Pentecost18C.13.10.2019

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

13 October 2019. Pentecost 18C. (Green).

Worth Pondering
“We are webs of reality, woven out of the threads of culture, biology, and cosmos…
As webs of reality each of us is a manifestationof a larger part of the universe as a whole”

(Karl Peters)

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

Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified,
the human is celebrated,
the compassionate is expected.

Come into this place.
Together we make it a holy place
with our every act of worship.

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
"
Bring Many Names(Tune: ‘Westchase', 9.10.11.9)                                                       182(v1-3) 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!

OR

Small Majesties”  (Tune: ‘Devotion’, LM)                                                                     67 SSCL
Their vesture is the song we sing,
Of ant and worm, of [folk] and flower,
The splendor of each living thing,
Rich in life’s symmetry and power.

A twig and leaf, a stone and bird,
Small majesties of all our days.
A face, a song, a hand. a word,
These are the meaning of our praise.

The universe has majesty
That bears no wherewithal to size —
The spiral of a galaxy
Or single atom can apprize.

For wonder is the mother’s dress,
And miracle her native form,
Our senses founts of happiness,
And suns of beauty keep us warm. 
(Kenneth Patton)
Remain standing

Opening Sentences
In our gathering together let us ponder God,
recognise God's wonders and signs.
All
The blowing wind, the rising and setting sun,
the fruiting trees and drying grasses.

In the beginning, in their ending,
they give God their praise.
All  God's word is in all creation,
visible and invisible.  (PPinsent/adapted-ml)

Act of Awareness
In the centre of the whirlwind lies an eye.
Still.
Open.
Calm.

Before we come into the world,
it is though we live in that centre -
no worries,
no storms,
only peace.

As we find our way in life,
even in the midst of chaos,
may we remember that centre
and, as the need arises,
and it must,
may we hold
to the calm, open, stillness,
knowing it is home.
As those who walk the winds, we journey on (Gretta Vosper/wab).

OR

We pray:
Source of Life, inspire in us a true longing for holiness,
so we can sense you
in the depths of our being.
May it be so.

Hymn/Song  "Bring Many Names(Tune: Westchase, 9.10.11.9)                                             182 (v4-6) TiS
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)

OR

The Earth is Our Cradle”                                                                         14 OHV
The earth is our cradle, our ground and our home.
The sky is our blanket, protective and warm.
The stars are our ancestors, ancient and bright,
their glow is a glimpse of our life’s burning light.

The creatures of land, the swimmers of sea,
the birds of the air, the green plants and trees:
They’re all of our siblings with equal share
in Earth as our home and duty to care.

Our ancient atoms arranged and reformed,
connect us and bind us with the stuff of the stars,
When all is over, our substance returned
to our elements birth-place, our atom’s next turn. 
(Christopher New)
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
“God”
By John Hebenton.

Quiet vibration agitating the cosmos
superstring on which all has its being
embracing vast energy fields that
span universes
remembers all that has been
eternal anamnesis
Infinite possibility

In all that is known
all that can be known
Beyond all that is known
all that can be known
Is God

Discovered in daily life
divine background print
opening eyes
opening minds
opening hearts
inviting the journey deeper
into life
into life in God

Gentle still point
Silent place of knowing
In all that is imagined
all that might be imagined
Beyond all that is imagined
all that might be imagined
Is God

In my imagination
God dreams a world
full of justice
overflowing in peace
where self consuming anger and hate
is buried beneath ringing laughter
children at play
bellies full
safely cocooned in love
given a place now