Pentecost19A.11.10.2020

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
11 October 2020. Pentecost 19A. (Green).

Worth Pondering
“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating
more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies,
livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide”
(Robert Watson)

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
The gong is sounded three times

Hope brings us here:
hope of inspiration,
hope of comfort,
hope of enlightenment,
hope of love.  
(CReed/wah)

Then let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

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

May we be open to this light,
and to the rich possibilities that it brings us.

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
"Wake, Now My Senses" (Tune: 'Slane', 10.10.10.10)                                                          298 SLT
Wake, now my senses, and hear the earth call;
feel the deep power of being in all;
keep, with the web of creation your vow,
giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now my reason, reach out to the new,
join with each pilgrim who quests for the true;
honour the beauty and wisdom of time;
suffer your limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now compassion, give heed to the cry;
voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
take as your neighbour both stranger and friend,
praying and striving their hardship to end.

Wake, now my conscience, with justice your guide;
join with all people whose rights are denied;
take not for granted a privileged place;
God's love embraces the whole human race.

Wake, now my vision of ministry clear;
brighten my pathway with radiance here;
mingle my calling with all who will share;
work toward a planet transformed by our care.  TJS Mikelson
Remain standing after the hymn

Opening Sentences
v1  A morning mist,
the gleam of a new day,
faintly we discern the possibilities that are before us.
All  Energy rising, plans turning to action,
we build our every yesterday
from the living of our days.

v2  May we live our hope into tomorrow.
All  May we wrap our lives around
the challenges of today.

v1  And in the quiet of the sacred space,
may we listen at the centre of our being
for the truth of our inner voice
v2  that sets before us the purpose of this day.  (Adapt.Gretta Vosper/ab)

Act of Awareness
We are part of all that sustains or destroys life.
Creation and destruction occur in continually unfolding ways.
And so may we open our ears to the continually unfolding Word.

Life speaks to us in new and vital and imperative ways.
With all the power we have been given,
let us be silent and open to listening…
for nourishment,
for comfort,
for challenge and new focus. (St Stephen’s Project).

OR

We pray:
We are gathered here in community.
A place has been made for each of us.
Let what we say and do here be real for us
in preparation for the life of the world.
May it be so.

Hymn/Song  "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:
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

Centering Silence
Let there now be a silence between us for a time.
(Silence)

May that which is the continual longing of the spirit
find strength in the secret places of our hearts.  
(Bob Holmes/wm)
(Silence)

How did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world
all its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light
against its Being.
Otherwise, we all remain
too frightened.  (Hafiz/It felt love)

Music of Reflection

EXPLORING

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

• “O Taste and See”
Kathy Galloway. Celebrating Women/134.

Now is the time for the good wine
Pressed from the fruit of the tree
Now is the time for rejoicing
In the place where the feast will be.
O taste and see
And refresh us with love.

Leave all the cares of the growing
Just let the mystery sing
Magic of ripening and pruning
And the fullness that time will bring
O taste and see
And refresh us with love.

Sweet-tasting cup of our loving
Promise of pleasure and pain
Take it and drink of it deeply
For the new life it will contain
O taste and see
And refresh us with love.

If in Northern Hemisphere:
• “Autumn Meditation”
By Elizabeth Strong.

We know the leaves are dying.
We know that their blaze of beauty is a preparation for death.
It is a time when we appreciate the effort of nature
to rise above the ordinariness of life and death.

It is a time when we visibly comprehend glory and wonder.

We feel now that the air is cool and crisp.
We feel now a clearing from the skies
of the heaviness of the hazes of summer.

It is a time when we appreciate the crispness and sharpness
of the realities of life and death.

It is a time when we physically comprehend the relief
that clarity and insight can bring.

We hear now the dry rustle of plants and grasses.
We hear now a crackling from the earth
that tells of the withering of the fullness of life.
It is a time when we appreciate approaching rest
from the frantic fullness.

It is a time when we hear a different voice within,
and know that life is settling down for a well deserved wintering.

Let it be so within each of our lives
as we prepare for an autumn in our own life cycle.
For we all need rest and respite
if we are to understand and appreciate
the rhythm of life in our soul.

• Matthew 22:1-10 (Inclusive Text)

Once more Jesus spoke to the chief priests and Pharisees in parables.

‘The reign of heaven may be compared to a ruler
who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

‘The ruler sent slaves to call those who had been invited
to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

‘Again, he sent other slaves, saying:
“Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner,
my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready;
Come to the wedding banquet”.

‘But they made light of it and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest
seized the slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.

‘The ruler was enraged.
He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

‘Then he said to his slaves:
“The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find, to the wedding banquet.”

‘Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered
all whom they found, both good and bad;
so the wedding hall was filled with guests.’

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

AFFIRMING

An Affirmation of Faith (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
and share an affirmation of faith.
The people stand as they are able

May we be aware of our weaknesses -
and strengthened by that awareness.
Wn.  May we be conscious of our shortcomings -
and alerted by that consciousness.
Mn.  May we know our limitations -
and be humbled by that knowledge.

Thus may we come to pay less attention
to our weaknesses, shortcomings, limitations -
All  And to give greater attention
to possible areas of continuing growth:
awareness, consciousness, knowledge!
  RTDick

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

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

OR

Namaste
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.
OR

The Light in me recognises the Light in you.
OR

The spirit within me sees the spirit within you.

Hymn/Song  People stand as they are able, to sing
Go-Between God(Tune: ‘Clover Place’, D C Gamon)                                               9 PaT
Go-between God, in the Spirit of Jesus,
reaching and welcoming, crossing divides,
let me be part of your bridge-building people,
making connections where prejudice rides.

Let me see value in colours and cultures
new to my landscape of habit or thought;
let me find treasures in other traditions,
gifts of new insight that strangers have brought.

Let me find truths in another faith’s scripture,
let me share wisdom wherever it shines,
lighting our differing pathways to worship,
seeking the scope of your stunning designs.

Let me accept revelation in science,
all that enhances the life of the earth,
let me reject all that threatens her nature,
testing technology’s status and worth.

Let me be part of a new evolution
 honouring others who honour the good,
 artists in living out love without labels,
 standing in places where Jesus has stood.  
(Shirley Erena Murray)
People sit

CELEBRATING

Offerings

Presentation
Inspired by stories of compassionate people,
may we find a good feeling in our hearts
so through these gifts we can
help free some people from hunger,
lift some people from their distress, and
encourage some people to be part of a better world.

With the Children
Children gather on the conversation mat

Conversation:

"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 space
bringing our joys and concerns.