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


24 March 2019. Lent 3. (Purple).
Celebrating Community in the Tradition of the Meal

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 and present,
and their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.



(NN) is a safe place for all people to worship 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)

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 

Gathering Music

Entry into the Celebration
The gong is struck three times

Come into this gathering.
May this time together be creative
Of a new outreach of trust and confidence
That life was meant to be lived at the full tide.
  Bob Holmes

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Lighting of the Community Candle
The Community Candle is lit

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 

Hymn/Song  The people stand as they are able, to sing
"Whispers Rippled Through The Cosmos(Tune: 'Nettleton', 87.87)
Whispers rippled through the cosmos,
pan-galactic breath of God;
marking paths of whirling planets,
stellar strings where stars first trod.

Major chords of constellations
ringing on the staves of time,
soften to a sombre minor,
echoes of an ancient rhyme.

God is in this wild confusion
bringing order, giving grace;
author, ground of all creation,
fount of being, Lord of space.

All transcendent power and glory
now distilled, condensed, confined;
shaped while shaping rich resources
cradling waiting humankind
  © Andrew Pratt
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
In hope, in longing
We're glad to come together.
In trust, in community
We're glad to come together.
In many moods, in many shapes and sizes
We're glad to come together.
In peace, in joy
We're glad to come together.
In solidarity with those who struggle
We're glad to come together in this Lenten season.  (Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer/wsj)

Words of Awareness
I will nurse this autumn carefully,
treat its brittleness gently,
smooth its crumbling edges, its weeping afternoons

I will nurture this autumn knowing
it is myself
in a pure and golden form,
and that childlike
soft words will be brought bubbling up
to be recorded in the pattern of the leaves
and the low fog coming across the bay.  (Edited. Wendy Smyer You/lp)



We pray:
Remind us, O Spirit, that life is worth living.
Remind us, O Creator, that the struggle for justice is worth undertaking.
Remind us, O Mercy, that love and action are one.
May it be so.  (Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer/wsj)

Hymn/Song   "Past and Present"   (Tune: 'Cwm Rhondda’ 87.87.47)             28 TMT
Past and present, with our dreaming,
Join to make us what we are;
Ancient wisdom, ancient follies
Shape the way we love and care:
Give us reverence,
Give us wisdom,
From the past for life today,
From the past for life today.

Make us mindful of the present -
Ev'ry force, each strength, each flaw;
Free us from those selfish motives
Which consume us more and more:
Give us vision,
Give us courage,
For this modern age of change,
For this modern age of change.

We must face the future's challenge
To create a better earth
Hand in hand with all who labour
Dream and suffer for its birth:
For through sharing
And through caring
We shall build community,
We shall build community.
  William L Wallace
People sit after the hymn

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 stepsso all our living is transforming and theyearning of our hearts become reality.The bowls of water are removed from the Gathering space and placed on an outside garden

"Resting in the Grace of the World"
Wendell Berry.
Earth Prayers/102.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief.  I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.  For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Centering Silence

Let us take a moment to settle into the silence of this place.
(The charka is sounded)


May our silence grow profound
as we are embraced by the spirit
of our highest hopes.  BHamilton-Holway
(The charka is sounded)


Music of Reflection


Wisdom from the World/Religious Traditions


"Grounded Faith"
By Henry Nelson Wieman. Reprinted in Outstretched Wings of the Spirit/17.

Faith is essential to religion.
A faith is a transforming and activating belief.  It is belief becoming dynamic, functioning in life...

What we call our faith is the total, integrated structure of all of our beliefs,
made coherent and rational, and constantly tested out
and either reaffirmed or corrected by continuing life experience.
It becomes the foundation for our personal morale and morals
as we confront the challenges of daily life.

Faith is our character.

• Luke 13:1-9 (Inclusive Text)

Some people arrived and told Jesus about Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with that their sacrifices.

At this Jesus said to them,
‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that
were greater sinners than any other Galileans?

‘They were not, I tell you.
No, but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.

‘Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them?
Do you suppose that they were more guilty
than all the other people living in Jerusalem?

‘They were not, I tell you.
No, but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.’

Jesus told this parable:
‘A vinedresser had a fig tree planted in his vineyard
and came looking for fruit on it but found none.

‘The vinedresser the said to the one who looked after the vineyard,
Look here, for three years now I have been coming
to look for fruit on this fig tree, and finding none.

Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?

‘The vineyard worker replied,
Leave it one more year and give me time to dig around it and manure it:
it may bear fruit next year;
if not, then you can cut it down.’

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection


Celebration of Faith (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on let us stand
and share together a celebration of faith.
The people stand as they are able

Beckoning Christ,
you call us out of our comfortable ghetto of 'us' and 'them'
to risk discipleship without walls.
All  You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where God is worshipped above all other.

Wn You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where prayer is offered day and night.
You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where we can share what we are with others who love you.

Mn You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where each person has something to give to the whole.
All  You call us into a world-wide fellowship
where compassion and respect shape missionary endeavour.

Keep on beckoning us out of our safe havens
into your rich fellowship of
challenge and reconciliation, faith and hope.  (
Kate Compston/sco)

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



Hymn/Song The people stand as they are able, to sing
Celebrate the Cosmic Birthing(Tune: ‘Hymn to Joy’)
Celebrate the cosmic birthing,
Flash of primal energy:
Swirling gases, densing matter
Stuff of galaxies to be.
Celebrate the life-force pulsing
through these 15 billion years,
Trillion, trillion stars emerging
From the cradle of the spheres.

Celebrate the white-heat furnace-
life evoking mother sun;
Celebrate her planet-offspring
Nine, in cosmic dance as one.
Celebrate her favoured daughter,
Earth, in cloak of fragile green;
Cragging rocks, and sounding ocean-
Surface-lashed, beneath serene.

Join the mystic dance of species,
Chaining, weaving, circling, one
Strong-competing, close depending,
Life swift ending, new begun.
Sing our senseful keen awareness-