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

The vacant cross and the empty tomb
vindicate your claim
that the love which suffers
is the love which saves.

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

Life rises anew from the parched earth
as the heat relents and the rains return.
The thought of a raging fire loses its fear
and promises instead a place of warmth and rest.

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

You meet us on the road with hands still holed
but breath warm and conversation engaging.
And though you go on ahead
you promise a companion to show us the way.

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



Written by Nathan Nettleton, 2000, incorporating lines from prayers on pages 195 & 201 of Stages on the Way by the Wild Goose Worship Group. © 1998 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland.


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 entomb Christ in the pages of history
and seal the joy of the Spirit behind the stone of our pride;

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

When we search for the living in places of death
and manufacture death in places of life:

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

When we dismiss the bearers of good news
and are loathe to touch the marks of truth:

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

When we turn our backs on the way of freedom
opening through the sea of despair,
and trudge back to the bondage of the past
leaving flowers on the grave of hope:

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 & 6 by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London:SPCK, 1992, p.40. (altered)

Stanzas 2, 3, 4, & 5 by Nathan Nettleton, 2000.


We believe in God,
maker and sustainer of earth, sea and sky,
and midwife of every life
that emerges from the womb of the earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ.
Born of the womb of Mary,
he was the first of our race to live fully
the destiny for which we were all created.

Healing the broken
and serving the poor,
liberating the burdened
and reconciling heaven and earth;
his every action unmasked the evil
that waits to enslave us all.

Hell, wounded at its heart
and filled with bitterness and rage,
struck back in fury unrestrained.

Jesus was condemned by the religious
and crucified by the state.
He died forsaken, a man of sorrows.
No pain in our hearts or in our planet
is unfamiliar to him
for he was cast into the jaws of death.

Redeeming even death,
God raised Jesus from the grave
and with wounded hands he embraces us.

He ascended into heaven
to be everywhere present
and there is now nothing
beyond the reach of his healing touch.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who raises us from the waters of death,
breathes new life into us
and declares us to be God's beloved.

And we believe
Christ came that all may have life.
Violence and hatred have done their worst
but Christ's reign of peace will conquer.
All who trust in Christ,
though they die,
shall be lifted to life in all its fullness.
The grip of suffering
will be forever broken,
and death shall have no dominion.

Written by Nathan Nettleton, 1999.


Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

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)



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!


Blessed are you, O God,
who breaks open wide the tomb of our world,
calls life out of death,
and leads all creation into life eternal.

Blessed is your son, Jesus,
who in life and death revealed your glory.

Suffering in his body sin's deadly powers,
he entered the captivity of hell
and proclaimed liberty to those imprisoned
by the unyielding force of death.

Breaking forth from the grave's stronghold,
he pushed back the stone,
met us on the road as a beloved stranger,
and awakened in us the hope
that the earth will be saved from its enemies.

Ascended into glory, he is everywhere present,
gathering up all things
in the surprise of new life and desire fulfilled.


Written by Nathan Nettleton drawing on thanksgivings by Philip Newell An Earthful of Glory, London:SPCK, 1996, p.87, 94 & 108 and by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, SPCK, London, 1992, p.54.

Blessed is our brother Jesus,
who walks with us the road of our grief,
and is known again in the breaking of bread;
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.54-55. (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.


Therefore, here in this place,
we celebrate the life that was born at Bethlehem,
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

Raised to life with him,
and united with each other in his mystical body,
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.

Come now, O Spirit of Christ,
Brood over these bodily things,
this bread and this wine.

May they be for us
your body and blood,
Vibrant with life,
Healing, renewing
and making us whole.

And burst forth in us
with your life-giving power.
that we might recognize your presence
in each and every person
who breaks bread and shares wine
round this table.

Open our graves,
unbind our eyes,
and name us here;
touch and heal all that has been buried in us,
that we need not cling to our pain,
but may go forth with power
to release resurrection in the world.

Written by Nathan Nettleton incorporating lines from prayers by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London:SPCK, 1992, p.47 & 55; and "Prayer of Blessing for the Sunday Morning Communion" The Iona Community Worship Book, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 1991, p.67.

Because you are one with us, O Christ,
make us one with you as we pray
the prayer you taught us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom, the power and the glory
are yours, now and forever.

Translation of the Lord's Prayer by ELLC.