Pent20C.Progressives.27.10.2019

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
27 October 2019. Pentecost 20C/. (Green).
Progressives Sunday

Worth Pondering
“While religion in some form or another seems to be a cultural universal,
it is unlikely that we evolved as a species to be religious.
Rather, it seems far more likely that we evolved an entire repertoire of mental aptitudes
and discovered that we could also entertain religious ideas as a by-product”
(Donald M. Braxton)

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, and emerging leaders,
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)
          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

'Today is a day the Lord has made',
says an old religious writer,
'let us therefore rejoice and be glad in it'.
It is indeed!

So 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) PLUS some specific resources on Terrorism
HERE

Hymn/Song  The people stand as they are able, to sing
We Gather Together”  (Tune: ‘Kremser’, 12.11.13.12)                                           349 SLT
We gather together in joyful thanksgiving,
acclaiming creation, whose bounty we share;
both sorrow and gladness we find now in our liv-ing,
we sing a hymn of praise to the life that we bear.

We gather together to join in the journey,
confirming, committing our passage to be
a true affirmation, in joy and tribulation,
when bound to human care and hope—then we are free.  (Dorothy Caiger Senghas)

OR

Whispering Gently”                                                                                                           77 FFS
Whispering gently the breeze from the mountain
beckons our senses to what it may say;
fresh from the snows that are melted by sunshine,
stirred by the kingfisher flying away.
Chorus:
Blue sky, Lord of creation,
freshen our faith,
blossom our love.
Deep green, Lord of creation,
springtime of faith,
the Spirit of love.

Bursting with colour the orchards surround us,
grasses that grow in the warmth of the green;
heralds of gold in the flowers of the bushland,
nature announces that spring should be seen.
Chorus:

Birth of the new is a sign of your Spirit,
God the creator and Jesus our Lord;
lambs on the hillsides and calves on the pastures,
leaping in sunshine and dancing your word.
Chorus:

Spirit of hope in the Christ who renews us,
lighten our winter of anguish with spring;
washed with the showers of loving forgiveness,
warmed by the rays of the love that you bring.
Chorus:                                 (Bill Bennett/Adapt.)

OR

(For those in the Northern Hemisphere)
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.
Refrain:

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.

Refrain:

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)

Refrain:
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
Our suburbs reflect your face, O God.
All  
In wrinkles of kindness
and hands touching hand.

Our suburbs sound with your voice, O God.
All  
In calls for new justice
and laughter in the streets.

Our suburbs breathe with your life, O God.
All  
In green grass in bitumen,
and new hope in the people.

Act of Awareness
May the wonders of this world
stun us with their splendour
until we appreciate
that their goodness is richer than gold
and ought to be preserved as sacred treasure.

They are the original artwork of evolution
and the fingers of God (Norman Habel/rom).

OR

We pray:
Illuminating God, 
each sunrise and sunset
reminds us of your constant presence.

Awaken in each of us
the possibility for new life, new vision
and renewed energy. 
(Trisha Watts/s)
May it be so.

Hymn/Song  "From Season to Season"  (Tune: 11.11.11.11 anapaestic)                                     111 WNC
From season to season, through death and re-birth,
this world, through its phases, shows love has no dearth.
Such love is for sharing, to do good to all,
to nurture well-being, to echo God's call.

Through sensitive reason we fathom the need
of neighbours, of nature; we subjugate greed.
We offer each other the kiss of God's peace,
embracing earth's harmony, hatred will cease.

Through summer and autumn, through winter's release,
we welcome spring's coming with nature's increase.
All praise for the gifting of harvest and life,
all power to the ending of all human strife. 
(Andrew Pratt)

OR

"Bring Many Names(Tune: ‘Westchase’, 9.10.11.9)                                      182 TiS
Bring many names, beautiful and good,
celebrate in parable and story,
holiness in glory, living, loving God
Hail and Hosanna!
Bring many names.

Strong mother God, working night and day,
planning all the wonders of creation,
setting each equation, genius at play:
Hail and Hosanna,
strong mother God!

Warm father God, hugging every child,
feeling all the strain of human living
caring and forgiving, till we're reconciled:
Hail and Hosanna,
warm father God!

Old, aching God, grey with endless care,
calmly piercing evil's new disguises,
glad of good surprises, wiser than despair:
Hail and Hosanna,
old, aching God!

Young, growing God, eager, on the move,
seeing all, and fretting at our blindness,
crying out for justice, giving all you have:
Hail and Hosanna,
young, growing God!

Great, living God, never fully known,
joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,
closer yet than breathing, everlasting home:
Hail and Hosanna,
great, living God! 
(Brian Wren)
The people sit after the hymn

Welcome
In your own words

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who are worshipping 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 worship.
Those visiting, please sign our Visitors book.

OR

A warm welcome is extended to all.
Especially those who may be joining us for a first time.

Your presence enriches this gathering and contributes to 
the creative evolution of community. 
Thanks for the gift of you! 
 (Central United, Moncton, Canada)

Reflection
“We Build Temples in the Heart”
By Patrick Murfin.

We have seen the great cathedrals, stone laid upon stone,
carved and cared for by centuries of certain hands;
seen the slender minarets soar from dusty streets
to raise the cry of faith to the One and Only God;
seen the placid pagodas where gilded Buddhas squat
amid the temple bells and incense.

We have seen the tumbled temples half-buried in the sands,
choked with verdant tangles,
sunk in corralled seas, and
old truths toppled and forgotten.

We have even seen the wattled huts,
the sweat lodge hogans,
the wheeled yurts,
and the Ice Age caverns
where unwritten worship
raised its knowing voices.

But here we build temples in our hearts.
Side by side we gather.

Centering Silence
Let us take a moment to settle into the silence.
(Silence)

In these brief moments of silence and meditation may we find strength.
May our lives be rich in affection,
deep in understanding and
sympathy for each other.

May the blessings of life be known to all.  Bob Holmes/adapted
(Silence)  

Music of Celebration

EXPLORING

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition
A reading and a story from our religious tradition shall be read by (NN).

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

Liberal Religion:
Liberal Religion. A Faith Statement HERE
Written by © Revd David E Bumbaugh

Traditional Gospel:
Luke 18:9-14  
(Inclusive Text)

Jesus told the following parable to some people
who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else.

Two people went up to the temple to pray,