Resources for Ordinary Time

 

Blessed are you, God of all creation,
and blessed is the communion
into which you gather us.

You promised through your beloved Son
that when two or three gather together in his name,
you will be there in the midst of them.

Send your Holy Spirit
to call us by name and lead us home.

We come defeated, we come dancing,
We come traumatized, we come trusting,
We come aggrieved, we come adoring;

Send your Holy Spirit
to call us by name and lead us home.

We come because our hearts are made restless
by echoes of a song we have never heard
and memories of a place we have never seen.

Send your Holy Spirit
to call us by name and lead us home.

 

 

Written by Nathan Nettleton, 2000.

 

O God, you search us out and know us,
and all that we are is open to you.
We confess that we have sinned.

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we use our power to dominate
and our weaknesses to manipulate:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we evade responsibility
and fail to confront evil:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we are seduced by fashionable dreams
and pursue our desires at the expense of others:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we despair of changing the world
and neglect to change even ourselves:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we fail to integrate spirit and flesh
and forfeit our wholeness and dignity:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

We turn to you,
O God of infinite mercy;

We renounce evil;
We claim your love;
We choose to be made whole.

 

 

Stanzas 1,2, 3 & conclusion by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London:SPCK, 1992, p.40. (altered)

Stanzas 4, 5 & 6 by Nathan Nettleton

 

We believe in God,
who made the world
and reaches out to it
with a love
fierce and passionate,
tender and kind.

We believe in Jesus the Christ &emdash;
God revealed in a human life.
He touched the untouchable,
pardoned the unforgivable
and unmasked the powers that enslave us.
In fear and arrogance
we cast him, lifeless, into the grave,
and with him went our hopes of salvation.
Raised by God,
he is parting the sea of evil and despair
and leading us across
into the land of freedom and promise.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
&emdash; God's mysterious presence with us &emdash;
whose breathing gives life;
whose fire purges and renews;
whose wisdom
surprises, prompts and questions,
awakening courage, humour and hope.

We believe in ourselves;
made in the image of God
and growing to wholeness in Christ.
Gathered by the Spirit,
we have been baptised into a common life:
a life laid open to all;
overflowing with love and mercy;
richer than mind can measure,
but appearing foolish to the world.

And we trust
that the foolishness of God
will prove wiser
than the wisdom of the world,
and that the suffering of God
will heal the earth
and fulfil our hopes of justice and peace.

 

 

by Nathan Nettleton © 2001

 

We are the body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.

Let us lift up our hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

(Insert the Preface of the Week here - available from Laughing Bird Weekly Texts)

 

Traditional

Therefore with the whole realm of nature around us,
With earth, sea and sky,

We sing to you.

With the angels and archangels who envelop us,
With all the saints before us and beside us,
With brothers and sisters, east and west, north and south,

We sing to you.

And with our loved ones,
separate from us now,
who yet, in this mystery are close to us,

We sing the hymn of unending praise:

Adapted from "The Prayer of Thanksgiving" on page 67 of The Iona Community Worship Book, Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow, 1991.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of truth and light,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Traditional

Blessed are you, O God,
who sets the table of creation
and invites us to feast with you
in a cosmic celebration
of love and desire.

We thank you for Jesus,
whose life, prayer and ministry
opened our eyes
to the glory of life
and fuelled our hunger
for your long anticipated reign
of justice, mercy and peace.

We thank you for Christ's passionate solidarity
with the suffering of all the earth;
for as he bore in his own body
the wounds of creation,
he embraced us in our brokenness
and gathered us into his wholeness
so that we might know ourselves beloved
and serve with him as priests forever
in an all-embracing eucharist.

By Nathan Nettleton © 2001

Blessed is our brother Jesus,
bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh;
who, on the night when he was betrayed,
took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said:

"This is my body, which is for you.
Do this to remember me."

In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying:

"This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, whenever you drink it,
to remember me."

"Institution Narrative" by Janet Morley,
All Desires Known
, London:SPCK, 1992, p.48 (altered).

So, as we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the mystery of our faith:

Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.

Traditional

Therefore, here in this place,
we celebrate the life that death could not hold,
the life that Jesus has shared
among his community through the centuries,
And shares with us now.

From The Iona Community Worship Book, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 1991, p.67

Made one with him,
and thus one with each other,
we lay before you these gifts of bread and wine,
in token of our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
for here we offer and present to you ourselves,
our bodies, minds and spirits,
to be a holy and continuous sacrifice to you.

Adapted by Nathan Nettleton
from "The Desert Missal" of the Anamchara Celtic Church. http://web2.airmail.net/anmchar1/disert.htm

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.
Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

Come and brood over these bodily things,
this bread and this wine.
May they be for us the body and blood of Christ;
healing, renewing and making us whole.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.
Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

Come and embrace us with your life-giving power
that as bread and wine are made one with us,
we may become one with you;
bone of your bone, flesh of your flesh.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.
Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

Come and make of your gathered people
the real presence of Christ for the world,
living our prayer and praying our life
till earth and heaven are reconciled,
and all are free as Christ is free.

Epiclesis over Bread and Wine adapted by Nathan Nettleton from prayers by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London:SPCK, 1992, p.47 & 49; and "Prayer of Blessing for the Sunday Morning Communion" The Iona Community Worship Book, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 1991, p.67.

 

Glory be to you, O God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
&emdash; one God and Mother of all creation &emdash;
as in the beginning, so now, and forever.
Amen!

Doxology adapted from traditional texts by Nathan Nettleton