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  • A sign of love
    raisins refresh me with apples for I am faint with love 6 O that his left hand were under my head and that his right hand embraced me Song of Songs 2 1 6 Then in chapter 4 the bridegroom sings to the bride You have ravished my heart my sister my bride you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes with one jewel of your necklace 10 How sweet is your love my sister my bride how much better is your love than wine and the fragrance of your oils than any spice 11 Your lips distill nectar my bride honey and milk are under your tongue the scent of your garments is like the scent of Lebanon 12 A garden locked is my sister my bride a garden locked a fountain sealed 13 Your channel is an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits henna with nard 14 nard and saffron calamus and cinnamon with all trees of frankincense myrrh and aloes with all chief spices 15 a garden fountain a well of living water and flowing streams from Lebanon The bride responds Awake O north wind and come O south wind Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its choicest fruits Song of Songs 4 9 16 Anointing in death There are different kinds of love that might be celebrated with spices or expensive perfume Now a change of mood where in the New testament do we have the use of spices like those in the Song of Songs frankincense myrrh and aloes Obviously one is at Bethlehem when the wise men brought frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus but that was a sign not only of his being a king but of something to come later The other occasion later was at his burial when Nicodemus brought spices and helped Joseph of Arimathea bury him in Joseph s tomb and afterwards when the women went to the tomb to anoint his body After these things Joseph of Arimathea who was a disciple of Jesus though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus Pilate gave him permission so he came and removed his body 39 Nicodemus who had at first come to Jesus by night also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about a hundred pounds 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths according to the burial custom of the Jews John 19 38 40 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid When the sabbath was over Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him Mark 15 47 16 1 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and they saw the tomb

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  • Pieta
    life in God now won The pain of birth you chose to make a sign of God s new life So for God s Kingdom you now take the pain the curse the knife Here is your son you said to me Mother to one well loved Disciples all we are to be in grief and love embraced O painful painful painful day That joy through tears may come I

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  • Lectionary resources Lent 6 Year C
    renewal Psalm 118 was sung in the Festival of the Booths It was like a ritual form of going camping with rough booths of branches recalling how the ancient Israelite had to camp when they escaped from Egypt Leviticus 23 39 43 Deuteronomy 16 13 15 It was a model for other celebrations 2 Maccabees 10 6 7 as today in the Jewish festival of Hanukkah See also 1 Maccabees 13 51 2 Chronicles 29 17 When Jesus came to Jerusalem they used the ancient symbols for celebrations of renewal What sort of king What does it mean to us today Those who welcomed him as a king understood a great deal but much was yet to be revealed especially about his humility See Philippians 2 5 11 Isaiah 53 John 13 14 Mark 9 34 35 Here is the suffering servant king who deserves the love and loyalty we give and receive in personal devotion and sacraments In practical living the way modeled by the servant king is far more radical than any popular democratic model The way of servant leadership is a challenge to all both in giving such service and in accepting it DBHome RCL Resources Index Order of Service Lent 6 Year C The Gathering of the People of God CALL TO WORSHIP This is the day that the LORD has made let us rejoice and be glad in it Save us we beseech you O LORD O LORD we beseech you give us success Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD We bless you from the house of the LORD Psalms 118 24 26 HYMN Holy holy holy Lord God Almighty TIS 132 AHB 65 PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION Most merciful God we confess to you and to one another that we have sinned by our own fault in thought word and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven Have mercy on us Lord We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us We have not been true to the mind of Christ We have grieved the Holy Spirit Have mercy on us Lord For our waste and pollution of your creation and our lack of concern for those who come after us Accept our repentance Lord Restore us good Lord Grant us forgiveness and time for amendment of life Strengthen us to overcome temptation And empower us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection ASSURANCE OF PARDON AND GLORIA God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him John 3 17

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  • The servant king
    another way of remembering their salvation from slavery Part of the ritual was like going camping Men would sleep out and eat all their meals for seven days in roughly constructed shelters or booths made of branches while except for the first day which was a holiday they continued their daily work It was repeated as a ritual to remember that when they escaped from Egypt they had at first to live in rough shelters or in tents They did actually go out and camp in the open and many Jews still do that today So they brought the branches to the temple to take part in the celebration That is the origin of the palm branches used on Palm Sunday You can read all about it in the old law in Leviticus and Deuteronomy Speak to the people of Israel saying On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and lasting seven days there shall be the festival of booths to the LORD Leviticus 23 34 Now the fifteenth day of the seventh month when you have gathered in the produce of the land you shall keep the festival of the LORD lasting seven days a complete rest on the first day and a complete rest on the eighth day 40 On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic trees branches of palm trees boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days 41 You shall keep it as a festival to the LORD seven days in the year you shall keep it in the seventh month as a statute forever throughout your generations 42 You shall live in booths for seven days all that are citizens in Israel shall live in booths 43 so that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt I am the LORD your God Leviticus 23 39 43 You shall keep the festival of booths for seven days when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your wine press 14 Rejoice during your festival you and your sons and your daughters your male and female slaves as well as the Levites the strangers the orphans and the widows resident in your towns 15 Seven days you shall keep the festival for the LORD your God at the place that the LORD will choose for the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all your undertakings and you shall surely celebrate Deuteronomy 16 13 15 In the Old testament there are many references to this feast being kept It was still being observed at the time of Jesus and it was taken as model for other celebrations For example we read in the literature which comes after the Old Testament and before the New Testament of how it was a model for a later celebration of deliverance from an enemy Other Celebrations of Renewal There was a great celebration at the time of the rededication of the Temple in December 164 BC after its desecration by Antiochus Ephiphanes the Greek Persian conqueror who had set up a heathen idol in the holy place on the same day three year before This celebration took place after the defeat of the aliens by Jewish patriots led by the Maccabees and when the sanctuary was purified the alter rebuilt and their worship recommenced They celebrated it for eight days with rejoicing in the manner of the festival of the booths remembering how not long before during the festival of the booth they had been wandering in the mountains and caves like wild animals Therefore carrying ivy wreathed wands and beautiful branches and also fronds of palm they offered hymns of thanksgiving to him who had given success to the purifying of his holy place 2 Maccabees 10 6 7 In another part of those writings 1 Maccabees 13 51 we read of an entry to Jerusalem not very different from what happened with Jesus It was on the twenty third day of the second month in the year 171 about the beginning of June 141 BC that the Jews entered the city amid a chorus of praise and the waving of palm branches with lutes cymbals and zithers with hymns and songs to celebrate Israel s final riddance of a formidable enemy REB That was only a few generations before the time of Jesus and it would have been spoken of in his time A while back I was talking with a member of my former congregation who was nearly 90 She was recalling things her grandmother had told her of when she was young and her grandmother was born in 1839 so she would have been able to pass on things that happened over 140 years ago about the time of the gold rush for example The old people in the time of Jesus would still have been telling the young ones what it was like to live in the time of the Maccabees The noise they made and the branches they waved when Jesus came to Jerusalem would have reminded them of that time of liberation The celebration of the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees is still remembered today among Jews in their festival of Hanukkah celebrated each year for eight days at about our Christmas time The original celebration at a time of victory and restoration shows how what was done in the festival of the booths formed the pattern for other festivals Another example of a similar celebration for eight days was at the rededication of the temple by king Hezekiah nearly 500 years earlier 2 Chronicles 29 17 although that was at the time of the Passover It was another time when idolatry had been associated with foreign conquest that time by the Assyrians and at the time when the

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  • Holy Thursday Eucharist and Maundy Service Year C
    an enactment of the scene as and after the John 13 is read need to be planned with some participants prepared beforehand although an open invitation to others to take part might be given also but if so it needs to be remembered that it is a matter of considerable sensitivity in which misunderstanding is possible and people can easily be embarrassed if they have not been prepared before in attitude and clothing An important principle is that the minister or worship leader should not assume the role of only washing the feet of others but should also accept washing by someone else as with Peter it is the acceptance of a service done by another that is often felt most strongly Jesus said You also ought to wash one another s feet As used here the acts are performed in view of the congregation beginning without announcement in the time of silent refection after the Luke reading and concluding during the singing after the John reading A brief recitation of selected words of John 13 may be added with actions which continue after the John reading is concluded and before the last song as indicated Order of Service for Holy Thursday Year C DBHome RCL Resources Index A Service of Readings and Remembrance CALL TO WORSHIP What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD Psalms 116 12 13 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people in the courts of the house of the LORD Praise the LORD Psalms 116 17 19 HYMN 478 Guide me O thou great Jehovah verses 1 and 3 THE ORIGINS OF THE LAST SUPPER Reading 1 Exodus 12 1 4 5 10 11 14 The Jewish Passover Feast Reading 2 Jeremiah 31 31 34 The promise of a new covenant The Last Supper was made into the Lord s Supper after the disciples met the risen Lord We celebrate the Eucharist only in the resurrection faith through which we see the significance of what Jesus did at the Last Supper which we will recall tonight Let us now then confess that faith in the words of scripture For our paschal lamb Christ has been sacrificed Therefore let us celebrate the festival not with the old yeast the yeast of malice and evil but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth 1 Corinthians 5 7 8 Alleluia We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again death no longer has dominion over him The death he died he died to sin once for all but the life he lives he lives to God So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus Romans 6 9 11 Alleluia Christ

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  • Liturgy for Good Friday
    with the great and he shall divide the spoil with the strong because he poured out himself to death Isaiah 53 12 Pause As we reflect upon the work of Christ as the suffering servant we who now benefit look back from the other side of the resurrection in a time of grace we look back in hope We grieve in remembrance but not without hope Let us then in hopeful gratitude enter with him into the shadow of death We recall the words of the psalm which became the cry of despair from the Cross My God my God why have you forsaken me and we listen then for the words of assurance and promise which follow PSALM 22 1 18 My God my God why have you forsaken me MEDITATION The cry from the cross from Mark 15 34 At three o clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice Eloi Eloi lema sabachthani which means My God my God why have you forsaken me PSALM 22 19 31 All the ends of the earth shall remember MEDITATION Posterity will serve him future generations will be told about the Lord Pause and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn Silence Psalms 22 30 31 HYMN 254 Ah holy Jesus how hast thou offended FIRST GOSPEL READING John 18 1 14 The arrest in the garden MEDITATION What kind of man is this Silence they came with lanterns and torches and weapons Pause Jesus said to them I am he they stepped back and fell to the ground Pause Jesus said to Peter Put your sword back into it sheath Silence SECOND GOSPEL READING John 18 15 25 Peter s denial and the High Priest MEDITATION Silence Do we sometimes feel ashamed of our relationship with Jesus Why Pause Did I not see you in the garden with him Silence All we like sheep have gone astray we have all turned to our own way and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all Isaiah 53 6 PRAYER OF CONFESSION Lord Jesus loving and suffering with us and for us we are ashamed of our unfaithfulness yet we look to you Forgive us we beseech you WORDS OF ASSURANCE God made you alive together with him when he forgave us all our trespasses erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands He set this aside nailing it to the cross Colossians 2 13b 14 All praise to you Lord Jesus Christ THIRD GOSPEL READING John 18 28 38a Jesus is taken to Pilate REFLECTION What is truth Pause Now there s a question What is truth And truth was standing right there in from of him Had he not said I am the way the truth and the life Yet what was a king doing bearing witness to the truth What sort of a kingdom could he have FOURTH GOSPEL READING John 18 38b to 19 16 The trial before Pilate MEDITATION

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  • enjoys the sovereign freedom henceforth to be present how and where he wills Matt 28 9 16 17 Luke 24 15 36 John 20 14 17 19 26 21 4 He might or might not be recognized So the risen Lord was able to contact the people who could recognize him and many did We too have the capacity to meet with him as we do in the Eucharist now and as we see him in the suffering faces of humanity know him in our devotions and as we shall see at the end when we too will be raised up in a new kind of body not constrained by time and space in which we will share with him the new life of children restored to the family of God with our first born brother 1 Corinthians 15 19 20 1 Peter 1 3 RCL Resources Index Order of Service Easter 1 Year C The Gathering of the People of God CALL TO WORSHIP The Lord is risen He is risen indeed Let us praise the Lord The Lord s name be praised HYMN 290 Christ the Lord is risen today PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION Three parts concluding Lord have mercy Lord have mercy Christ have mercy Christ have mercy Lord have mercy Lord have mercy DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS Through Christ God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things whether on earth or in heaven by making peace through the blood of his cross Colossians 1 20 Hear then Christ s word of grace to us Your sins are forgiven Thanks be to God A CANTICLE FOR EASTER and lighting the Easter candle Rejoice heavenly powers Sing choirs of angels Exult all creation around God s throne Jesus Christ our King is risen Sound the trumpet of salvation Rejoice O earth in shining splendour radiant in the brightness of your King Christ has conquered Glory fills you Darkness vanishes for ever Rejoice O holy church Exult in glory The risen Saviour shines upon you Let this place resound with joy echoing the mighty song of all God s people It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices we should praise the unseen God the all powerful Father and his only Son our Lord Jesus Christ This is our passover feast when Christ the true Lamb is slain whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers This is the day when christians everywhere washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement are restored to grace and grow together in holiness This is the day when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave Father how wonderful your care for us How boundless your merciful love To ransom slaves you gave away your Son Day truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and we are reconciled to God Therefore heavenly Father in the joy of this day receive our sacrifice of praise your church s solemn offering Accept this

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  • Victory over Death
    identified himself with humanity even to the point of being treated as a sinner and experiencing in himself the nature and consequence of sin which is separation from God That was a separation from the source of life so he experienced both sin and death at the same time Irenaeus one of the early Church Fathers put this way Fellowship with God is life and light and the fruition of the good things that are with him But on those who voluntarily rebel against God he brings separation from him and separation from God is death Or as Paul saw his identification with us and our separation from God For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God 2 Corinthians 5 21 We believe that we are reconciled to God through Christ who thoroughly identified with us remained obedient and faithful to God even to death so God raised him to life and so restored us with him to God himself It was the work of God who raised him from the dead All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation 19 that is in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us 2 Corinthians 5 18 19 Evidence for the Resurrection Belief in the resurrection was at the centre of the original belief and proclamation of the early church It was the foundation of the tradition on which all else depended as Paul said to the Corinthians about 56 AD which was only about 20 years after the events for which many witnesses were still living The evidence of this victory over separation from God is seen in the resurrection of Jesus It is an historical event for which we have the witness of the holy women and the apostles We are not only dealing with analogies or mere symbols of the triumph of good over evil We believe that were was an objective change in the reality of human life through a real event in the world that we know For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures 4 and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures 1 Corinthians 15 3 4 It was the heart of their preaching Paul at Antioch And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us their children by raising Jesus as also it is written in the second psalm You are my Son today I have begotten you Acts 13 32 33 The empty tomb was seen by a number of people Mary Magdalene and the other women Peter and

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