Sunday, 22 April 2018

abiding

John 15:1-8 


lock hands with me, our
fingers intertwined, one,
two, together we are


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

known

John 10:11-18 

like a zoo keeper,
a park ranger,
shepherds in fields far
from here and now,
Jesus calls, Jesus cares,
Jesus protects, brings food,
leads to water, and we,
like ancient sheep or rescued
tigers, sheltered pandas, monkeys,
flamingoes, respond to that voice,
trust that embrace, shelter,
grow, thrive and drink deep
of that water, living, living,
and we, too, know we are
alive.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

New life!

John 20:16 



Jesus said, Mary! 
Lily unfolding towards
rising, shining, sun! 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Not a royal entry

Mark 11:1–11 

Our cloaks did not
camouflage the donkey,
nor transform it to
a stately horse.

Their branches did not
camouflage the dusty road,
nor transform it to
a path of gold.

The hosannahs did not
camouflage the crowd,
nor transform them into
honoured dignitaries.

The hosannahs did not
camouflage the rabbi,
nor transform him into
a king.

The crowd testify

John 12:12–19 

We will follow,
we will sing,
we will tell the story
of this different kind of 'king'.

We will hurry,
we will shout,
we will tell the story with
one voice, this mostly crowd.

We will praise him,
we will thank him,
we will tell his story
full of wonder, gratitude.

We will follow,
we will welcome,
we will tell the story with
everything we have, we are.

We will love him,
we will keep him,
through his story,
in our hearts.

We will follow,
we will praise,
we will tell the wondrous story
of Jesus, all our days.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A Passion Sunday Liturgy

Mark 14:1–15:47

Gather 

Read 14:1–2 

The story begins,
the story of the end. 
As we enter the story again,
we enter the Presence of God,
Holy One, Holy Three,
whose peace is with us all. 

[sing] 

Praise / thanksgiving 

Read 14:3–25 

Anointed, you were blessed,
met in kindness, honoured;
we meet you here with our thanks,
for all that you are and do,
Jesus, God Immanuel. 

Jesus, God with us and for us, 
we thank you again and again,
for your body,
the covenant you made,
the love that flows
from you to all creation.
Amen. 

[sing] 

Confession & assurance of grace 

Read 14:26–72 

In the silence,
we give you our broken hearts,
our weary bodies,
our faltering concentration,
our denials, betrayals, abandonment of you. 

silence 

Jesus breaks his body for us,
makes with his blood a new
covenant to restore us: 
you are forgiven. Be at peace. 

[sing / music] 

Intercession 

Read 15:1–41 

For leaders of faith communities,
human, full of fear and tempted by power,
we pray. 

pause 

For leaders of our communities,
states, and nations, 
human, full of fear and tempted by power,
we pray. 

pause 

For soldiers and police, humans, and the systems
of war and law enforcement, full of fear and temptations of power,
we pray. 

pause 

For prophets and peace makers, 
meeting fear with love, and power with non violent resistance,
we pray. 

pause 

For victims of, and bystanders to, oppression,
overcome by fear, and feeling disempowered,
we pray. 

pause 

For the faithful of every time and place,
seeking to follow God's Way of Love,
and for ourselves, 
we pray. 

pause 

Amen. 

[sing]

Commissioning 

Read 15:42–47 

We see that you have died,
Jesus our teacher and guide. 

We see that you are buried,
your body laid to rest in a cave. 

And now we enter the silence,
the space and time of waiting. 

We know how this story ends: 
may we not rush to the finish. 

Be with us through this Holy Week,
in the waiting, in your story. 

leave in silence 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Jesus' promise

John 12:27–33 

When I am lifted up
I will lift you up;
I will bring you with me
where I am going.

Hung out to die:
come with me;
laid out to rest:
come with me;
into the arms of death:
come with me,
stay with me.

When I am lifted up
I will lift you up;
I will bring you with me
where I am going.

Restored to life: 
come with me;
carried by angels:
come with me;
into the Divine embrace:
come with me,
stay with me. 
I will lift you up.