Pentecost8C.10.7.2016

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
10 July 2016. Pentecost 8C. (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

Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

v2  Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

v1  For gathering today in this sacred space, we light the flame. 
For the opportunity to be together as a community, 
to remember the past, 
to claim our future, 
to be alive in our present,
we light the flame.  (Adapt/DSorrells) 

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
A Firemist and a Planet(Tune: 'Aurelia', 76 76D, 457 TiS)    343 SLT
A firemist and a planet,
a crystal and a cell,
a starfish and a saurian,
and caves where ancients dwelt;
the sense of law and beauty,
a face turned from the sod
- some call it evolution,
and others call  it God.

Haze on the far horizon,
the infinite tender sky,
the ripe, rich tints of [wheat]fields,
and wild geese sailing high;
and over high and low-land,
the charm of golden rod
- some people call it autumn,
and others call it God.

Like tides on crescent sea-beach,
when moon's so new and thin,
into our hearts high yearnings
come welling, surging in,
come from the mystic ocean
whose rim not foot has trod
- some people call it longing,
and others call it God.

A sentry lone and frozen,
a mother starved for her brood,
and Socrates' dread hemlock,
and Jesus on the rood;
and millions, who, though nameless,
the straight, hard pathway trod,
- some call it consecration,
and others call it God. (William H Garruth)

Remain standing

Opening Sentences
God of all creation -
Be with each one of us,
All  
as growth, creativity and healing,
as light and wisdom.

Spirit of the living God -
Live within our community,
All  giving courage to dispel fear and resolve conflict,
giving fire to inflame with love.

Spirit of Peace -
Dwell with us so that we may
All  know your presence in silences and stillness,
know your vision for your people
(Margie Abbott/soc).

Act of Awareness
Inspired by the hands of hope
working, healing, holding, sustaining,
we gather this day to embrace
the task that is ours.

May our hearts be strong for the work we find.
May our minds be open to the challenges it will provide us.
May our bodies be ready when the call comes so that no one is ever left behind.

On this promise we stand
as those who see this world too clearly
and yet would see it
no other way (Gretta Vosper/wab)

OR

We pray:
God of the important and the common place,
you reach into our lives through story.

Open our hearts to be attentive:
that seeing, we may perceive,
and hearing, we may understand,
and understanding, we may act.
Amen. May it be so.

Hymn Here I Am, Lord”  (Tune: ‘Here I am, Lord’)   658 TiS
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who make the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Refrain:
Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people's pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone,
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?
Refrain:

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?  Dan Schutte.
Refrain:

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.

Silence
Let us now take some time
to sit in comfort
to breathe deeply
to relax in the presence of God.
Silence

Music of Reflection

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
A poem and a reading from our broad religious  tradition

If in Australia and celebrating the end of NAIDOC Week
“The First-born”
By Jack Davis

Where are my first-born, said the brown land, sighing;
They came out of my womb long, long ago.
They were formed of my dust - why, why are they crying
And the light of their being barely aglow?

I strain my ears for the sound of their laughter.
Where are the laws and the legends I gave?
Tell me what happened, you whom I bore after.
Now only their spirits dwell in the caves.

You are silent, you cringe from replying.
A question is there, like a blow on the face.
The answer is there when I look at the dying,
At the death and neglect of my dark proud race.

Traditional Gospel:
Luke 10:25-37 
(Inclusive Text)

(i)  There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said,
'Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'

Jesus said,
'What is written in the Law? What do you read there?'

The lawyer replied,
'You must love your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your strength, 
and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.'

'You have answered right,' said Jesus. 'Do this and life is yours.'

But the lawyer was anxious to be justified and said to Jesus,
‘And who is my neighbour?'

Hymn In solidarity with those for whom standing is not easy or possible we will remain seated to sing...
When I Needed a Neighbour…” 
(Tune: ‘Neighbour’, 13 10 and refrain)   629 (v1) TiS
When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour, were you there?
Refrain:
And the creed and the colour and the name won't matter,
were you there?

(ii)  Jesus replied,
A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho
and fell into the hands of brigands;
they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead.

Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road,
but when the priest saw the man,
he passed by on the other side.

Hymn Remain seated to sing...
When I Needed a Neighbour…” 
(Tune: ‘Neighbour’, 13 10 and refrain)   629 (v2-3) TiS
I was hungry and thirsty, were you there, were you there?
I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?
Refrain:

I was cold, I was naked, were you there, were you there?
I was cold, I was naked, were you there?
Refrain:

(iii)  In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him,
and passed by on the other side.

Hymn Remain seated to sing...
When I Needed a Neighbour…” 
(Tune: ‘Neighbour’, 13 10 and refrain)   629 (v4-5) TiS
When I needed a shelter, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a shelter, were you there?
Refrain: 

When I needed a healer, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a healer, were you there?
Refrain:

(iv)  But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him
was moved with compassion when he saw him,
went up and bandaged his wounds,
pouring oil and wine on them.

The Samaritan then lifted him on to his own mount,
carried him to the inn and looked after him.

Next day, the Samaritan took out two denarii
and handed them to the innkeeper saying:
"Look after him and on my way back I will make good
any extra expense you have."

‘Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the one
who fell into the brigands' hands?' 

'The one who showed compassion,' the lawyer replied.

Hymn Remain seated to sing...
When I Needed a Neighbour…” 
(Tune: ‘Neighbour’, 13 10 and refrain)   629 (v6) TiS
When they put me in prison, were you there, were you there?
When they put me in prison, were you there?
Refrain:

(v)  Jesus said, 'Go and do the same yourself.'

Hymn Remain seated to sing...
When I Needed a Neighbour…” 
(Tune: ‘Neighbour’, 13 10 and refrain)   629 (v7) TiS
Wherever you travel, I'll be there, I'll be there,
wherever you travel, I'll be there.  (S
ydney Carter)
Refrain:

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

An Affirmation of Faith (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
and share together an affirmation of faith.
The people stand as they are able

v2  Beckoning Christ,
you call us out of our comfortable ghetto of 'us' and 'them'
to risk discipleship without walls.
All You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where God is worshipped above all other.

Wn You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where prayer is offered day and night.
All
You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where we can share what we are
with others who love you.

Mn You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where each person has something to give to the whole.
All You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where compassion and respect
shape missionary endeavour.

v1  Keep on beckoning us out of our safe havens
into your rich fellowship of challenge and reconciliation,
faith and hope. 
Kate Compston/sco

OR

A Credo for Progressive Christians

We worship and adore God,
All  source, essence, and aim of all things,
spirit that enlivens all beings.

We follow the way of Jesus, who found God in himself
and shared a way for others to find God in themselves.
All  He was born through love,
He lived for love,
He suffered for love,
He died for love,
But love never dies.

We submit ourselves to the leadings of the love that is God,
All  that we may be compassionate to all beings,
that we may live and serve in community with others,
that we may ask for and offer forgiveness,
that we may praise and enjoy God forever.
(Jim Burklo/b&b)

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

May a heart of peace rest with you (David Galston/q).
All And also with you.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours.

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Creative Love, Our Thanks We Give” (Tune: ‘Truth from Above'. LM)   289 SLT
Creative love, our thanks we give
that, this our world, is incomplete,
that struggle greets our will to live,
that work awaits our hands and feet;

That we are not yet fully wise,
that we are in the making still -
as friends who share on enterprise
and strive to blend with nature's will.

What though the future long delay,
and still with faults we daily cope?
It gives us that for which we pray,
a field for toil and faith and hope.

Since what we choose is what we are,
and what we love we yet shall be,
the goal may ever shine afar -
the will to reach it makes us free. (Wde W Hyde)

CELEBRATING

Offerings
Our offerings for the work of ministry in this place and beyond,
shall now be received.

Presentation
We are called to make real
the sharing of the gifts God has given to us.

We offer what we have for the good of all.

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:
Each day brims over with possibility.

All In every second lie choices, chances,

in numbers too great for us to comprehend.


May we ever strive to see beyond our limitations,

choose beyond our immediate needs,

All and live into each day,

the fullness of its opportunity
(Gretta Vosper/hb)

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 see the 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.

SCATTERING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
Buried In My Being”  (Tune: ‘Cranham’, 65 65D.)        3 (v1-2) TMT
Buried in my being many voices dwell,
sharing all the stories past and present tell;
deeper than these voices silence weaves as one
all the threads that form life's tapestries of sun.

Deeper than my thinking lies my wisdom spring-
ancient dream-time river - songs creation sings.
Yet beyond this wisdom dwells unknowing's cloud
holding all together in the mystery - God.
Remain standing

Parting Words
Let us take on this week’s life with renewed hope and imagination...
The Community Candle is extinguished

From all corners of the world:
All God has called a pilgrim people.

From all walks and ways of life:
All God has called a pilgrim people.

Black and white, male and female
All We are signs of our world's division

Black and white, male and female
All We are signs of God's new creation
joined together by the love of Christ.

So let us not journey alone with God.
All Let us not journey only with our friends.
Let us be a place and a people of welcome,
signs of God's all embracing love.
  PCruchley-Jones/wob

Words of Blessing
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
All  
May it be so. Amen.

Hymn (Cont)  "Buried In My Being”  (Tune: ‘Cranham’, 65 65D.)    3 (v3-4) TMT
Hidden in the journey questing spirits make
lie the diverse pathways pilgrim travellers take;
but beyond the many quests of human kind
dwells the wondrous mystery birthing heart and mind.

You, O God, are being - wisdom's fountain head,
Spirit's goal and journey, pilgrim wine and bread,
fire that keeps me travelling, nurture for my heart,
oneness of the mystery glimpsed in life and art. 
 (William L Wallace)
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

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Some of the Resources used in Shaping this Liturgy:
Abbott, M. 2001. Sparks of the Cosmos. Rituals for Seasonal Use. Unley. MediaCom Education.
Burklo, J. Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians. Saint Johann Press, 2008.
Davis, J. The First-born and Other Poems. Sydney. Angus and Robertson, 1970.
Duncan, G. (ed). 2000. 
A World of Blessing. Benedictions from Every Continent and Many Cultures. Norwich. The Canterbury Press.
Duncan, G. (ed). 1998.
Seeing Christ in Others. An Anthology for Worship, Mediation and Mission. Norwich. The Canterbury Press.
(FFS)
Faith Forever Singing. Songs for a New Day. 2000. Raumati. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust. 
Inclusive Readings. Year C 2006. Brisbane. Inclusive Language Project. In private circulation.
Laughlin, P. A. 2009.  “Pray Without Seeking. Toward a Truly Mystical Lord’s Prayer” in 
The Fourth R 22, 6, 20-24.
(SLT)
Singing the Living Tradition. 1993.  Boston. UUA.
(TiS)
Together in Song. Australian Hymn Book 2. 1999. Sydney. HarperCollins Religious.
Vosper, G.
We All Breathe. Poems and Prayers. Toronto: PostPurgical Resources, 2012.
Vosper, G.
Holy Breath. Prayers for Worship and Reflection. New & Revised edition. Brisbane. The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought Brisbane, 2004/2010.
(TMT) Wallace, W. L. 2001. 
The Mystery Telling. Hymns and Songs for the New Millennium. Kingston. Selah Publishing.

Web sites/Other:
Sorrells. UUA Worship Web. Boston. UUA. http://uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/index.php
David Galston. Quest Learning Centre for Religious Literacy. <http://www.questcentre.ca/>

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