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.

Another Liturgy for this day, Evolution Sunday, is available HERE


“There is a need for the religious traditions… to appreciate that the primary sacred community
is the universe itself, and that every other community
becomes sacred by participation in this primary community”

14 February 2021. Transfiguration. (White).

Worth Pondering
“Religions can and do evolve. All we need is to acknowledge
that the greatest challenges facing Earthlings today, and the tools
to work through those challenges, could not have been fully known
by any religious prophet or sage of a bygone era”
(Michael Dowd)

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 gather regardless of
race, creed, age, cultural background or sexual orientation


Gathering Music

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)
        Artwork OR Floral/Symbols display (cloths, candles, stones, wood, leaves, flowers, earth, water) OR projection of Film/Video

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is sounded three times

v1  We have come into this place of hope
where our hearts and minds are opened to the future.

We have come into this place of justice
where we set aside our fear
to name freely every oppression.

We have come into this place of song
where we unite our voices in the somber 
and the beautiful melodies of life.  (LDStoddard/adapt)

v2  So let us celebrate this richness and diversity of life.

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

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

In the mystery of life about us there is light.
It gives us a place to be,
to grow,
to rejoice together.
It opens the pathways to love.

Let the light we kindle go before us,
Strong in hope,
wide in good will,
Inviting the day to come.  (Adapt. George K Beach)

Hymn/Song  The people stand as they are able, to sing
"God Of All Time
(Tune: Infinite')                                                                                      49(v1-3) AA
God of all time,
all seasons of our living,
source of our spark,
protector of our flame,
blazing before our birth,
beyond our dying,
God of all time,
we come to sing your name.

Here in this place
where others have been building,
we come to claim
the legacy of faith,
take, in our turn
the telling of your story,
and though we tremble,
speak your hope, your truth.

Spirit who draws
our fragile selves together,
Spirit who turns
a stranger to a friend,
be at this table
where we greet each other,
be in the peace
we pass from hand to hand.  Shirley Erena Murray

Remain standing

Opening Sentences
Let us acknowledge the awesome mystery embodied in every person.
Through us God comes to unique and personal expression. 

Let us give thanks for the abundance of life on this earth.
All  Through it we and all people may be nourished.

Act of Awareness
In the next century
or the one beyond that
they say,
are valleys, pastures.
We can meet there in peace
if we make it.
To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:
stay together
learn the flowers
go light
.  (Gary Snyder/lp)


We pray:
Abiding God, grant us the joy of feeling ourselves
a part of your vast magnificence,
your all-encompassing love.
May it be so.

Hymn/Song Maker of Mystery”  (Tune: ‘Down Ampney’)                                             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


As One” (Tune: ‘Une Jeune Pucelle’)
Traditional Hymn: Huron Carol, a.k.a. ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime'

Before we came into the world
before our lungs drew air,
around us wrapped the sea of life,
its waters everywhere.
Before we ever knew “apart"
we heard the beating of one heart.
Out of one sea we came into one world.
May ever be as one.

Through all the world we have dispersed,
to every island come.
We've built our lives and families
on land we now call home.
Yet we forget there are no walls
upon a planet loved by all.
Out of one sea we came into one world
May we ever live as one.

Tomorrow does not build itself;
it, by our hands, is made.
Through care and justice might we all
its great foundations lay.
We'll set aside the tools of war
And build with love forevermore
Out of one sea we came into one world
May we ever dream as one.  (© 2015 gretta vosper)

In your own words

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who are gathering here 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.


“Inner Presence, Outer Purpose”
By Eckhart Tolle.
A New Earth.

Being at one with what is doesn’t mean you no longer initiate change or become incapable of taking action.
But the motivation to take action comes from
a deeper level, not from egoic wanting or fearing.

Inner alignment with the present moment opens your consciousness
and brings it into alignment with the whole,
of which the present moment is an integral part.

The whole, the totality of life, then acts through you.


“Expect Life!”
By Elizabeth Tarbox

Do not live too far in the past or the future. Live now.
In each moment expect a miracle: ten kinds of birds at the feeder,
and the tracks of a fox in the snow.

Pick up a magnifying glass and scrutinize that crocus.
See the pollen at the center of the daffodil, life's dust, death-defying life.
Be astonished at the flower, arrested by its beauty.

Run naked through the garden early in the morning
and hope the wild geese fly by.

Get silly and laugh loudly with your grandchildren or your grandparents.
Refuse to leave the dead behind, but bring their memory
to all your chores and games and corners of quiet, warm tears.

Know always that joy and sorrow are woven together;
one cannot be without the other.
If you love, know that sometimes your love will bring you tears;
if you grieve, know it is because at some time you were willing to love.

Do not be afraid to die today. But expect life!

Centering Silence
          Centering silence has its roots in the earliest of monastic traditions of the ‘desert Fathers (abbas)/Mothers (ammas)’
          and the Christian mystic tradition… 
Relaxing into ‘quietness’ creates the space for deep listening and draws you into yourself

Let there now be a quiet time among us.

May we find within ourselves the courage to be who we are.
May we trust one another and know there are many ways to go through life.
May we know that though we cannot change some of what life gives to us,
we can choose how we deal with what we are given.  BHamilton-Holway

Music of Reflection


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

• "An Ode to Transfiguration
By John Cranmer. (27 February 2017)

Shines irrepressibly
Shines through our caressing skin
Poured out as cascading fire
Blazing from the mountain
Volcanic Emergings 
From the centre of ourselves
Overwhelming the night
The wings of impending dawn
Breaking Open
The hiddenness of all things
Who we are to ourselves


"Boroka Lookout - The Grampians"
By Richard Treloar. Searching & Finding/57

We arrived at the hilltop;
the sun shone despite the cloud,
we paused, drew breath, drinking in
the beauty,
the wonder,
the vision splendid.

Briefly our hands touched,
grasped lightly
yet firmly.

There was beauty,
the beauty of life,
of birdsong,
of wildflower,
of panorama,
of togetherness.

We turned from the hilltop;
the cloud shadowed the sun,
the panorama disappeared,
the hilltop was but a brief glimpse of joyous beauty.

We could not stay,
but the memory remains.

• Mark 9:2-9  (Inclusive Text)

Jesus took Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain
where they could be alone by themselves.
There in their presence Jesus was transfigured;
Jesus' clothes became dazzling white, whiter than any bleacher could make them.

Elijah appeared with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.

Then Peter spoke to Jesus,
“Rabbi, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tent dwellings,
one for you,
one for Moses,
and one for Elijah.”

Peter did not know what to say, they were so frightened.

And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud,
“This is my Beloved, my Own.  Listen to this One!”

Then suddenly, when they looked around,
they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they came down the mountain,
Jesus warned them to tell no one what they had seen,
until after the Promised One had risen from the dead.

Contemporary Exploration and HERE

Silence for Personal Reflection


A Litany: 'Commitment to Life' (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on, let us stand
and share a special litany for today.
The people stand as they are able

In the midst of hunger and war
All  We celebrate the promise of plenty and peace.
In the midst of oppression and tyranny
We celebrate the promise of service and freedom.
In the midst of doubt and despair
We celebrate the promise of faith and hope.
In the midst of fear and betrayal
We celebrate the promise of joy and loyalty.
In the midst of hatred and death