Pentecost21C.13.10.2019

Revd Rex A E Hunt

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A GATHERING LITURGY FOR THE
CELEBRATION OF LIFE

13 October 2019. Pentecost 21C. (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 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


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 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 "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
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
and for the future

In all that is fervently hoped for
all that might be hoped for
Beyond all that is desperately hoped for
all that might be hoped for
Is God

Music of Celebration

Silence
In this time of silence may we move from busy-ness to quietness...
(Silence)

God of life
God of peace
God of wonders that will not cease...

Present with us now.
(Silence)

EXPLORING

Reading from our Biblical Tradition
A story from our biblical tradition shall be read by (NN).

Traditional Gospel:
Luke 17:11-19  
(Inclusive Text)

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As Jesus entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him.
They stood some way off and called,
'Jesus! Take pity on us.'

When Jesus saw them he said,
'Go and show yourselves to the priests.'

Now as they were going away they were cleansed.

One of them, realising what had happened,
came back praising God in a loud voice.
The healed person fell down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. 
This one was a Samaritan.

This made Jesus say,
'Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they?
It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God,
except this foreigner.'

And Jesus said,
'Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.'

Contemporary Exploration

Silence for Personal Reflection

An Affirmation of Faith (Optional)
In response to the word reflected on,
let us stand and join together in an affirmation of faith.

The people stand as they are able

The Womb of Stars
v1  The womb of stars embraces us; 
remnants of their fiery furnaces 
pulse through our veins.
All  We are of the stars, 
the dust of explosions 
cast across space.

v2  We are of the earth: 
we breathe and live in the breath 
of ancient plants and beasts.
All  Their cells nourish the soil; 
we build our communities 
on their harvest of gifts.

v1  Our fingers trace the curves carved 
in clay and stone 
by forebears unknown to us.
All  We are a part 
of the great circle of humanity 
gathered around the fire, the 
hearth, the altar.

v2  We gather anew this day 
to celebrate our common heritage.
All  May we recall in gratitude 
all that has given us birth.       (Joy Atkinson. No. 445, SLT)

Sharing 'The Peace'
Let us take a moment to celebrate each other.

The peace of God is here... to stay (Iona).
All  Thanks be to God.
You are invited to share the peace with your neighbours.

Hymn People stand as they are able, to sing
Love is a Verb(Music: www.williamflandersmusic.com/)
Don’t count on love to come flying in your window.
Don’t count on love to mysteriously appear,
Born from above as an answer to your troubles,
Filling your heart with intentions most sincere.
Refrain:
Love isn’t there, some possession bought or found.
Love is no thing, nothing good to have around.
Yet people, at times, can be loving in their actions.
Love is a verb, not a noun.

Love as a noun may be kind and may be patient,
But love as a noun always tends to be unreal.
When love becomes loving, then real things start to happen,
And love is received as a fact, not an ideal.
Refrain:

Not boastful nor rude, never selfish, slow to anger,
Is love the abstraction, a virtue some would praise.
But living here and now calls for down to earth expression,
And love can’t expect to be approved in all its ways.  (William Flanders).
Refrain:

AFFIRMING

Offerings

Presentation
May we find a meaning in life, a purpose, a belonging.
And thus find pleasure in receiving from life
and satisfaction in enriching life.

With the Children
Children gather on the conversation mat

Conversation:

"Somewhere someone:"

The kingdom of love is coming because:
All  
somewhere someone is kind when others are unkind,
somewhere someone shares with another in need,
somewhere someone refuses to hate, while others hate,
somewhere someone is patient - and waits in love,
somewhere someone returns good for evil,
somewhere someone serves another, in love,
somewhere someone is calm in a storm,
somewhere someone is loving everybody.
Is that someone you?
 (Binkley & McKeel./jke)

Reflections and Prayers
Care Candle:
We are people of all ages who enter this space
bringing our joys and concerns.
Joys and Celebrations; Griefs and Concerns shared.

Focused Thoughts:

Listening Response:
We receive the world that is.
All  Its presence is our abundance.
We welcome our companions of life.
All  Their fellowship is our sustenance
and our delight.
 (Kenneth Patton/sscl)

And so we take a flame and light our special Care Candle…
The Care Candle is lit

For ourselves, for those named or remembered, and in solidarity with those
who have not the freedom to express their concern or celebration
for fear of discrimination or condemnation.

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
of the presentness of the sacred among us,
and to see the new possibilities of the now.

The 'Abba' Prayer:
You are invited to pray in the spirit of the Abba/Lord's Prayer, and in your original language, as that is appropriate

All  Most compassionate Life-giver,
may we honour and praise you: 
may we work with you to establish
your new order of justice, peace and love.

Give us what we need for growth,
and help us, through forgiving others, to accept forgiveness.
Strengthen us in the time of testing,
that we may resist all evil.

For all the tenderness, strength and love are yours,
now and forever.  Amen.  (William L Wallace)

PARTING

Hymn The people stand as they are able, to sing
We Laugh, We Cry”  (Tune: ‘Credo’, Irreg.)                                     354(v1-3) SLT
We laugh, we cry, we live, we die;
we dance, we sing our song.
We need to feel there’s something here
to which we can belong.
We need to feel the freedom
just to have some time alone.
But most of all we need close friends
we can call our very own.

And we believe in life,
and in the strength of love;
and we have found a need to be together.
We have our hearts to give,
we have our thoughts to receive;
and we believe that sharing is an answer.

A child is born among us and
we feel a special glow.
We see time’s endless journey
as we watch the baby grow.
We thrill to hear
imagination freely running wild.
We dedicate our minds and hearts
To the spirit of this child.

And we believe in life,
and in the strength of love;