Advent1C.29.11.2015

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
29 November 2015. Advent 1C. (Blue).


Acknowledgement of Country/First Peoples
(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.

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(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
v1  The season of Advent challenges us
to see God's vision of what is yet to be,
to hear God's voice calling anew,
to smell the scent of God in our world.

v2  Peace be upon all who enter this house.
Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Music of Celebration

THE ADVENT WREATH WITH THE CHILDREN
Advent 1
Summer is in the air:
we look for the joys ahead;
for holy-days and recreation,
waiting and discerning.
All
Come, companion Jesus, and walk with us.

v1  Let us prepare a manger in our hearts
for the birth of the sacred.
v3  Why do we light one candle?
v2 This candle reminds us of the light of hope.
A candle is lit.

We give thanks that throughout this season of hope
we are warmed by the signs of hope
we see in our world and in our own lives… (GVosper/ab)

OR

v4  hope
like a seed buried deep within the earth;
hidden, covered by layers,
disappointment, struggle, pain;
buried yet stretching,
growing and becoming.

hope
like a seed becoming new life.
This is why we light a candle for hope. KHawker

Presentation of the Christmas Bowl

Note: (i) A suggested process for introducing new hymns, called Hymn of the Month, can be found HERE
(ii) Additional Special Purpose Hymns that cover major international events or themes can be found HERE  They include the categories: 1. Bush (Brush) Fire, 2. Tsunami, Storms/Cyclones, 3. Earthquakes, 4. War/Remembrance, 5. Caregiving, 6. God as Mother, 7. Human Trafficking, 8. Disabled, 9. Migration/Refugees

Hymn  In solidarity with those for whom standing is not easy or possible we will remain seated to sing...
Anna’s Song    55 (v1) ISIT
Lift this child to the sun,
Raise this child to the sky;
God has come from above,
Come to earth from on high.
Lift this child, lift this child to the sun.
  © NHabel.
The children depart for Sunday Club.

Opening Sentences
Let us acknowledge the
awesome mystery embodied in every person.
All
Through us God comes to unique
and personal expression.

Let us give thanks
for the abundance of life on this earth.
All Through it we and all people
may be nourished.
  (MMorwood/adapt/pns)

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:
Holy and Creative Light, may we continue
to love this earth, our home.

This quiet star, marbled blue and white,
was spinning in black space long before we came:
delicate,
self-contained,
easily torn apart!

Holy it is. As caretakers and stewards
may we watch over it, savor its beauty,
and breathe its air.  (CGrady /adapt)
May it be so. 

Hymn  People stand as they are able, to sing
Advent Song”    281 (v1-3) GA
Refrain:
Gather in hope, people of God.
Sing the Advent song!
Song of faith, song of trust,
a song to welcome the Christ.

Let the warmth of our love,
like the long summer days,
prepare the way of the Lord,
prepare the way of the Lord.

Let our will for justice,
as strong as the sun,
prepare the way of the Lord,
prepare the way of the Lord.
Refrain:

Let our thirst for the truth,
like the dry, parched earth,
prepare the way of the Lord,
prepare the way of the Lord.

Let our dream for peace,
as bright as the sky,
prepare the way of the Lord,
prepare the way of the Lord.
Refrain:

Let the prophet be heard,
like the blaze of fire,
prepare the way of the Lord,
prepare the way of the Lord.

Let the poor and the rich,
as the lamb and the lion,
prepare the way of the Lord,
prepare the way of the Lord.
Refrain:  DBrowne

OR

All Over Creation(Tune: ‘Elizabeth’)    3COC
All over creation
joy spills into light,
stars, candles ablaze this Christmas night;
where Jesus is sleeping,
peace kisses the earth,
O that we could know who Mary has brought to birth!

This child will bring freedom,
this child will release
wellsprings of compassion, ways to peace,
this child will bring healing,
this child will inspire
love answering love, and spirit to Spirit's fire.

This child will befriend us,
this child will invite
all children to share his world's delight:
this Christ will confront us
when, children no more,
we plunder our planet, crying from want and war.

Let there be a moment
held, as in one breath,
when all the earth turns away from death,
peace nursing creation,
peace spreading her wing,
O that we could know what Christmas is meant to bring! (Shirley Erena Murray)
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
"Prayer of the Earth"
By Andrew Hill.

Space-hanging Earth,
fragile as a Christmas babe
delicate as a Christmas Tree ornament:
nurture us as a mother nurtures children,
like Mary nursing Jesus.

Forgive our hurtful ways.
Help us to fairer sharing.
And so may you sustain all earth's children and all earth's beings
even your Earthly self
unto all generations and
into all time to come.

Silence
In this familiar place, listen:
to the sounds of breathing,
creaking chairs,
shuffling feet,
clearing throats,
and sighing all around.

Know that each breath, each movement, holds a life within it.
(Silence)

These are signs that we choose to be in this safe place.  (BPescan/adapt.)

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
Some stories from our broad religious tradition shall now be read.
The reader is (NN).

Reader:  Into this day will break moments of awareness,
tiny shards of light that illumine
the whole reality of existence.
All May these readings be such a moment
and may we be blessed by their gift
(GVosper/ab)

From the Mystics:
"In Your Midst"
By Hildegard of Bingen. The Essential Mystics/192.

I, God, am in your midst.
Whoever knows me can never fall,
Not in the heights,
Nor in the depths,
Nor in the breadths,

For I am love,
Which the vast expanses of evil
Can never still.

Traditional Gospel:
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 
(Inclusive Text)

• Introduction
This is a strange reading.  The predictions, like the images of horror and hope, fail the reality test at one level.
But at another level these same predictions also point to reality. A sense of potential doom and danger of global proportions is not to be despised.

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Jesus said to the disciples:
'There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars;
on earth nations in agony, bewildered
by the clamour of the ocean and its waves;
people dying of fear as they await
what menaces the world,
for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

'And then they will see the Promised One
coming in the cloud with power and great glory.

'When these things begin to take place,
stand erect, hold your heads high,
because your liberation is near at hand...'

'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened
with dissipation and drunkenness and the cares of life,