Worship for the next few weeks- Unraveled

Greetings, my fellow Pilgrims in Isolation!

Just a quick note to say hello, and I hope to be talking to you all soon, and a word of preparation about the next couple of weeks of worship stuff!
We’re going to start working through a series called Unraveled, which will lead us through some stories and passages about what happens when life unravels, when plans unravel, when our ideas of ourselves unravel and more, which seems fitting I think you will agree.
I was going to start with the story of Rizpah this week, which is a challenging reading that invites us to think about justice, righteous anger and protest. But! I reckon the slightly confusing lectionary reading from John will be a nice start, and hopefully help us begin a conversation about the things we think are true about ourselves, versus the things that Jesus knows about us.
So as a part of this Unraveled business, I’d love to invite you all to join me in making an unraveled art/craft project.
Here are a couple of pages from the guide offered by the people who designed the unraveled series (A Sanctified Art) which is for a large fabric medallion that we ideally would all work on during worship together. I reckon though we can be clever about this and work out how to make our own, smaller versions at home.
The idea generally is to use something old and torn to weave something new, as a prayerful exercise. 
So, I’m going to rip up an old sheet or two, and use a crochet hoop to make one, and I encourage you to use your imagination and make your own, or some other woven together thing. We can talk more about how it will integrate with our worship as we go.
 For now, if you’re interested, have a look at the guide and start thinking about how you and your family can join in.
Have fun, and I’ll talk to you soon,
Carlynne

Third Sunday of Easter- April 26th He’s In The Bread!

Blessings! Can you believe it’s nearly the end of April?? I cannot, but here we are.

Below you’ll find bits and pieces for our gathered but dispersed worship on Sunday, which is by and large focussing on a story from Luke about the Road to Emmaus (if you don’t know it, here’s your chance to learn).
A few options for you as you gather yourself for worship, which as usual you can avail yourself of as you see fit:
You might like to undertake a Lectio Divina, which is a practice of deeply immersing oneself in a bible passage. Here is a guide (1-What-is-Lectio-Divina) which offers two ways of entering into this. If using the Luke passage (Luke 24:13-35) to do this takes your fancy, I’d suggest using the first method outlined in the attached document. You could do this on its own, or couple it with the attached liturgy framework if you’ve got some more time.
Here is the liturgy for the day: Home Liturgy 26th April, as here:  Short Phone Liturgy 26th April is a version to do over the phone with people if that is of any help. This liturgy asks you to find some objects around the house to pray with and meditate on, so take your time reading through it and getting yourself ready.
I’ve recorded as usual a short reflection, this time with some added questions for your own personal reflection, which you can feel free to pause on and spend some time with.
The text for this is here: Reflection 26th April
There are points where you might like to sing a song (two of them in fact), with lyrics included for these two linked here:
May the Feet of God Walk With You both by the Banyule Network of Uniting Churches.
For those who want something a bit more all ages,
Here is an animated video of the story that I recommend you start with,
and then here is a second video recorded with my mate the huggable Saviour, in which we read a story, talk about the road to Emmaus, and think about some things you might like to do this week,
Here: (cretan) is the template for a finger labyrinth to make at home 
And finally: for those who are keen and able, I’m going to host a Zoom Lectio Divina at 2 pm on Sunday. Here is the link if you want to join in. I strongly suggest you read through the Lectio Divina guide that is above beforehand if you’ve not done this before as this will not be a usual service or bible study, and will incorporate a lot of listening, sitting, and thinking. You need to be comfy with the format before entering into it. We would engage in the second method outlined in the guide. 
I’ll be doing other Zoom stuff next time, but wanted to try this out this week as the Luke passage is so rich.
If you think you’ll join me, let me know as I need at least two more people to read… 
Also don’t forget to take a photo of your life story and send it to me! Thanks to those who have!
May you have a peaceful, loving and passionate week.
Carlynne

Second Sunday of Easter: He is Risen… I guess?

Grace and peace be with you friends!

Here you’ll find the general at-home-worship liturgy, offered to us by our brother Tim Clare (thank you Tim!):
And here is a shorter liturgy adapted for use over the phone if any of you wanted to try that with someone you know who might appreciate it:
No prompts from me to sing this week- but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Why not dig out an old CD, find a youtube clip you like, or just sing out in your lounge room a cappella? These liturgies are always ready to be adapted by you if you feel the need, so bung a song in there if you’d like.
If you’d like to take up any of the post reflection ideas suggested in the liturgy framework (doing kind stuff for your neighbours, writing letters) let me know! I’d love pics of what you decide to do, and I’d really love it if some of you (maybe those with kids?) wanted to write a letter or two to someone in the congregation you don’t know! 
God be with us as we continue to worship together but apart.

The Four Days of Easter: a chunk of stuff for Easter worship

Here follows a bunch of stuff dedicated to offering you a host of opportunities for connection, reflection and worship over the coming weekend.
What I’m hoping is that you will have enough available to you to pick and choose from that your Holy Week experience is a meaningful one despite the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Some of these resources/suggestions will be from other places, and a couple from myself and our community. Some are simply songs I find appropriate that you can listen to on the day in question as you see fit, all songs have lyrics attached. Look through and see what you think, interact with them as you see fit.
If you have any questions, please please get in touch (carlynne.nunn@gmail.com).
There’s a lot of info here, so go through slowly and take each day one at a time. 
 
Maundy Thursday.
This day has become increasingly meaningful for me; a chance to focus on the last night of Jesus life before Good Friday, a night that shows us the humanity of the GodMan.
Here is a video recorded by a number of our community reading through a simple service, with readings that tell the story of the night, and space for your own individual reflection and spots for gentle responses. It’s not a perfect recording, but it is human.
Here is the full text: Maundy Thursday dispersed liturgy.
Here is another liturgy that you can go through as you have dinner if you’d like: Maundy Thursday Sharing at the Table_Home
Good Friday.
Here is a PdF of a stations of the cross series Rev. Rod Horsefield has put together. It’s fairly comprehensive, and you can do it all on Friday or spread it out over (the remainder of) Holy Week if you’d like. Take your time with it, perhaps move through your home for the different stations.
Here is Johnny Cash singing Were You There, which is a fantastic song to listen to on this day of sorrow and contemplation.
Here is a lengthy film clip called Motivated by Love which you may want to sit with,
and a shorter video called Christ Has No Body, which is a prayer by Teresa of Avila.
Easter Sunday:
For this day I’ve got a liturgy from my friend Rev. Sally Douglas that you work through at home with your family or on your own. It takes place over breakfast, so be ready! ‘Come and have Breakfast’ A Table Liturgy for Easter Day 2020 Rev Dr S Douglas.
I’ll also be doing this liturgy on Zoom at 10 on Sunday morning. If you want to join me, click the link here  a little before 10, and have a candle, some juice or coffee, and a simple breakfast ready to go. 
Here is a lovely version of the Canticle of the Turning. It’s a little slower than I like it but still really beautiful, and there is a lovely blessing at the beginning. Always a very moving song. The canticle of the turning lyrics
Here is a song by Brunswick Uniting Church, called God is Walking in the Garden, which is a lovely reflection for Easter Sunday. God is Walking in the Garden lyrics
Another thing I’m going to do is to get up for dawn, and go outside to pray. This should be at around 6:20 am. Join me in your own yard or kitchen if you’d like! 
And this is a song by the Brilliance which I think is perfect for this day, perhaps after you’ve just watched the sun come up! Night Has Passed lyrics.
And finally, here’s a video called Praise Song for the Pandemic, which is a gorgeous and timely blessing.
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I really recommend sitting in reflection and meditation as much as possible this weekend. Try to avoid the news if you can, or too much busy work. Reflect, read our sacred stories, sing, cry, pray, laugh. It’s the time for all of these things.
This could be a challenging and sad Easter for us. Or, it could be one which inspires us to consider what that first Easter was like, and causes us to reflect on the presence of hope.
The day Jesus was killed, his friends were scattered and afraid, ashamed and broken hearted. It was a dark day, in which we see the Son of God enter into, and inhabit the pain, the loneliness, the abandonment of the world. Somehow though, this day offers hope along with hopelessness. Because this day points us to hope that comes through suffering, hope that doesn’t ignore the darkness.
Our brother and friend Jesus walks to glory through hurt and shame, opening up the way for us to know ourselves loved and free.
God be with us as we walk the Easter journey once again.
Carlynne.

Home Worship – 5th April: Hosanna

 

 

Blessings to you all friends, as we enter Holy Week!

Here are some gathered resources for your worship at home, which you are free to use as you see fit.

Here is the liturgy for the day: Home liturgy 4th April

Here is my video reflection,

and here is a video reflection from the excellent Rev. Ian Ferguson.

Here is another song from the lovely folk at the Banyule Network,

and here is a little collection of Holy Week activities for families, and any of you who are interested: 1_GFH 5 April 2020

God be with you all, may we worship in Spirit and in truth! Amen.