Creation2A.Pent15A.13.9.2020

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
13 September 2020. Pentecost 15A. Creation 2A. (Green).
Land Sunday

Worth Pondering
“The wonder of the cycles of nature and the majesty, splendour and beauty
of all of nature’s ever-changing processes and interconnected patterns
can thrill the heart and stir the soul”
(Donald Crosby)

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


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)
          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  (Sung, Solo Voice)
Be Still… (Tune: ‘Be Still and Know That I Am God’)
Be still and feel the presence of God,
the presence pulsing, pulsing through Earth, 
be still and feel the pulse of God.
(Silence)

Be still and hear the Spirit of God,
the Spirit breathing, breathing through Earth,
be still and hear the breath of God.
(Silence)

Be still, behold the glory of God,
the glory filling, filling this Earth,
be still, behold the face of God.  (Norman C Habel)
(The gong is sounded three times)

The God of the land be with.
All   And also with you.

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit in silence

v2 Fountain of life...
Pulse of life...
Breath of life...
All  Earth is filled with the presentness of God.

v1 A planet filled with the presentness of God
All  quivering in the forests,
vibrating in the land,
pulsating in the wilderness,
shimmering in the rivers.

v2  Together this day, let us sense
the face of God in all creation. (Adapted. Norman Habel/soc)

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 
HERE
(iv) On Wonder, Awe, and Nature HERE

Hymn/Song  The people stand as they are able, to sing
"O Brother Sun" (Tune: Ye banks & braes, 88.88D)                                                             1066 STJ
O Brother Sun, you bring us light,
all shining 'round in fiery might.
O Sister Moon, you heal and bless,
your beauty shines in tenderness.

O Brother Wind, you sweep the hills,
your mighty breath both freshens and fills.
O Sister Water, you cleanse and flow
through rivers and streams, in ice and snow.

O Brother Fire, you warm our night,
with all your dancing coloured light.
O Sister Earth, you feed all things,
all birds, all creatures, all scales and wings.

O Sister Death, you meet us here
and take us to our God so near.
O God of Life, we give you praise
for all your creatures, for all your ways.  
(Adpat.St Francis of Assisi by Sharon Anway)

OR

Who Claims to Own this Piece of Land”  (Tune: ‘Chamberlain’s Ford’, 86.86D (CMD))           25 SC
Who claims to own this piece of land?
Who holds its title deeds?
Who thinks it is their private space
To meet their selfish needs?
Though deeds are signed and funds transferred,
No ownership is ours,
For we have failed to take account
Of Nature’s fiery powers.

With angry face the river comes
And sweeps the land away;
Where in the muddy water’s swirl
Lies Nature’s final say.
When we think we control the world,
Or even part of space,
Let us remember Nature’s way
Controls the human race.

How easily we all forget
That God in Nature rules
The ecosystem of this earth
With all the life it pools.
O God, who gives us land to share
With all that moves and lives,
May we embrace true stewardship
Of all that Nature gives.  (William L Wallace)
Remain standing after the hymn/song  
          

Opening Sentences
We invite the country to worship with us:
All  
wild flowers and mysterious mushrooms,
swirling grasses and golden wattle.

We invite the farmlands to sing with us:
All  
wheat fields, orchards and vineyards,
red gums, gardens and wetlands.

We join with all the fauna in praising God:
All  kangaroos, emus and bandicoots,
echidnas, eagles and magpies
.
We invite the ground to stir deep below:
All  
life-giving microbes restoring the soil,
beetles and worms preparing our food.

We celebrate the song of the soil!
All  Sing, soil, sing! 
(Adapted. Norman Habel/soc)

Act of Awareness
It's time for us.
This time is for us.
We step inside the sacred circle.

Here, with courage, we see our lives as part of
the continually astonishing mystery of life.

Here, with reflection, we know our lives
are always lived connected with other people,
wider communities, the eternal humanity.

Here, with faith, we reach beyond ourselves,
to find that good spirit that strengthens our spirit;
to hear that word that changes us;
and to come closer to the sacred...

This time is for us. (Adapted. Francis Macnab/h)

OR

We pray:
Creating God, we celebrate your vibrant presence
among us and our kin in creation,
especially in the soil,
the paddocks and the land.

May our spirits be lifted to rejoice with the land,
the wild flowers, and
all the creatures of the countryside.
May it be so.

Hymn/Song  “Dancing with God” (Tune: ‘To God be the Glory’)                                       23 SNS2
Our energy level is high when we start;
We quickly discover the dance in our heart;
For God is within and between and beyond;
With movement and rhythm we love to respond.
Come and try; don’t be shy;
We are given the chance
To be free; and with glee
To be part of the dance;
The rhythm of life has a wonderful beat;
God’s life is indwelling and deems all complete.

Some steps are familiar but some are quite new;
Some easy to learn and some harder to do;
Life’s beat is amazing; we truly are blest;
With God as our partner we dance at our best.
Come and try; don’t be shy;
We are given the chance
To be free; Come! Agree
To be part of the dance;
The rhythm of life is a rhythm so strong;
In God we keep dancing; in God we belong.

Sometime we’re exhausted, our eagerness gone;
We wish to slow down but the dance hastens on;
With God dwelling in us we dance the last mile;
In God we can finish and do it in style.
Come and try; don’t be shy;
We are given the chance
To be free; constantly
To be part of the dance;
This rhythm of life in the depths of our soul
Is God’s gracious gift; it declares we are whole.  (George Stuart)

OR

God Who Carved... Landscape”  (Tune: ‘Dansey’)                                                    31 FFS
God who carved this timeless landscape,
snow-clad ridge to valley plain,
power of surging race and river,
limestone crag and scarred terrain;
maker still of earth, fire, water,
artistry of sight and sound,
Southern lights and sunset splendour,
raise our eyes and you are found.

Calendar of nature's balance,
rhythms of the farming year,
shearing, milking, ploughing, pruning,
manger setting ever near!
lonely struggle in the byways,
nor'west dust or snow and flood,
fellowship of tears and laughter:
Lord, with you, we're understood.

Giving thanks for those before us,