WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S ON THE TERRACE
Compassion springs from the Womb of Life in each of us
True compassion is passionate and emotional;
Today let us see what happens to others when compassion is missing
How we might act or speak without compassion;
True compassion acknowledges another’s worth
May we all embrace our common humanity by showing divine compassion.
PROCESSIONAL HYMN ‘Celebrate the Life we’re given’
Words: © 2015 Susan Jones Music: WOV 577 Austria
Celebrate the Life we’re given
Grace on grace, where love abounds
Celebrate the world around us
Blue and green, where birdsong sounds
Celebrate sun’s rise and setting
‘cross the harbour, over hills
Everything reflects its making
Beauty, love, joy; each heart fills.
We choose to live lives of meaning
even when the sky turns grey.
We choose to continue journeying
Cis and trans, bi, straight and gay.
We choose wrestling doubt or danger,
Trials may shadow, haunt our way.
But we know that we’re companioned,
Love walks with us, every day.
Kia ora tatou.
JESUS PRAYER Jim Cotter paraphrase on card
LIGHTING THE RAINBOW ROOM CANDLE
TIME WITH CHILDREN Sue McRae
BLESSING THE CHILDREN (All stand)
We send you to the Rainbow Room programme to hear stories, ask questions
and have fun together. We bless you. Amen.
PASSING THE PEACE
Feel free to pass the peace with those nearby or move to greet others further away. Passing the peace consists of shaking hands and saying “Peace be with you.” The response is “Peace be with you” or just “And with you.” Or, simply saying “Hello” is a good idea. Also feel free to simply observe if you wish!
THE WORD IN TEXTS Patricia Booth
Hebrew Bible Hosea 11: 1-4
Gospel Matthew 5:43-48
Contemporary reading ‘Second stanza from the Compassion Charter’
Inspired by Karen Armstrong
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.
For the Word in scripture,
for the Word among us,
for the Word within us,
we give thanks
LIFE MOMENT Colma Froggatt
REFLECTION ‘Compassion: antidote to violence’ Susan Jones
HYMN ‘We thank the many people’
Words © Susan Jones Music © Ellacombe WOV 277
(1) We thank the many people
who bring the Christ to birth,
both hidden and identified
in past and present earth;
Who feed and clothe and water
all children of the womb
and toil to make a home for them
from dawn, through night and noon.
(2) Bathsheba was disrupted
from marriage to the throne;
And Tamar found when widowed
she suddenly was alone;
Rahab was brave when Joshua
put Jericho under threat;
Ruth changed her country, followed love,
gleaned well, so safety met.
(3) We all face times of turmoil true
and questions that are hard;
Complex decisions try our hearts,
allegiances are marred;
Through every crisis, we decide
whom we call friend or foe;
Let’s call on Love to reconcile
To Fear, let us say “No!”
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH said as an OFFERING PRAYER
(You are invited to join in with the affirmation, saying as much as you can with integrity)
Compassion calls us,
in both public and private life, to refrain from
causing consistent and emphatic pain
acting or speaking violently from spite, chauvinism, or self-interest,
impoverishing, exploiting or denying basic rights to anybody,
inciting hatred by denigrating others
and denying our common humanity with even our enemies.
We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately
even, sometimes, in the name of religion.
We acknowledge our failures;
We re-commit to compassion, to strong, firm loving and
to respecting all who share this earth with us
We recognise and bless the gifts brought to the table, and those which wing
their way electronically from our banks to the church’s account.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY OF ST ANDREW’S
People share notices and visitors are welcomed. If you have a notice not already in the order of service, please move to the front row, ready to speak briefly from the lectern.
For the benefit of newcomers, please introduce yourself before you begin.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Sandra Kirby
CIRCLE OF PRAYER
We think today of the people of Finland and the the Orthodox Church of Finland. In New Zealand, we remember those in Parliament, and today we name Scott Simpson (Coromandel electorate) and William Sio (Mangere electorate). Here in the Central Presbytery, we pray for the leaders and people of Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church.
PRAYER FOR ST ANDREW’S on card
HYMN AA 44 ‘Gentle God when we are driven’
Words: ©1982 Shirley Erena Murray. Music: ©1982 Jillian Bray
Gentle God, when we are driven
past the limits of our love,
when our hurt would have a weapon
and the hawk destroy the dove,
at the cost of seeming weak,
help us turn the other cheek.
Gentle Spirit, when our reason
clouds in anger, twists in fear,
when we strike instead of stroking,
when we bruise and sting and smear,
cool our burning, take our pain,
bring us to ourselves again.
In the mirror of earth’s madness
let us see our ravaged face,
in the turmoil of all people
let compassion find a place,
touch our hearts to make amends,
see our enemies as friends.
Let our strength be in forgiving
as forgiven we must be,
one to one in costly loving,
finding trust and growing free,
gentle God, be our release,
gentle Spirit, teach us peace.
THANK YOU Judy Dumbleton
Our musician today
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