Liturgy: Colossians Remixed

 

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.

Confession & Handwashing                                             

Song                                   

(Wk 1) Solid Rock/Cornerstone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX0UYyJZKCc

(Wk 2) I need you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE

(Wk 3) O the deep deep love of Jesus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vUhwyjdk8A

(Wk 4) See the stars by Andy Flanaghan (meditation) http://tidido.com/a35184373683301/al55d689e713b521ef22692b51/t55d689e813b521ef22692b7e

(Wk 5)  Holy, holy, holy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=414dGGTedpM                        This little light of mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2kDsqGeoLU

(Wk 6)  Ubi Caritas, Audrey Assad, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Pp0jKn1zQ    How Can I Keep From Singing, Audrey Assad, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2hddmy63U

(Wk 7)  I shall not want, Audrey Assad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn7Wwa4T16A  God of Justice (we must go), Tim Hughes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUn05awXdsY

(Wk 8)  Christ is Risen, Matt Maher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZM-eNHrp5k  What a beautiful name, Brooke Fraser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc4WNBKa7Eg

Liturgy                 

Let nothing disturb you, nothing dismay. All things are possible. God does not change.

In the shadow of looming institutions and power structures, we come.

Lord have mercy

Surrounded by wars and rumours of wars, we come.

Lord have mercy

Drawn by the pull to possess, we come.

Lord have mercy

Seduced by the stories of our age, we come.

Lord have mercy

Let nothing disturb you, nothing dismay. All things are possible. God does not change.

As deep cries unto deep

We yearn for your ancient paths.

Faithful and true, grant us a vision of life large enough to reject the false claims of our age.

Faithful and true, anchor us as the tides pull at our feet of clay.

Faithful and true, show us those who have gone before and faithfully improvised in their age.

Faithful and true, make us faithful and true.

Reflection on Practice from previous week

Read corresponding Colossians passage and share thoughts and questions                                         

Discussion / Art/Imagine

1. Questions: What didn’t make sense?

2. Challenges: what did you think was wrong?

3. Implications: if this is true, what does it mean for how the church follows Christ today?

4. Stimuli

5. Applications: what does it look like for you to live out of this vision?

Wk 1 Praying the papers: each person takes a page of ‘the Australian’ as stimulus. Discussion and group prayer.

Wk 2 https://www.telstra.com.au/thriveon

Wk 3 Are you gonna go my way, Lenny Kravitz – pray for the receptivity of our culture to the whole gospel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5PZQMwL7iE

Wk 4 “Thank God you’re Here” clip & discussion regarding faithful and unfaithful ‘improvisation’.

Wk 5 Praying the papers: each person takes a page of the ‘Courier Mail’ as stimulus. Discussion and prayer

Wk 6 Economy/Oikinomia, For the Life of the world, Episode 3, Creative Service (7:34-12:07)

Wk 7 “Praying the papers” identifying those who are being controlled or oppressed behind the stories.  Also, “Man” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfGMYdalClU

Wk 8 “O little town of Bethlehem” St Paul’s Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQDl95tOcU

Everyday Practice/Challenges (see ‘practices’ blog for details)

Wk 1 : drawing the anchor

Wk 2 : the reef as flourishing

Wk 3: read a portion of the letter to Diognetus

Wk 4: Preach to Creation

Wk 5: Turn to face the sun

Wk 6 Inclusive Hospitality

Wk 7  Ethical Consumption

Wk 8: Advent Candles

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.

Benediction (Dave)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.

Resources

“Common Prayer: A liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” by Shane Claiborne et al p480-482

“Iona Abbey Worship Book” by The Iona Community

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