Holy Ground October 3rd 2017

Liturgy for 3rd October 2017


Screen: My Lighthouse – Original Video



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 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.


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


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.


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


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.

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.

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.

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


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.



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.


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


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.

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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