Revd Rex A E Hunt
eMail: rexae@optusnet.com.au  OR  rexae74@gmail.com
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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.


“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”

18 April 2021.  Easter 3B. (White).
Celebrating Community in the Tradition of the Meal

Worth Pondering
“I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream”
(Vincent van Gogh)

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


Refreshment Station/Water Basins
Pottery basins are set on stands near the entrance to the Gathering space. 
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 traveller rinsing the “dust from the road”).


(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

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

We gather here as the human ones of creation.
We name ourselves threads in the web of life.
We give thanks for connection,
that we are all part of one another
and that we are part of the Sacred.  (StAndrew’s, Auckland)

So let us celebrate the 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) PLUS some specific resources on Terrorism 
(iv) On Wonder, Awe, and Nature HERE

Hymn/Song  People stand as they are able, to sing
God Present To All”  
(Tune: ‘Ombersley’ 88.88)
Creation sings amazing songs;
This is a place where God belongs
In movement, colour to behold
In past and future yet untold.

Source of all life's vitality
Enlivens love consistently;
We see God's presence in each face,
In kindly deeds and acts of grace.

Deep in our soul with vision clear
We see God's presence re-appear
Each time a human babe is born,
Each time we rise to greet the dawn.

Wonderful visions constantly
Express great beauty as we see
God's presence in humanity,
So vivid once in Galilee.  
(George Stuart)


"Nothing Is Lost..." (Tune: 'Greenlane')                                                                                50 FFS
Nothing is lost on the breath of God,

nothing is lost for ever;

God's breath is love, and that love will remain,

holding the world for ever.

No feather too light, no hair too fine,

no flower too brief in its glory;

no drop in the ocean, no dust in the air,

but is counted and told in God's story.

Nothing is lost to the eyes of God,

nothing is lost for ever;

God sees with love and that love will remain,

holding the world for ever.

No journey too far, no distance too great,

no valley of darkness too blinding;

no creature too humble, no child too small
for God to be seeking, and finding.

Nothing is lost to the heart of God,

nothing is lost for ever;

God's heart is love, and that love will remain,

holding the world for ever.

No impulse of love, no office of care,
no moment of life in its fulness;

no beginning too late, no ending too soon,

but is gathered and known in God's goodness.
  (Colin Gibson)

Opening Sentences
v1  As we gather together on this Autumn morning,
may we weave here a patchwork of peace:

v2  The soft deep blue of sensitivity and understanding;
Wm  The red energy of creativity;
Mn  The white heat of convictions;

v1  The risky, fragile green of new growth;
Wm  The golden flashes of gratitude;
Mn  The warm rose of love.
All  Together, in our gathered diversity,
we form the whole.  So be it. (BWienecke)

Act of Awareness
You are in the story of the world.

You are the world coming to know itself.
May you trust that all you will ever say or do

Belongs in the story of the world.  (Ean Huntington Behr)


We pray:
God of light and colour, we offer our grtitude
for the glories of red and yellow, brown and green:
all the shades of this autumn season.
May our lives be lived in appreciation of all that life offers us.
May it be so.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

Hymn/Song  Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design“” (Tune: ‘Lobt Gott, ihr Christen’, 86.88.6)       22 SLT
Dear weaver of our lives’ design
whose patterns all obey,
with skilful fingers gently guide
the sturdy threads that will survive
the tangle of our days.

Take up the fabric of our lives
whose hands that gently hold;
bind in the ragged edge that care
would sunder and that pain would tear,
and mend our rav’ling souls.

Let eyes that in the plainest cloth
a hidden beauty see
discern in us our richest hues,
show us the patterns we may use
to set our spirits free.  (Nancy C Dorian)


Hymn/Song Autumn Comes in all its Fullness(Tune: 'Hamilton Avenue', 87.87)            8 HoS

Autumn comes in all its fullness

harvesting both land and hearts

Autumn has its birth in winter

in the stillness where life starts.

Every death brings hope of birthing,

every birth enfolds life's end,
for the seasons of our living
mirror patterns nature penned.

Autumn gives us time for choosing
seeds which bear the richest fruits,

fragile life which we can nurture
into just or vain pursuits.


Buried in autumnal endings
lies the shoot that bursts the tomb
for the letting go in autumn
sows the seed that births the bloom.  (William L Wallace)


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.


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.
The bowls of water are removed from the Gathering space and placed on an outside garden

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 us again listen to the silence of this sacred space.
A space made ready for us by willing hands.

May we give thanks for all the silences in our lives:
the silence of sunrise,
the silence of midst on the lake,
the silence at the end of a story,
the silence between notes of music,
the silence between us here…

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:  Into this day will break moments of awareness,
tiny shards of light that illumine
the whole reality of existence.
  May these readings be such a moment
and may we be blessed by their gift. 
(Gretta Vosper/ab)

• "Psalm 1"
A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab.
A Fine Wind is Blowing/2.

There are many pathways in front of us.
We see some people take pathways that turn-out
to  be destructive and unhealthy.
All  But our happiness and well-being depend on us
taking the pathways that keep us connected
with the best purposes
and with the best spirit.

Look carefully at the tree that flourishes beside the river -
its leaves are healthy and it bears fruit in season.
We can be like the tree.
All  But we can forget all that and become
like chaff blown in all directions by the wind.

God of all life has created in us a desire to be the best we can be.
When we follow that desire,
our whole being is strongly affirmed.
All  But when we become indifferent to that desire,