COCU Index Year C 2015-16

(Also, see Spring – in Australia)
Year A
COCU2A, Advent2A, 4th December 2016
COCU3A, Advent 3A, 11th December 2016
COCU4A, Advent 4A, 18th December 2016
(see also Blue Christmas)
COCU 5A, Christmas Eve/Christmas Day
COCU6A, Christmas 1A (and New Years Day)

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COCU Year A 2016-17

Easter C 2016 readings (Vanderbilt)

Citation index (Vanderbilt Library) in canonical order.

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Christmas

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Rev David McGregor’s Christmas sermon 2015luke-2-8-20-christmas-day-2015-sermon

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Non-white nativity, by Janet Mckenzie, janetmckenzie.com

God in amongst us:
Christ in the midst of our busyness,
As we rush headlong from place to place,
and from thing to thing,
In the hectic pace of our living,
May we remember to look to recognise those who care for and support us.
May we see the progress we have made and the growth that has occurred.
May we notice the good things that we have shared and shared in,
And may we identify the connections with you that have challenged and sustained us.

God in amongst us:
Christ in the midst of our stillness and solitude,
As we wait for the next thing,
Experience loneliness,
In our times of restriction and withdrawal,
May we see the progress we have made and the growth that has occurred.
May we notice the good things that we have shared and shared in,
And may we identify the connections with you that have challenged and sustained us.

God in amongst us:
Christ in the midst of all life,
Whatever our state of being,
Wherever the place we find ourselves,
Whenever time may hold us,
May we look to the Spirit’s prompting.
May we attend to the needs of others even as we attend to our own.
May we love our neighbour as ourselves,
And find your love for us lived around, amongst and within us.
Thus, may it be. Amen.
(Source: Jon Humphries)

Archbishop of Canterbury 2015 Christmas Sermon

British street artist Banksy’s 2012 Christmas card is, in many ways, a conventional Biblical landscape painting, which shows what are presumably the figures of Joseph and Mary — she astride a donkey — making their way toward Bethlehem, only to find their route blocked by the graffiti-covered Irsaeli West Bank barrier. To the left, a shepherd tends his sheep, while in the distant sky a cross-shaped star lights up the heavens over the imposing concrete wall.

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Sociologist of religion Rodney Stark claims that the most outlandish and revolutionary phrase written in first-century Rome was “For God so loved the world…” The pagan gods, as they were understood, did not love the world—they used the world. They were not revered for their virtue or good character, but were worshipped (placated) by humans for reasons of personal gain, hope for revenge, conquest or safety. The legends of the gods’ too-human characteristics of selfishness, pride, lust, greed, rapaciousness and general skullduggery are legion. People of this time would not have had categories for the idea of a God whose basic orientation was love: other-centered, self-donating love. And yet, this is the very clear message of Christmas (Steve Bell).

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Blue Christmas

In the light and beauty of day
We give thanks in awe and wonder.
In the dark and stillness of night
We dream of healing and hope
(Gretta Vosper)

Interesting article here: What to do when holidays hurt.

We held our third ‘Blue Christmas’ service this year. In addition to  people grieving the loss of a loved one, we included all kinds of losses – health, security etc, as well as recognizing those who support others who suffer loss (including those supporting refugees).

We are a city church and open our doors each day for people who wish to use the church for quiet meditation, reading and ‘being’. We have prepared a resource for people who wish to drop in to reflect on ‘blue feelings’ at Christmas. The resource has been compiled and adapted from several sources. The resource enables some guidance for reflection and prayer without a formal church service led by a minister, which suits many of the folk who work and play and visit the CBD, and who prefer to drop in and quietly read and meditate in the church.

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Summer

Ronan Keating sings ‘Summer Wonderland’…….(Christmas is in summer ‘down under’)

Litany for Summer
God, we thank you for turning the earth toward the Sun .
We thank you for summer.
As the days and the light are long,
So is the Love of God:
Endless
Fruitful
Full of possibility
Bursting with energy.
As growing things are awake and progressing,
So may we become awake
To your light and to your love
Making progress
Seizing opportunities to grow
Readying for harvest.
As our plot on the planet faces the sun, our star,
So do we turn ourselves toward the Son
Following the Way of Christ,
Following the Way of Love,
Growing to maturity,
Spreading seeds of Good News to all. Amen
(Fran Pratt)

Act of Awareness
As the sun rises each day in perfect newness,
so may we break upon each new day
with splendour and expectation:
renewed creatures content with reflected radiance
and dirty fingernails
(Source: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Worship in the Spirit of Jesus. Theology, Liturgy, and Songs without Violence. Cleveland. The Pilgrim Press, 2005.)

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COCU2A.Advent 2A.4Dec2017

Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10: Isaiah proclaims the coming of the “shoot from the stump of Jesse” who, through God’s Spirit resting on him, will bring peace, justice, righteousness and equity to the earth.
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19: A prayer for the King to rule wisely and justly, protecting the weak and vulnerable and refreshing the world and the godly who live in it.
Romans 15:4-13: Paul’s prayer that God may empower the Church to live in harmony, since Christ came for both Jew and Gentile, and together they form one voice of praise to God.
Matthew 3:1-12: John the Baptist preaches in the wilderness, baptising those who repent, speaking out against the corrupt religious leaders, and challenging people to prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah.
(Summaries from Sacredise)

Light a Candle, Emmanuel
© Glen Powell November 2015

Light against the darkness, Peace against our violence
Joy against all sorrow, we are never alone
Light a candle, pray a prayer
Hope in Christ, against despair
In the name of Jesus, the light of our world

Emmanuel, Emmanuel
God with us, Emmanuel
Emmanuel, Emmanuel

Truth against the Powers, Love against all hate
Free the slaves enchained by choices they did not make
Light a candle, pray a prayer
But the fire must not stop there
Each of us a candle, set fire to the world.

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Resources: Textweek – Advent 2A; Church of Scotland starters

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Call to worship (inspired by Romans 15: 4-13)
Gather around,
you are welcome here,
and you will hear Good News.
In a world
where there are so many
discouraging and negative voices
it is the God of encouragement
who will speak to you today.
The God of Jesus Christ.
So come in, relax,
let your tiredness roll away.
Lift up your hearts, and listen.
(Source: Ann Siddall, Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community)

Call to Worship (references: Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:3, Isaiah 40:3)
We come to prepare the way;
The way for Christ – 
the hope of Christ, the peace of Christ –
to enter our world,
to enter our hearts.
We cry out together in the wilderness:
The kingdom of heaven has come near.
We come to be part of the light –
the light that shines in the darkness.
(Source: Joanna Harader, Spacious Faith)

Prayer of thanksgiving
We give thanks to you O God,
that day after day, year after year,
we can have absolute confidence
in your love for us
and in your understanding of our lives.
We thank you that we find your faithfulness
in your servants
who have proclaimed, who still proclaim, who will proclaim
the great news of the coming on earth of your kingdom –
the kingdom where the oppressed and the marginalised,
the poor in spirit and poor in material wealth,
and all those who count for little in the ways of our world
will be accepted and loved.
And we praise you that all people – we –
are invited to lift our heads above the trials of life
and celebrate the sunrise of your arrival on the horizons of our world. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for this – the gift of the Messiah, the promise of the Kingdom.
Thanks be to you, O God. Amen
(Source: ALTERnativity, Church of Scotland starters)

Prepare a way for the Holy One. Clear a path of God to come by. Matthew 3.3
The prophet cries to prepare a way
for the Promised One,
and we panic.
We write shopping lists,
and head to the store for the treasures
we must surely present.
We survey with dread the mess of a heart
we must clean up for the holy visitor.
But after all the cleansing the house is still
just our little place.
The Gift is not to be found in any market.
We fear our unpreparedness,
our failure to adequately repent,
still rushing, still dusting this
and hiding that.
In the din the Spirit speaks softy.
We are not asked to clean the house
for the weekend
to impress the Unexpected Guest.
We are asked to prepare a room
and set a place at the table
for the rest of our lives
for the Beloved,
the child who already dwells within.
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

Shalom
We celebrate the dream of peace:
Not only the absence of conflict,
but the presence of true compassion
and community;

We celebrate the dream of justice:
Not only appropriate consequence,
but radical, inclusive dignity
and equality;

We celebrate the dream of goodness:
Not only an end to corruption and evil,
but the nurture of extravagant integrity
and love;

We celebrate the dream of salvation:
Not only life beyond the grave,
but present wholeness
and restoration for all;

Here and now, O God, we, your people,
give you thanks and praise
for the dream, and the reality,
of Shalom.
(Source: John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Baptism of fire (Mt 3:1-12)
it’s not what you think,
not what you expected,
as you trek beyond what you know;

it’s not a warm and fuzzy welcome,
not cries of delight at your arrival,
but woe and wrath and warning;

it’s the voice in the desert,
as the prophet had said – and yet,
his wildness, the camel clothes, the locusts?

it is the voice crying out, but the message
is harsh, turn back, change heart,
you are no more precious than that stone;

it’s a baptism, a renewal, it’s life,
this water immersion, this rising;
but the Spirit, but baptism with fire?

what will he require, this ‘one more
powerful than I’; to baptise by burning,
turning us into candles used up for the flame?
(source: Sarah Agnew, Praying the Story)

Preparing the way
Where there seems to be no way
to end the conflict and violence in our time,
we pray that you would teach us, O Christ,
to prepare the way;

Where we can see no way
to provide for the needs of all people,
we pray that you would show us, O Christ,
how to prepare the way;

Where can find no way
to work together for justice,
we pray that you would change us, O Christ,
until we prepare the way;

Where we are unable to believe in a way
to live simply, responsibly and mindfully,
we pray that you would inspire us, O Christ,
to faith that prepares the way;

In a world where we are tempted
to see so many of our challenges as dead-ends,
we pray for a new vision, a new heart and a new commitment
to prepare the way for your reign,
your grace,
your shalom
and for the liberation, justice and peace that you bring. Amen.
(Source: John van de Laar, Sacredise)

Waiting for Christmas
Christmas Jesus,
Child in a manger,
The shops are decked out with tinsel and decorations.
The buying frenzy is beginning,
Whilst we, together as a society, nominally celebrate your birthday.
As we enter into the lead up to Christmas,
Help us to think beyond what we have always heard.
Open up our curiosity to ponder the story of your advent anew.
What might it really mean to celebrate you taking on the human condition?
How did it all work as you became vulnerable and were humbled into humanity?
What might we learn this season which might create a space within us for change and growth?
So, Christmas Jesus,
Child in a manger,
But Christ in our midst,
God with us,
Reach into our stories with your stories,
That new things might be possible,
Our horizons widened,
Our hope rekindled,
As we take on your example of becoming deeply involved in life,
And giving our whole selves to the work of building a better world in the communion of your commonwealth.
So we begin to pray.
Amen.
(Source: Jon Humphries)

Prayers for others (based on the reading from Romans)
Loving God who enfolds with love those on the outside
and who knew in Jesus what it was like to be excluded
– who befriended the despised Zacchaeus,
the shunned prostitutes and sinners
the untouchable lepers
draw close to those at the edges of our communities
and give them hope through the patience and encouragement of your people.

This advent, we remember those marginalised because of mental health issues.
Who often suffer in silence because of stigma
who reach out for help that is often not there because of stretched services
who often feel bleak and helpless
draw close to them with your wholeness
and give them hope through the patience and encouragement of your people.

This advent we remember those marginalised because of poverty
whose children cannot take part in Christmas celebrations because of the expense,
who become increasingly indebted in an attempt to meet expectations
who may have to use foodbanks for a Christmas meal
draw close to them with your wholeness
and give them hope through the patience and encouragement of your people.

This advent we remember those marginalised because of where they came from whose language is unfamiliar to us and whose customs we are strangers to
who live with the fear of racism and violence,
who long for separated families to be reunited.
Draw close to them with your wholeness
and give them hope through the patience and encouragement of your people.

God of Hope, use us, your people,
as messengers to speak out for and work on behalf of those at the edges.
Give us patience and encouragement as promised
so we might be faithful in supporting all those excluded and broken. Amen
(Source: ALTERnativity, Church of Scotland starters)

Offering
Lord God, this is our offering to you and to your Church.
It’s our way of saying yes to you and to what you are saying to us;
it’s a sign of our gratitude for the world around us, and the life within us.
We offer ourselves now in service to your Kingdom,
for in Christ you have revealed your love for us all.
We thank you Lord God for your goodness to us, in giving meaning to our lives,
and purpose to our living.
Come Lord Jesus, fill us with your Spirit,
that we might live in you and you live in us,
so that we can do what you would have us do.
As Christmas approaches help us, Lord God, to be calm and expectant,
to enjoy this time of preparing.
May we budget our time as well as our money
that we might not forget you, or ignore our neighbour.
In our plenty keep us mindful of those who have nothing,
in our rejoicing, keep us mindful of those who are sad.
In this season of giving and receiving,
enable us by your grace to receive and give your love.
We thank you Lord God for the faith you give us,
the love you provide that makes life wonderful,
and the hope you offer which is not for this world alone.
(Source: ALTERnativity, Church of Scotland starters)

Benediction (Romans 15:13)
As we leave this place,
and scatter back out into the world,
may the God of hope –
who loves us and gave himself for us –
fill us with all joy and peace
as we trust in Him,
today and throughout the coming week,
so that in believing,
we may abound in hope,
through the love of Jesus Christ,
and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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COCU1A.Advent1A.27Nov2016

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See also Advent Year B for resources

Various resources from Wild Goose Publications may help with planning for Advent and Christmas – books, ebooks, and downloads.

“Through Advent we experience a profound sense of the meaning of history. We rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and the whole of humanity, nations, civilizations, cultures, all on a journey along the paths of time.” Pope Francis Continue reading

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COCU4C.Advent4C

M&E

Mary and Elizabeth

Jeff Shrowder: During a week in the Taizē Comminity in France some years ago I explored the Church of reconciliation outside the scheduled prayer times. Large, cavernous and quiet. A series of small, modern stained-glass windows contributed to the subdued lighting. I photographed the one depicting the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth.

Magnificat (a haiku)
One young and one old,
pregnant with the fullfilment
of what was spoken. © Jeff Shrowder, 2015.

Mary and Elizabethwhen the little become the leaders of the mighty;
when the least get the most of our attention;
when the lost find their way into our hearts;
when the last become the ones we follow,
then all our lives will be secure. (c) 2015 Thom M. Shuman

Singing as an act of resistance – a poem
Sing
Notes from a flute
or a Medieval recorder.
Madrigals sing
bringing calm to disorder.
Notes, songs, harmonies
– the silence in-between –
create spaces in the human heart
open to new scenes.
Deep yearnings cry in new songs
while tyrants silence the arts.
Yet, deep, deep, deep in the underground
A new sound is being born.
So sing, Oh, blessed Mary,
radical zealot, gentle mother;
sing of the Time of Jubilee
coming in our newborn brother.
Sing blessed Mother.
Magnify the Lord.
Sing of longed-for justice.
Embody God’s new Word.
“The haughty rich now brought low;
the humble poor lifted high;
no more vast inequities!”
Your cry up to the skies.
Sing, blessed Mary,
become a new song;
birth earth’s longed-for Messiah
who rights our every wrong.
Teach us, Oh Mary,
the song of new birth,
so all of us can embody
God’s peace here on earth.
@A Poem a Sunday – December 14, 2015 – Kenn Storck

Canticle of the Turning (Magnificat)
– a hymn by Rory Cooney

1. My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great,
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,
and my weakness you did not spurn,
So from east to west shall my name be blest.
Could the world be about to turn?

Refrain
My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn!

2. Though I am small, my God, my all,
you work great things in me,
And your mercy will last from the depths of the past
to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame,
and to those who would for you yearn,
You will show your might, put the strong to flight,
for the world is about to turn.

3. From the halls of power to the fortress tower,
not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears
ev’ry tyrant from his throne.
The hungry poor shall weep no more,
for the food they can never earn;
There are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed,
for the world is about to turn.

4. Though the nations rage from age to age,
we remember who holds us fast:
God’s mercy must deliver us
from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.
This saving word that our forebears heard
is the promise which holds us bound,
‘Til the spear and rod can be crushed by God,
who is turning the world around.

Call to Worship (Isaiah 7: 14)

We look for an extraordinary sign of hope for our world
but God’s sign is most ordinary of all:
A young woman is with child.
We look to power for strength in our world
but God points to the most vulnerable:
She gives birth.
We look far and wide for a key to God’s mystery,
but God points us home:
She calls this child Immanuel: God-with-us!
Let us rejoice, and worship our God
in our ordinary, vulnerable lives:
God-with-us!
(c) Susan A. Blain
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Reign of Christ C

Readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

See also Reign of Christ A and Reign of Christ B

Textweek.com resources

THE KINGDOM IS AMONG YOU
(Luke 23:33-43)
Often the Teacher
spoke about the kingdom of God,
near, even within:

a realm of the heart,
of relationship and worth,
human worth, not wealth;

a realm of good news,
hope, love, hospitality,
regard for the poor.

a realm that includes
care for the world around us –
a realm we can live.
(Source: Jeff Shrowder, 2016)

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23.42,43
Not another time and place, my child,
but here and now, today
you are with me in paradise.
In darkest times I give you my presence.
In deepest suffering I join you.
Paradise is not the world out there,
but our love shared
even through pain and terror, even death,
my love for you, my love in you, our oneness.

Jesus, remember me.
Make me again a member of your realm.
Make me part of your healing of the world.
Take me in.
I surrender to your absolute love.
Take me in.
In your hope for the world take me in.
Even in your suffering, take me in.
In your entering the pain of the world, take me in.
In your love, take me in.
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Luke 23.36-38
An unrecognizable Ruler, this one,
whose power is hidden in defeat,
who lives in the Land of Not-Oneself,
who knows the secret kingdom of grace
and its magical powers.

We didn’t expect this kind of Mighty One,
who walks through the machine of this death
and emerges, new and invisibly victorious,
without army or court or political victory,
whose throne is powerlessness,
whose palace is human suffering,
whose power is not domination
but to draw us into resurrection.

We still don’t quite get it,
chastened by our losses,
fearful of our destitution,
that this is the greater power,
Not-Ours, from the beyond within,
given, not seized, not even held,
not standing over us
but flowing through us;
that forgiveness is victory,
that giving life is life,
that love is actually immortal;
that even in this rough world
we are loved from beneath
to be of a different kind.

On our knees, stripped of our powers,
empty handed, we awaken
to this vast might, to our royalty,
and our waiting subjects.
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

King Jesus
King of the Jews,
crown without jewels,
heavier to wear as you
hung up there on
a throne made of wood,
not of gold.

King with the heart
of a servant, a shepherd
with strength to match
any lion or thief in
the night.

King with no Queen, or
is she within?
Wisdom the Woman who
danced at creation, threw
open the welcome beyond
gates to the city
of choice.

King undefended, angel-
protected, the Tempter left
empty
handed in the desert.

King of the Jews,
the Christ, our Messiah;
servant, alone, Holy
Three in your heart;
king of hearts, our
hearts, who follow your path
through the desert, who dance
at the banquet
with Wisdom.
(Source: Sarah Agnew, Pray the Story, plus Soundcloud reading)

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Elections

A parishioner said Sunday he had a challenge for me, to write a prayer that he could honestly pray for Trump. This is what I just wrote to him:
I immediately thought of Madeleine L’Engle, the author of A Wrinkle in Time and many other books. She was a devout Episcopalian. In one of her non-fiction books she writes about the challenge of praying for her enemies. Someone had done her great harm and she really struggled with how to pray honestly for him. Finally, she decided that the best she could do was, “God, bless the bastard.” It’s a refreshingly honest prayer, but probably not what you had in mind.
I heard Obama tell Trump that he would be rooting for Trump’s success, and even though I know what he meant, I recoiled. Because really, I don’t want him to be successful when it comes to policies that are going to harm the most vulnerable among us, not to mention our relationships with other countries, and our planet. So I can’t bring myself to pray for his success. But how about this:”Gracious God, we pray for your child Donald as he takes on the responsibility of leading our country. May he be led to do what is right in your eyes, and bring us closer to the dream you have for this nation to be a place of justice and love for all your children. May we have the grace to see that he, too, is created in your image. Amen.
(Source: Facebook, Rev. Patricia Templeton, Rector, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta)

Reflecting on a change of leadership: This is not about a difference of political opinion, as that’s far too small to mourn over. It’s about a fundamental difference in how we view the worth of all people—not just those who look or talk or think or vote the way we do.
(source: John Pavlovitz)

A Blessing for the Politically Despondent.
by Joel McKerrow

There shall come a time,
When the way we hope it could be feels so very far away.
When the system shows itself for what it is.
When the politicians spend more time bitching than leading,
stabbing backs
than backing those who truly need their support.

When the truth seems too hard to decipher through the lies.
When the ballot paper seems…empty of good choices.
When it doesn’t seem to even matter
which party is in power,
for they shall all wield the same.

When we are told we have the power to change our society
and yet out voting
feels like it means nothing. An appeasement of the masses
more than a piece of societal changing history.

There shall come a time,
and in that time
and in that sense of frustration
and despondency
and the draw towards apathy,
may you find a higher something to hold onto.

Something above political ideals.
Something above the hollow notion of failed political promise.
Something to remind you.
Something to instil hope within you.

May you take the discouragement
and find courage somewhere within it. The courage to believe that
regardless of politics,
regardless of our leaders pandering to powerful people,
regardless of our faltered political ideals,
that there is still a way to change the world around us.
And it begins with you. And it begins with me.
And it is more than just numbering boxes on ballot paper.

For I have met the real ones. The ones who give themselves again and again to the bettering of our world. I have seen their dirty fingernails, their tired eyes, their patient sitting beside, the way they look you in the eye, the way they listen, the way they teach our high schools, the way they fight for the homeless, the way they resist the rat-race trappings of the western dream, the way they sew seeds into the community, the way they bring people together from all sides of every spectrum, the people who deserve to be politicians. And indeed some of them are.

I have seen those who refuse to give in to the disappointment,
who choose to look around them and say,
“This is what I can do. Here. Now. This is what I can do regardless.”

So may that be you. May that be me. And maybe politics wont even matter if we all chose to live like this. So lets keep voting till we get there, regardless of how empty it can feel, lets not trick ourselves into thinking this will change things even if we do nothing else. Lets keep doing more in the everydayness of our lives. I have met the real ones and what strikes me about every one of them is this…they are just normal people who choose to do something. And isn’t it always a small group of normal people making decisions like this that bring about the change we so desire.

So when the time comes may you be one of these…a real person. Doing real things to bring about real change. Even if it is just to those around you.

By the Streams of Babylon
DIX 7.7.7.7.7.7 (“For the Beauty of the Earth”)

By the streams of Babylon we sit weeping bitter tears.
Here so many hopes are gone; now we’re filled with countless fears.
Yet, O God, you tell us: “Rise! See the world through faith-filled eyes!”

We will rise and seek your way, knowing love will one day win.
We won’t let fear rule the day; we will welcome strangers in.
Every day, we’ll seek and find countless ways to be more kind.

By your grace, we’ll rise above even in this troubled hour.
Where there’s hate, we’ll choose to love; we will speak your truth to power.
With the poor and refugee we will build community.

We will pray for those who lead even as we take a stand.
We will rise with those in need, seeking justice in the land.
We will learn and listen well from the truth that others tell.

We will rise and work for peace; we will treasure your good earth.
We will march, that wars may cease; we’ll see every person’s worth.
God, now give us faith-filled lives as we heed your call and rise.

Biblical References: Psalm 137:1; Joshua 24:15; Ephesians 1:17-18; Deuteronomy 10:19; Hebrews 13:1; Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Psalm 34:14; Micah 6:8
Tune: Conard Kocher, 1838, Abr. William Henry Monk, 1861, Harm. The English Hymnal, 1906
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com

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Remembrance Day

Resources for Remembrance Day
(see also resources for ANZAC Day)

Iona/Wild Goose Publications here (downloads)

Prayer
For those whom we have asked
to bear the horror of our violence
we offer our prayers
of thanks for their willingness
to stand between us and our fears,
for forgiveness for having asked them,
of healing for the damage to their souls
by what they have done and seen,
for mercy for them who don’t know
how to carry the horror back to us,
how to shed the darkness
we have asked them to drink,
how to live among us, who are so willing
to sacrifice our children.
May we give others peace to bear, not fear,
healing to carry, not weapons,
and send them into blessing, not danger.
May we, too, have the courage to serve,
to risk, to give our lives in love
for the sake of our homeland,
which is the Kingdom of God,
the whole human family,
in the spirit of peace. Amen.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes, www.unfoldinglight.net

UCA 2014 Remembrance Day resources
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Remembrance Day youtube resource (3.21 mins) – prayer meditation

Prayer for Remembrance Day
Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,
and ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women
who have died in the violence of war,
each one remembered by and known to God;
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COCU67C.Reign of ChristC.20thNov2016

Readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

See also Reign of Christ A and Reign of Christ B

Textweek resources here.

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