Holy Ground | Jan 2018 | Epiphany

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Pre-Gathering

Gathering: Journey of the Magi – TS Eliot

Welcome

In the name of God: +Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of life.
Amen.

Introduction

Welcome to Holy Ground, a safe and inclusive space for everyone. If this is your first encounter with this community, or you are a regular visitor, know that God is here: make yourselves at home.

Tonight, we welcome Dave Hopwood as our speaker, who will help us reflect on Faith and Movies, so we invite you to yet another new, typically Holy Ground way of thinking about faith, art and social justice as we dim these lights, settle down with the popcorn and encounter God through the Silver Screen.

It seems Scripture is shot through with the theme of God ‘doing a new thing’ – bringing the world into being, bringing the nation of Israel into being, rescuing them from slavery in Egypt, bringing them back from exile in Babylon.

Isaiah also looks forward to another new day and another great thing: when a virgin will bear a child who will bring a reign of peace over all the earth, and all nations will acknowledge his rule. God’s Spirit is at work in all these situations to bring them into being.

And with each new thing comes the invitation, or challenge, to recognise what God is doing, and to join in with it. Often, it’s the people we’d expect who perceive what God is doing and alert others to it:

• People like Moses or the Old Testament prophets.
• In the New Testament, people like the old man Simeon in the temple, recognising God’s salvation in the form of an 8-day old baby.

But sometimes it’s the people you’d least expect who recognise the hand of God at work, and who respond with amazing commitment:

• People like the shepherds, considered unclean by the religious people of Jerusalem, who give the baby Jesus their worship.
• People like the astrologers from present-day Iraq who sought out the new king of the Jewish people and brought him costly and royal gifts.

How, I wonder, were they changed by seeing that new work of God? What courage and perseverance did it take?

God’s Holy Spirit is still doing new things. Still calling us to perceive what he is doing in our world, in our communities, in our churches, and still inviting us – maybe challenging us – to join in with him.

This Epiphany, this new year, gives us opportunity to commit ourselves afresh to the new things God is doing around us and within us.

Penitential Rite

Will this year be a time of new life, new ways for us – or will we continue to live the same old way?

Let us confess to God our failures, as well as our hopes as we begin this new year.

For the times we have failed to believe you are a God of new beginnings

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

For the times we have been complacent and got stuck in our old ways

Christ have mercy
Christ have mercy

For the times when we have failed to trust you with our future

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

Here, now, forever we are forgiven and healed.
Let this year be the year we will live as forgiven people.
God forgives you, forgive others, forgive yourself.
Thanks be to God!
Amen.

Scripture: Mathew 2:1-12

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Response

Three Stations based upon the Gifts of the Magi in front of the Golden Gates and either side in the arches

Intro to the prayer stations

The wise men brought gifts to the Christ child, aware that he would be someone great, but not fully aware of just how great. In our time of meditation we will spend time reflecting on what their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh say about the person of Jesus, and let those insights direct how we respond in prayer.

Hannah will produce large symbols for each station: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, and write a brief sentence relating the gifts to what they say about the person of Christ, along the lines below.

As people are visiting the stations, Mikey and Andrew will sing and play ‘In the bleak mid Winter’ (Harold Darke), and then the ‘three Kings’ carol by Peter Cornelius.

GOLD – Christ as our King
A world map sets out the dimensions of Christ’s kingdom that we know best. You are invited to light a candle and place it on the map as a prayer for the peaceful, just and loving reign of Christ to been known there.

FRANKINCENSE – Christ as our Intercessor
Christ is constantly praying for you. Bring to him in prayer anything in your outlook or experience that seems to be an obstacle to your being caught up in God’s new work in your life – any fears, constraints put on you by others, past hurts, simply not knowing what God’s will might be…

You might find it helpful to tear out from the newspapers images that represent the barriers or obstacles you sense – whether in your own life or in others’ lives. Add these to the scroll and we will lay these before him by the altar at the offertory.

MYRRH – Christ as our sacrifice

Jesus is ‘the lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.’ Long before you were born, the second person of the Trinity already planned to give himself for your life.

Take a pebble from the pile and warm it up in your hand. Let it take on something of who you are. Then when you are ready, Place it in the bowl of water as your offering of yourself in return to Christ. Watch the water welcome it, enfold it, and bring out its colour and sparkle.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou would’st reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

S. B. Monsell

Offertory Prayer

Lord,
accept the offerings of your Church,
not gold, frankincense and myrhh,
but the sacrifice and food they symbolize:
Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Preface (NZ Prayer D, adapted)

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is the joy of our salvation,
God of the universe,
to give you thanks through Jesus Christ.

You said, ‘Let there be light’; there was light.
Your light shines on in our darkness.
A light for all people, called to follow you

You were revealed to the world
Wrapped in human flesh
The power of the universe
Born as one like us

Therefore, with all your witnesses who surround us on every side,
countless as heaven’s stars, we praise you for our creation
and our calling, with loving and with joyful hearts as we sing/say:

Sanctus & Benedictus

Eucharistic Prayer (NZ Prayer D, adapted)

Blessed are you, most holy, in your Son;
On that night before he died he took bread and gave you thanks.
He broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you;
do this to remember me.

After supper, he took the cup, and gave you thanks.
He gave it to them and said:

Drink this. It is my blood of the new covenant,
shed for you, shed for all,
to forgive sin;
do this to remember me.

Therefore with this bread and wine, your body and blood
we recall your goodness to us.

God of the past and present,
we your people remember your Son.
We thank you for his cross and rising again,
we take courage from his ascension;
we look for his coming in glory
and in him we give ourselves to you.

+Send your Holy Spirit,
that we who receive Christ’s body
may indeed be the body of Christ,
and we who share his cup
draw strength from the one true vine.

Called to follow Christ,
help us to reconcile and unite.
Called to suffer,
give us hope in our calling.
For you, the heavenly one, make all things new;
you are the beginning and the end, the last and the first,
to whom we bring our songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours, here and everywhere,
now and for ever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Distribution of Communion

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest Man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by Thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest Man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship Thee.
Immanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what Thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love, beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship Thee.

Frank Houghton

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One, is here;
come bow before him now
with reverence and fear:
in him no sin is found –
we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around;
he burns with holy fire,
with splendour he is crowned:
how awesome is the sight –
our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place:
e comes to cleanse and heal,
to minister his grace –
no work too hard for him.
in faith receive from him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place.

© David J. Evans

Post-Communion

We say together

Infinite, intimate God,
in our worship we have celebrated your presence with us. May we grow in the divine life of Christ
who humbly shared our human life. Fill us with joy and send us out to share this good news with others.
We ask this through Jesus Christ: God-with-us – Emmanuel.
Amen.

Peace

Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace.
There aren’t limits to that kind of kingdom and there aren’t limits to his peace, so…

Cf Isaiah 9.6,7

The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace as we go for coffee

Talk

Blessing & Dismissal

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Let us bow our heads and pray for God’s Solemn Blessing

God has called you out of darkness,
into his wonderful light.
May you experience his kindness and blessings,
and be strong in faith, in hope, and in love. Amen.

Because you are followers of Christ,
who appeared on this day as a light shining in darkness,
may he make you a light to all your sisters and brothers. Amen.

The wise men followed the star,
and found Christ who is light from light.
May you too find the Lord
when your pilgrimage is ended. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, +Father, Son & Holy Spirit
Be upon you, and remain with you,
This night and always Amen

Our worship has ended.
Go and live out the gifts you have been given,
Share them with others
In hope and in joy…
Thanks be to God.

Exit Music

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Liturgy for 14th Nov 2017: Without Borders

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Gathering

Video: Elton John – Rocket Man

Welcome

God is here. Make yourselves at home.

Dear friends, welcome to our second gathering in this space: a pub, what better place for us to come together and share something special?

Tonight we consider a good news which is offered to us without borders, without boundaries…

Penitential Rite

Video: Bittersweet

Equipment: Balti Dishes, laminated signs, Spoons, Honey, Lemons

1 min 45 sec introduction:

Life is complex and hard. Life is challenging and not without its fair share of pain. The preacher on TV who offers you untold riches, health, wealth, healing and joy has clearly never read the book of Job.

Life is beautiful and delicate. Life is filled with joy and laughter. The glass which was created by God is always at least half-full, beyond half-full, and closer to full to overflowing.

To see life as either one or the other is to miss the point of life in all its rollercoaster of variety. We learn in life to take the bitter and the sweet.

Around this sacred space are some stations, where you may taste in the lemon the bitterness of life, where you can offer to God in penitence those difficult, trying, hard things in your life. You may also taste a spoonful of honey – to taste and see that the Lord is good as the Psalmist said, and to give thanks to God for his many many blessings.

Without one, there is no other. Without both, life is meaningless. Offer them both to God in penitence and faith, and let us now be reconciled to God.

Stations: stations with a balti dish of lemons (and a bin + wipes) and a dish of honey with small spoons to taste a lemon and a spoon of honey.

Each station has text by it:


Taste the bitterness of life
Without this, the sweet,
good times are nothing.

Give to God the pain, the
sadness and the hurt.

Taste & See that the Lord is good


Taste the sweetness of life
Without this, the bitter,
ugly, hard times become
everything.

Give thanks to God for the joy,
the pleasure and the laughs.

Taste & See that the Lord is good


In Happy moments, praise God.
In Difficult moments, seek God.
In Quiet moments, worship God.
In Painful moments, trust God.
In Every moment, thank God


Absolution:

Screen: you are forgiven

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to
absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of
his great mercy forgive you all your offences; and by his
authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins:
+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit.

The Lord has put away all your sins, and of your charity, pray for me, a sinner also
Amen

Collect

Let us pray…

Father, we come to you tonight from the edges of society, the margins of Church, the ignored spaces in between normality…

We look to you for affirmation, for redemption, for you to hear the cries which we raise from our own personal wildernesses…

For we know that you are the one who heals the broken, gives voice to the alienated, and lifts up the downtrodden.

We make this prayer through the wounded healer, Jesus Christ, God with us, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, Indivisible unto the ages of ages. Amen

Scripture: Matthew 2: 13-23

A Godly-Play Type Story about the Flight from Egypt

Equipment: Sand bag, Two boxes, Holy Family from a Nativity Set, Angel from Nativity Set

Welcome. Are you ready for a story?

(open bag)

Long ago, in a far off land, (spread sand)

God reached down from heaven and became one of us.

Mighty, All-Powerful God could have come in any shape or form he wanted, he could have impressed us with his power, but he loved us so much, he came as… a tiny baby.

(place Jesus in centre of sand)

Born of his Mother, Our Lady Mary… (place Mary)

To be brought up and supported by Joseph… (place Joseph)

God poured his almighty self into this little form, to be with us, alongside us. God-in-a-child.

The King of the Universe was born in poor surroundings and with no comforts that befitted a King. In a Stable, for animals … and all their dirty, smelly mess.

The King of that land, a man called King Herod had heard that somewhere in his land a King had been born, a great King, an all-powerful King… and he was afraid.

King Herod couldn’t bear the thought of being replaced by a King who rightfully should be on his throne, so he sought to catch and kill this threat before it became a problem.

(remove Holy Family, place box at one corner, walk fingers all over the sand)

He sent his guards all across his land to find and kill the new King who might take his place.

(place Holy Family on top of box)

One night, as Mary and Joseph and the baby were asleep, and angel (place Angel on box) appeared to Joseph in a dream.

He warned Joseph that Herod sought to kill the God-in-a-child and that they should run for their lives, to another country.

(place box in opposite corner)

So, Our Lady, and Joseph took God-in-a-child and in the middle of the night, they ran away to be safe in a land called Egypt (meander the Holy Family through the desert). It was a long, scary, dangerous journey until at last they came to the land of Egypt where they could be safe.

They had to live and wait in Egypt until Herod was no longer King and they had to life as refugees for a number of years before Herod died.

(place Holy Family on other box)

Meanwhile, the guards did some horrible things to any child under the age of two, and killed all of the innocent babies just in case they might be the God-in-a-child who threatened Herod’s job. The tears of the Mothers must have fallen on the land like rain

(fingertip pats on the sand)

When Herod died, the Angel appeared to Joseph in a dream once more. (place Angel)

He told them that it was safe to return, and so Mary, and Joseph and God-in-a-child made the long journey back from the land of Egypt to a place called Nazareth, where God-in-a-child grew big and strong and faithful to God and where everyone called him by his name:

Jesus.

From Nazareth. Out of Egypt.

(pause)

I wonder…

I wonder how Herod felt to hear that a real King was born.

I wonder what it felt like to leave in the middle of the night and go to a far-off place…

I wonder how it might have felt in Egypt,

I wonder how people feel today when they have to leave their homelands for fear of their lives.

I wonder what we might do, if Mary and Joseph and God-in-a… and Jesus came to our door needing our help.

(pause)

Amen.

Intercession

Peace

Christ lifts up the humble
Christ reunites the broken
Christ draws us in from the edge,
into a new peace with him,
and with others

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you

Let us offer one an other that sign of God’s peace

Offertory

Pray my dear friends that this our sacrifice be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his church

Eucharistic Prayer

(1) The Lord be with you
and also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God
It is right to give thanks and praise.

(2) Father, all powerful and ever living God
We do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord

Tonight, we bring to this table all that is painful in our lives.

Our disappointments,
Our failures,
Our addictions,
Ourselves.
(3) In that bringing we come to the foot of your cross,
Where you raise all of this up

And our pain is overshadowed by your victory

Victory over sin and death
Victory over pain and suffering
Victory over abuse and addiction

So that we may join our prayers with the redeemed and renewed company of heaven, forever praising you and saying….
(4) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord
God of power and might
heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest

Blesséd is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest
(5) Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the +body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
(6) Take, eat; this is my body
which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

(7) In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
(8) Let us proclaim the mystery of faith…

Christ has died
Christ is risen
Christ will come again
(9) And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins
of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection
and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

(10) As we offer you this our sacrifice
of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
(11) Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of
Our Blesséd Lady of Walsingham
and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
(12) by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

Amen

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven.

Don’t say ‘Father’ if you do not behave like a son or daughter. Don’t say ‘Our’ if you only think of your self.

Hallowed by your name

Don’t say ‘Hallowed’ if you do not honour that name.

Your Kingdom come

Don’t say ‘Your Kingdom come’ if you are weighed down with material goods

Your will be done On earth as in heaven

Don’t say ‘Thy will be done’ if you do not accept the hard bits

Don’t say ‘as it is in heaven’ if you only think about earthly matters

Give us this day our daily bread

Don’t say ’Our daily bread’ if you have no concern for the hungry or the homeless

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us

Don’t say ‘Forgive us our sins’ if you remain angry with someone

Lead us not into temptation

Don’t say ‘Lead us not into temptation’ if you intend to continue sinning

But deliver us from evil

Don’t say ‘Deliver us from evil’ if you are not willing to make a stand against injustice

For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen

Don’t say ‘AMEN’ without considering the words of your prayer!

Presentation

Come, not because you are strong,
but because you are weak.
Come, not because any goodness of your own
gives you any right to come,
but because you, like me, need mercy and help.
Come, because you love the Lord a little,
and would like to love him more.
Come, because he loves you and gave himself for you.

This is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world
Blessèd are those who are called from the margins to his supper

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Distribution of Communion

Video: Rufus Wainwright

Post-Communion

Let us pray…

Lord Jesus,
May we who have met with you in this sacrament of salvation,
been fed for the long and troublous journey of life
and healed by your saving power,
come to recognise you in these holy gifts,
to the glory of your heavenly Father. Amen.

Blessing & Dismissal

The Lord be with you
And also with you

The Blessing of God be with us,
Father and Mother,
Sustainer of our earth
Source of all that is, and shall be.

The Blessing of God be with us
The Universal Christ
the Risen and Glorious Loved One and our Friend

The Blessing of God be with us
Spirit spreading love and joy in our hearts
giving hope to the battered ones
and a safe haven for the refugee and the Lost
inspiring peace and justice for the little ones

For we have been nourished
by the Bread of Life
we have been quickened
by the Life-blood of the Universe
With courage and hope let us continue on our journey.

…and the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.
Amen.

The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

End Music

Brian Eno “No One Receiving”

 

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Holy Ground October 2017 – A splash of words

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October 8th 2017

Pre-Gathering Videos

Do not go gentle into that good night – Dylan Thomas

The Windhover – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gathering


Music: Vaughan Williams “Love bade me welcome”

Welcome

(Hannah) Good evening and welcome to Holy Ground. Newcomers, regulars; we are really pleased to see you. A little later we will welcome Canon Mark Oakley as our speaker. In our time with Canon Mark, and in our worship this evening, we will be exploring the written and spoken word. Words have the power to inspire us, to challenge us, to move us, and to bring us closer to Jesus Christ the living Word. But we begin our worship without words – by sharing a few moments of silence together.

(A few moments of silence)

Welcome to this ancient place
House of prayer for many,
home to all who come.

Welcome to this gathering place:
friend and stranger, saint and sinner
in all who gather here.

Come with hope or hesitation,
come with joy or yearning,
all who hunger, all who thirst, for life in all its fullness.
Generous God and generous Saviour,
touch us through your Spirit.

Jesus calls us here to meet him

Jesus calls us here to meet him
as, through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where his people live and care.
Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,
sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.
Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;
tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly different though we are;
race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.
Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;
join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,
where the church in earth and heaven
finds a common meeting place.
Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;
share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

John Bell and Graham Maule © Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community
4th Floor Savoy House, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow G2 3DH

Poem: Broken Open – Jude Simpson (Video)

 

Penitential Rite

Holy God, Maker of all,
have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor,
have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, breath of life,
have mercy on us.

I confess to God, and in the company of all God’s people,
that my life and the life of the world
are broken by my sin.

May the Creator +forgive you, the Redeemer renew you,
and the Sustainer enable you to grow in love.

Collect

Let us pray…

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.
Pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Poem: The Whisper – Dave Hopwood (read live)

There is a whisper, a quiet call.
A still small voice,
Willing us to come out from life’s crevices,

From the rocks we hide behind.
A subtle, hopeful invitation,
‘Come out, please come and see me.
Show me your face,
Tell me your secrets.
Share your hopes and dreams,
Your fears and longings.

For I love to hear your voice,
And spend time with you.
There is a gentle, divine request,
A whisper, a quiet invitation,
Saying, ‘Come out, let’s talk,

Let’s spend some time together,
For I delight in you
And I love to see you.’

Song of Songs 2 v 14

Gospel Acclamation:

Listen now for the Gospel
Alleluia!
It is God’s word that changes us
Alleluia!

Come Holy Spirit, melt and break our hearts of stone,
until we give our lives to God, and God alone.
Come Holy Spirit, melt and break our hearts of stone,
until we give our lives to God, and God alone.

Come Holy Spirit, root in us God’s living word,
that we may show the faithfulness of Christ our Lord.
Come Holy Spirit, root in us God’s living word,
that we may show the faithfulness of Christ our Lord.

Come Holy Spirit, bind the broken, find the lost,
confirm in us the fire and love of Pentecost.
Come Holy Spirit, bind the broken, find the lost,
confirm in us the fire and love of Pentecost.

Original Zimbabwean traditonal translated J.L.Bell © 2002 WGRG

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.

The Life-Light was the real thing:
Every person entering Life
he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
the world was there through him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
not blood-begotten,
not flesh-begotten,
not sex-begotten.
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Listen now for the Gospel
Alleluia!
It is God’s word that changes us
Alleluia!

Response

Active meditation – ‘A Splash of Words’ (introduced by Hannah)

‘In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God… and the word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.’

Now is your chance to have some creative time with words.

Around the cathedral you will find two things:

You will find large sheets of coloured paper. I invite you to use those sheets of colour to write on one, or more, of them your word or words to express joy and praise, lament and sadness, or contrition / penitence. Or if words don’t come easily, feel free to draw. Whatever is brimming in your heart right now, let your emotions and thoughts guide you to the colour that best expresses it, and then write a word or words, or draw in a way that express something of what you want to say to God.

The other thing you will find around the cathedral are lots of poems. These are for you to pick up, reflect on, ruminate over. You may find these open up doors into your heart and innermost thoughts, and so help you open your heart and your thoughts to the God who loves you, who hears, who sees, who acts.

There will be music played quietly for 10 minutes or so while we engage in this. When you hear the singing begin, you are invited to return to your seat.

Mikey and Uni choir: ‘Sleep’

After 10 mins or so…

Before the world began one Word was there;
grounded in God he was, rooted in care;
by him all things were made;
in him was love displayed;
through him God spoke and said, ‘I AM FOR YOU’

Life found in him its source; death found its end;
light found in him its course, darkness its friend,
for neither death nor doubt
nor darkness can put out
the glow of God, the shout: ‘I AM FOR YOU’

The Word was in the world which from him came;
unrecognised he was, unknown by name;
one with all humankind,
with the unloved aligned,
convincing sight and mind: ‘I AM FOR YOU’

All who received the Word by God were blessed;
sisters and brothers they of earth’s fond guest.
So did the Word of Grace
proclaim in time and space
and with a human face, ‘I AM FOR YOU”

Words and Music ©1987 The Iona Community

 

Poem: Not cut out for religion – Jude Simpson (Poem)

Affirmation of Faith

Screen: Credo Background

 

We believe in a bright and amazing God
who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
who has risen in splendour and majesty;
who decorates the universe with sparkling water,
clear white light, twinkling stars and sharp colours,
over and over again.

We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
that God continues to trust us with his world,
even though we make the same mistakes
over and over again.

We walk with God,
guided by the light of his loving Spirit,
who enters the shadowed places of our hearts
and leads us into truth and life.

We look for the fulfilment of God’s promises,
for the time when darkness will hold no fear
and the light will no longer blind,
but creation be made whole once more
and God’s peace will reign for ever.

And so we commit ourselves to Jesus,
to one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the Maker’s business in the world.

Poem: I am the resurrection – Malcom Guite

“I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25

How can you be the final resurrection?
That resurrection hasn’t happened yet.
Our broken world is still bent on destruction,
No sun can rise before that sun has set.
Our faith looks back to father Abraham
And toward to the one who is to come
How can you speak as though he knew your name?
How can you say: before he was I am?

Begin in me and I will read your riddle
And teach you truths my Spirit will defend
I am the End who meets you in the middle,
The new Beginning hidden in the End.
I am the victory, the end of strife
I am the resurrection and the life.

Preface

 

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

For all things are of your making, things seen and unseen –
the circling stars and planets beyond human counting
in your infinite universe,
the tiny atoms from which they are all created,
the bountiful, fragile earth on which we live,
the unseen and powerful forces of life and love.
So earth unites with heaven
to sing the new poem of creation:

Sanctus & Benedictus

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Eucharistic Prayer

You Lord, are holy beyond all words,
Send your Spirit upon these gifts like the dewfall
And so empower them to become the +Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
And bring him present here as we gather in this holy ground

Just as he did, with friends gathered round, and
Taking the bread of our ordinary lives,
Giving you thanks for it,
He challenged us all with his words:

Take this, everyone, for this is my body
Eat of me.

Again, after the meal was concluded,
He took the cup, our ordinary drink
Gave thanks and made us think:

Take this, everyone, this is my blood
Drink of me.

Through all our messy, broken, mixed up lives
You sit at table with us
You draw us into your mystery of love
And bid us welcome to the feast already taking place in Heaven
Alongside all the Angels, Saints, Prophets and Patriarchs
Alongside Family, Friends, Strangers and Enemies
Alongside all creation as we share in you

Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer – source of life and love
Maker, Saviour and Energiser – heartbeat and headpulse of the world
We eat. We drink. We share
In You.

Amen

Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

The bread is broken, as the president says:

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

This is the table not of the Church but of the Lord.
It is made ready for those who love him,
and who want to love him more.

So come, you who have much faith, and you who have little,
you who have been here often,
and you who have not been for a long time,
you have tried to follow, and you have failed.

Come, not because it is I who invite you:
it is our Lord.
It is his will with those who want him
should meet him here.

Distribution of Communion

Poem: At the Altar Rail (read live)

The Body of Christ
The Blood of Christ
of Christ
The Body Body of Christ ist
The Blood
Blood of Christ
ist
These crows circle round
but they bring bread rather than
snatch away

rist
of Christ

My turn is coming
‘Lord I am not worthy’
I make the sign on my body
But on me it leaves no marks

The Body of Christ
The Blood of Christ

Despite the enormity of its task
it does not stick in my throat
the grace spreads inward
and perfuses me with
Him

I was not worthy
but He came to me just the same

The Blood
The Blood of Christ

He is past me now
For his work is never done
and I must wait until the next day
before I can come to the throne again

Post-Communion

Let us pray together

Almighty God,
all things came into being through your living Word,
so give us reverence for all creation,
and respect for every person.
So may we, who have been nourished
at your table on earth,
mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Peace/Coffee

May the grace and truth, the peace and love of Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

Let us offer one another his peace.

Talk

(Hannah) It’s great to welcome Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Mark has previously been the Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe. He was appointed a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to the Queen in 1996. He is a visiting lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s College London, a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, a patron of the Tell MAMA project and an ambassador for the charity Stop Hate UK. Canon Mark has has come to share with us a taste of his book, ‘A Splash of Words’ and tell us something of his passion for poetry, and its power to startle, challenge and reframe our vision.

Notices

Next month – 12th November

Blessing & Dismissal

May the everlasting God shield you,
East and west and wherever we go.

And the blessing of God be upon us,
The blessing of the God of life.

The blessing of Christ be upon us,
The blessing of the Christ of Love.

The blessing of the Spirit be upon us,
The blessing of the Spirit of grace.

The blessing of the Trinity, +Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer be upon us
Now and for evermore.
Amen.

Our worship has ended. Go and make beautiful poetry with your lives
Thanks be to God

END

Holy Ground October 3rd 2017

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Liturgy for 3rd October 2017

Pre-Gathering

Screen: My Lighthouse – Original Video

 

Gathering

Amanda Palmer – Drowning in the Sound

you worship the sun and you’re aching for change
but you keep starving your heart
you used to have sisters
you don’t anymore
you worship the sun….
but you keep feeding the dark

and i’m out in the yard
with my son and daughter
and the sky is all black and i think we should start running…..
running from the water
and everybody’s yelling
yelling that they’re coming
but i don’t see a single soul
they’re all so busy yelling
not one of them is hearing
the hissing from the bottom of the boat

i got some feelings up my sleeve
i got a compass in my arm
i got a needle in my heart
it’s gonna tell us where we are

south by south west
two miles from town
i can’t get out
i can’t look down
if you can hear
if you’re around
i’m over here
i’m over here
i’m watching everyone i love
drowning in the sound

you worship the sun
but the moons in the way
so get your armaments out
she’s always looking for trouble
she’s gonna get what’s been coming to her
she’s switching the tide and we can’t have that shit around

the television they’re blaring out the warning:
that our natural state is drowning
that our natural state is burning

and you’re trying to help
and you’re clicking for change
and you’re calling it out
and you’re adding your name
and you’re marching for peace
but you’re lynching the bitch
that got up in your face
how else they gonna to take you seriously?

south by south west
two miles from town
i can’t get out
i can’t look down
if you can hear
if you’re around
i’m over here
i’m over here
i’m watching
everyone i love
drowning in the sound

and your body is a temple
but the temple is a prison
and the prison’s overcrowded
and they know about the flooding
and the body politic is getting sicker by the minute
and the media’s not fake
it’s just very … inconvenient

do you ever feel that this should be officially the end?
and that you should be the one to do the ending but you can’t?
and do you ever feel that everyone is slowly letting go
do you ever feel that…incredibly alone?

and they’re saying not to panic
and it’s like a broken record
not like anybody know what that is
and they’re saying that they’ll manage
its the the hottest one on record
and they’re saying that it’s just the way it is

and now i can taste it coming
i can taste it with my tongue
and my children are so heavy
but i pick them up and run
and i know i’ll have to swim soon
when the water gets too high
i’ll keep on holding them above me
i’ll keep on holding them and crying

south by south west
two miles from town
i can’t get out
i can’t look down
if you can hear
if you’re around
i’m over here
i’m watching
everyone i love
everyone i love
everyone on earth
drowning in the sound.

you worship the sun and you’re aching for change
but you keep starving your heart
you used to have sisters
you don’t anymore
you worship the sun….
but you keep feeding the dark

Welcome

Welcome my dear friends, to tonight’s Holy Ground: a safe space in which to engage with matters of faith, arts and social justice: space where everyone is welcome.

It is also a new space, having been made homeless from Starbucks on Armada Way, we have washed up here – on a different night, and in a pub. Hurrah.

Tonight we try (and most definitely will not succeed) in trying to make some sense of all this mess: mess in our lives, mess in the world, and will in recognising our brokenness, seek not simply to be fixed: for that’s far too facile, too glib, too… shiny, but to make sense of our brokenness as a thing of beauty in itself.

It is the cracks, as Leonard Cohen once said, that let the light in.

So my friends, we recognise there are no simple answers, no right, no wrong. Here you can just BE, spent time in reflection, in our rituals and our words and sacraments.

Let us begin there with these response, as we pause and begin our worship…

Come, all who are blessed with restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships.
We come to seek boldly and love deeply.

Come, all who are blessed with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people.
We come to seek justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

Come, all who are blessed with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain of rejection, starvation, or the loss of all they cherish.
We come to reach out our hands to comfort them and to transform their pain into joy.

Come, all who are blessed with audacity to believe that you really can make a difference in this world.
We come seeking God’s grace and inspiration to do what others claim cannot be done.

Reconciliation

Acapella: tune: Maher

Empty, broken, here I stand,
Touch me with your healing hand,
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Take my arrogance and pride,
Wash me in your mercy’s tide,
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

When my faith has all but gone,
give me strength to carry on.
Christe eleison. Christe eleison.

When my dreams have turned to dust,
in you, O Lord, I put my trust.
Christe eleison. Christe eleison.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

When my heart is cold as ice,
your love speaks of sacrifice.
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Love that sets the captives free.
Oh, pour compassion down on me.
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

God loves you. God forgives you. God takes away your sin
In the name of the +Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Amen

Collect

Searching God: To you
No one is lost
No one is left behind
No one is the price to be paid for the greater good.
Give us the same restless desire
The same fierce joy
Which finds grace in every child of earth and makes a community open to all.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
Who loved the world and did not count the cost. Amen.

Scripture

Matthew 12:17-21

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew

Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

‘Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Video

Rob Bell – Brokenness

Kintsukuroi Creativity

Screen: Kintsukuroi

Music: David Bowie – Moss Garden


I heard a sermon a few years ago about the story of the appearance of Jesus to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Emmaus
It’s such a beautiful account of an experience of the presence of Jesus – and of course, as you’ll remember if you know the story, it is at the point at which the bread is broken that they recognise it is Jesus.

Wounds
The person preaching pointed out that as Jesus would have lifted the bread to break it, the scars of his crucifixion would have been very visible. Broken hands, breaking the bread.

Host
What does it mean that in Christ’s resurrected body that his scars are still visible? Touchable even? Perhaps it is something about how when we are redeemed, God redeems the whole of us, including our brokenness.

God doesn’t wipe our experiences completely away, because they are part of who we are.


So we are a little bit like this Japanese art of Kintsugi – the repairing of pottery with gold so that the piece is even more beautiful than before.

We are going to move into a time of prayer now and I have a little activity for you. Here are some small clay bowls. I want you to cut up these bowls and then replace them with glue onto this gold or silver card so that it looks like this.

As you cut the bowls and reform them, pray for God to bring you the same wholeness out of your brokenness. Remember what we learnt in that film, it is in the blemish where the spirit enters. Some music will play while we do this

Video Starts here

Peace

We are the broken body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you,
And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preface

 

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

For all things are of your making, things seen and unseen –
the circling stars and planets beyond human counting
in your infinite universe,
the tiny atoms from which they are all created,
the bountiful, fragile earth on which we live,
the unseen and powerful forces of life and love.
So earth unites with heaven
to sing the new poem of creation:

Sanctus & Benedictus

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Eucharistic Prayer

You Lord, are holy beyond all words,
Send your Spirit upon these gifts like the dewfall
And so empower them to become the +Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
And bring him present here as we gather in this holy ground

Just as he did, with friends gathered round, and
Taking the bread of our ordinary lives,
Giving you thanks for it,
He challenged us all with his words:

Take this, everyone, for this is my body
Eat of me.

Again, after the meal was concluded,
He took the cup, our ordinary drink
Gave thanks and made us think:

Take this, everyone, this is my blood
Drink of me.

Through all our messy, broken mixed up lives
You sit at table with us
You draw us into your mystery of love
And bid us welcome to the feast already taking place in Heaven
Alongside all the Angels, Saints, Prophets and Patriarchs
Alongside Family, Friends, Strangers and Enemies
Alongside all creation as we share in you

Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer – source of life and love
Maker, Saviour and Energiser – heartbeat and headpulse of the world
We eat. We drink. We share
In You.

Amen

Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

This is the table not of the Church but of the Lord.
It is made ready for those who love him,
and who want to love him more.

So come, you who have much faith, and you who have little,
you who have been here often,
and you who have not been for a long time,
you have tried to follow, and you have failed.

Come, not because it is I who invite you:
it is our Lord.
It is his will with those who want him
should meet him here.

Distribution of Communion

Post-Communion

We say together…

Lord, you renew us at your table with the bread of life.
May this food strengthen us in love
and help us to serve you in each other.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Blessing & Dismissal

May the everlasting God shield you,
East and west and wherever we go.

And the blessing of God be upon us,
The blessing of the God of life.

The blessing of Christ be upon us,
The blessing of the Christ of Love.

The blessing of the Spirit be upon us,
The blessing of the Spirit of grace.

The blessing of the Trinity, +Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer be upon us
Now and for evermore.
Amen.

Our Mass has ended.
Go and make beautiful pottery with your lives and all the broken bits therein.
Thanks be to God

End Music

Rend Collective – My Lighthouse (Lyrics)

 

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Liturgy – September 2017

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Pre-Gathering

Screen: Jessie J – Who you are

 

Gathering

Video: My Friend Gathering – Groove Armada

Welcome

God is here. Make yourselves at home.

A very warm welcome to you this evening as we gather once more on this Holy Ground: a safe, welcoming and affirming place for all for us to be in God’s presence. Tonight we consider identity and belonging: Who are we? Of what are we? In a world which at the moment seems to want to use identity as a matter of separation and exclusion, we ask in our worship how we might use the signs of God’s unity and inclusion, especially in the persons of the Holy Trinity to teach us how we should include and work together so we may be conformed to God’s image.

Our speakers this evening are firstly Aaron Beecher & Gareth Sorsby from the YMCA, and then Andrew, known to many around the Cathedral Close. It’s lovely to have you all here, and we are looking forward to our encounters with you.

Responsory

So let us come into God’s holy presence, still ourselves in his love and offer ourselves in worship.

Lord God, you created us to love and laugh, to cry and to mourn
We are made in your image

We share in our common humanity as part of your beloved creation
We are parts of one body

In a world that wants to reduce us to consumers and to passive acquiescence
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Penitential Rite

Three piles of differently coloured playdough (Hannah). We break a bit off and reflect on our separation, then we join it back together into shape of a cross (Simon) to be placed on the High Altar as the altar cross.

Our lives are seldomly the neat and ordered things that we might wish them to be: real life is often shapeless, formless and impacted by events and circumstances. As we prepare to meet with God on this Holy Ground, let us consider some of the challenges facing ourselves and the world and how that shapes us.

After a few minutes of things to reflect on, as an act of repentance, we will encourage you to move to one of the (three) stations here and take a lump of dough, shape it, form it, mould it, and then having let it absorb the things you need to make right with God, bring it together and place it in this Cross shape, so that we may all be conformed to Christ and that it may form our altar cross.

Video: Why does my heart feel so sad?

 

We say together:

Lord have mercy on me, a sinner

God loves you. God forgives you. God takes away your sin, in the name of the +Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Collect

Let us pray…

Holy Trinity – mystery of God and mirror of our creation,
show to us the value of our self-identity
and our belonging to each other and to you.

We make our prayer confident in the victory
of Jesus Christ our Lord by the power of the cross,
the working of the Holy Spirit through the Church
and alive to praise the Father,
the creator of our very being:
one God – immortal, indivisible, co-eternal. Amen

Scripture

Who is my mother and brother and father Matthew 12:46-50

Offertory

We are one in the Spirit,
we are one in the Lord;
we are one in the Spirit,
we are one in the Lord;
and we pray that our unity
will one day be restored:
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other,
we will walk hand in hand;
we will walk with each other,
we will walk hand in hand;
and together we’ll spread the news
that God is in our land:
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will work with each other,
we will work side by side;
we will work with each other,
we will work side by side;
and we’ll guard each one’s dignity
and crucify our pride:
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

All praise to the Father
from whom all things come,
and all praise to Christ Jesus, His only son;
and all praise to the Spirit
who makes us all one:
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Peter Scholtes ©1966 FEL Publs.

Franciscan Offertory

Video:

 

We break this bread for those who love God,
For those who worship the God of Hindus,
For those who follow the path of the Buddha,
For our brothers and sisters of Islam,
For the Jewish people from whom we come,
And pray that one day we may become one.

We break this bread for the great green earth,
For the forests, fields and flowers we are destroying,
And pray that one day, God’s original blessing will be restored.

We pray for those who have no bread,
For the hungry, the homeless,
And all who are refugees,
And pray that one day this world may be a home to all.

We break this bread for the broken parts of ourselves,
For our broken relationships and the wounded child in each one of us,
And pray that one day we may find the wholeness that is of Christ.
Amen

Hilfield Friary

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give thanks and praise

Glorious Trinity, holy and immortal, holy and strong, holy and undivided,
We do well to give you thanks and praise
as you draw us into the eternal mystery of the Godhead

Through your example of mutual love
you show us the way to live out our earthly lives
in mutual interdependence and trust

In the dance of life you gather us together,
and reflect our created identity as a mirror of your equal love.

We join with the angels, saints, prophets and patriarchs,
the whole company of heaven and earth in worship of your awesome being,
forever praising you and saying…

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power & Might
Heaven & Earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed be our Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us,
and gave of himself this sacrament in memory of His death and resurrection.
For, before he suffered, took bread and said,
+ this is My Body, given for you, do this remembering Me
and then took a cup saying, + this is My Blood of the new covenant,
shed for you, shed for all.
Do this in memory of Me.

His Passion we proclaim;
His Resurrection we confess.
We look for His coming again.

Send the Holy Spirit upon these gifts: this bread and this cup
So that the bread which we +break may be the Body of Christ,
and the cup which we bless the +Blood of Christ.
And make us one Body in Him through whom we worship, adore and pray, saying…

Video: My Friend Lord’s Prayer 2017

Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend
A helping hand you lend
In my time of need
Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend,
I call on you my friend

Listen, Listen, Listen

Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend
A helping hand you lend
In my time of need
Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend,
I call on you my friend

Whenever I’m down
And all that’s going on
Is really going on
Just one of those days (and ju-h..)
You say the right things
To keep me moving on
To keep me going strong

Whenever I’m down

Ain’t nobody

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

Ain’t nobody

Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend
A helping hand you lend
In my time of need
Whenever I’m down
I call on you my friend,
I call on you my friend

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

So let it be, according to your word: Amen.

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share the one bread

Here is the table of the Lord,
we are gathered to his supper,
a foretaste of the eternal kingdom
Come, when you are fearful, to be made new in love.
Come, when you are doubtful, to be made strong in faith.
Come, when you are regretful, and be made whole.
Come, old and young,
Come newcomers, come familiar faces, come visitors to this place
there is room for all

This is the lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blesséd are those who are called to his supper
Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Distribution of Communion

Songs as people receive:

God of our bread and wine,
see in these gifts our joy and our tears.
God of our bread and wine,
take now our hopes and our fears.

1.Bread of wholesomeness, sign of helplessness,
far from the mouths of those who yearn to eat.
Wheat of finest grain, food for those in pain,
see in our gifts the world you have re-deemed.
God of our bread and wine,
see in these gifts our joy and our tears.
God of our bread and wine,
take now our hopes and our fears.

2.Wine of joyfulness, bond of hopelessness,
deep in the hearts of those who feel alone.
Grapes which now pro-claim all our hope and shame,
see in our gifts the world you have redeemed.
God of our bread and wine,
see in these gifts our joy and our tears.
God of our bread and wine,
take now our hopes and our fears.

3.See our happiness, mend our brokenness,
heal and transform the darkness of our lives.
Bless our search for you, touch our hearts anew,
see in our gifts the world you have re-deemed.
God of our bread and wine,
see in these gifts our joy and our tears.
God of our bread and wine,
take now our hopes and our fears.

Ernest Sands © OCP 1994 Calamus 0853

1. Take this moment, sign and space,
take my friends around;
here among us make the place
where your love is found.

2. Take the time to call my name,
take the time to mend
who I am and what I’ve been,
all I’ve failed to tend.

3. Take the tiredness of my days,
take my past regret,
letting your forgiveness touch
all I can’t forget.

4. Take the little child in me
scared of growing old;
help me here to find my worth
made in Christ’s own mould.

5. Take my talents, take my skills,
take what’s yet to be;
let my life be yours, and yet
let it still be me.

© WGRG John L. Bell

Post-Communion

We say together

Through the mystery of this bread and this wine shared in love and unity, we are joined by the sacrifice of Christ to sit at table with the blessed and holy trinity. Our identity is in you, our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Holy Trinity. Amen.

Peace/Coffee

May the Creator of peace be with you this night
May the Sustainer of our Common Life be with you always
May the Redeemer of the world be with you until the ages of ages.

The peace of the Threefold God be always with you.
And also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace, after which we will gather for a coffee.

Talk

Blessing & Dismissal

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow you heads and pray for God’s Blessing

May God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith & hope & love
And the blessing of God Almighty, +Father, Son & Holy Spirit
Be upon you and remain with you
This night and always. Amen.

Our worship has ended.
Your work has begun.
Go in the peace and unity of God.
Thanks be to God.

SELAH

Creative and Inclusive Alternative Worship & Contemplation

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Holy Ground: Creative and Contemplative Worship

Originally from Exeter Cathedral, Holy Ground is an exciting opportunity to explore, question and express Christian spirituality and values which we would like to bring to the City of Plymouth, offering a safe and inclusive space for all kinds of open-minded people: the creative, people with more questions than answers, people disillusioned with the church of their past, LGBTIQA+ and anyone who feels they don’t fit into the shiny new shape of Church.

All are welcome at Holy Ground which we hope will meet on a monthly basis: At Holy Ground in Exeter, we have enjoyed combining creative approaches to spirituality with stimulating and open-minded discussions about Christianity and its contexts, as well as creating spaces for quiet reflection upon God, ourselves and the world.

This isn’t a ‘church plant’ because a number of Plymouth people who regularly go to the Cathedral on the 2nd Sunday of the Month wanted to share this idea back in their own city and offer a safe and inclusive space. We just want to be: some are part of church and many don’t want to have anything to do with the institution.

Holy Ground is a chance for those from all Christian traditions to explore their ideas and beliefs in an open and generous context: making Church in a Cafe rather than bringing a Cafe into a Church. We hope as well to be a place for all those who are simply curious about Christianity and about God, irrespective of background or tradition. People of all walks of life, lifestyles and orientations find Holy Ground a safe and welcoming space where they can be openly included in a community that seeks to worship God without barriers.

New location: Henry J’s on Mayflower Street, Plymouth 7pm Tues 3rd October 2017

As we gather, we have an opportunity for a contemplative, meditative, multimedia creative celebration of the Eucharist for approximately 3/4 of an hour. After a short break there will be a speaker or an open tabled discussion on a matter of faith, the arts or social justice, and the whole thing should wrap up by 9pm.

For more information email:

fr.simon@rundell.org.uk 

Telephone/SMS: 07976 802123

Or for a regular, reminder, click here to sign up