COCU Index Year C 2015-16

Year C
COCU50C, Pentecost 11C, 31st July 2016
COCU51C, Pentecost 12C, 7th August 2016
COCU52C, Pentecost 13C, 14th August 2016
COCU53C, Pentecost 14C, 21st August 2016
COCU54C, Pentecost 15C, 28th August 2016
(also Refugee and Migrant Sunday)
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Easter C 2016 readings (Vanderbilt)

Citation index (Vanderbilt Library) in canonical order.

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COCU51C.P12C.7August2016

Readings: Isaiah 1: 1, 10-20; Psalm 50: 1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12: 32-40.

Printed readings (designed as A4, landscape, double sided):
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A Big Confession About Stuff
…A prayer to go with this Sunday’s lectionary Gospel reading, Luke 12:32-40

God,
We have this thing.
About things.
We like them
Things with labels
Things with tags
Things for us
Things to make us comfortable
Things to make us feel good
Things to make things easier
Things to make things more efficient
Things to put things in
Things to put things on
The list is endless of the things we can think of.
we have a thing for things
We like things
We like lots of things
God
We like stuff.
We like lots of stuff
We can’t seem to get enough.
More seems to be better.
We like stuff that we can own
We like thinking about stuff
The list is endless of the stuff we can think of.
We like worrying about stuff
The list is often endless of the stuff we can worry about.
Some of the stuff we think and worry about are things
Some of the stuff is about people and relationships, our jobs and our life
We talk about a lot of stuff
We think and talk about stuff like religion and faith, politics and entertainment.
Some of the stuff we talk about relates to those who suffer
Some of the stuff we worry about relates to those who don’t have enough
We are sorry for stuff like war and famine and violence and poverty.
We are sorry that others don’t seem to have enough things like food or health care.
We are sorry when people are stuffed around because of the problems in the world
We try to do things to help.
We’re sorry we can’t do enough
We admit that we even stuff up sometimes
But Jesus,
You say some stuff that makes us uncomfortable.
You seem to have a thing about our stuff.
You say these things about our things
You say this stuff about our stuff and our things.
Did you really mean that stuff about camels and needles?
What’s with that thing about Ananias and Sapphira?
Do we really have to give away our stuff?
Do we really have to sell all our things and give the money to the poor?
Surely you were just exaggerating to make a point.
Does that really apply to us?
The thing is that we don’t think we’re all that rich.
Certainly there are others far richer than us.
Surely there are other things and other stuff that we should think about and deal with first.
The thing is that we want to follow you
We love all that stuff about love and grace and forgiveness
But we find it hard to really grasp that stuff about giving.
Our spirit seems willing, but our resolve seems quite weak
What’s the answer?
All this stuff about our things plays on our conscience.
It make it a thing to just pray about the poor and the hungry
We feel like we should do more.
Justice, mercy, compassion and generosity start taking on intimidating reality.
It makes us feel uncomfortable.
It is hard
But, we will try to follow you
What seems impossible for us, surely is possible for you.
Mould us and change us.
Challenge and convict us.
Help us to face our fears.
Help us to overcome our discomfort
Help us to catch your vision and see things with the passion that you do.
We want to say “let it be so” and “not our will, but yours,”
But if we are honest, we can probably only manage to say “if we have to” for now.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Bless you for your grace and mercy.
Be with us and guide us.
This we ask in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

– Jon Humphries

Reflections on hope (Hebrews 11)
Hope is not always comforting or comfortable. Hope asks us to open ourselves to what we do not know, to pray for illumination in this life, to imagine what is beyond our imagining, to bear what seems unbearable. It calls us to keep breathing when beloved lives have left us, to turn toward one another when we might prefer to turn away. Hope draws our eyes and hearts toward a more whole future but propels us also into the present, where Christ waits for us to work with him toward a more whole world now.
What are you hoping for these days? Who helps you hope when it is hard to hope? How does your hope call you to see what is here and now?

Blessing of Hope
So may we know
the hope
that is not just
for someday
but for this day
here, now,
in this moment
that opens to us
hope not made
of wishes
but of substance
hope made of sinew
and muscle
and bone
hope that has breath
and a beating heart
hope that will not
keep quiet
and be polite
hope that knows
how to holler
when it is called for
hope that knows
how to sing
when there seems
little cause
hope that raises us
from the dead
not someday
but this day,
every day,
again and
again and
again.
(Jan Richardson, The Painted Prayerbook)

MUSIC

Abraham Journeyed to a New Country
BUNESSAN 5.5.5.4 D (“Morning Has Broken”)

Abraham journeyed to a new country;
Sarah went with him, journeying too.
Slaves down in Egypt fled Pharaoh’s army;
Ruth left the home and people she knew.

Mary and Joseph feared Herod’s order;
Soldiers were coming! They had to flee.
Taking young Jesus, they crossed the border;
So was our Lord a young refugee.

Some heard the promise—God’s hand would bless them!
Some fled from hunger, famine and pain.
Some left a place where others oppressed them;
All trusted God and started again.

Did they know hardship? Did they know danger?
Who shared a home or gave them some bread?
Who reached a hand to welcome the stranger?
Who saw their fear and gave hope instead?

God, our own families came here from far lands;
We have been strangers, “aliens” too.
May we reach out and offer a welcome
As we have all been welcomed by you.

Biblical references: Genesis 12, Ruth 1; Matthew 2:13-16, 25:31-46; Hebrews 13:2; Leviticus 19:18, 33-34
Tune: Gaelic melody
Text: Copyright © 2010 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net See also http://carolynshymns.com/

Please email Carolyn for permission to use her hymns and for copies of them formatted in MS Word for worship bulletin inserts (and sanctuary projection software) and sometimes with it formatted with the music in a PDF.

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COCU50C.Pentecost11C.31July2016

Texts: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Readings (designed to be printed as back to back A5):
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Resources: Textweek; Singing from the Lectionary; Sacredise;

Call to worship/gathering – see also Call to Worship on this website, and Centering Reflections and Prayers on this website.

Call to worship
God of the past who whispered in the prophets’ ears;
who rescued us from sin’s slavery:
we are here to thank you.
God of the future, who is tearing down the old world,
and building your kingdom in our midst:
we are here because we trust you.
God of the present who, in the giftedness of our diversity,
creates us to be one people:
we are here to praise you.
God of life that surprises us when we find it within us:
we celebrate your grace.
(Thom Shuman)

The Happiness Market by Debra Dean Murphy (Ekklesia Project) – reflections on the texts this week.

Rich Toward God by Nancy Rockwell – reflections on the Gospel

A hymn based on the Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12:13-21
(tune: Aberystwyth 7.7.7.7D – ‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul’, ‘Watchman, Tell Us of the Night’)

Bigger Barns

“Bigger barns are what I need!” So a rich man said one day.
“From my worries I’ll be free when my wealth is stored away.”
“Fool!” God said, “Today you’ll die! Will your wealth mean anything?
All life’s blessings really lie in my life that wealth can’t bring.”

“Bigger barns are what we need for our money, gadgets, more!”
Lord, we’re tempted to believe having wealth, we’ll be secure!
Somewhere children cry for food or to have a doctor’s care.
Can our bigger barns be good when poor neighbors know despair?

God of love, we long to know what will make us truly blest.
Jesus taught us long ago wealth won’t give us peace or rest.
You are our security! Safe in you, we serve, O Lord.
May we find we’re rich indeed when we’re sharing with the poor.

Text: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009).
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net     New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com/
Hymn Use Permission: Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books, 2009) includes a permission note for those who own this book to use this hymn (along with the 76 other new hymns in the book) in their local church’s worship services. People who do not own Songs of Grace are asked to contact Carolyn (bcgillette@comcast.net) for permission to use the hymn and to get a copy of the hymn formatted for worship bulletin use.

Psalm 107: 1-9
Come and celebrate the goodness of God, whose unconditional love stands forever.
Let God’s liberated people sing and cheer, all who are freed from deep trouble;
those who have been brought in from Sydney to Perth, Darwin to Hobart.
Some wandered in a spiritual desert, unable to find where they belong;
so exhausted from hunger and thirst they had lost the will to live.
At their wits end they cried out to God, and were liberated from their misery,
taken along a newly defined path to reach their true spirit-place.
Let them celebrate this unqualified love and God’s wonderful work amongst us!
Our spiritual thirst is fully quenched, the hungry are filled with the best food.
Whoever wants to be really smart begin by taking these things to heart;
Let all people take time to reflect on the unconditional love of God.
(Copyright 2000. Bruce D. Prewer)

RESPONSIVE PSALM
Ray Fowler wrote this responsive reading for Psalm 107. It’s the whole psalm and not the shorter version set for Pentecost+11C (marked with an asterisk*). This reading alternates between two readers and the whole congregation.

  • READER 1 (or men) reads those parts of the Psalm which describe the distress of the people before they cried out to God.
  • READER 2 (or women) reads those parts which describe how God saved the people from their distress.
  • The PEOPLE read those parts which encourage the people to give thanks to God for God’s love and deliverance.

READER 1: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. God’s love endures forever.

PEOPLE: Let the redeemed of the LORD say this — those God redeemed from the hand of the foe, those God gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

READER 1: Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.

READER 2: Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and God delivered them from their distress. God led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for God’s unfailing love and God’s wonderful deeds for humankind, for God satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (*end of lectionary reading for P+11)

READER 1: Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So God subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.

READER 2: Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and God saved them from their distress. God brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for God’s unfailing love and God’s wonderful deeds for humankind, for God breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

READER 1: Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.

READER 2: Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and God saved them from their distress. God sent forth his word and healed them; God rescued them from the grave.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for God’s unfailing love and God’s wonderful deeds for humankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of God’s works with songs of joy.

READER 1: Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, God’s wonderful deeds in the deep. For God spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end.

READER 2: Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and God brought them out of their distress. God stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and God guided them to their desired haven.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for God’s unfailing love and God’s wonderful deeds for humankind. Let them exalt God in the assembly of the people and praise God in the council of the elders.

READER 1: God turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

READER 2: God turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there God brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; God blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and God did not let their herds diminish.

READER 1: Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; God who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

READER 2: But God lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

EVERYONE: GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR GOD IS GOOD; GOD’S LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

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COCU49C.Pentecost10C.24th July 2016

Readings: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13

Resources: Textweek.
Commentary on Hosea by Dennis Bratcher.

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Lord’s Prayer by He Qi

Various versions of the Lord’s Prayer, including the following written by Rev Sarah Agnew.

Divine Source of Love and Live,
Holy is your unspeakable name.

May your Way of Love resound through earth,
heaven in our midst.

All we need to live and thrive
we receive from you, Creator;

forgive us when we turn away,
as we forgive each other.

Keep us on the path of Wisdom,
away from wicked tyranny;

Spirit ever breathe through us,
empower us with hope.

From you, through you and in you,
are all things, now and always;
to you be all honour and praise. Amen.

(Rev Sarah Agnew, Pray the Story)

And this one by Mark Berry:
O Breathing Life
(inspired by Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 11: 2-4)
O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Imagine your possibilities now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.
Help us not forget our Source,
yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every Vision,
Power and Song from gathering to gathering.
Amen! May our future actions grow from here!

And this by Steve Garnaas-Holmes:
Our Mother, our Father, Source of our being,
whose presence is heaven,
all Creation sings of you, “Holy!”
May your Realm unfold among us,
your desire be fulfilled,
this world blossoming out of your delight.
Give us the breath of life, one breath at a time.
Accept our brokenness;
give us acceptance of others who are broken.
Lead us beyond our desires
and save us from the grip of evil.
For the world is within you;
all power is from you,
and all glory is about you,
in eternity, which is in the present moment.
Amen.

The Prayers of Who we Are/Prayers of Confession
(adapted from Thom Shuman’s call to worship)
Into this place of holiness we can come with our fears,
our doubts, all the questions of our hearts.
We come to this place, to hear the words of peace,
of hope, of joy God speaks to us.
Into this place of discovery we can come searching.
We come to this place, to find
the One who has been looking for us.
Into this place of openness we can come knocking.
We come to this place, to be embraced
by the One whose heart is never locked.
Here, in this place, in the company of God, we can open our lives
before the One who loves us. (A time of quiet reflection)

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Lord’s Prayer – various

Our Mother, our Father, Source of our being,
whose presence is heaven,
all Creation sings of you, “Holy!”
May your Realm unfold among us,
your desire be fulfilled,
this world blossoming out of your delight.
Give us the breath of life, one breath at a time.
Accept our brokenness;
give us acceptance of others who are broken.
Lead us beyond our desires
and save us from the grip of evil.
For the world is within you;
all power is from you,
and all glory is about you,
in eternity, which is in the present moment.
Amen.
(Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

Divine Source of Love and Live,
Holy is your unspeakable name.

May your Way of Love resound through earth,
heaven in our midst.

All we need to live and thrive
we receive from you, Creator;

forgive us when we turn away,
as we forgive each other.

Keep us on the path of Wisdom,
away from wicked tyranny;

Spirit ever breathe through us,
empower us with hope.

From you, through you and in you,
are all things, now and always;
to you be all honour and praise. Amen.

(Rev Sarah Agnew, Pray the Story)

O Breathing Life
(inspired by Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 11: 2-4)
O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Imagine your possibilities now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.
Help us not forget our Source,
yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every Vision,
Power and Song from gathering to gathering.
Amen! May our future actions grow from here! (Mark Berry)

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resources in times of natural disaster/tragedy

We mourn  with France…..(attack in Nice, 14th July 2016)

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Anne Lamott: Life has always been this scary here, and we have always been as vulnerable as kittens. Plagues and Visigoths, snakes and schizophrenia; Cain is still killing Abel and nature means that everyone dies. I hate this. It’s too horrible for words. When my son was seven and found out that he and I would not die at the exact same second, he said, crying, “If I had known this, I wouldn’t have agreed to be born.” Don’t you feel like that sometime?
My father’s mother lost a small child in the 1918 flu pandemic. Someone in the family is having a nervous breakdown. A yoga teacher was shot down the road last year by some druggies, while walking on a foot path. A yoga teacher! And then in recent weeks, Orlando, police shooting innocent people, and innocent police officers being shot, and now Nice.
How on Earth do we respond, when we are stunned and scared and overwhelmed, to the point of almost disbelieving?
I wish there was an 800 number we could call to find out, so I could pass this along to my worried Sunday School kids.But no. Yet in the meantime, I know that we MUST respond We must respond with a show of force equal to the violence and tragedies, with love force. Mercy force. Un-negotiated compassion force. Crazy care-giving to the poor and suffering, including ourselves. Patience with a deeply irritating provocative mother. Two dollar bills to the extremely annoying guy at the intersection who you think maybe could be working, or is going to spend your money on beer. Jesus didn’t ask the blind man what he was going to look at after He restored the man’s sight. He just gave hope and sight; He just healed.
To whom can you give hope and sight today. What about to me, and disappointing old you? Radical self-care: healthy food, patience and a friendly tone of voice, lotions on the jiggly things, forgiving pants, lots of sunscreen and snacks. Maybe the random magazine.
Do you have your last computer on the shelf, that you really don’t have time or effort to take to the after-school program in your town–but you are going to do today? Go flirt with the oldest people at the market–tell them you are glad to see them. Voila: Hope and sight.
Remember the guys in the Bible whose friend was paralyzed, but couldn’t get in close to see Jesus preach and heal, so they carried him on a cot, climbed the roof, and lowered him down for the healing? Can a few of you band together–just for today–and carry someone to the healing? To the zen-do? To a meeting? Help a neighbor who is going under, maybe band together to haul their junk to the dump? Shop for sales for a canned food drive at the local temple or mosque? How about three anonymous good deeds?
There is no healing in pretending this bizarre violent stuff is not going on, and that there is some cute bumper sticker silver lining. (It is fine if you believe this, but for the love of God, PLEASE keep it to yourself. it will just tense us all up.) What is true is that the world has always been this way, people have always been this way, grace always bats last, it just does–and finally, when all is said and done, and the dust settles, which it does, Love is sovereign here. (Published on Anne Lamott’s Facebook page)

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COCU48C.Pentecost9C.17thJuly2016

Readings:
Amos 8:1-12: Amos sees a vision of a basket of ripe fruit – this is a symbol that because of corruption Israel is ripe for God’s judgement.
Psalm 52: Judgement comes to the one who lies, while God’s care is extended to the faithful.
Colossians 1:15-28: Jesus, the visible image of God, the Creator and reconciler of all.
Luke 10:38-42: Jesus is a guest in the home of Mary and Martha. Martha serves, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Martha is unhappy but Jesus refuses to criticise Mary.

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Mary and Martha, by He Qi

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Mary and Martha, by He Qi

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Martha and Mary

(More art work here)

John van de Laar, Sacredise
This week it’s all about listening – to God’s word – and to living it out in compassion, integrity and justice – which requires listening to others. This can be harder than it sounds with all the noise that bombards us each day. That’s why the discipline of worship is so important. It gives us the time and the space to learn the practice of listening well. (Click on Sacredise link for commentary).

Listening by John van de Laar
If there is anything we need to learn,
it’s to listen, God;
In the midst of so many words
telling us who ‘we’ are and who ‘they’ are,
and what ‘the real problem’ is,
directing and misdirecting us,
recruiting us
and selling all manner of things to us,
we can start to believe you’ve gone silent.
But, if we can still the noise around us and within us,
take the time to sit at your feet,
and embrace the humility required to hear,
we will discover that you whisper still,
within us, and through our neighbours,
in cries of need, and the silence of grief,
and then, once we have heard your word,
we will know how to live the truth
you have so gently spoken. Amen.

Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;
there is need of only one thing. Luke 10.41-42

There will be the clutter and clatter of pans,
the rumble and jumble of traffic and trains,
the brambles of papers and lists and calls,
the beaten paths, the errands, the chores.

You don’t have to rattle and run with them.
You can do one thing at a time.

You can stop
and sit at the feet of the moment,
pay reverent attention to whatever it is,
and listen to the silence beneath the hum,
and simply be
in the the presence of the presence.

In all your doing that you surely must do,
you still can just be.
And your being
will become
what you do.

In the stillness within the action
sits the Beloved
who is not distracted with many things,
but only wants to sit awhile with you.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light

Call to Worship
God has called us to this place.
What do you see?
We see people who model for us
God’s joyous embrace of all people.
God has brought us to this place.
What do you hear?
We hear God’s hope that we are able to see each person
as our sister or brother.
God has challenged us to open our lives and hearts to others.
What will you do?
We will do only one thing:
welcome everyone in God’s name!
(Thom Shuman)

Messengers by John van de Laar
(could be used as part of prayers for others)
Sometimes the world feels too silent, God;
Not without sound,
but without any sound that makes sense.
In all the noise of human sin and pain,
we miss the sound of your voice.
So, we pray for Messengers to speak again your word of Restoration,
that prepares us
to welcome again your visitation.
Messengers of listening and forgiveness
to silence the noise of conflict and hatred;
Messengers of seeing and empathy
to silence the noise of stereotyping and disengagement;
Messengers of hope and responsibility
to silence the noise of negativity and apathy;
Messengers of faith and perseverance
to silence the noise of resignation and expediency.
In every place where people need to hear your word
may your Messengers speak,
and if need be,
give us the courage to be the Messengers. Amen.

John van de Laar communion liturgy

Prayer after communion by John van de Laar
Like bread that feeds us,
wine that quenches our thirst,
Like fire that warms us,
a blanket that wraps around us,
Like the nurture of a mother,
the attention of a lover,
Your Word whispers into our souls,
nourishing,
strengthening,
empowering.
We praise you, Jesus,
Word of God,
Bread of Life,
for your kindness to us;
And for the words you give us
to speak,
to live,
which fill the world with kindness,
and life. Amen.

 

 

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COCU47C.Pentecost8C.10thJuly2016

Readings:
Amos 7:7-17;
Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1-14;
Luke 10: 25-37

Great reflection/sermon by Nadia Bolz-Weber, A Sermon on Why it is The Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and not the Parable of the Robbers

Music
This hymn is based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Who is My Neighbor?
LOBE DEN HERREN 14.14.4.7.8 (“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”) (MIDI)

“Who is my neighbor?” A lawyer asked Jesus, to test him.
So Jesus told him a story to answer his question:
Lonely the way…
Lonely the traveler one day…
Robbers attacked him and left him.

First down the road came a priest who just chose to ignore him.
Next came a Levite who wouldn’t do anything for him.
Then one despised,
Hated in everyone’s eyes,
Knelt down to heal and restore him.

Tending the wounds of the man, the Samaritan labored.
He was the one with compassion, the one in God’s favor.
Not by a creed
But by responding to need,
He proved to be the good neighbor.

Biblical Reference: Luke 10:25-37
Tune: Straisund Ernewerten Gesangbuch, 1665. Harm. The Chorale Book for England, 1863
Text: © 2007 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net
Copied from Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books).

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COCU46C.Pentecost 7C.3rd July 2016

(work in progress)

Readings: 2 Kings 5: 1-14, Psalm 30, Galatians 6: (1-6), 7-16, Luke 1-11, 16-20.

Prayer of Dedication/Offertory
In the offering of our gifts, as well as the living of our days, may we not grow weary of doing what is right, but commit to speaking up for the voiceless, healing the broken, feeding the hungry, and all those mercies which are such a part of your heart and hopes for all your children. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. (Thom Shuman)

Reflection (may be used as Words of Mission/Benediction)
When we go into the world, O God,
may we not go alone;
with sisters and brothers, with friends,
may we be companions for each other;
may we walk together, talk together,
sing songs and pray and listen,
listen to the story of you, and your love
for all that lives; listen to our
stories telling of encounters of the Divine;
listen in the silence for your still assurance.
When we go into the world, O God,
may we go free of burdens;
may we carry ourselves and the gifts
we have received, with humble confidence;
may we leave behind the extra bags,
the riches of comfort and privilege –
so that we may enter each new place
open to receive what is offered,
to learn more than to teach, to listen
more than we speak, to honour what, and who, we find.
When we go into the world, O God,
may we go free of fear:
may the peace we carry – your peace –
run deep enough to warm our unsheltered nights,
protect us when our peace is rejected,
settle us where we land,
give us joy to eat and drink with friends
who once to us were strangers;
may your peace be the wick for love, O God,
bringing light as we go into the world. Amen.
(Sarah Agnew, Pray the Story. Sound File here).

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COCU45C.Pentecost 6C.26th June 2016

Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20, Galatians 5: 1, 13-25, Luke 9: 51-62.

West Epping Uniting Church used the reading focused upon the mantle passed from Elijah to Elisha in an intergenerational service. They talked about our heroes, and what mantles God might be calling them to take up. They then created and put on their own mantles. Very creative.

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NAIDOC Week 2016

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NAIDOC WEEK: 3-10 July 2016

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. It is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, and participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. To follow the celebrations or find out more information, visit the NAIDOC Week website.

2016 NAIDOC Theme: Songlines –The living narrative of our nation
Songlines are the oldest living narrative of our nation, and will be the focus for the 2016 NAIDOC Week celebrations. It will highlight the importance of Songlines to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures. Dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ which record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

 

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