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.

17 May 2020. Easter 6A. (White).

Worth Pondering
“Reality is processive, rather than static.
It is coming to, rather than standing still”
(William D Dean)

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, emerging,
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


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)
          Multi-sensory 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

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

Gentle still point
Silent place of knowing...
  (John Hebenton)

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

For every time we make a mistake
and we decide to start again: we light this flame.

For every time we are lonely
and we let someone be our friend: we light this flame.

For every time we are disappointed
and we choose to hope: we light this flame.
  M M Killoran

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) Specific resources on Terrorism 
(iv) On Wonder, Awe, and Nature HERE

Hymn/Sing  The people stand as they are able, to sing
O God, Beyond our Knowledge(Tune: ‘Chilton Foliat’,                               71 HoS
O God, beyond our knowledge, time and space,
and yet within each person in this place;
we sing with grateful thanks and heartfelt praise
your love that warms and colours all our days.

Around us living things your wonder show;
the birds above, each tree and flower below
of ev’ry colour, fragrance, texture, size,
unveil your lavish love to marv’ling eyes.

You feel our deepest sorrow, fears and needs,
transform compassion to creative deeds;
you gently crumble long held rigid creeds;
replace with unimagined lively seeds.

You come in thunder, silence, ice and flame;
enrich the poor, make dancers of the lame;
in vain we try to keep you neatly filed;
ruler of realms, yet helpless human child.

We cannot comprehend what you have planned
but trust your wisdom and your gen’rous hand;
may we, with awe and joy, use what you give
that ev’rything is earth may truly live.  (Lois Henderson)


Shine Through Us, Light of Love  (Tune: ‘Casswell’)                                                     22C OHV
Shine through us, light of love, on all creation,  
Warming hearts grown frozen and mending grieving souls.

Shine through us, light of grace, on those despairing,
Helping wounded spirits to walk the rev’rence way.

Shine through us, light of peace, on all hearts yearning,
Stirring songs forgotten in quest of truth, our goal.

Shine through us, light of hope, on shaded vision,
casting brightness forward revealing streams of sight.  (John Oldham and Christopher New)
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
Let us gather in celebration and prayer.
All  It is good to be here.

Let us also pay deep attention to the world around us:
All  we are present with our eyes,
…to hear the sounds of creation
All  we are present with our ears,
…to feel the pain of our fellow people
All  we are present with our hearts,
…to smell the banquet of abundant life
All  we are present with our lives.  (Adapted/Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer/wsj)


As we gather in this sacred place
let us open our minds to the challenge of reason,
our hearts open to the healing of love,
our lives open to the calling of conscience,
and our souls open to the comfort of joy.
Astonished by the miracle of life,
grateful for the gift of fellowship,
and confident in the power of a living faith,
we celebrate this time together.

Act of Awareness
We give thanks for the opportunity we have
to gather and celebrate this day.

May we be surrounded
with a very real sense of the presentness
of the Source and Sustainer of all that Exists
as we spend this time together.

May a spirit of wisdom inspire and challenge us.


We pray:
As this season of Easter draws to a close
may we continue to be created, sustained and energised,
for the journey the future holds.
May it be so.

Hymn/Song  Of the Mulitude of Words”  (Tune: ‘Vienna’, 77.77)                                        16 TMT
Of the multitude of words
held within the Bible's wall,
some bring life and some spread death,
some can liberate us all.

Should our use of sacred words
put all other views to flight?
Does our inner certainty
justify abuse of might?

Are our ways of using strength
open for the world to see?
Do they hide behind the texts
masking our transparency?

Loving God, the source of truth,
help us clearly to discern
what brings death and what brings life,
life for which our spirits yearn.

Then O God of spirit life,
we shall live with openness,
giving all the right to be
their true selves with graciousness.  (William L. Wallace)


"Now Light Is Less (Tune: 'Sursum Corda',                                                   54 SLT
Now light is less; noon skies are wide and deep;
the ravages of wind and rain are healed.
The haze of harvest drifts along the field
until clear eyes put on the look of sleep.

The garden spider weaves a silken pear
to keep inclement weather from its young.
Straight from the oak, the gossamer is hung.
At dusk our slow breath thickens on the air.

Lost hues of birds the trees take as their own.
Long since, bronze wheat was gathered into sheaves.
The walker trudges ankle deep in leaves;
the feather of the milk-weed fluters down.

The shoots of spring have mellowed with the year.
Buds, long unsealed, obscure the narrow lane.
The blood slows trance-like in the altered vein;
our vernal wisdom moves through ripe to sere.  (Theodore Roethke)
The people sit after the hymn 

In your own words

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who are gathering 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 the Gathering.
Those visiting, please sign our Visitors book.


“Prayer as Invitation”
By Earl Holt

The moment of prayer is an invitation to be calm
in the midst of the tumult of the world and our over busy lives…

To bring together thought and feeling,
mind and spirit,
and to find some center, some still point,
of perspective and peace.

Here in this sacred place which has been home
for so many secret thoughts and hopes, fears and desires,
may we feel free to look at ourselves honestly.

May we be unafraid to face
the decisions we have been trying to avoid,
the doubts and questions it has been easy to ignore,
the things we have tried to keep hidden not only from others
but even from ourselves.

May we come to discover that there are resources
within ourselves and beyond us…
New dimensions of the spirit…

May we be emboldened by these discoveries
to reach out to others in their need
and so finally to discover that to give
is not only more blessed than to receive,
but that to give to others
is to receive what we most need for ourselves.

Centering Silence
Come apart from the busyness of family and work,
and dwell in the presentness of the sacred, source of being.

May the silence which we now share
quieten us, touch our need,
refresh our courage,
enlarge our wonder.

Music of Reflection


Wisdom from the Religious Traditions
Reader:  Even as we seek understanding, our minds,
too often, shelter us from the realities we might uncover.
  May we have the courage to hear and hold truths
found within these words. 
 (Gretta Vosper/ab)

• Gospel of Philip 79 and 67. (Selected verses)  (Scholars version)

God's farming... has four elements:
faith, hope, love and knowledge.

Faith is our earth, that in which we take root.
Hope is the water through which we are nourished.
Love is the wind through which we grow.
Knowledge is the light through which we ripen...

Truth did not come into the world naked,
but it came in types and images.

One will not receive truth in any other way.

• John 14:15-21.  (Inclusive Text)

Jesus said to the disciples:
'If you love me you will keep my commandments.

'I shall ask the One who sent me, 
who will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows this Spirit;
but you know the Spirit,
because the Spirit is with you and dwells within you.

'I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you.

'In a short while the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.

'On that day you will understand that I am in God
and you in me and I in you.

'They who receive my commandments and keep them
are the ones who love me; and they who love me
will be loved by God who sent me,
and I shall love them and show myself to them.'

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection


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

We believe that horizons of hope are never fixed.
All  They always move beyond, in the creativity of God.

We believe that powers of evil can not kill God.
All  God walks on free and leaps ahead of us in the risen Christ.

We believe that the Spirit can never be confined.
All  She dances forth in the world
and is found in surprising places,
leading us on until the end of time.
  (Adapted/ Dorothy McRae-McMahon/bst)

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

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


Facing the person with right hand on your heart and a slight bow of the head…

The Divine in me honours the Divine in you.

The Light in me recognises the Light in you.

The spirit within me sees the spirit within you.


Hymn/Song  People stand as they are able, to sing
As The Wind Song(Tune: ‘Wairua Tapu’ – Holy Spirit)                                                  7 HoS
As the wind song through the trees,
as the stirring of the breeze,
so it is with the Spirit of God,
as the heart made strangely warm,
as the voice within the storm,
so it is with the Spirit of God.

Never seen, ever known
where this wind has blown
bringing life, bringing power to the world,
as the dancing tongues of fire,
as the soul’s most deep desire,
so it with the Spirit of God.

As the rainbow after rain,
as the hope that’s born again,
so it is with the Spirit of God,
as the green in the spring,
as a kite on a string,
so it it is with the Spirit of God,

making worlds that are new,
making peace come true,
bringing gifts, bringing love to the world,
as the rising of the yeast,
 as the wine at the feast,
 so it is with the Spirit of God.  
(Shirley Erena Murray)


Paths to the Sacred – The Canberra Affirmation(Tune: ‘Ewing’, 76.76D)                        30 SNS2
We recognize the' sacred' is sought in many ways,
With diff’rent paths to travel, with diff’rent passageways;
Midst serious disagreement we still respect, with grace,
Diversity of truth-claims; for each can have its place.

We honour diff’rent meanings and much integrity
Surrounding each tradition in this diversity;
We also honour people with righteous piety
Who practise their faith-teachings with poise and dignity.

Attempts to convert others to sets of fixed belief
Is not part of our program, sustained or even brief;
For we reject the process if it is not their choice
In open explorations through which they have their voice.  (George Stuart)


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


"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?  (Binkley. & McKeel/jke)

In Solidarity
Care Candle:
We are people of all ages who enter this safe space
 bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and Celebrations; Griefs and Concerns shared

Focused Thoughts:

Listening Response:
In joy and in sorrow
All  We do not walk alone.  (Gretta Vosper/wwg)

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 God among us,
and to see the new possibilities of the now.

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

All  Dear One,
closer to us than our own hearts,
farther from us than the most distant star,
you are beyond naming.

May your powerful presence become obvious
not only in the undeniable glory of the sky,
but also in the seemingly base
and common processes of the earth.

Give us what we need, day by day,
to keep body and soul together, because
clever as you have made us,
we still owe our existence to you.

We recognize that to be reconciled with you,
we must live peaceably and justly with other human beings,
putting hate and bitterness behind us.

We are torn between our faith in your goodness
and our awareness of the evil in your creation,
so deliver us from the temptation to despair.

Yours alone is the universe and all its majesty and beauty.
So it is.  Amen. 
(Jim Burklo, 2010)


Hymn/Song   The people stand, as they are able, to sing
Easter3”  (Tune: ‘Fulda’, 88,88 LM)
Was it the shaking ground that moved
the stone, that freed the resting Word,