Pentecost5C.19.6.2016

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
19 June 2016. Pentecost 5C. (Green).
Celebrating Community: Sacrament of Holy Communion


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

Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

v1 We are called.
We are named.
We are constituted and owned.
Our very bones are knit together,
Our sinews and muscles woven,
And blood poured through our veins. 

v2 We are called here,
Reformed, renewed and reconstituted as the people of God.
By the goodness of God we are here today
made new as the body of Christ.

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

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
“Spirit of Grace(Tune: ‘Kremser” 12 11 12 12. 107 TiS)
Come fire of the Spirit, God’s presence revealing.
Come love of the Trinity, live among us.
Inspiring, uniting and giving us your healing –
Strong Spirit bringing justice, good Spirit of grace.

You move in the cosmos, creating, redeeming.
The bush and the desert, the rivers, the seas,
You call us to cherish as stewards of your dreaming –
We praise you living Spirit, good Spirit of grace.

You drive out suspicion, resentment, division.
You foster inclusive community care.
Empower us with passion and drive us into mission.
We praise you Holy Spirit, good Spirit of grace.

The love of the Spirit, the love of Christ Jesus,
The love of the Father, poured out in our midst.
Creation’s new future will grow afresh among us;
The gift of God’s good Spirit, the Spirit of grace.  © Robert Bos

OR

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
v1 A morning mist,
the gleam of a new day,
faintly we discern the possibilities
that are before us.
All
Energy rising,
plans turning to action,
we build our every yesterday
from the living of our days.

v2 May we live our hope into tomorrow.
All
May we wrap our lives around
the challenges of today.

v1 And in the quiet of the sacred space,
may we listen at the centre of our being
for the truth of our inner voice
v2 that sets before us the purpose of this day
(Adapt.Gretta Vosper/ab)

OR

v1 Mysterious God, Word beyond words.
Wm
You hide in the ancient rocks
and lie still in a red dust land.
Mn You play in the cosmos and dance with the stars.
All  You are one with us to share our lives,
in our joys, our sorrows.
You step out before us to fulfil our dreams.

v2 Pilgrim God, we speak many languages,
we share many cultures
we sing many songs; 
All  
Together we seek to be your church in this place,
Companion on the way! (Robert Hoskin/adapted)

Act of Awareness
Let all who enter this sacred place
find comfort in this community.

Gathered here, we sense the Sacred in this place.
May we be awakened again to
the mysteries that humble us,
the realities that orient us,
the beauty that informs us,
the fellowship that sustains us,
and the creativity that heightens and deepens our living,
that we may give ourselves in honesty and openness
to the larger life before us.
(Adapt/Clarke Wells)

OR

We pray:
God, help us to listen to our inner spirit;
to the inner yearning to belong to something
greater than ourselves.

May we listen to our inner spirits
and find there the presence
of your good encouraging spirit.
May it be so.

Hymn Children of the Human Race” (Tune: ‘Aberystwyth’, 77 77D. 211(i) TiS)   302 SLT
Children of the human race,
off-spring of our Mother Earth,
not alone in endless space
has our planet given birth.
Far across the cosmic skies
countless suns in glory blaze,
and from untold planets rise
endless canticles of praise.

Should some sign of others reach
this, our lonely planet Earth,
differences of form and speech
must not hide our common worth.
When at length our minds are free,
and the clouds of fear disperse,
then at last we’ll learn to be
Children of the Universe. (John A Storey)
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.

Reflection (A story)
“When Misfortune Threatened”
By Elie Wiesel.  In Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals/36.

When the great Rabbi Israel Shem Tov
saw misfortune threatening the Jews,
it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate.

There he would light a fire, say a special prayer,
and the miracle would be accomplished
and the misfortune averted.

Later, when his disciple Rabbi Magid, had occasion,
for the same reason, 
to intercede with heaven,
he would go to the same place in the forest and say:
"Master of the Universe, listen!
I do not know how to light the fire,
but I am still able to say the prayer."

And again the miracle would be accomplished.

Still later, Rabbi Moshe, in order to save his people once more,
would go into the forest and say,
"I do not know how to light the fire.
I do not know the prayer,
but I know the place and this must be sufficient."

It was sufficient and the miracle was accomplished.

Then it fell to Rabbi Abraham to overcome misfortune.
Sitting in his armchair, his head in his hands, he spoke to God:
"I am unable to light the fire, and I do not know the prayer,
and I cannot even find the place in the forest.
All I can do is tell the story, and this must be sufficient.”
And it was sufficient.

God made humanity because God loves stories.

Music of Celebration

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
Let us now listen to some readings from our religious tradition.
Our reader is (NN).

May we open ourselves to the seeds of wisdom
that lies dormant in these readings.

All   And may our minds be fertile soil

in which they may grow strong and true
(Gretta Vosper/ab)

Hebrew Scriptures:
Psalm 100
Paraphrasing by Francis Macnab.
A Fine Wind is Blowing/38.

People of every land, let your whole body burst with joy.
You have been given the gift of Life.

God gives us these precious moments,
within the great span of eternal time.

He shows us a caring spirit;
Kindness and love
are also planted within us.
The soul of the world expands and great songs
are waiting for us to sing.

People of every land on Earth, celebrate the joy of life.
Be glad to be alive.
The God of life has given you a voice to sing.
The God of life gave us life.

We are the people of God.
We share every day in the goodness he provides.
Therefore let us celebrate.

From our own doorway to every doorway of life
let us breathe our thanks and praise.
The God of life continually shows us goodness.
He opens us to the eternal
transforming experience of love.

In all the changing aspects of life,
we will rejoice that there is something that lasts forever.

In an Australian Accent:
“Australian Benedicite”
By Paul Walton (adapted)

v1 Let all creation bless the Lord
All  
Sing God’s praise, exalt God for ever.
v2 Bless the Lord you heavens;

v1 Bless the Lord sun and moon;
bless the Lord, stars of heaven:
v2 Bless the Lord, all you elemental forces;
bless the Lord, black holes and galaxies;
All  
Let all creation bless the Lord
Sing God’s praise, exalt God for ever.

v1 Bless the Lord all you sun-drenched spaces,
bless the Lord, you high plains;
v2 Bless the Lord, you reefs and rivers,
bless the Lord, you forests and beaches;
v1 Bless the Lord, Uluru and Nullarbor,
bless the Lord, Kosciusko and Carpentaria;
v2 Bless the Lord, you great gums and acacias,
bless the Lord, rainforest and mallee scrub;
All  
Let all creation bless the Lord
Sing God’s praise, exalt God for ever.

v1 Bless the Lord you creatures of the bush;
bless the Lord all you fish, you birds of the air;
v2 Bless the Lord all you people,
bless the Lord, Aborigine, Islander, latecomer
v1 Bless the Lord, you public servant and engineer,
bless the Lord, firefighter and artist,
v2 Bless the Lord, politicians and teachers,
bless the Lord, all you nurses and scientists:
All  
Let all creation bless the Lord
Sing God’s praise, exalt God for ever.

Traditional Gospel:
John 15:1-5, 7-8

A translation into Australian idiom by Nathan Nettleton.
laughingbird.net © 2003.

Jesus said:
I am the true vine. My Father is the chief gardener
who regularly gets out the pruning saw to clean up the vine.

Any branches that fail to bear fruit are cut clean off,
and the fruitful branches are cut back clean
so that they will bear even more fruit.

You have already been cleaned up
by the message I have been preaching to you.
Go on living in me, just as I live in you.

No branch can bear fruit if it has been cut off
and can no longer draw its life from the vine.
Neither can you unless you continue to live your life in me.

I am the whole vine, and you are my branches.
Those of you who remain united to me
and allow me to live my life in you
will produce a solid harvest of good fruit.

By contrast, if you are cut off from me, you won’t produce a thing.
If you go on living in me and my words go on
receiving a home in you, then you can ask for whatever you hope for
and it will be done for you.

My Father receives due glory when you begin following
in my footsteps, and showing it by bearing plenty of fruit.

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

If celebrating the founding of the Uniting Church in Australia on this date…
A Litany: ‘A Call to be Church’ (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
and share together the litany, 'A Call to be Church’.
The people stand as they are able

Our God, you call us to be Church:
Le:  enable us to create - across cultural, age and class boundaries –
a laboratory of peace,
testing out your vision of community and love
as we struggle live with our differences
.

Our God, you call us to be Church:
Ri: enable us to be a parable of the Kingdom,
allowing the upside-down values of your commonwealth
to nudge us away from the acquisitive and self-regarding attitudes of our day.

Our God, you call us to be Church:
Le: enable us to be a sign of contradiction among the nations,
pointing to hope in the midst of disillusion,
offering non-violent resistance when evil threatens,
accepting loss of prestige or wealth in the cause of justice.

Our God, you call us to be Church:
Ri: enable us to be a place of welcome and warmth,
where what is ignored elsewhere may be heard and honoured,
where sorrows may be shared and stories told,
where hard questions may be asked and new ideas greeted with joy.

Our God, you call us to be Church:
All  enable us to be a community of praise,
cracking open the dry husks of cynicism and despair,
being clowns and jesters for Christ,
celebrating the mystery of faith in stillness and song.
  (Kate Compston/sco)

OR

A Litany of Thanksgiving (Optional)
The people stand as they are able

For the first people of this land
and their ways of belonging in this place,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

For all those who have come to these shores
from many lands and many traditions,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

For this land of rich or sparse beauty,
its diverse and varied people,
and our vocation in this land,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

For all who have seen the vision of unity
in this country and across the world,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

For those whose efforts, in the power of the Holy Spirit,
led to the inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks. 

For those called to lead us
in Assemblies, Synods and Presbyteries
and in every congregation,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

For every faithful person
who has used the gifts given them
to serve God and others in quiet and humble places,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

For the mistakes through which we have learned
and the challenges that have stretched our faith,
All  We lift up our hearts and give thanks.

And with all pilgrim people who have travelled this life,
as companions and encouragers for us,
All  we bring praise and honour, glory and blessing,
now and for ever.

Lighting of UCA Candles
In June 1977, people from all over this city,
shared with others all over Australia, in the inauguration
of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Since that time we have been enriched
by the vision of this fellowship -
as a multicultural pilgrim people,
always on the way towards a promised goal.

A candle is lit
v1  We light this candle for our heritage in the
Congregational tradition,
with its commitment to freedom
and to the power of the priesthood of all believers
All
We stand in that great tradition.
And we affirm that the Uniting Church
has moved on in its journey as a pilgrim people of God.

A second candle is lit
v2  We light this candle for our heritage in the
Methodist tradition,
with its commitment to social justice
and its enthusiasm in communicating the gospel.
All
We stand in that great tradition.
And we affirm that the Uniting Church
has moved on in its journey as a pilgrim people of God.

A third candle is lit
v3  We light this candle for our heritage in the
Presbyterian tradition,
with its respect for scholarship and its deep
understanding of the nature of the church.
All
We stand in that great tradition.
And we affirm that the Uniting Church
has moved on in its journey as a pilgrim people of God
. (Robert Faser)

A fourth candle is lit
v4
 We light this fourth candle to celebrate that many others,
from different traditions,
and who have been born since 1977,
are now a vital part of the Uniting Church tradition.
Silence

Thanks be to God!
All  Thanks be to God!

Doxology  (Tune: ‘Fairhill’, 88 88. 768(ii) TiS)
(PHewett)
Praise God, the love we all may share;
Praise God, the beauty everywhere;
Praise God, the hope of good to be;
Praise God, the truth that makes us free.
Amen.  

If NOT celebrating the founding of the UCA on this date…
Litany: The ‘Greening’ of Christianity (Optional)
The people stand as they are able

v1 Let us take time to stand in awe of this self-evolving universe.
Let us marvel at the living eco-sphere of this planet.
v2 Let us set a supreme value on all forms of life.
Let us develop a lifestyle that preserves the balance
of the planetary eco-system.
All  Let us refrain from all activities that endanger the future of any species.
Let us devote ourselves to maximizing the future
of all living creatures.

v3 Let us set the needs of the coming global society before
those of ourselves, our tribe, society, or nation.
v4 Let us learn to value the human relationships that bind us
together into social groups.
v5  Let us learn to appreciate the total cultural legacy
we have received from the past.
All Let us accept in a self-sacrificing fashion
the responsibility now laid upon us all
for the future of our species and of all planetary life
(Lloyd Geering)

Sharing 'The Peace’
And 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

OR

If in the Northern hemisphere
Summer Solstice Liturgy (Bonfire Night) 
Notes:
Movement/Dance 
There are two opportunities for dance during the ritual: 
(i) When the fire is lit - decide beforehand on what steps/gestures the group will do. 
(ii) At the end of the ritual - it is suggested that participants dance around the fire. Decide beforehand on the steps of the dance. Be creative in using steps, chains, etc. 
Music
Musicians, CD player and/or drums… And Irish dance music...

Opening
We gather on this the longest day of the year 
to praise the Life Force Energy which flared forth 
the kindling of time and space 
and continues to create. 
All  We raise our hearts in gratitude 
for the mystery of the sun, 
the mystery of light and of fire.

Lighting the Fire
(If outside… keep the fire as small as possible and contained on stones or in a container so as not to disturb the creatures of the soil)

May the lighting of this fire inflame the hearts of all with love and passion. 
May this fire bring blessings of peace and protection to all. 
All  May this fire remind us of the first spark of light
which flared forth at the beginning of time.
Candles or tea-lights are distributed. The leader lights a large candle and light is passed around the circle. 
The leader raises the candle and leads the hymn of praise (Below):

(If inside… Candles or tea-lights only are used. The leader lights a large candle and light is passed around the circle. 
The leader raises the candle and leads the hymn of praise:

Sacred is this fire of midsummer's eve. 
Sacred is the light of our sun. 
Sacred is the Source of All Life, 
Who kindles light and fire.
All   How beautiful the light!
How glorious its splendour!
 

Sacred is the moment when you sparkled forth a fireball of love and creativity. 
Sacred was that kindling fourteen billion years ago. 
Sacred is the birthing of supernovas, 
The fiery activity of stars, 
The formation of galaxies, 
The formation of elements.
All   How beautiful the light!
How glorious its splendour!
  

Sacred was the calling forth of our Milky Way. 
Sacred was the seeding of our sun aflame with brilliant energy. 
Sacred was the blaze that whirled the planets and shaped our earth. 
Sacred was the formation of Earth's crust and atmosphere. 
Sacred are the trees, the plants, the flowers 
All kissed into life by Sun.
All   How beautiful the light!
How glorious its splendour!
 

Sacred are the fish that swim, and birds that fly, 
All creatures that breathe the fire of creativity. 
Sacred the creation of humankind 
With Sun's burning love and passion.
All   How beautiful the light!
How glorious its splendour!

Sacred is the spark of fire in all that is. 
Fire that reflects your eternal light. 
Each heart aflame with a flame of fire. 
Each eye reflecting your burning love. 
Sacred is this holy night 
Aglow with star-light, moon light, fire light, candle light, Love light.
All   How beautiful the light!
How glorious its splendour!
 

Blessing
v1  May the light of our Solstice celebration glow in our homes. 
v2  May the fire of blessing glow on our hearths. 
All  May the fire of creativity ignite our imaginations. 
v3  May the fire of this celebration bring attention to our gardens/fields and their inhabitants. 
v4  May the fire of love drive out the darkness of hunger and poverty. 
All  May the fire of passion enkindle in all a great enthusiasm for life. 
v5  May the fire of healing soothe and comfort all. 
All  May the fire of God's passionate, eternal light encircle all. (Adapted/Kathleen Glennon/hs)
Further content/adaption is available at St Stephen’s College Non-Theistic Liturgy Project web site

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
God of Diversity (Tune: ‘Margaret’ By Colin Gibson)   40 HoS
God of diversity, vibrant creation
is bursting with signs of extravagant joy.
In riot of blossom, in species unnumbered
we see that all difference is ours to enjoy.

God of diversity, nations and cultures
tell of the richness life offers to all.
In language and symbol, in story and doctrine
we clothe our experience, respond to your call.

God of diversity, humans embody
the interdependence of ear, eye and hand;
we struggle to learn, in this globe-become-village,
our need of each other in every land.

God of diversity, help us to honour
our different perspectives on things that are true,
as, knowing more deeply the God in Christ Jesus,
we learn how to worship with all who love you. (Margaret Bond)

CELEBRATING

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/es) (Eureka Street eZine 20, 23. 23/11/10)

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: (Optional)
You are invited to pray in the spirit of the Lord's Prayer, and in your original language, as that is appropriate

All  O presence and pow’r within us,
Being and Life of all.
How we are filled, how we o’erflow
with infinite love and gladness!

We shall this day sow grace and peace,
and show mercy to all,
and gentle loving-kindness.

And we shall be not so self-serving,
but a constant source of giving.
For ours is the essence,
and the wholeness,
and the fullness forever. (Paul Alan Laughlin/4r)
Amen.

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Offerings
Our offerings for the work of ministry in this place
and beyond, shall now be received.

Presentation
Enable us, who stand upon the shoulders
of those who have gone before,
to catch a vision of what can yet be.
All
  Through these gifts we invest in God’s realm
which is always here, yet always coming.

Thanksgiving
May it be well with you.
All And also with you.
Life is a gift and we its celebration.
All May we rejoice in the beauty that we are. Gretta Vosper/wwg

We give thanks and praise for all that is good in the world.
For that mystery we name God…
For the sage we name Jesus…
For the renewing strength and freedom of the Spirit…
(Silence)

If in the Northern hemisphere
God of the summer’s day and the (holiday) season, 
All
 Praise and wonder be.
God of the lingering sunset and early dawn, 
All  Praise and wonder be.
God of the hot southern winds 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.

OR

If in the Southern hemisphere
God of winter, the unpopular, slandered season;
God of lightning, wind and storm;
God of brisk winter mornings, frosted back lawns and stark hillsides;
of warm socks, coats and gloves,
raincoats, umbrellas and warm fires,
All  we open ourselves to all the possibilities life offers us.

So we join our celebration to all people, saying:
All  
Holy, holy, holy, re-creating 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.

Bread and Wine
We remember the times when Jesus faced
difficult decisions and destructive forces:
- in the days and nights of his searching,
- in finding ways to free others from images and ideas
that kept them captive and dependent and fearful of God,
- in breaking down social and religious barriers,
- in facing failure,
- in facing death (Michael Morwood/pns).

When we too experience the winter of our lives
may we find the courage to let go
and trust in your guiding, warming light.
(Silence)

And as we eat together at this table
we remember 
the importance and the words
and the actions of all meals in the tradition of Jesus…

He took bread, gave thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his friends.
Bread

He poured a cup of wine, offered thanks for it,
and gave it also to his friends.
Wine

Response
Everyone is welcome to be here.
All  In this way, we lift up a world of inclusion,
where all people live with respect and dignity.

Everyone present will receive a share.
All  
In this way, we lift up a world of generosity,
where, as in the examples of Jesus,
abundance overcomes scarcity so all are fed.

Everyone is invited now to take a portion,
and to see others also receive.
All  
In this way, we lift up a world of sufficiency,
where entrenched systems of privilege are challenged,
wealth is shared equally, and all are satisfied with enough. (Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer/wsj)

Communion
So in the meal tradition of Jesus
we break and share bread and pour out and drink wine,
pledging ourselves to allow the spirit that moved in Jesus
to move freely in our lives.
The bread and wine is served

After Communion
God of amazing grace,
in the cold of the winter 
we are grateful for your presence, warming us.
We pray this presence will strengthen us
to follow in the way of Jesus, in this city/village/town/place.

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
"Faith has Set us on a Journey(Tune: Venture)  14 (v1-2) FFS
Faith has set us on a journey
past the landmarks that we know,
taking risks with no insurance
but the Word that tells us “Go!”
Friend or job or home or lover
we may need to leave behind,
outworn truths and ways of thinking,
baggage to the past consigned.

Some are swags of easy conscience
who with others hitch a ride,
some are tourist-package Christians,
dollar-safe, with Book and guide.
There are others on this journey -
those who long and pray and search,
heave the stones to free the structures,
love the Christ and leave the Church.
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

Be assured that God’s presence goes with us.
All  
We face the world with renewed faith and hope;
God’s word abides with us.
Let your hearts burn within you as you dare to trust.
All  God’s love is real and alive in us.
Live in gratitude each and every day;
All  
We will love sincerely and live confidently.

Words of Blessing
May the blessing in the strength of the Brindabellas,
the calm of Lake Burley Griffin
the freshness of gum tree and wild flower remain with you...

And may God's strength, peace and creativity
go with you always.
All
Amen. May it be so.

Hymn (Cont  "Faith has Set us on a Journey" (Tune: Venture) 14 (v3) FFS
We are this unlikely people
in the Body knit as one,
company of clowns and cripples -
some are wise and some can run.
Prophets are our travel agents,
gospel-makers lay this road:
to the place of peace and promise
faith will take us into God.  Shirley Erena Murray
The people sit after the hymn

'This Week' at (NN)
Notices
Birthdays and anniversaries
Significant events
Journey candles

Recessional 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
LicenSing - Copyright cleared music for churches


Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:
Anderson, H. & E. Foley. 1998.  Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals. Weaving together the Human and the Divine. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass Inc.
(EOA) Bell, J. & G. Maule. Enemy of Apathy. Wild Goose Songs Vol. 2. Revised edition. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications, 1990.
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.
(FFS) Faith Forever Singing. Songs for a new day. 2000. Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Glennon, K. Heartbeat of the Seasons: Earth Rituals for the Celtic Year. Dublin. Columba Press, 2005.
(HoS)
Hope is our Song. New hymns and songs from Aotearoa New Zealand. 2009. Palmerston North. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
Iona Community. 2001.
Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow. Wild Goose Publications.
Laughlin, P. A. 2009.  “Pray without seeking. Toward a truly mystical Lord’s Prayer” in
The Fourth R 22, 6, 20-24.
Macnab, F. 2006. 
A Fine Wind is Blowing: Psalms of the Bible in words that blow you away. Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
Morwood, M. 2003. 
Praying a New Story. Richmond. Spectrum Publications.
Nelson-Pallmeyer, J. & B. Hesle. 2005. 
Worship in the Spirit of Jesus. Theology, liturgy, and songs without violence. Cleveland. The Pilgrim Press.
(SLT)
Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  Boston. UUA.
Vosper, G. 2009/2010.
Another Breath. Prayers for celebration and reflection. Brisbane. The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Brisbane.
Vosper, G. 2008.
With or Without God. Why the way we live is more important that what we believe. Toronto. HarperCollins.

Web sites/Other:
Clark-Wells, Hewett. UUA Worship Web. Boston.  http://uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/index.php>
Nathan Nettleton. <www.laughingbird.net>  © 2003.
Robert  Hoskin. Special Resources. UCA National Assembly. 2007
St Stephen’s Non-Theistic Project. http://stephen.srv.ualberta.ca/publications/non-theistic-liturgy-resources/#sthash.0Sd5KwzN.wLO2Tlw4.dpbs

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