Liturgy: Community & Growth

Lighting of the Candles

We light a candle in the name of the Maker,

Who lit the world and breathed the breath of life for us…

We light a candle in the name of the Son,

Who saved the world and stretched out his hand to us…

We light a candle in the name of the Spirit,

Who encompasses the world and blesses our souls with yearning…


We light three lights for the trinity of love:

God above us, God beside us, God Beneath us:

The beginning, the end, the everlasting one.


Prayer & Silence Confession (tasting lemon)

Receive God’s Grace (tasting honey or sweet)

Prayers of Adoration & Gratitude (whispered simultaneously)



(Wk 1) This I believe (the Creed), Hillsong

(Wk 2) intro (Jeremy Begbie) –

Holy God – the Trisagion Hymn, Eastern Orthodox

(Wk 3) Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Ordinary Time)

(Wk 4 & 5) Author of my days (Ordinary Time)

(Wk 5) O Praise the Name ‘Anastasis’ (Hillsong)

(Wk 6)  The Servant Song & Servant King

(Wk 7)   You Cannot Lose My Love (Sara Groves)

How Deep the Father’s Love (Deep Still 2)

(Wk 8) Handel’s Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus


Truth Declaration – Liturgy of Love

“You are one” clip (4:25)


Prayers for Others

(respond aloud with single names if group member are comfortable, or pray silently)

God, we bring to you someone who we bumped into or remembered today …

God, we bring to you someone who is hurting tonight….

God, we bring to you a troubled situation in our world tonight…

God, we bring to you someone whom we find hard to forgive or trust…

God, we bring ourselves to you that we might grow in generosity of spirit, clarity of mind, and warmth of affection…


One Another Ministries (grp member choose one – read – members share thoughts or stories).

LOVE one another — Jn 13:34-35, Rom. 12:101 Pet. 1:221 John 3:11

ENCOURAGE one another — Rom. 1:121 Thess. 4:185:11Heb. 10:25

INSTRUCT / TEACH / ADMONISH one another — Rom. 15:14Col. 3:16

CARE FOR / SERVE one another — 1 Cor. 12:251 Pet. 4:8-11

SERVE one another — Gal. 5:13, Col 3:23-24, Phil 2:5-7, Mark 9:35 + 10:45

COMFORT one another — 2 Cor. 13:11

FORGIVE one another — Eph. 4:32

EXHORT one another — Heb. 3:12-13

STIR UP one another TO LOVE + GOOD WORKS — Heb. 10:24-25

PRAY FOR one another & CONFESS SINS TO one another— James 5:16

BEAR With / BEAR the burdens of one another — Rom. 15:1Gal. 6: 2Eph. 4:2

BUILD UP one another — Rom. 15:2

LIVE IN HARMONY WITH / WELCOME one another — Rom. 15:5-7, 1 Pet 3:8

MINISTER TO one another — 1 Thess. 5:12-14

WORSHIP GOD together — Rom. 15:6Heb. 2:1213:13-15


Discussion / Art/Imagine

  1. Questions: What didn’t make sense?
  2. Challenges: what did you think was wrong?
  3. Implications: if true, what does it mean for how the church follows Christ today?
  4. Art & time to imagine
  5. Applications: what does it look like for you to live out of this vision?


Wk 1  The Scream, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) depiction of modern alienation

Wk 2

Wk 3   The Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci (1494-1499)

Wk 3  The Table of Hope, Joey Velasco

Wk 3 (1:53)

Wk 4  American War Cemetery Personal Reflection Activity

Wk 5  Vulture Stalking a child, Kevin Carter, 1993 (Sudan). Reflect on 9 sources of nourishment; which are lacking in your life? In the life of the communities to which you belong?

Wk 5 ‘Punkmonks’ monastic community, East Germany

Wk 6 Helen Keller biography

Wk 7  The Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt (1661-9)

Wk 7  Light of the World, William Holman Hunt (1851-3)

Wk 8  The Wedding Feast at Cana, Paolo Veronese (1563, The Louvre)

Wk 8 The Marriage at Cana, Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (1530, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

Wk 8 “For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles” Episode 7: the church. Acton Institute, Evan Koons 2015 (8:54 mins – 12:36 mins


Everyday Practice

(Wk 1) Jelly making – heart of flesh/vulnerability

Ez 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

(Wk 2) Pop art – Light and shade in all of us. What are my blocks, jealousies, prejudices, hatreds, ways of comparing myself with others?

(Wk 3) Earplug activity – hearing the voices from the margins. Confession using images/earplugs then pray the beatitudes.

(Wk 4)  Foot Washing – humility and service (to be remembered throughout the week whenever drying your own feet “Lord, wash me so I can love”

(Wk 5) Participants to use art reflection to consider a unique practice targeting weak areas of nourishment eg. meeting with godly friend, bedtime.

Also (while sharing of fruit platter) silence and thanksgiving during evening meals or breakfast (for sources of nourishment in participants lives).

(Wk 6) Hand Spelling (Helen Keller) “Life is Gift”

(Wk 7) Free Hugs Campaign, or

Discuss components of a hug and how they parallel having an open heart.

As opportunity arises to hug another remember God’s open arms to you.

(Wk 8) Drying the Dishes – Post your hallelujah chorus words at the kitchen sink and give thanks for the everyday ordinariness of serving Christ/others in the mundane.

“when you did it for the least of these, you did it for me” Matt 25:40


Benediction (while holding hands)

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. (1:35)


Doxology (join with community of saints through the ages)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.    Amen.



“Common Prayer: A liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” by Shane Claiborne et al

“Iona Abbey Worship Book” by The Iona Community


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