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.

1 November 2020. Pentecost 22A. (Green).
Celebrating Community in the Tradition of the Meal

Worth Pondering
“Humans need stories - grand, compelling stories -
that help to orient us in our lives and in the cosmos”
(Ursula Goodenough)

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

God's presence fills this place of gathering.
The whole earth is full of God's glory.

So let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

For gathering today in this sacred space,
we light the flame.

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 
(iv) On Wonder, Awe, and Nature HERE

Hymn/Song  The people stand as they are able, to sing
The Arching Sky of Morning Glows (Tune: ‘Tallis Canon’, LM)                                    330 SLT
The arching sky of morning glows
like frescoes high in vaulted rows.
The ragged hills of greening spring
like chorus masters bid us sing.

The colours of our contoured land
no artist born could hue as grand,
but contours of the human heart
sole groundings are for every art!

When-ever sounds the sacred sigh
beneath this gable of the sky,
the forms of art and spirit blend;
by craft and morn our hearts transcend.
(Mark L. Belletini)


The Summons(Tune: ‘Kelvingrove’)                                                                                     116 (v1,2,4) HSNW
Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown
In you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind
If I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
And never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare,
Should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
In you and you in me?

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
If I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
And never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
To reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound
In you and you in me?  
© Iona Community
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
Time runs in circles and cycles.
Day follows night.
Weeks turn into months.
Months into years.
One generation follows another.
Our lives are locked and linked by time.  (Marjorie Dobson/mm)

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.


We pray:
We are grateful for the generations that have gone before us,
especially people of vision, imagination and creativity.
We know there are still discoveries to be made
and problems to be solved.

May we not betray the trust given to us,
but be prepared to take our place
in the circle of time.
May it be so with us.

Hymn/Song  "Wonder and Radiance”  (Tune: ‘Faithfulness', and refrain)                   7 SNS3
Movement and colour are graces so pleasing;
Sounds and sweet perfumes are here to delight;
Oceans and mountains and flora and fauna -
Too many marvels for us to recite.
Wonder and radiance,
Beauty, extravagance,
All come together in what we can see;
Nature’s abundance can fill all our senses;
We are in awe of these gifts that are free.

Given for everyone, now and the future ;
Given for sharing, not profit nor greed;
Food for the hungry and drink for the thirsty;
There is sufficient for meeting each need.
Wonder and radiance,
Beauty, extravagance,
All come together in what we can see;
Nature’s abundance can fill all our senses;
We stand in awe of these gifts that are free.

Love and respect for the world all around us
Can make a difference; can halt future doom;
Can bring some healing; prevent grim destruction;
Show our thanksgiving and help nature bloom.
Wonder and radiance,
Beauty, extravagance -
These priceless gifts are for you and for me;
Nature’s abundance can thrill all our senses;
We must protect and preserve all we see.  (© George Stuart 2008)
The people sit

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 Silence
Let us listen to the silence of this sacred space…

We live at mystery's edge,
Watching for a startling luminescence
Or a word to guide us.

Daily, there are glimmers,
Reflections of a seamless mercy
Revealed in common intricacies.

These circles of grace
Spill out around us
And announce that we are a part of that mystery.
(Kerri Wehlander/ssb)

Music of Reflection


Wisdom from the Religious Traditions
          “Wisdom is not just special knowledge about something. Wisdom is a way of being, a way of inhabiting the world.
          The beauty of wisdom is harmony, belonging and illumination of thought, action, heart and mind.”
(John O’Donohue)

Reader:  Into the silence of our hopes and dreams,
words work upon us to break, crack, open us
to new understanding.
May we experience, in these words,
a seeking after truth, that we may lift ourselves
to this same desire.
  (Gretta Vosper/ab)

• “We Gather Here”
By Barbara Hamilton-Holway (

We gather here as individual people:
young and old,
male and female,
gay, lesbian and straight,
abled and differently abled…

We gather here as a community of people who are more than categories.
We gather here, each ministering to the other,
meeting one another’s strength,
encouraging wholeness.

We give thanks for this extraordinary blessing.

Here may our minds stretch, our hearts open, our spirits deepen.
Here may we acknowledge our brokenness
and be ever stirred by love’s infinite possibilities.

• Matthew 22:34-40 (Inclusive Text)

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus has silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 
and one of them, a lawyer, asked Jesus a question to test him:
‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’

Jesus said:
‘You shall love your God with all our heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind’.
This is the greatest and first commandment.

‘And a second is like it:
‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets’.

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection


A Litany: It Matters What We Believe  (Optional)
The people stand as they are able

v1  Some beliefs are like walled gardens.
They encourage exclusiveness,
and the feeling of being especially privileged.
Wm Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way
into wider and deeper sympathies.

v2  Some beliefs are like shadows,
clouding children's days and fears of unknown calamities.
Mn Other beliefs are like sunshine,
blessing children with the warmth of happiness.

v1  Some beliefs are divisive, separating
saved from unsaved, friends from enemies.
All  Other beliefs are bonds in a world community,
where sincere differences beautify the pattern.

v2  Some beliefs are like blinders, shutting off the power
to choose one's own direction.
Mn Other beliefs are like gateways
opening wide vistas for exploration.

v1  Some beliefs weaken a person's selfhood.
They blight the growth of resourcefulness.
Wn Other beliefs nurture self-confidence 
and enrich the feeling of personal worth.

v2  Some beliefs are rigid, like the body of death,
impotent in a changing world.
All  Other beliefs are pliable, like the young sapling,
ever growing with the upward thrust of life. 
(Sophia L Fahs/slt)

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)


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
"The Pen is Greater" (Tune: 'Gragareth', 8.8.8)                                                                    320 SLT
The pen is greater than the sword.
To wield a blade or write a word
we need the skill which hands accord.

A surgeon takes a knife to heal;
assassins do the same to kill.
Each acts according to their will.

I pick the cherries from a tree,
or break the branch and let it die.
For good or ill, my hands are free.

With fingers I can soothe a brow,
or make a fist and strike a blow,
kindness or cruelty bestow.

Then let us now this lesson see:
like life itself our hands can be
for evil used, or charity.  
(John A Storey)


Beautiful Presence(Tune: ‘Beautiful Presence’)                                                      9 HoS
Beautiful presence, how can we name you?
Words are too small for the one who is all.
How can we speak of your gentleness in us,
the warmth of our hearts in response to your call?
Beautiful presence, ocean of love,
strong as forever, soft as a dove.
Words often fail us, but this we know true,
you live within us as we live in you.

There have been times of spiritual blindness,
when error and pain have distorted our sight.
Beautiful presence, you were there with us,
to show us how darkness can turn into light.

Nothing that happens to us will be wasted,
all of our living is grounded in grace.
Gently you take down the walls of division,
leading us on to a larger place. (Joy Cowley)
People sit


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 space
bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and Celebrations; Griefs and Concerns shared

Focused Thoughts:

Listening Response:
Creation thrums with Being

and peals the Word - 'I am'.
All  We sometimes remember
to whisper the antiphon, 'We are'
.  (V Arnold/es)

And so we take this flame and light our special care candle...
The Care Candle is lit

May we be blessed as we embrace the future.
Blessed as we lay down the past.
And blessed in the present moment
with lively hope and unexpected wonder. 
(Adapted. Kate McIlhagga/bb)

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  O God,
you love us like a good parent,
and are present in every aspect of our existence

May your nature become known and respected by all
May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice 
be the reality for everyone
as we live by the Jesus Way

Give us all that we really need to live every day for you
And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures
Keep us from doing those things which are not of you,
and cause us always to be centred on your love

For you are the true reality in this our now,
and in all our future.
In the Jesus Way we pray.  Amen
. David Sorrill


As we bring our offerings forward,
may our whole life move forward,
in good faith,
with good feelings,
and with a good belief about the future. (Francis Macnab/h)

The Invitation
Jesus invited all to the feast of peace and new life.
Jesus risked everything in compassion.
Jesus promised to make himself known in the breaking of the bread.

We give thanks for the wonderful gift of reflective awareness
that allows us to recognise and name 
the presence of a Creative Spirit 
beyond all imagining, in our universe.
All  We give thanks. We pause in wonder.

Everything we have
Everything we see
Everything we do
Everyone we love and everyone who loves us
reveals this sustaining Presence
and our total dependence on it.

We marvel and wonder at the size and complexity of our universe.
We marvel and wonder at the development of life on this planet.
We give thanks for the creative Presence 
that 'energises' this life and all that exists.

We recognise that human life gives this Presence 
a particular way of coming to expression,
and that in us the Presence can sing and dance,
speak and write,
love and create.

Conscious that we live, move, and have our being in this Presence,
we give thanks for people throughout history
who have affirmed this loving presence in all people.

Especially we give thanks for Jesus of Nazareth.
He loved so greatly and taught so clearly and courageously,
he was able to set people free 
from images and ideas and religious practices
that bound them into fear
and a false sense of separation from the Spirit of all Life.

Through him we have learned
how our loving is a sharing in the life of this Spirit.
All In him we see this Presence urging all of us 
to make its creativity on earth more visible.  (Adapt.Michael Morwood/pns)

We also remember the tradition around this meal...
How, on the night before he died
Jesus again shared a meal with his friends.

Through grain and grape, bread and wine,
and in fellowship together,
Jesus spoke of his enduring love for each of them.

So we take this bread and this wine 
mindful of the Presence at work in our lives,
All  in the ordinary, in the everyday,
and in our desire to love as generously as Jesus loved.

Bread and Wine
Bread broken.  Wine poured out.

Bread... the very stuff of life.  Broken.
Wine... fruit of the vine.  Cup full.

The Bread and the Wine served.


Hymn/Song  People stand as they are able, to sing
“The Suck of Surf through Shingle” 
(Tune: ‘Aurelia’, 76.76D)                                           29(v1-2) RP
The suck of surf through Shingle,
the hush of turning tide,