Heretics.TrinityA.7.6.2020

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

7 June 2020. Trinity A (White).
Celebrating Community in the Tradition of the Meal
All Heretics Day

Worth Pondering
“The miraculous is embedded in the ordinary, not superimposed on it from without.
Miracles are miracles of immanence and depth
residing already and always within nature,
with no need for a different kind of miracle of transcendence
and height bestowed on it from a supernatural realm”
(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 

Refreshment Station/Water Basins
Pottery basins are set on stands near the entrance to the sanctuary. 
Attendees are invited to dip their hands in the cool water in the basins as they arrive. 
Or to rinse each other’s hands. 
That we may relax, be refreshed, and prepare for this time together.

(Note: A small sign is placed above the basin explaining that as they dip their hands in the water, they are invited to relax and try to mindfully set aside or release for a time anything that might be preventing them from being fully present—each traveler rinsing the “dust from the road”).

OR

(A suggestion of other words)
We come together from our separate lives,
each of us bringing our concerns, our preoccupations,
our hopes, and our dreams.

We are not yet fully present.
The traffic, the last-minute cooking, the final details still cling to us.
        Our bodies hold the rush of the past few hours.

It is now time to let go of these pressures
and really arrive…   

When you are ready, repeat silently to yourself: ‘Hineini’ or ‘Here I am’.
Hineini is used in the Torah to signify being present
in body, mind, and spirit.
        It means settling into where we are and simply being “here”. (Adapted/Nan Fink Gene)

Gathering Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

Each new day is a gift.
Each new phase of life brings generous possibilities.
Each new question brings learning and growth.  (Francis Macnab/h).

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

We light this flame as a symbol
of the creativity of our faith:
the creativity to explore new avenues of religious insight;
the creativity to develop a caring community;
the creativity to envision a world of peace and freedom.  (Adapted/Wm J. Gardiner)

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

Hymn/Song   The people stand as they are able, to sing
Let All the Beauty…”  (Tune: ‘Danby’, LM)                                                                                326 SLT
Let all beauty we have known
illuminate our hearts and minds.
Rejoice in wonders daily shown,
in faith and joy, and love that binds.

We celebrate with singing hearts
the loveliness of sky and earth,
the inspiration of the arts,
the miracle of ev’ry birth.

Life’s music and its poetry
surround and bless us through our days.
For these we sing in harmony,
together giving thanks and praise. (Dana McLean Greeley)

OR

"Where The Road Runs Out"                                                                                                156 AA
Where the road runs out and the signposts end,
where we come to the edge of today,
be the God of Abraham for us,
send us out upon our way.
Refrain:
Lord, you were our beginning,
the faith that gave us birth.
We look to you, our ending,
our hope for heaven and earth.

When the coast is left and we journey on
to the rim of the sky and the sea,
be the sailor's friend, be the dolphin Christ,
lead us in to eternity.
Refrain:

When the clouds are low and the wind is strong,
when tomorrow's storm draws near,
be the spirit bird hovering overhead
who will take away our fear. 
Colin Gibson
Refrain:
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
God beyond all names and images,
All 
we worship you in faith.
God in the Christ One with human face
All  
we worship you in truth.
God who moves, draws, forms and enlightens our life,
All  
we worship you in Spirit.

God in relationship.
God the beginning and God the end.
You are God.  (Adapted/Pitt St. Uniting/eoj)

OR

In the beginning was diversity:
All  puddle and creek, mountain and paddock,
dandelion and daisy, kookaburra and sparrow,
fox and cow, you and me.

And it was good!
All  From the beginning, diversity confused us.
We created categories:
race, rank and religion;
colour, class and creed;
language, looks and learning.
All And divisions came to be!

We gather to honour diversity:
All  To love creation, to celebrate difference,
to embrace all within the sacred's
unending circle of love. 
(Adapt/Nancy L Steeves:St Stephen’s Project)

Act of Awareness
It is good to be alive!
To share life with each other
in this wonder-filled and evolving universe.
We are most grateful.

May wisdom dawn in us
so we may see all things in clarity.

OR

We pray:
God of mystery,
whose silent depths arise encompassing us;
whose unknown, unknowable face hides from us;
clothe us in your darkest chasm ...tenderly.
(RNichol)
May it be so.

Hymn/Song  Maker of Mystery”                                                                                           47 FFS
Maker of mystery,
dreamer of what will be,
well-spring and fertile ground of all our growing:
tending the buried seed,
foreseeing every need,
you draw us into life beyond our knowing.

Christ, strong and living vine,
spreading through space and time,
deep rooted in the love of God our mother:
dying, you live and share
your strength with us, to bear
ripe fruit in season for the life of others.

Wild Spirit, springing green,
coiled in the depths unseen,
promise of fruit within the seed maturing:
new life, you grow and swell,
burst from the outgrown shell,
hundredfold yield in every age ensuring.

Living and loving God,
sing in the pulse of our blood,
help us to know you in your own creation,
love you, the life of all,
serve you and hear your call
from our first forming to our full salvation. 
Marnie Barrell
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

Presentation of Water Basins
Words which acknowledge that the dust of many roads and many life experiences has been rinsed into the basins, and calls for the contents of the basins and the gathering to be transformed, renewed, and more fully alive

The dust of many roads and may life experiences
has been washed in this refreshing water.
For this place is a sacred place.

May we
greet one another with open hearts and minds;
inspire each other to consider new questions
and seek deeper meaning;
and cultivate both wisdom and compassion.

And may this time together empower us to take some new steps
so all our living is transforming and the
yearning of our hearts become reality.
Bowls of water removed from the Gathering space to an outside garden

Meditation
"Water Moving Through Stone"
By Thomas Troeger.
Borrowed Light/14.

Water moving through stone,
fire in zero cold,
wind dispersing heavy air:
flow,
burn,
blow –
awaken prayer:
come and enfold
my heart as your own.

Centering Silence
As we gather let us claim
some stillness,
some silence.
(Silence)

God calls us to renew ourselves and our life's purpose
as we gather with others who are searching.

Let us continue to be in silence together.
(Silence)

EXPLORING

Wisdom from the Religious Traditions
Reader:  May we be struck by the wisdom of these words
and marked by hearing them.
All   For within story lies meaning, and
within meaning, the wisdom for which we seek.  (Gretta Vosper/ab)

• Genesis 1:26-28, 30b-31  (NRSV)

God said,
'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the birds of the air,
and over the cattle,
and over all the wild animals of the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'

So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them,
'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;
and have dominion over the fish of the sea 
and over the birds of the air
and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.'
And it was so.

God saw everything that he had made,
and indeed, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

OR

• 'Moment of Connection'
By M. Maureen Killoran

Here is where it all begins.  It cannot be otherwise.
Here we have come to listen,
we have come to hear.

An old woman sat here yesterday on a park bench,
a brown bag at her side, her eyes sparkling
as children frolicked on a carousel.

"Nice day," I said.
"You're right," she said, and smiled.
We built a bridge and sat there silently.

And a policeman came, took the brown bag,
led the woman away.
I said nothing; there was nothing to say.
And the world moved on,
and pain and joy were strangers once again.

And yet here in the moment of connection
is where it all begins,
it cannot be otherwise.

The city's named and nameless stories are what we are to hear.
Someone's child is hungry.
Someone has lost a job.
Someone's marriage hurts so much there are no words.
Someone needs a friend.

The stories come - oh, pray that we may hear,
and we may tell.
Pray that we may bridge city streets, with caring,
that we may give and receive the blessing of love.

• Matthew 28:16-20.  (Inclusive Text)

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee,
to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.
When they saw Jesus they worshiped him, though some hesitated.

Jesus came up and spoke to them,
'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 

'Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations;
baptise them in the name of the One who sent me,
and of the Incarnate Word
and of the Holy Spirit,