The approval of others for what we do at Blesséd really doesn’t matter: as long as we please God and please ourselves in the process, that is all that matters. However, I am strangely spooked, so for your comments, ammendments, suggestions and brickbats, here is the planned liturgy for Bank Holiday Monday. If we can collectively make this better, then it will be a good thing: liturgical collaboration is good. I fear that this might be a little “best of blesséd” but there are some new things (and I won’t complete the visual intercessions until the weekend before so they are fresh) and some of these rituals have been tried and tested, and after all, it is what Blesséd always does… it is the Mass: nothing more and nothing less. Some of the notes are in there for me to remember things and equipment (and to have them PAT tested). I am still unsure who will celebrate: whether it will be me, Mother Carrie or Father Phil. Part of me thinks I need to do it again sometime…
Another issue is that I have absolutely no idea how many people might be there in the New Forms Cafe at 6pm on a Bank Holiday Monday. Do I bring stuff for 50? 100? 200? That could mean either not enough dough and candles to go round or far too many, and I’d rather over provide than under… What do other more experienced Greenbelters think?
Theme: John 17 “that they may all be one” (White Vestments)
Equipment: Laptop (PAT test!), Power and Output Cables. Splitter and Monitor (PAT test!), Alb, Stole and Chasuble (White), Postcards for Blesséd, Candles, Stickers
Video: Call to Worship
Relax your body…
Open your mind…
Engage your spirit…
This is the house of God
Prepare to worship.
Life is an indescribable gift
Our worship is a celebration of that gift
(And of the giver)
In our worship we have rediscovered
God’s marvellous affirmation of life.
Tonight we invite you to bring all that you are
Your struggles and failures,
Your joys and fears,
Your faith and your doubts.
Your whole self.
Bring your self and be at home now
God is here
And all are welcome
Video: Liturgical Greeting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AndLNmeBlrI
In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
Grace, Mercy and Peace from God, our Father,
the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit be with you all
And also with you
My dear friends in Christ, God is here, and he wills us to be one.
At this time in the Church’s life when we are plagued by division and schism, by a lack of grace and a pointblank refusal to listen to the will of the Holy Spirit, we gather together as one to meet the risen Lord in Word and Sacrament. Though we are many, from across traditions, denominations, churches and theological perspectives, we are one in Christ, with Christ, for Christ.
We pray for unity, for peace and that through communion with his most blessed sacraments, we may find ourselves moving towards the heart of God.
But first, let us work out what keeps us from unity with each other and with God, let us work out our sins into this dough, through all our senses may we work through our failings and become risen like the dough, like the son…
Video: Kneed Forgiveness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwgl0ZaSd78
Equipment: Dough,Flour, Wetwipes
Fire charcoals for Visual Intercessions
Video: God Gave Eternal Life – John 3:16
GOD so loved the world that he GAVE his only son so that all who believe in him may have ETERNAL LIFE
Video: Short Creed from Peckham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nkGa4LY1YU
Video: Visual Intercessions – Greenbelt 08 – to be created
Equipment: Large bowl of sand. Charcoal. Incense. Blowtorch
Video: Airport Peace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhIgWrdLNXw
In the dark catacombs, sheltering from persecution and the sword, the faithful met to bring Christ into their midst. They greeted their brothers and sisters in baptism with a kiss of peace, a further communion, a closer unity as community, and they share something special, unique and holy.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you
Let us offer one another a sign of God’s peace
Pray my dear friends that this our sacrifice will be acceptable to almighty God, our heavenly Father
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for our good and the good of all his church
Equipment: Alt.Worship Chalice and Paten. Pitta/Naan Bread. Wine. Corporal, Purficators, Lavabo Towel and Bowl
Ritual: we gather in a large circle close to the altar and lolling around
Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give thanks and praise
This is the real and eternal life:
That all may know you,
the one and only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
He glorified you on earth
by completing down to the last detail
what you assigned him to do.
And now, Father, glorify us with your very own splendour,
the very splendour Christ had in your presence
before there was a world.
Christ spelled out your character in detail
to the men and women you call in faith.
They took it, and were convinced
that Christ came from God,
believed that you sent him,
and Christ’s life is on display in them.
Your word is a consecrating truth:
in the same way that Christ was given a mission in the world,
so we are given a mission in the world.
our goal to become one heart and mind,
just as you, Father, are in Christ and Christ in the Father
so that the world might believe that the heavenly Father,
in fact, sent his only Son.
So joining with all the company of heaven: the angel and saints, prophets, patriarchs and Our Blesséd Lady, we join in the prayers of heaven
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the Highest
Blesséd is he, Blesséd is he, who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed are you,
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Father of all mercy and God of all consolation.
Send now the Comforter and Helper into our midst,
your Holy Spirit,
to fill these gifts of bread and wine with your life,
so that they may be for us
the +body and blood of your beloved Son.
We can no longer forget
how he became one with us in suffering and death,
he who was totally one with you,
as he came to fulfil your will.
It was before the Passover.
As he loved his own who were in world,
he gave them a love unsurpassed by any.
He knew that he had come from you
and would return to you.
So, on the night he was handed over,
he took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.
As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we taste and proclaim the mystery of faith:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Make us one as you are one.
Until your Son comes again,
we do as he commanded us
by celebrating the memorial
of the passion, resurrection and ascension of your Christ.
He always lives before you as our high priest,
interceding for us
and bringing his only and perfect sacrifice
before you on our behalf.
Send the Spirit on your Church,
and guide it into all truth,
so that with Our Blesséd Lady Mary, the mother of our Lord,
St Thomas, St John and all your saints,
With the people of the earth
whom you have entrusted to your Son,
we may inherit the Kingdom and share in the glory
of Jesus Christ our Saviour;
by +whom, and with +whom, and in +whom,
in the unity of the Holy +Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, +almighty Father,
forever and ever. Amen
Video: Short Modern, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyT7IvcxGM
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body
Because we all share in the one bread
Communion with Agnus Dei
Video: Agnus Dei – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMaU34IfVyg
Benediction of the Blesséd Sacrament
Video: Tantum Ergo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emhk3oRu8PY
Equipment: Thurible, Incense, Charcoal, Monstrance (St John’s), Cope, Candles and Stickers
The Blessing is more than adequately done by the act of benediction.
Video: Greenbelt Dismissal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esUEWwHHEbw
Ite Missa Est