Advent3A.15.12.2019

Revd Rex A E Hunt
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The Other Lectionary- a suggested ‘southern hemisphere’ Lectionary (with a few Resources added) offered in parallel to,
or even replacement of, the RCL which is in standard use by many.


A GATHERING LITURGY FOR THE
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

15 December 2019. Advent 3A. (Blue).
Celebrating Solidarity: The Jesus Meal Tradition

Worth Pondering
Our fundamental tactic of self-protection, self-control, and self-definition,
is not spinning webs or building dams, but telling stories, and more particularly
concocting and controlling the story we tell others
—and ourselves—about who we are”
(Daniel Dennett)

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 of the (NN) Nation, past, present, and emerging leaders,
and their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

First Peoples Statement to the Nation 2017 called “Uluru Statement from the Heart” HERE
A Response from Common Dreams5 Conference of Religious Progressives,
Australia/South Pacific 2019 HERE

(NN) is a safe place for all people to worship regardless of
race, creed, age, cultural background or sexual orientation


GATHERING

Rich and Striking Visuals
          “The function of beauty… is to make us aware of a reality which is richer and deeper
          and more marvellous than anything we can dream or conceive.” (Henry N. Wieman)
          Artwork OR Floral/Symbols display (cloths, candles, stones, wood, leaves, flowers, earth, water) OR projection of Film/Slides 

Gathering Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

Advent Wreath – ‘Source of Light’
Advent 3
v1 Stars without number
gathered in forms and patterns
that shine together.
Light third candle

v2 Father and Mother God,
we give thanks for the stars and the planets
for their light and shapes that never fail.
We pray for all people
that we may learn to live together,
to love each other,
to work together,
to make this world a better place. 
Adapted-HJohnston/ssb
All  Amen.

OR

Advent 3: “Fire”
v1   Today, we remember fire and light
with this candle of joy.
All  
Fire is at the heart of the energy,
that powers our world.

v1  Yet we humans use energy that cannot be renewed.
We take and do not replenish.
All  We rip the environment apart, searching
for more of what cannot sustain us.

(Silence)
v2  We light this third advent candle…
The candle is lit

All  And as we do we renew our commitment
to live gently and joyfully,
respecting the fire around us.

v1   May it be so.

Presentation of the Christmas Bowl
v5  Without joy, people struggle to find their way.
The bowl, made by the children previously, is placed near the Advent wreath

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 these 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, 10. Terrorist Attacks, 11. Science/Cosmology
(iii) PLUS some specific resources on Terrorism
HERE

Hymn/Song  The people stand as they are able, to sing.  Children move to Sunday Club.
"Carol our Christmas"   (Tune: ‘Reversi')                                                               9(v1-3) AA
Carol our Christmas,
an upside down Christmas;
snow is not falling and
trees are not bare.
Carol the summer, and
welcome the Christ Child,
warm in our sunshine and
sweetness of air.

Sing of the gold and the
green and the sparkle,
water and river and lure
of the beach.
Sing in the happiness
of open spaces,
sing a nativity summer
can reach!

Shepherds and musterers
move over hillsides,
finding, not angels,
but sheep to be shorn;
wise ones make journeys
whatever the season,
searching for signs of the
truth to be born. (Shirley Erena Murray)
Remain standing

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

Act of Awareness
May we cherish each intertwining moment