Epiphany7C.2007

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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

LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

18 February 2007. Epiphany 7. (Green).
Celebrating community: Sacrament of Holy Communion


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) 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 celebration
The gong is sounded three times

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

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life in the presentness of God.

Lighting of the Community candle
A candle is lit

O light of life,
be kindled again in our hearts
as we meet together this morning
to celebrate the joy of human community
seeking a wholeness that extends beyond ourselves. (Samuel A. Trumbore )

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
Travelling the road to freedom”  (Tune: ‘Travelling’).  52 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?

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)
Remain standing

Opening sentences
The God who created the universe and sustains it in love
All Calls us here.

The Christ who came and lived a life like us,
was crucified, rose and reigns with the Creator
All Calls us here.

The Spirit in whom God's truth and power still comes to us
All Calls us here.  JWood

Prayer of awareness
We pray:
Calling God, you have gathered us in your community.
You have made a place for us.

Let what we say and do here
be real for us and honest to you
and prepare us for the life of the world.
Amen.

Hymn Perfect singer”  (Tune:  ‘Catherine’, 77 77. 622 TiS)   332 SLT
Perfect Singer, songs of earth
rise on every field and hearth;
let our voices sound again
ancient songs of joy and pain.

All your creatures strive for life
suffer hurt in angry strife,
seek compassion, find release
in the covenant of peace.

Sing a sacred melody
for the justice that shall be;
let our harmonies resolve
dissonance in steadfast love.

Steadfast Seeker, find our song
woven into lives made strong;
let the patterns of surprise
kindle hope with each sunrise.  GKBeach
People sit after the hymn

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

Meditation
"Not knowing anyone"
By  Marjorie Dobson. Multi-coloured maze/138.

Centering silence
Let there be a quiet time among us.
(Silence)

May the silence remind us of the best hours we have known,
and strengthen our resolve
to live in that spirit
which gives the better meaning to our lives.
(Silence)  Bob Holmes

Music of reflection

EXPLORING

Reading from our religious tradition
A reading from our religious tradition shall now be offered.

Gospel:

Luke 6: 27-35  (Inclusive Text)

Jesus said to the disciples:
'I say this to you who are listening:
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who treat you badly.

'To the one who slaps you on the cheek,
present the other cheek too;
to the one who takes your cloak from you,
do not refuse your tunic.

'Give to everyone who asks you,
and do not ask for your property back
from the one who robs you.

'Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect?
Even sinners love those who love them.

'And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what thanks can you expect?
Even sinners do that much.

'And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive,
what thanks can you expect?
For even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.

'Instead, love your enemies and do good,
and lend without any hope of return.
You will have a great reward,
and you will be children of the Most High
who is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.'

Contemporary word

Silence for personal reflection

AFFIRMING

An affirmation of our humanity
In response to the word reflected on
let us share together an affirmation of our humanity.
The people stand as they are able

May we be aware of our weaknesses --
and strengthened by that awareness.
Wn. May we be conscious of our shortcomings --
and alerted by that consciousness.
Mn. May we know our limitations --
and be humbled by that knowledge.

Thus may we come to pay less attention
to our weaknesses, shortcomings, limitations --
All And to give greater attention
to possible areas of continuing growth:
awareness, consciousness, knowledge!  RTDick

The peace
God makes peace within us. Let us claim it.
God makes peace between us. Let us share it.
Let us greet another as a sign of God's peace.

The peace of God is here... to stay.
All Thanks be to God.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours.

CELEBRATING

Hymn of the Month The people stand as they are able, to sing
May the mystery of God…”  (Tune:  ‘Marlborough Sounds’)   95 AA
May the mystery of God enfold us,
may the wisdom of God uphold us,
may the fragrance of God be around us,
may the brightness of God surround us,
may the wonder of God renew us,
may the loving of God flow through us,
may the peace of God deeply move us,
may the moving of God bring us peace. Joy Cowley
The people sit

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)

Care candle
Joys and concerns
The Care candle is lit

Prayers
Pastoral
Lord's Prayer
You are invited to pray the Lord's Prayer in your original language, as that is appropriate.

All Loving God, within and around us, we revere you.
We seek to live life as you would want us to do:
with love and respect for all people
and all things in the universe.

May we find each day sufficient for our needs.
And find forgiveness when we do wrong,
just as we forgive those who do wrong to us.

In times of trouble, may we centre our lives in you.
For your being is love,
which comes with strength and with beauty.
Throughout eternity.
Amen.  MRolfe.

The offering  Offerings are presented
Let us bring our offerings and gifts of bread and wine
as a symbol of our ministry in this place and beyond.

The presentation The people stand as the gifts are brought forward
As we bring our gifts forward,
may our whole life move forward,
in good faith,
with good feelings,
and with a good belief about the future.
Offerings/bread and wine placed on the table.

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation
O God, true source of humanity, mother and father of us all.
You renew us so we may grow like you.
All We gather together.

Thanksgiving
God of the summer’s day and the changing seasons,
All Praise and wonder be.
God of the lingering sunset and early dawn,
All Praise and wonder be.

God of the hot north wind and the refreshing shower,
God of the shady tree and the cool water bag,
God of the ripening harvest and sparkling sea,
All Praise and wonder be.

All creation blesses the creator, the Source of Energy and Life.
For all things bright and beautiful.
For all things dark and mysterious and lovely.
For all things green and growing and strong.
For all things weak and struggling to push life up through rocky earth.
For all human faces, hearts, minds, and hands which surround us.

And for all non human minds and hearts,
paws and claws,
fins and wings...  (G A Ricciuti/bb)
All Praise and wonder be.

So we join our praise with all your people
across the generations, saying
All Holy, holy, holy, Celebrating 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.

In our praise and thanksgiving
we also remember the ways of Jesus
who walked the dusty roads of Galilee,
who taught from seashore and mountainside,
who told stories of the sower and the seed,
the lilies of the field,
and the birds of the air.

May we, too, know your presentness in the beauty of creation.

We also remember, Creating God,
that your care for this earth and your people can be denied;
for your goodness was abused
and your son was betrayed.

On the night of his arrest, so our tradition reminds us,
Jesus shared a meal with his disciples.
Bread taken, blessed, broken in silence
Wine taken, poured out in silence

Through grain and grape, bread and wine,
he spoke of his coming death and new life,
asking his disciples to remember him.

Be present with us now, Enfolding God,
as we share this sacrament.
All Let your Holy Spirit brood among us...
and upon and through this bread and wine.

Communion
By intinction, continuous line.
It is an open table. Bread and wine is available to all

After communion
Generous Giver of life, you supply us with all good things.
May this bread and wine be the nourishment we seek,
and may it transform us
into disciples who serve in your creation.

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
"Where the road runs out"  156 (v1-2) AA
Where the road runs out and the signposts end,
where we come to the edge of today,
be the God of Abraham for us,
send us out upon our way.
Refrain:
Lord, you were our beginning,
the faith that gave us birth.
We look to you, our ending,
our hope for heaven and earth.

When the coast is left and we journey on
to the rim of the sky and the sea,
be the sailor's friend, be the dolphin Christ,
lead us in to eternity.
Refrain:

Words of mission
As we prepare to leave this sacred space
where we have worshipped together,
let us return to our homes, our school, our work
enlivened and renewed...
The candle is extinguished

And now we take our leave.
All Before we gather here again:
may each of us bring happiness into another's life;
may we each be surprised by the gifts that surround us;
may each of us be enlivened by constant curiosity.

And may we remain together in spirit
til the hour we meet again. BCheatham

Blessing words
Go boldly into the future which has been claimed by God.
Know that the God who holds all things will be there,
that Christ who calls us friend will walk beside us,
and the Spirit who makes all things new
will mark our way with light and hope.
All Amen.

Hymn (Cont.)  "Where the road runs out"  156 (v3) AA
When the clouds are low and the wind is strong,
when tomorrow's storm draws near,
be the spirit bird hovering overhead
who will take away our fear.  CGibson
Refrain:
Lord, you were our beginning,
the faith that gave us birth.
We look to you, our ending,
our hope for heaven and earth.
The people sit after the hymn

'This week' at (NN)
Notices
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Significant events
Journeys

Recessional 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:
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Bell, J; G. Maule. 1990. Enemy of apathy. Wild Goose Songs Vol. 2. Revised edition. GtB: 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. CA: Santa Rosa. Polebridge Press.
Dobson, M. 2004.  Multi-coloured maze. Drama, hymns, prayers and poems for worship and everyday living. GtB: London. Stainer & Bell.
Holmes, R. H. 1972.  The Bob Holmes worship materials. Vol 1.  NY: Little Falls. Self published.
Inclusive readings. Year C. 2006. QLD: Brisbane. Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.
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Macnab, F. 1996. Hope: The deeper longings of the mind and heart. VIC: Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
Mitchell, R. C; G. A. Ricciuti. 1992. Birthings and blessings. Liberating worship services for the inclusive church. NY: New York. Crossroads.
Morely, J. 1992. All desires known. Expanded edition. GtB: London. SPCK.
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"Amazing love". Margaret Rolfe. (Canberra).
Singing the living tradition. 1993.  MA: Boston. UUA.
The St Hilda Community. 1996. The new women included. A book of services and prayers. GtB: London.  SPCK.
Withrow, L. 1995. Seasons of prayer. Resources for worship. GtB: London. SPCK.

Web sites:
UUA Worship Web. MA: Boston. UUA.

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