Pentecost21C.9.10.2016

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
9 October 2016. Pentecost 21C. (Green).

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.


(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, where the ordinary is sanctified,
the human is celebrated,
the compassionate is expected.

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.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

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 The people stand as they are able, to sing
"Bring Many Names(Tune: Westchase, 9 10 11 9)     182 (v1-3) TiS
Bring many names, beautiful and good,
celebrate in parable and story, 
holiness in glory, living, loving God
Hail and Hosanna! 
Bring many names.

Strong mother God, working night and day,
planning all the wonders of creation,
setting each equation, genius at play:
Hail and Hosanna, 
strong mother God!

Warm father God, hugging every child,
feeling all the strain of human living
caring and forgiving, till we're reconciled:
Hail and Hosanna, 
warm father God!
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
In our gathering together let us ponder God,
recognise God's wonders and signs.
All
The blowing wind, the rising and setting sun,
the fruiting trees and drying grasses.

In the beginning, in their ending,
they give God their praise.
All God's word is in all creation,
visible and invisible.  (PPinsent/adapted-ml)

Act of Awareness
In the centre of the whirlwind lies an eye.
Still.
Open.
Calm.

Before we come into the world,
it is though we live in that centre -
no worries,
no storms,
only peace.

As we find our way in life,
even in the midst of chaos,
may we remember that centre
and, as the need arises,
and it must,
may we hold
to the calm, open, stillness,
knowing it is home.
As those who walk the winds, we journey on (Gretta Vosper/wab).

OR

We pray:
Source of Life, inspire in us a true longing for holiness,
so we can sense you
in the depths of our being.
May it be so.

Hymn "Bring Many Names(Tune: Westchase, 9 10 11 9)     182 (v4-6) TiS
Old, aching God, grey with endless care,
calmly piercing evil's new disguises,
glad of good surprises, wiser than despair:
Hail and Hosanna,
old, aching God!

Young, growing God, eager, on the move,
seeing all, and fretting at our blindness,
crying out for justice, giving all you have:
Hail and Hosanna,
young, growing God!

Great, living God, never fully known,
joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,
closer yet than breathing, everlasting home:
Hail and Hosanna,
great, living God!
 (Brian Wren)
The 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.

OR

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who may be joining us for a first time.

Your presence enriches this gathering and contributes to 
the creative evolution of community. 
Thanks for the gift of you! 
 (Central United, Moncton, Canada)

Reflection
“God”
By John Hebenton.

Quiet vibration agitating the cosmos
superstring on which all has its being
embracing vast energy fields that
span universes
remembers all that has been
eternal anamnesis
Infinite possibility

In all that is known
all that can be known
Beyond all that is known
all that can be known
Is God

Discovered in daily life
divine background print
opening eyes
opening minds
opening hearts
inviting the journey deeper
into life
into life in God

Gentle still point
Silent place of knowing
In all that is imagined
all that might be imagined
Beyond all that is imagined
all that might be imagined
Is God

In my imagination
God dreams a world
full of justice
overflowing in peace
where self consuming anger and hate
is buried beneath ringing laughter
children at play
bellies full
safely cocooned in love
given a place now
and for the future

In all that is fervently hoped for
all that might be hoped for
Beyond all that is desperately hoped for
all that might be hoped for
Is God

Music of Celebration

Silence
In this time of silence may we move from busy-ness to quietness...
(Silence)

God of life
God of peace
God of wonders that will not cease...

Present with us now.
(Silence)

EXPLORING

Reading from our Biblical Tradition
A story from our biblical tradition shall be read by (NN).

Traditional Gospel:
Luke 17:11-19  
(Inclusive Text)

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As Jesus entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him.
They stood some way off and called,
'Jesus! Take pity on us.'

When Jesus saw them he said,
'Go and show yourselves to the priests.'

Now as they were going away they were cleansed.

One of them, realising what had happened,
came back praising God in a loud voice.
The healed person fell down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. 
This one was a Samaritan.

This made Jesus say,
'Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they?
It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God,
except this foreigner.'

And Jesus said,
'Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.'

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

An Affirmation of Faith (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on,
let us stand and join together in an affirmation of faith.

The people stand as they are able

The Womb of Stars
v1  The womb of stars embraces us; 
remnants of their fiery furnaces 
pulse through our veins.
All  We are of the stars, 
the dust of explosions 
cast across space.

v2  We are of the earth: 
we breathe and live in the breath 
of ancient plants and beasts.
All  Their cells nourish the soil; 
we build our communities 
on their harvest of gifts.

v1  Our fingers trace the curves carved 
in clay and stone 
by forebears unknown to us.
All  We are a part 
of the great circle of humanity 
gathered around the fire, the 
hearth, the altar.

v2  We gather anew this day 
to celebrate our common heritage.
All  May we recall in gratitude 
all that has given us birth. (
Joy Atkinson. No. 445, SLT)

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

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 People stand as they are able, to sing
Love is a Verb(Music: www.williamflandersmusic.com/)
Don’t count on love to come flying in your window.
Don’t count on love to mysteriously appear,
Born from above as an answer to your troubles,
Filling your heart with intentions most sincere.
Refrain:
Love isn’t there, some possession bought or found.
Love is no thing, nothing good to have around.
Yet people, at times, can be loving in their actions.
Love is a verb, not a noun.

Love as a noun may be kind and may be patient,
But love as a noun always tends to be unreal.
When love becomes loving, then real things start to happen,
And love is received as a fact, not an ideal.
Refrain:

Not boastful nor rude, never selfish, slow to anger,
Is love the abstraction, a virtue some would praise.
But living here and now calls for down to earth expression,
And love can’t expect to be approved in all its ways (William Flanders).
Refrain:

AFFIRMING

Offerings
Our offerings shall now be received.

Presentation
May we find a meaning in life, a purpose, a belonging.
And thus find pleasure in receiving from life
and satisfaction in enriching life.

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:
We receive the world that is.
All  Its presence is our abundance.
We welcome our companions of life.
All  Their fellowship is our sustenance
and our delight.
 (Kenneth Patton/sscl)

And so we take a 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 the 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 that is appropriate

All  Most compassionate Life-giver,
may we honour and praise you: 
may we work with you to establish
your new order of justice, peace and love.

Give us what we need for growth,
and help us, through forgiving others, to accept forgiveness.
Strengthen us in the time of testing,
that we may resist all evil.

For all the tenderness, strength and love are yours,
now and forever.  Amen.  (William L Wallace)

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
We Laugh, We Cry”  (Tune: ‘Credo’, Irreg.)     354 (v1-3) SLT
We laugh, we cry, we live, we die;
we dance, we sing our song.
We need to feel there’s something here
to which we can belong.
We need to feel the freedom
just to have some time alone.
But most of all we need close friends
we can call our very own.

And we believe in life,
and in the strength of love;
and we have found a need to be together.
We have our hearts to give,
we have our thoughts to receive;
and we believe that sharing is an answer.

A child is born among us and
we feel a special glow.
We see time’s endless journey
as we watch the baby grow.
We thrill to hear
imagination freely running wild.
We dedicate our minds and hearts
To the spirit of this child.

And we believe in life,
and in the strength of love;
and we have found a time to be together.
And with the grace of age,
we share the wonder of youth;
and we believe that growing is an answer.

Our lives are full of wonder and
our time is vey brief.
The death of one among us
fills us all with pain and grief.
But as we live, so shall we die
and when our lives are done
the memories we shared with friends,
they will linger on and on.

And we believe in life,
and in the strength of love;
and we have found a place to be together.
We have the right to grow,
we have the gift to believe;
that peace within our living is an answer.
Remain standing

Parting Words
As we prepare to leave this sacred space where we have worshipped together,
let us return to our work enlivened and renewed...
The Community Candle is extinguished

In our lives, may we know the holy meaning, 
the mystery that breaks into it every moment. 
All
 May we live at peace with our world 
and at peace with ourselves.
 

Words of Blessing
We leave blessed by our connections
to one another, to the spirit of life.

Walk lightly that you see the life that is below your feet.
Spread your arms as if you had wings
and could dance through the air.

Feel the joy of the breath in your lungs
and the fire in your heart.

Live to love and be a blessing on this earth. (Susan Karlson)
All Amen! May it be so! 

Hymn (Cont)We Laugh, We Cry”  (Tune: ‘Credo’, Irreg.)      354 (v4) SLT
We seek elusive answers to
the questions of this life.
We seek to put an end to
all the waste of human strife.
We search for truth,
equality, and blessed peace of mind.
And, then we come together here,
to make sense of what we find.

And we believe in life,
and in the strength of love;
and we have found a joy being together.
And in our search for peace,
maybe we’ll finally see;
even to question, truly, is an answer. 
 (Shelly J Denham)
The people sit after the hymn

'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 this time 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
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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.
Burgess, R. 2001. 
A Book of Blessings. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Holmes, R. H. 1972. 
The Bob Holmes Worship Materials. Vol 1