Creation3A.Pent16A.20.9.2020

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.


Southern Hemisphere: Spring Equinox
Northern Hemisphere: Autumn Eqinox

A GATHERING LITURGY FOR THE
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
20 September 2020. Pentecost 16A/Creation 3A. (Green).
Celebrating Community in the Tradition of the Meal
Outback/Wilderness Sunday

Worth Pondering
“If you let hydrogen gas alone for 13 billion years
it will become giraffes, rose bushes and humans”
(Brian Swimme)

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/Video 

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 outback/wilderness be with you.
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.  
(Adapted. Norman Habel/soc)

v2  Together this day, let us sense the face of God in all creation.

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 the 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
"Spirit of God, Creation's Force
(Tune: ‘Fulda’, 88.88)
Sprit of God, creation's force,
and power of evolution's course,
gave breath of life to humankind
and then inspired inventive mind.

Spirit of history's linked events
has shown repeated evidence
of hidden influence, working through
all our world leaders try to do.

Spirit of prophet's utterance
proclaimed in needy circumstance
a word of God, through human voice
with challenge to courageous choice.
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
We invite the outback to worship with us:
All
Uluru and the red centre,
deep gorges and mountain ranges.

We invite the flora to sing in the sun:
All ghost gums and spinifex,
mallee trees and Sturt’s desert pea. 
We join with the fauna of the outback in praising God:
All
roaming dingos and wallabies,
old goannas and hovering hawks.

We invite the Dreaming to join us in praise:
All songs of ancient custodians deep in the rock,
spirits of life deep in the sand and the hills.

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

Act of Awareness
In all our living, may we be freed
to see things afresh,
to be more fully alive,
and have the courage to keep faith in
the future of humanity.

OR

We pray:
Creating God, whose rugged beauty fills our planet,
may we discern your vibrant presence among us,
especially in the wonders of our outback.

May our spirits be lifted to rejoice with the sand 
and the wind and the wild of the outback .
May it be so with us.

Hymn/Song  (Cont.) "Spirit of God, Creation's Force(Tune: ‘Fulda’, 88.88)
Spirit of power and truth and grace,
renew today the human race,
bestowing gifts, producing fruits,
promoting godly attributes.

Spirit, possess and fill us whole,
fill every heart and mind and soul,
infuse our being with your power
that we may serve this present hour. (RFirth, adapted. (c) 1997

OR

Spring Has Now…(Tune: ‘Blackburn’, 76.76D)                                                     63 SLT
Spring has now unwrapped the flowers,
day is fast reviving,
life in all her growing powers
toward the light is striving.
Gone the iron touch of cold,
winter time and frost time,
seedlings working through the mold
now make up for lost time.

Herb and plant that, winter long,
slumbered at their leisure,
now be stirring green and strong,
find in growth their pleasure.
All the world with beauty fills,
gold and green enhancing;
flowers make glee among the hills,
set the meadows dancing.  (PCantiones, 1582)
The people sit                              

Welcome
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

CENTERING

Remembering
Take the eucalyptus leaf you received at the door,
rub it between your fingers, break it, smell it,
and share with the person next to you