house gases fill outdoors

They poison nature’s womb;

And global warming which they cause

Can bring about our doom.


The carbon foot-print that we leave

Will alter future days;

It can increase or can retrieve

The follies of past ways.

People sit


Symbolic Action: 'Sensing the Pulse'

Time has now come for us to leave this sacred place.

Before we do, you are invited to take your sprig of eucalyptus leaves
to stimulate your senses as we seek
to reconnect with the mystery called Life...


Seeing
v1  We focus our eyes on the leaves in our hand:
their shape, their texture, their colour, their inner power...
the living impulse that inspires plants to grow from Earth.
People focus their eyes on the leaves


All   Earth, help us see the deep impulse
revealed in the life of this planet here and now
.


Hearing
v2  We brush the leaves across an ear and hear the sounds,
the song they make as they touch our skin, our mind, our spirit.
People brush the leaves past their ears a few times


All  Earth, help us to hear the spirit within,
breathing life into us through this plant
and all the plants of Earth.


Touch
v1  We feel the leaves between our fingers,
their textures, their skin, their rough stems...
green life forms made of Earth.
People feel the leaves between their fingers


All  Earth, help us discern the wisdom of this plant,
the mystery that makes a eucalypt a eucalypt
.


Smell
v2  We crush a few leaves and smell their soul:
the aroma from the plant penetrates our souls.
People crush a few leaves and smell the aroma


All  Earth, help us, through this aroma,
to sense Presence evoking Presence among us.


Taste
v1   We take a few crushed leaves and taste them,
savour the rich flavour, a gourmet gift to celebrate life.
People taste and savour a few leaves


All  Earth, help us to celebrate this plant,
to celebrate ll Life on Earth,
and celebrate life itself as it pulses through us.
(NHabel/rm)


Blessing Words

May the atmosphere,
the moist breath of God enveloping us,
penetrate every pore of our planet
and activate all those impulses needed
to keep our forests green,
our swallows singing,
and our dragonflies dancing. (NHabel/rm)

Blessed be.

All  Amen!


Hymn (Cont). People stand as they are able, to sing
Climate Change(Tune: ‘St Bernard’, 86 86)      42 (v4-5) SNS2

Our children surely have the right

To futures still unseen;

To see the stars and moon at night;

To oceans pure and clean.


We cannot ask a god above

To rectify our woes;

But when we treat the earth with love

God’s caring overflows. (GStuart)

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.

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.
Davies, A. P. 1956. The Language of the Heart. A Book of Prayers. Washington: All Soul’s Church.
(FFS) Faith Forever Singing. Songs for a New Day. 2000. Raumati: New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Habel, N. 2012. Rainbow of Mysteries. Meeting the Sacred in Nature. Canada: CopperHouse/Wood Lake Publishing.

Inclusive Readings. Year B. 2005. Brisbane: Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.

Iona Community. 2001. Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications.

Macnab, F. 2006. A Fine Wind is Blowing: Psalms of the Bible in Words that Blow You Away. Richmond: Spectrum Publications.

Peters, K. E. 2002. Dancing With The Sacred. Evolution, Ecology, and God. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International.

Roberts, E; E. Amidon. 1991. Earth Prayers from Around the World. 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth. New York: HarperCollins.

(SLT) Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  Boston: UUA.

The St Hilda Community. 1996. The New Women Included. A Book of Services and Prayers. London: SPCK.

Winter, Miriam T. 1987. Women Prayer. Women Song. Resources for Ritual. Hartford: Meyer Stone Books.


Web sites/Other:

Norman Habel Creation Liturgies. <www.seasonofcreation.com>
Andrew Pratt. "Footprints..." Andrew Pratt Hymns and Words blog site. UK. <http://hymnsandbooks.blogspot.com/>

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