Liturgy – September 2017

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

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