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

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)

                                                           

Song 

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

(Wk 2) intro (Jeremy Begbie) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2u20RxqPvo

Holy God – the Trisagion Hymn, Eastern Orthodox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CmQd7BgNis&index=27&list=RDICnHiJbmjLI

(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 http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/you-are-one (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 http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/my-neighbors-music

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

Wk 3  The Table of Hope, Joey Velasco

Wk 3 http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/table-benediction (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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SloBtoNwD9k ‘Punkmonks’ monastic community, East Germany

Wk 6 Helen Keller biography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxiJ02-hpZY

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, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN8CKwdosjE

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.

http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/prayer-of-saint-francis (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.

 

Resources

http://www.theworkofthepeople.com

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

“Iona Abbey Worship Book” by The Iona Community

 

Liturgy – Kingdom Calling

Theme: Vocation

 

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.

 

Silence (1 min) to confess our sins and still our hearts

 

Liturgy

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

As the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

 

Father God at work around us:

Thank you for your redemptive work: saving and reconciling

Thank you for your creative work: fashioning and beautifying

 

Father God at work around us:

Thank you for your providential work: supplying and sustaining

Thank you for your justice work: defending and advocating

 

Father God at work around us:

Thank you for your compassionate work: comforting, healing & guiding

Thank you for your revelatory work: enlightening with truth

 

Father God at work around us

Apprentice us in your ways

For your glory and the flourishing of all that you have made.

Amen.

 

Alternative liturgy:

Creator God Like Anna who waited to greet the Christ child

Show us where you are at work in the world.

Like Bezalel, anointed as an artist in the temple

Equip us with skills to glorify you.

Like Samuel who sat up at the sound of your voice

Help us to respond to your call on our lives.

Like Daniel who refused to eat food that was tainted

Give us courage to be faithful to you in our world.

Like Lydia, a worshipper as well as a business woman

Help us to put you first in our lives.

Like Jesus, your son, our teacher and example

Help us to worship you in all that we do.

Amen.

 

Worship

Leader: “We will now take a moment to reflect on God’s work in our world across all of history; as all of creation groans and eagerly awaits the redemption of all things. We will be using a sequence of images from the impressionist movie, Tree of Life (2011). Please feel free to watch, pray or join in with the meditative Taize song.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCxDZaWRAvo The Tree of Life 6 min clip

“Bless the Lord” lyrics:

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life!

 

God at Work Reflections:

Leader: “often we find it easy to imagine God’s creative work or compassionate work but forget other aspects of the work He does. Each week we will consider a different part of God’s labour in the world (loosely inspired by Robert Banks) to help us consider the ways in which we join Him through our everyday productive activities.”

Share any additional insights/reflections gained since previous meeting.

“Take a moment to consider: God is a ________________. In what sense/how is God a ____________?”.

Read and discuss associated verses/themes.

Wk 1: Composer/Performer (Deut 31:19, 1 Sam 16:14-33, Ps 42:8, Zeph 3:17).

Wk 2: Metal worker/Potter (Ps 8:3, Is 29:13-16, Jer 18-19, Ez 22:17-22, Is 45:18, Gen 1:27, 1:31, 2:7, Is 64:8, 45:9b-12, Ez 22:17-22, Ps 139:13-16, 2 Cor 4:7). Activity: make vessels from air-dry clay.

Wk 3: Gardener (verses are numerous – group to brainstorm). Group reflection using images of gardens. Activity: planting seedlings

Wk 4: Builder (Ps24:1-2, Ps 104:5, Ps 127:1, Heb 3:4, Matt 16:8, Acts 4:11, Mark 6:3, Mark 14:58, 1 Cor 3:9-15, Jn 14:1-3). Clip http://http//www.abc.net.au/tv/dreambuild/

Wk 5: Tentmaker (Ex 26:1-6 & 15-25 & 35:10, Lev 23:41-43, Luke 9:57-62, 2 Cor 5:1-5, Heb 8:2-5 & 11:8-10 & 11:13-16 & 11:38-40, Rev 7:15). Prayer for refugees and prayer that we all will ‘pack light’ as we follow Christ.

Wk 6: Economist/Investor (Matt 25:14-30). Watch animation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbPKhYBaWRg) Discuss how members feel and think about $. Will it be in the new creation? What would a kingdom economy look like?

Wk 7: Farmer. Watch Ram trucks ad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7yZdOl_e_c). Discuss how God both ‘subdues’ and ‘tends’ us. How should we subdue and tend through our work?

Wk 8: Family businessman (Lk 2:41-50, Jn 5:16-18 & 9:1-7 & 17:1-5).  Discuss personal experiences, the idea of ‘apprentices’. How does it differ to other small businesses?

Wk 9: Participants consider their own profession

 

Dialogue

Wk 1: Video (3 mins) – LICC “frontlines”. Group share what our ‘frontlines’ are.

Wk 2: You Tube clip: “Carlos Nielbock: master craftsman metal worker”

Wk 3: “Work is Worship” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m06DYIAeCtU )

Wk 8: Urban Neighbours of Hope (http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s3528672.htm)

Discussion

  1. Questions: What didn’t make sense?
  2. Challenges: Something you disagree with or want to clarify?
  3. Implications: ‘so what?’ (for your vocational stewardship)?
  4. Applications: something useful right now toward fruitfulness on the frontline
  5. Visual stimuli

Wk 1 God is a composer/performer: Group reflections on “the Banjo player”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ossawa_Tanner

Wk 2: Look at website www.theshalomimaginative.com (About, Gallery).

Wk 3: Wendell Berry’s poem “Manifesto: the Mad Farmer Liberation Front”

Wk 4: Body of Christ Art: “in his image” by William Zadanak.. Addressing insignificance and the ‘body of Christ’

Wk 5: Michael Parekowhai’s “The World Turns”; what does it mean to share power as a Christian?

Wk 6: National Geographic ‘Flowers Blooming’ footage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjCzPp-MK48). Consider the redemptive process. What would I look like fully redeemed?

Wk 7: A Rocha clip (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff2MOVruo3l). Discuss ‘flourishing’. Reflect: in what ways have you dominated/been inpatient/failed to consult/reinvented the wheel/been insensitive in your workplace?

Wk 8: Stephen Hart http://stephenhart.com.au/fellow-humans/

Wk 9: poetry and prayer, using rhyme, rhythm and repetition

 

Everyday Practice and Closing

Wk 1: Prayer tool: pouring water into a vessel until it over flows onto a sponge. Leader: “We are called to be the ‘Tsaddiquium’. We are called to overflow all that we receive from God. What do you plead God for in the mornings? Patience? Wisdom? Solutions to problems? The whole world is thirsty for these things. Don’t stop at yourself; pray them for those around you who don’t know God but can still be a force for good in the world!”

Wk 2: Paint inside of the clay vessel metallic, representing God’s kingdom and thereby enriching wk 1 practice.

Wk 3: Lord’s prayer with your seedling. Finish with “Lord, help us to cultivate a love for your kingdom’s coming”

Wk 4: Communion. Reminder that we are given community and God’s empowerment through Christ.

Wk 5: Helium balloon as a prayer tool. What would the Lord have me relinquish in my work today? Eg. power, resources, time, worries or frustations.

Wk 6: Daily reflection on beatitudes using children’s version of the beatitudes (from Children of God by Desmund Tutu)

Wk 7: Night sky listening (humility and listening). Ask God, what should I be seeing and hearing in my current workplace?

Wk 8: Read the Apology of Tertullian, AD 197. Activity: share different coloured cottons and plait together as a symbol of our strength together.

Wk 9: set up previous practices as stations. Free time for members to circulate and conclude by writing a prayer for their specific work and praying for each other in pairs.

Sing the doxology:

“Lets join with the many Christians gone before us, across the globe, throughout time and also with the heavenly hosts”

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 (Read by Dave – we encourage you to stretch out your hands to receive):

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.

 

References

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

“Iona Abbey Worship Book” by The Iona Community pg.

“God the Worker” by Robert Banks

Transforminglives.org.uk liturgy (http://m.transforminglives.org.uk/files/files/Liturgy-Transforming_Lives_Toolkit.pdf)

Liturgy: Desiring the Kingdom

A number of people have requested a copy of the liturgy we used throughout our first cycle on James Smith’s “Desiring the Kingdom”.  We did tweak it each week so this is just the basic structure. Sources can be found at the end. Nik x

(Theme: Desire/loves and body/habits)

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.

Meditative Singing (Taize: “Wait on the Lord”):

Wait on the Lord, whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!

Silence/Confession (3 mins)

Responsive reading:

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

As the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee:

let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Walk with us, Lord: the journey is long

Psalm 84: 1-2, 4-7, 10-12

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

I long, yes I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord.

With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Walk with us, Lord: the journey is long.

What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises!

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,

Who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.

The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

They will continue to grow stronger,

and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

Walk with us, Lord: the journey is long.

One day spent in your temple is better than a thousand anywhere else;

I would rather stand at the gate of the house of my God

Than live in the homes of the wicked.

The Lord is our protector and glorious king,

blessing us with kindness and honour,

He does not refuse any good thing to those who do what is right. 

Walk with us, Lord: the journey is long.

Prayer

* group members feel their pulse

Lord of Creation,

Create in us a new rhythm of life

Composed of hours that sustain rather than stress,

Of days that deliver rather than destroy,

Of time that tickles rather than tackles.

Lord of Liberation,

By the rhythm of your truth, set us free

From the bondage and baggage that break us,

From the Pharaohs and fellows who fail us,

From the plans and pursuits that prey upon us.

Lord of Resurrection,

May we be raised into the rhythm of your new life,

Dead to deceitful calendars,

Dead to fleeting friend requests,

Dead to the empty peace of our accomplishments.

 

To our packed-full planners, we bid, “Peace!”

To our over-caffeinated consciences, we say “Cease!”

To our suffocating selves, Lord, grant release.

Drowning in a sea of deadlines and  death chimes,

We rest in you , our lifeline.

By your ever-restful grace,

Allow us to enter your Sabbath rest

As your Sabbath rest enters into us.

 

In the name of our Creator,

Our Liberator,

Our Resurrection and Life,

We pray.

Amen

Dialogue

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. Art Stimuli:

“Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio (wk 1);

“Objects and Ornothology Series” by Deb Mostert (wk 2)

“Christ Pantocrator” (early Christian Icon); “Prince of Peace” by Akiane Kramarik; and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” movie trailer (wk 3)

“Forgiven” by Thomas Blackshear; “Sacrifice” by Rayner Hoff (wk 4)

“Baptism” by Nolan Lee; “Feasting Table”; “The Plodder” by Michael Leunig (wk 5)

The “West” Window of Coventry Cathedral glass etchings by John Hutton (wk 6)

5. Applications: what does it look like for you to live out of this vision? How can I change my everyday habits to desire the kingdom of God?

Everyday Practices to engage the senses:

– Just as the Jewish people leave spice on the tips of their tongues on the conclusion of the Sabbath to allow the ‘aroma’ to linger, anointing oil can be used at the conclusion of time spent with God, both alone or corporately (wk 1)

– Drawing on the inspirational life of Saint Francis of Assisi, the group discussed the importance of simplicity of consumption in being a follower of Christ. We cut out squares of hesian for our wallets to remind us of our responsibilty in caring for the cosmos and our fellow human beings. (wk 2)

– The act of baking bread at home, can be helpful in cultivating gratitude for our food and reflecting on our role in joining God in ‘arranging’ the natural world (wk 2)

– Reflecting on Bonhoffer’s use of the sign of the cross throughout his time in prison, we are reminded of a very old practice which can be useful in sustaining us and reminding to whom we belong. Though there are several variations, we used the thumb to mark a small cross on the forehead, between the eyes, lips, heart and shoulders accompanied by.. “Lord, be glorified in what I think, in what I see, in what I say, in what I desire, in what I do, and in where I go” (wk 3)

– Gratitude Journal: Studies show increased happiness, sleep, decreased depression and anxiety and improved blood pressure are associated with performing this task regularly (1 Thess 5:18, Ps 92:1-2). Record 5 things you are thankful for before bed each day for one month. Prompts to get you started: Opportunities, nature, food and drink, places, our bodies, dreams and hopes, memories, art, animals, people, happy and challenging experiences (wk 4)

– The placing of a stone in water to symbolise our commitment to Christ through baptism as we commit each day to live for Him (wk 5)

– Communion (wk 6)

Sing doxology:

    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 (read by the leader):

    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.

 

References:

“Common Prayer: A liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” by Shane Claiborne et al pp. 271, 554

“Iona Abbey Worship Book” by The Iona Community pg. 111