Pass the Word – Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 2009

http://www.passtheword2009.org

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I am delighted that the theme of the 2009 Youth Pilgrimage will be on Scripture – an opportunity for us to explore the Liturgy of the Word in hand with the Liturgy of the Sacrament and get young people back into their bibles. I love Scripture, I take great store in it, but I believe it must be read carefully, contextually, with a brain in gear and a mind to the word of God which is behind the text, and which is more important than the actual words used. I hate bibliolatry more than anything else – the placing of a book (and especially this book) in a more exalted position than God himself. Revelation did not stop in 120AD with the end of the book of the Revelation to St John the Divine, but continues to this day, and most especially in his most holy sacraments.

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We can use this Pilgrimage for great things with Scripture – lots of drama, creative readings and we must, simply must find space for this:

=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=9_M0H5nrY8E

I have used (?overused) this video in recent discipleship work, but it moves me greatly, and although I know many have passed it off, we simply must do it with the Youth team ourselves. It’ll be so powerful…


Powerpoint slides of the Mass – Liturgy for Mission

Mass with young people on the coffee table was planned. Some quite unchurched. The Mass is a key missionary tool, not an occult (in its proper meaning) rite of the few, but an opportunity to retell the story of salvation and through mystery and wonder and encounter with God.

I wanted to engage this mix of churched and unchurched with a straight mass, but didn’t have access to mass cards, so I planned to put all the liturgy on screen, and not being able to use Easyworship at home, it had to be on (eugh!) Powerpoint.

A fruitless search on t’internet revealed no-one has done this before (or at least the one that was there was an ugly import direct from the missal with no formatting at all – yeuch!), so as usual, here is one I made.

Ironically, last night we didn’t actually do the Mass, we’re saving it now for next week as the pressure of coursework bore down upon the majority of Sunday’s people. Still, I hope you find this useful…

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Please feel free to download it, change the format and the style as you wish.

Download from St Thomas Website

Preview at Slideshare

I am going to be publishing more mass-related materials over time, as I see it as my main contribution to the Fresh Expressions project as I am now a fully involved associate missioner. My role will be to teach, train, enthuse and annoy, hopefully in parishes, deaneries, dioceses and (most importantly) theological colleges and to impress on the sceptical, the spiky and the evangelical alike that the eucharist is the key tool of mission, the embodiment of Christ in our midst and the root of our proclamation of Christ

Yes, I have taken the King’s Shilling and been bought into the mainstream, but I promise I won’t behave or conform that much.

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Collective Worship Gospel – Mark 1:7-11 – Baptism of Christ

As part of my lovely wife’s PGCE at the Catholic Primary Schools Partnership is the emphasis on Collective Worship – some very different from an Assembly, which is in the words of one of their tutors, merely “a hymn, a prayer and a bollocking”; no what we must strive for is Collective Worship, and as a part of the course, Lou has to create something to engender a sense of awe and wonder.

This is the Gospel presentation for that:

=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=u2eBEk2G4uY

So, no more assemblies, it is “Collective Worship” from now on.


Sermon 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Banquet

Text: Matthew 22:1-14

In the name of the +Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Our gospel lesson this morning is another parable in a series of parables that Jesus taught about the kingdom of heaven. We had the parable about the father who had two sons: he asked one to go into the vineyard. He said no but then changed his mind. When he asked the other son and he said yes, but in fact did not go as he promised.

And then there was the parable about the other vineyard where the tenents did not want to give the fruit of the vineyard to the owner’s servants. And the vineyard was taken from them and given to others.

And this week’s parable also deals with the nature of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is so unlike what we can envisage that Christ uses examples that we may be familiar with: vineyards, banquets, mustard seeds and so on, but still has to give them a twist, to make them unfamiliar and challenging; for the Kingdom of God is a Kingdom so unlike anything else we have encountered before, and is something which will challenge us, challenge us to our very core…

Jesus says the kingdom of God can be compared with a king who gave a marriage feast and invited special guests. But the guests were too busy to attend, so the king told his servants to go out into the streets and invite anyone they see.

The king gave a banquet and the invitations to the chosen guests were rejected.

All the invited guests had excuses not to attend the banquet, almost as if they were not interested in attending.

The scribes and the Pharisees as the religious rulers were not interested in the Kingdom of God that Christ was proclaiming: they made excuses!! They asked by what authority did Christ do this. They asked: “how can a son of a carpenter be the Son of God?”

They came up with excuse after excuse not to believe in the Kingdom of God which was being made known through Jesus Christ.

There is an Arabian fable which tells about a man who went to his neighbour and asked to borrow a rope. “I can’t lend it, because I am using it to tie up a pile of sand.” his neighbour answered.

“But,” the man came back, “you can’t tie up a pile of sand with a rope.”

To which his neighbour slyly replied, “Oh, yes you can.. In fact, you can do anything with a rope when you do not wish to lend it to your neighbour.”

Excuses!! Excuses, excuses!!

And in this day and age, people find a hundred and one excuses not to be in the kingdom of God, too.

There may be many different excuses not to be in church on a Sunday or on any day – for the Mass is not only said on Sunday here in this parish: we worship a seven-day God not one just reserved for Sunday Best.

You may wonder why the Mass begins with the words, ’In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen”, and why this sermon is preached in those same words: We invoke the powerful name of the Trinitarian God so he will be present with us: in word, in sacrament, in his real presence. We are invited, and we in return invite God in return into our worship, our reflection of the heavenly banquet.

The invitation is given to everyone to be present at the feast – to be part of the Kingdom of God. But sadly, it is so easy, so tempting, so beguiling to find an excuse not to be present.

A priest decided to tackle this head-on and came up with No Excuse Sunday. I know you have all come today, but how often do you hear the excuses of others?

In order to make it possible for everyone to attend Mass, they planned a special No Excuse Sunday.

  • Cots would be placed in the Narthex for those who say, “Sunday is my only day for sleeping late.”
  • Eye drops would be available for those whose eyes are tired from watching TV too late on Saturday night.
  • Steel helmets would be provided for those who believe the roof will cave in if they show up for Mass.
  • Blankets would be furnished for those who complain that the Church is too cold. Fans on hand for those who say that the Church is too hot (clearly they are not thinking of St Thomas the Apostle, Elson!).
  • Scorecards would be made available for those who wish to count the hypocrites (Don’t worry – we have plenty of room for one more!).
  • Some relatives would be present for those who like to go visiting on Sunday.
  • There would be TV dinners available for those who claim they cannot go to Church and cook Sunday Lunch too.
  • One section of the Church would have some trees and grass for those who see God in nature, especially on the golf course.
  • The sanctuary would be decorated with 30 Christmas poinsettias and 30 Easter lilies to create a familiar environment for those who have never seen the Church without them.

We are all invited guests and if we do not show up, the Kingdom of Heaven will be given to someone else.

But look even more closely to this parable: there is a warning to the guests who do come. A warning that one needs to be dressed appropriately.

It is true that in this sacred space, God accepts you as you are: he doesn’t expect you to wear a suit or what used to be called “your Sunday best” because we know from the first book of Samuel:

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

The clothing that this parable is concerned with is the putting on of Christ. In the letter to the Romans, Paul says that we must put on Christ (Romans 13:14), and that our relationship with Christ must be as intimate as our nether garments. One translation I came across translated that verse from Romans which we use in the Baptism service when we enfold the child in a white robe:

Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear
(Romans 13:14)

Look at the Greek and the key word: ενδυσασθε (en-du-sas-thay) from en-du-oo:

“(in the sense of sinking into a garment); to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively): – array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on.” [Strongs Greek

Put on, sink into, κυριον ιησουν χριστον (kuri-on yay-son krist-on) – the Lord Jesus Christ

It is not enough to simply turn up to Mass and then say “that’s it, I’ve done my bit, I have received the sacrament” and then return to a life of envy, bitterness, malice and other facets of modern life.

You have to let the power of the sacrament transform you. You have to let the word of God seep into your life; you have to let the grace of God refresh and replenish you and then it won’t matter whether you are dressed in a tatty old pair of jeans or an outfit from Armani or Prada. Then you will be properly prepared to take part in the heavenly banquet, of which this eucharist is a foretaste.

So, come. Come and let God do his work within you. By God’s grace we are made worthy to be here, and through openness to his power, through putting on Christ, we fulfil our invitation.

No excuses. Come.

Amen.


Harvest Mass with the Ministry of Children

Harvest Mass – 5th October 2008

This was originally done with Frs North and Barnes at the Children’s Pilgrimage, reworked at the Critical Mass Weekend at Lancing and now once more rehashed for our own purposes into a Harvest Service themed on the Vine and Branches

Gathering Song(s)

– Our God is Here (with procession of Candle, Word & Wooden Cross)

 

Introduction

 

 

SPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LR

 

 

 

 

 

SPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LR

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you

 

Well, we have everything we need for this special Mass today. I have Acolytes, Servers, Ministers of the Word, Andi, and her glitter, a Thurifer, Debbie and … hang on, where’s Lou?

 

Has anyone seen Lou? I saw her this morning, but have you seen her?

 

(from the balcony) Not coming.

 

(banter between SPR and LR)

 

Not coming to Mass. It’s boring. I never get involved.

 

You can get involved. Everyone can get involved. You don’t have to carry stuff, or read stuff in Church to be involved, you ARE involved, just by being here. By coming, singing and worshipping with us, you are involved. It’s like being part of the same tree, a tree that we are all branches on.

 

Here in the Mass is the best way that we can be close to Jesus, come on down and I’ll show you what fun we all will have worshipping together and sticking close to Jesus.

 

Oh, okay, hold on…

 

 

Need to find something here – maybe the gathering video

 

 

Lou returns –trying to stick head to cross

 

SPR

-er, Lou, what are you doing now?

 

LR

I’m staying close to Jesus, just like you said. I want to be joined onto him like a branch.

 

SPR

No silly! That’s not how we stay close to Jesus?

 

LR

Well, how do we then clever clogs?

 

 

SPR

Well look, that’s what we’ve come to Mass for today. We are going to find 5 ways we can stay close to him in our lives. Just look out for them now –then you’ll see how we can stay close to Jesus, so that we can bear fruit for him.

 

It’s time for the first one now.

 

 

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1. BY SAYING SORRY

 

 

Jesus wants us to be friends with him, and with one another. Every time we do or say something hurtful or selfish we damage our friendship with him. But when we say that we are sorry he shows us his love and forgives us and draws us close to him.

 

My young ministry team are going to hand out some special paper now, and some pens and I’d like you each to take a small piece. Holding your small bit of paper, I’d like you to pause, pray and reflect. You can write your confession down on it if you like or you can just pray your confession into that paper, and then at the end of this time of penitence, we will gather them up and show you what God does when we are truly sorry.

 

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“Reconcile”

 

Penitential Rite

 

Paper

 

Absolution

“you are forgiven”

 

 

 

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

Gloria

Anderson Gloria

 

 

Collect

Let us pray.

 

God our Father,
look upon us with love.
You redeem us and make us your children in Christ.
Give us true freedom
and bring us to the inheritance you promised.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

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2. BY LISTENING TO HIS WORD

 

 

SPR introduces the Liturgy of the Word by a couple of lines about how we stay close to God when we listen to what the Bible says about him.

 

 

First Reading:

Colossians 2:6-8
You must be rooted in Him and built on Him”

 

Gospel Accln:

Alleluia, Jesus is the Lord (Johnston/Ryce-Kelly)

 

 

Gospel Reading:

Vine & Branches Video and Dance

 

 

Affirmation of Faith:

Creed Video

 

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3. BY PRAYING
SPR goes on about being close to Jesus when we say our prayers

 

Intercessions      

God Hears Me When I Pray

 

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4. IN EACH OTHER

 

 

SPR goes on about the fourth way we stay close to Jesus –which is by the love we share with one another: Seeing Christ in everyone we have contact with

 

Peace

 

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’  Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

 

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

 

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5. IN SHARING BREAD AND WINE

 

SPR goes on about the last supper –Jesus told his friends to break bread and drink wine together as the way of remembering him.

 

After he had risen from the dead the disciples would remember his words at the last supper and realise this was the way they would know his presence with them. Through prayer now this bread and wine will become different from how they were before –they will be the way Jesus share his life with us etc…

 

 

Offertory Song

We Come To Your Feast

(dressing of altar etc.)

 

Elements (cloth, bread, wine etc) are brought forward during appropriate verses in song. Children are given processional candles and gather around the altar

 

Offertory

Pray, dear friends, that this sacrifice, which is both mine and yours, may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father

 

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands

for the praise and glory of his name,

for our good, and the good of all his church.

 

 

Prayer over the Gifts:

Lord,
receive these gifts from your Church.
May the great joy you give us
come to perfection in heaven.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Preface

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

Father, you made the world and love your creation.

You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.

His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death.

And so we gladly thank you,

With saints and angels praising you and singing:

 

 

Sanctus

Thorne

 

 

Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, Lord, you are holy;

you are kind to us and to all people, for this we thank you.

 

We thank you above all for your Son, Jesus Christ.

You sent him into this world

because people had turned away from you

and no longer loved each other.

 

He opened our eyes and our hearts

to understand that we are brothers and sistersand that you are Father of us all.

 

He now brings us together to one table

and asks us to do what he did.

 

Father, we ask you to bless these gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Change them for us into the body + and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son.

 

On the night before he died for us,

he had supper for the last time with his disciples.

He took bread and gave you thanks.

He broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying:

 

Take this, all of you, and eat it:

this is my body which will be given up for you.

 

In the same way he took a cup of wine.

He gave you thanks

and handed the cup to his disciples, saying:

 

Take this, all of you, and drink from it:

this is the cup of my blood,

the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.

It will be shed for you and for all people

so that sins may be forgiven.

 

Then he said to them:

Do this in memory of me.

 

God our Father,

we remember with joy that Jesus died to save us.

In this holy sacrifice,

which he gave as a gift to his Church,

we remember his death and resurrection.

 

Father in heaven,

accept us together with your beloved Son.

He willingly died for us,

but you raised him to life again.

We thank you and say:

 

Glory to God in the highest!

 

Jesus now lives with you in glory, but he is also here on earth, among us. We thank you and say:

 

Glory to God in the highest

 

One day he will come in glory

and in his kingdom

there will be no more suffering,

no more tears, no more sadness.

For this, we thank you and say:

 

Glory to God in the highest

 

Father in heaven, you have called us

to receive the body and blood of Christ at this

Table and to be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.

Through this sacred meal give us strength to please you more and more.

 

Lord, our God, remember Kenneth our bishop before you

Help all who follow Jesus to work for peace and to bring happiness to others. Bring us all at last together with Mary, the Mother of God, and all the saints, to live with you and to be one with Christ in heaven.

 

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever.  

 

 

 

Great Amen

Anderson Gloria Amen:
Amen!
(Clap Clap) Amen! (Clap Clap)

Alleluia! Amen!

Amen! (Clap Clap) Amen! (Clap Clap)

Hosanna to the Lord!

 

Lord’s Prayer

Video: My Friend (Short Modern version)

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyT7IvcxGM

 

 

 

Celebrant receives a 15 second visual timer to cue the words:

 

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

 

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.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

Lord I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word and I shall be healed.

 

 

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God (Maher)

 

 

Communion Antiphon

“I am the Vine and you are the Branches” says the Lord

 

 

Communion

Video during Communion, Music by Brian Eno

 

 

Communion Song(s)

We plough the fields and scatter

 

 

Post-Communion Prayer:

Merciful Father,
may these mysteries give us new purpose
and bring us to a new life in you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

SPR

SPR recaps on how we have stayed close to Jesus in the Mass

 

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1. By saying sorry

2. By listening to his word

3. By praying

4. In each other

5. In sharing bread and wine.

 

 

 

Maybe Lou could show that he’s been enlightened by the experience! Lou then says now we are sent out to bear fruit for Jesus –sent out into the world to carry his life to others. He talks about ways that this could be done.

 

 

Blessing & Dismissal:

Lambeth Blessing and Dismissal Video:

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Ma-AodQ9I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pilgrims on a common journey with Christ as our guide.
Will you be faithful and determined in discipleship?

With the help of God we will.

 
We have gathered around the table and been fed for the road.
Will you share the good news of Christ with those whom you meet?

With the help of God we will

 
The Spirit breathes many gifts to build up the body
Will you use your gifts in the service of others?

With the help of God we will

 
The path we travel brings pain and sadness, joy and delight
Will you endure on this way to bring in the Kingdom?

With the help of God we will

 
May the boldness of the Spirit transform you
May the gentleness of the Spirit lead you
May the gifts of the Spirit equip you
to proclaim afresh in this generation the unchanging love of Christ.
 
And the blessing…

Celebrant (SPR)

…the blessing of God +Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Be upon you and remain with you,
this day and always

Amen

 

 

 

Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God

 

 

Final Song:

We Wanna See Jesus Lifted High

 


Harvest Mass with the Ministry of Children

Harvest Mass – 5th October 2008

This was originally done with Frs North and Barnes at the Children’s Pilgrimage, reworked at the Critical Mass Weekend at Lancing and now once more rehashed for our own purposes into a Harvest Service themed on the Vine and Branches

Gathering Song(s)

– Our God is Here (with procession of Candle, Word & Wooden Cross)

 

Introduction

 

 

SPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LR

 

 

 

 

 

SPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LR

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you

 

Well, we have everything we need for this special Mass today. I have Acolytes, Servers, Ministers of the Word, Andi, and her glitter, a Thurifer, Debbie and … hang on, where’s Lou?

 

Has anyone seen Lou? I saw her this morning, but have you seen her?

 

(from the balcony) Not coming.

 

(banter between SPR and LR)

 

Not coming to Mass. It’s boring. I never get involved.

 

You can get involved. Everyone can get involved. You don’t have to carry stuff, or read stuff in Church to be involved, you ARE involved, just by being here. By coming, singing and worshipping with us, you are involved. It’s like being part of the same tree, a tree that we are all branches on.

 

Here in the Mass is the best way that we can be close to Jesus, come on down and I’ll show you what fun we all will have worshipping together and sticking close to Jesus.

 

Oh, okay, hold on…

 

 

Need to find something here – maybe the gathering video

 

 

Lou returns –trying to stick head to cross

 

SPR

-er, Lou, what are you doing now?

 

LR

I’m staying close to Jesus, just like you said. I want to be joined onto him like a branch.

 

SPR

No silly! That’s not how we stay close to Jesus?

 

LR

Well, how do we then clever clogs?

 

 

SPR

Well look, that’s what we’ve come to Mass for today. We are going to find 5 ways we can stay close to him in our lives. Just look out for them now –then you’ll see how we can stay close to Jesus, so that we can bear fruit for him.

 

It’s time for the first one now.

 

 

Screen:

1. BY SAYING SORRY

 

 

Jesus wants us to be friends with him, and with one another. Every time we do or say something hurtful or selfish we damage our friendship with him. But when we say that we are sorry he shows us his love and forgives us and draws us close to him.

 

My young ministry team are going to hand out some special paper now, and some pens and I’d like you each to take a small piece. Holding your small bit of paper, I’d like you to pause, pray and reflect. You can write your confession down on it if you like or you can just pray your confession into that paper, and then at the end of this time of penitence, we will gather them up and show you what God does when we are truly sorry.

 

Screen:        

“Reconcile”

 

Penitential Rite

 

Paper

 

Absolution

“you are forgiven”

 

 

 

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

Gloria

Anderson Gloria

 

 

Collect

Let us pray.

 

God our Father,
look upon us with love.
You redeem us and make us your children in Christ.
Give us true freedom
and bring us to the inheritance you promised.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Screen

2. BY LISTENING TO HIS WORD

 

 

SPR introduces the Liturgy of the Word by a couple of lines about how we stay close to God when we listen to what the Bible says about him.

 

 

First Reading:

Colossians 2:6-8
You must be rooted in Him and built on Him”

 

Gospel Accln:

Alleluia, Jesus is the Lord (Johnston/Ryce-Kelly)

 

 

Gospel Reading:

Vine & Branches Video and Dance

 

 

Affirmation of Faith:

Creed Video

 

Screen         

3. BY PRAYING
SPR goes on about being close to Jesus when we say our prayers

 

Intercessions      

God Hears Me When I Pray

 

Screen         

4. IN EACH OTHER

 

 

SPR goes on about the fourth way we stay close to Jesus –which is by the love we share with one another: Seeing Christ in everyone we have contact with

 

Peace

 

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’  Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

 

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

 

Screen

5. IN SHARING BREAD AND WINE

 

SPR goes on about the last supper –Jesus told his friends to break bread and drink wine together as the way of remembering him.

 

After he had risen from the dead the disciples would remember his words at the last supper and realise this was the way they would know his presence with them. Through prayer now this bread and wine will become different from how they were before –they will be the way Jesus share his life with us etc…

 

 

Offertory Song

We Come To Your Feast

(dressing of altar etc.)

 

Elements (cloth, bread, wine etc) are brought forward during appropriate verses in song. Children are given processional candles and gather around the altar

 

Offertory

Pray, dear friends, that this sacrifice, which is both mine and yours, may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father

 

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands

for the praise and glory of his name,

for our good, and the good of all his church.

 

 

Prayer over the Gifts:

Lord,
receive these gifts from your Church.
May the great joy you give us
come to perfection in heaven.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Preface

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

Father, you made the world and love your creation.

You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.

His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death.

And so we gladly thank you,

With saints and angels praising you and singing:

 

 

Sanctus

Thorne

 

 

Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, Lord, you are holy;

you are kind to us and to all people, for this we thank you.

 

We thank you above all for your Son, Jesus Christ.

You sent him into this world

because people had turned away from you

and no longer loved each other.

 

He opened our eyes and our hearts

to understand that we are brothers and sistersand that you are Father of us all.

 

He now brings us together to one table

and asks us to do what he did.

 

Father, we ask you to bless these gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Change them for us into the body + and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son.

 

On the night before he died for us,

he had supper for the last time with his disciples.

He took bread and gave you thanks.

He broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying:

 

Take this, all of you, and eat it:

this is my body which will be given up for you.

 

In the same way he took a cup of wine.

He gave you thanks

and handed the cup to his disciples, saying:

 

Take this, all of you, and drink from it:

this is the cup of my blood,

the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.

It will be shed for you and for all people

so that sins may be forgiven.

 

Then he said to them:

Do this in memory of me.

 

God our Father,

we remember with joy that Jesus died to save us.

In this holy sacrifice,

which he gave as a gift to his Church,

we remember his death and resurrection.

 

Father in heaven,

accept us together with your beloved Son.

He willingly died for us,

but you raised him to life again.

We thank you and say:

 

Glory to God in the highest!

 

Jesus now lives with you in glory, but he is also here on earth, among us. We thank you and say:

 

Glory to God in the highest

 

One day he will come in glory

and in his kingdom

there will be no more suffering,

no more tears, no more sadness.

For this, we thank you and say:

 

Glory to God in the highest

 

Father in heaven, you have called us

to receive the body and blood of Christ at this

Table and to be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.

Through this sacred meal give us strength to please you more and more.

 

Lord, our God, remember Kenneth our bishop before you

Help all who follow Jesus to work for peace and to bring happiness to others. Bring us all at last together with Mary, the Mother of God, and all the saints, to live with you and to be one with Christ in heaven.

 

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever.  

 

 

 

Great Amen

Anderson Gloria Amen:
Amen!
(Clap Clap) Amen! (Clap Clap)

Alleluia! Amen!

Amen! (Clap Clap) Amen! (Clap Clap)

Hosanna to the Lord!

 

Lord’s Prayer

Video: My Friend (Short Modern version)

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyT7IvcxGM

 

 

 

Celebrant receives a 15 second visual timer to cue the words:

 

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

 

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.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

Lord I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word and I shall be healed.

 

 

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God (Maher)

 

 

Communion Antiphon

“I am the Vine and you are the Branches” says the Lord

 

 

Communion

Video during Communion, Music by Brian Eno

 

 

Communion Song(s)

We plough the fields and scatter

 

 

Post-Communion Prayer:

Merciful Father,
may these mysteries give us new purpose
and bring us to a new life in you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

SPR

SPR recaps on how we have stayed close to Jesus in the Mass

 

Screen:

1. By saying sorry

2. By listening to his word

3. By praying

4. In each other

5. In sharing bread and wine.

 

 

 

Maybe Lou could show that he’s been enlightened by the experience! Lou then says now we are sent out to bear fruit for Jesus –sent out into the world to carry his life to others. He talks about ways that this could be done.

 

 

Blessing & Dismissal:

Lambeth Blessing and Dismissal Video:

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Ma-AodQ9I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pilgrims on a common journey with Christ as our guide.
Will you be faithful and determined in discipleship?

With the help of God we will.

 
We have gathered around the table and been fed for the road.
Will you share the good news of Christ with those whom you meet?

With the help of God we will

 
The Spirit breathes many gifts to build up the body
Will you use your gifts in the service of others?

With the help of God we will

 
The path we travel brings pain and sadness, joy and delight
Will you endure on this way to bring in the Kingdom?

With the help of God we will

 
May the boldness of the Spirit transform you
May the gentleness of the Spirit lead you
May the gifts of the Spirit equip you
to proclaim afresh in this generation the unchanging love of Christ.
 
And the blessing…

Celebrant (SPR)

…the blessing of God +Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Be upon you and remain with you,
this day and always

Amen

 

 

 

Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God

 

 

Final Song:

We Wanna See Jesus Lifted High

 


Journey of Faith – Reflection on Session 2

We spoke of God the Father and explored a number of issues about the inappropriateness of gender for God: God who is all genders and no gender, who behaves as Father and Mother and also as something else quite different again.

A little boy had returned from Sunday School and was quizzing his Mum:

“Mum, God is everywhere, isn’t he?”

“Yes. That’s right”

“He’s here in this house?”

“Yes. That’s right”

“He’s here in this kitchen”

“Yes. That’s right”

“Yes. I suppose so…”

“…and here on this table…?”

“Err… yes…”

“God’s even here, in this sugarbowl?”

“Yes…”

The boy grabs the sugarbowl and pops his hand on top…

“Gottim!”

How we would love to capture God in our sugarbowls, to bring him down to our size, to limit him by our imagination, our intellect, our science and our language. How we want to proscribe his power and his glory to solely within the pages of a collection of books completed around 120AD. Language is simply not enough, and so we need to see the fingerprints of God in all of Creation.

We spoke of the two creation stories in Genesis: the well known 7 ‘period of time’ one from the Elohist (E) tradition, which we concluded was a pretty good 3500 year old take on Evolution, and the older, more mysterious Yahwehist (J) tradition one. I stated that I believed the Bible’s account of creation but that I was not a creationist, that I saw in evolution the fingerprints of God and rejected the literal understanding of the creation and fall myths.

God does not ask us to leave our brains at the door when we engage with him and with Scripture, and asks us to see Scripture as part of the revelation, but not its sole, literal, unthinking example.

We looked at the J, E and Priestly (P) influences on the Exodus story and watch this little diversion from last Summer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fTbCXcqrsY

Then, as we sat bathed in candlelight, we prayed together powerfully. Thank you, God. Thank you for providing this journey of faith, this fellowship and this opportunity to share.

The good people were sent out with a blessing, encouragement to read the Gospel of Mark in preparation for next week and the film of the week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUOrKTpJ2Pw

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973) by Franco Zefferelli         Amazon Link 

This is currently available at under 4 quid!

A slightly twee, but none-the-less lovely film about the life of S.Francis of Asissi. As his feast day is next weekend, and as the flim is currently so cheap, I strongly encourage you to watch it. If you can get past the early 1970’s Donovan music and the horrible sound mix which seemed to infect all films of that age, I think it is a powerful, faithful film about a radical notion, and a life-and-church transforming insight which led Francis to “rebuild my church”.

A good feeling as we parted this evening. Deo Gratias!


Journey of Faith begins! On the road to Confirmation

Our movies-based Discipleship course kicks off again, tonight for the Sunday’s Group for those that are seeking Confirmation and the Adults on the 15th. This is the brochure for it. Click for a larger image, or download the Adobe version

brochure (Adobe Acrobat format – fold it yourself!)

One of the opening videos will be this one – very powerful, and a good response to “what is the point of being a Christian?”

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ee73e63418003b47d7d5

If anyone is interested in the materials, or the slideshows, let me know.


Creative Liturgy Sermon for Holy Trinity, Barkingside

I’m off this weekend to East London at the invitation of Fr. Edmund at Holy Trinity, Barkingside. The remit is Creative Worship and Mission, and this is the current draft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B6kA2kepek

In the name of he +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

It gives me great pleasure to be with you this morning, to share with you some of my experiences of the meeting point between our Anglican tradition and creative multimedia-based liturgy. I want to thank Fr Edmund for inviting me – we have known each other for a few years now, principally from the National Youth Pilgrimage to Walsingham, where I have sat behind the scenes pushing the buttons whilst he gets on with all the fun stuff involving the young people.

But as none of you know me from the next priest, a little bit of background:

I’ve never been conventional: always been in trouble, always been at the back of class irritating the authorities who tell us how it should be done, and why it has to be like it is.

And Blesséd (my experience of this creativity) is, I suppose a reflection of this: the loose collection of individuals and their charisms that almost on purpose seeks to take what we know and love and do it differently.

On one level, Blesséd is solidly traditional – deeply sacramental, unashamedly Anglo-Catholic, soaked in gin and the cycle of the daily office, and on another it seeks to blow that world apart – to declare the whole of creation as sacramental, and our approach to God as immersive, multisensory and wildly, rabidly inclusive.

This morning I want to share with you some insights into our mission and the proclamation of the Gospel, and to remind us that we already have the principle tool of mission to hand: in the form of the mass.

I am nothing more than a parish priest: from St Thomas the Apostle, Elson: An urban parish in Gosport in the Diocese of Portsmouth.

I carry all of the pressures and anxieties of every parish: a heavy pastoral load with sixteen and a half thousand souls in my cure, a small, struggling and (I have to admit it) poor parish; a desire to proclaim Christ made present in a particularly Catholic spirituality.

There is a timeless and yet deeply relevant spirituality of anglocatholicism has so much to offer the church, offering depth as well as breadth, context and relevance as well as a proclamation which speaks deeply to the hearts and souls of many.

One of the legacies of the Reformation was the rejection of the sensual and the sensuous. Our engagement with God is much more than simply what we say aloud, or even what we hear, but in sight (spectacle and ritual), smell, taste and touch and through these we are enabled to engage both our minds and hearts in worship.

Catholicism is a fundamental way of looking at the incarnation and the world as affected by the incarnation, and therefore our sacramental life is crucial, central even to the work of mission. Being authentically Catholic means being multisensory and opening ourselves to the outrageous and audacious possibilities which the Incarnation offers to us.

Bishop Lindsay Irwin, a principal teacher and figurehead of the National Youth Pilgrimage to Walsingham, in an article on the sacramental ministry in fresh mission, suggests that:

“One might argue that in a culture saturated with trivial, unmemorable and unreliables words, Christ-filled symbol and action might have more chance of breaking through [and being heard”

Mission-Shaped Questions p31

The original multisensory worship was the liturgy celebrated in the Basilica of the 8th Century: a place where sight, sound, smell and taste ensured that the people of God sought to engage with God’s wondrous creation and to try to express the inexpressible.

When words run out, and they always run out when we are in an encounter with the indescribable, we turn to symbol and sign. Society is surrounded by symbol and sign, not to control us, but to enable us to engage with that which is beyond our experience: from the burning bush to the body and blood, our encounter with the sacred cannot solely be through word alone, for the soul encounters God on so many more planes of function.

Fundamentally, I believe that our primary encounter with God in worship is not an intellectual one, but an emotive one. Worship is one of the first ways that seekers of faith encounter Christ, and when asked about their first dip in the worship ocean, they do not reflect on worship in terms of reason or logic: whether they were convinced by the argument, but how it made them feel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLNxObCbRFo

The experience of Blesséd in Southsea, shows how it is worship, and fundamentally sacramental worship is a key tool in breaking through the mundanity of everyday life.

In urban Portsmouth, we stepped out in mission to an extremely mixed group of teenagers. Not having any money, resources or (quite frankly, any clue), my first solution was simply to introduce these largely unchurched young people to the Church: the Lady Chapel in particular. In the dark: lit only by candles and swathed in incense, around a cross, or an ikon, projecting some words on a blank wall or the altar frontal: something wonderful happened and these young people who only months before were the ones vying to knockout as many quarterlight windows as they could were able to grasp the presence of God in their midst. Truly effective mission simply allows people to encounter God, and the missioner simply turns up for the ride.

The last great swell of Anglocatholic Mission was in the 20’s and the 30’s and took place in poor, working class slums where the beauty and transcendence of worship lifted the people of God. It was through the sacraments that encounter took place. When we started to plan worship, a number of our young people involved all said independently “well, it has to be a mass doesn’t it?” It is intriguing that they sought to define themselves in terms of their relationship to the sacrament and yet not to be constrained by the traditions of it.

For them, each element of the mass was seen as being up for grabs, for a radical interpretation and a retelling of the story.

So, in 2002, Blesséd was born – Eucharist with funky backbeats, Gloria with dancing, Sacrament with Attitude. Blesséd sought to continue its sacramental heritage whilst proclaiming its ancient truths in new and creative ways. This has meant taking what we know and love and asking how its story may be told for new generations.

In mission, context is everything. One of the challenges of a creative Catholic Spirituality is concerned with making this happen and remaining authentic to a heritage with people for whom heritage is meaningless and outdated. The Gospel proclamation is eternal, but the wearing of lace-covered tat is not, and our liturgy must not be seen as the truth in itself, but a way of communicating that truth.

For this reason, we need to move away from a slavish following of a set text, and rather focus on the missionary purpose to express that story in any given context: a mass for youth is very different from a mass for the elderly bereaved, but both are deeply missional.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwgl0ZaSd78

The Gloria is tap-danced. Bread is kneeded. New prefaces are said and wine is consecrated by the bottle-load in unspoken action. Blessings are scribbled on a rocket and exploded in the night sky over Gosport. These creative, expressive ways are as real to these missional communities as were the first Eucharistic prayers of Hypolytus.

I am not advocating the throwing away of our carefully honed heritage in favour of some spiritual supermarket of technical wizardry and gimmicky mass, but rather a creative and free-flowing use of the entire tradition of the church: tradition which is not static, but dynamic and as engaging as the Incarnation.

To the other extreme, this creative flow should not be restricted to just “youth services” or “children’s services”, but as we find at St Thomas the Apostle, creativity starts to infuse and cross-fertilise: a penitential rite involving kneeded bread was also used at a Harvest Festival service in mainstream worship and many other elements of the mass take on new forms. St Thomas the Apostle is not the only anglocatholic parish to use a projector at each Parish Mass, and many more (like yourselves) are discovering the benefit from the flexibility and cost-effectivness of projecting the entire liturgy and hymnody on screen each and every week.

One of the things I repeatedly hear after worship, is “oh, I couldn’t do anything like that – I am so untechnical” – a statement which usually comes from someone brimming with Liturgical Creativity, but no self-confidence. The core message I need to convey to you today is that the best multisensory worship does not have to plug into the mains

The means of engagement with God are at our very fingertips: stones, water, flames (and the marvellous variety of different ways that we can set fire to things). Mark Yaconelli has written an excellent book on contemplative youth ministry, and this evangelical (the son of the famous Mike Yaconelli) has discovered the power, effectiveness and beauty of silence, an ikon, and Lectio Divina. That is an inspirational book which I commend to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emhk3oRu8PY

When we do this, does it enable us to tick the box marked “Fresh Expression”?

If you seek to Express Freshly rather than do mission then, frankly you are wasting your time, effort and the creative verve of others. A fresh expression for it’s own sake (Oh no, not another Café Church I often think) is not fresh, and yet, the Mass itself is the freshest of fresh expressions.

As Pete Ward discussed in his book Mass Culture the mass is an evangelistic opportunity and a missionary tool. It provides a unique opportunity for expressing the salvation story and the joy of the resurrection in word, song, action and ritual.

The mass provides both fixed points of reference and an ever-changing cycle of encounter with God, and this mix of the familiar and the challenging provides a framework on which to hang new explorations of worship; rather than being a limit to fresh expressions of worship, it forms a skeleton upon which a new creation is formed. No community which seeks to be Christian can be said to be authentically so unless it gathers to break bread and pour wine and see that Christ is in their midst.

The Catholic spirituality might layer more over that and see much more (quite rightly) into that, but essentially each community, regardless of what it calls this engagement with Christ, regardless of its explicit sacramental theology, one thing all actually agree on is that Christ in some way is here amongst us

So, my dear friends, what are we to make of a sermon which seeks to say in new and radical ways “Go and carry on with what you are doing”. So often we are prepared to beat ourselves up about mission and our lack of activity in this area. But, to you I say, the tools of mission are in your very hands – broken bread and wine outpoured are far more effective tools than an expensive and limited missionary pack.

The message of freedom, challenge and radical hospitality of the altar has so much to say to a society which is broken and confused by messages which say little to their context.

The Mass cannot be simply set down in a place and expected to do the work itself The concept of priest as conduit of that sacrament has much to say about how we bring about that sacred encounter. Getting bodies over the door is not the end result, but the beginning, and the sacramental encounter is the source of transformation and the cradle of faith.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyT7IvcxGM

If all this sermon has done is make you consider how Mass can be retold in this community, and offer you a possibility to unleash your creative and missional juices to that end, then I will have done my work.

So, Go and make mission, and may all of you do what Fr. Edmund was commanded to do when he and every priest is ordained and proclaim the Gospel afresh to each and for each generation!

Amen


Rosary Teaching

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD50N4DZ96c

I’m doing some teaching on Prayer in the Junior School (years 3/4 – 7 & 8 year olds), and so the kids and I made this video to back up what I am teaching: this week on the Rosary (Do you know any Catholics, we need teaching on the Rosary – I use it all the time, let me do it, let me! let me!) It is a State School so I have to play the Curriculum game straight down the middle, but encouraged by Christians on the staff, and known by the whole school as both a Governor and a purveyor of quality multimedia assemblies, this might be useful elsewhere.

YouTube also has this beautifully shot video on the subject, but the American voice over and the fiddly little graphics led me to make my own.

The Rosary is a key devotion for me: the cause of a major charismatic experience and a powerful weapon of prayer. I run workshops on making and using rosaries, and somewhere buried in the archives is my “Blue Peter” video on how to make a rosary. I must try and find it again.

Leaflet on How to Pray the Rosary

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