Worship Materials: Maundy Thursday

From the Festive Worship collection

The mystery of the Eucharist (Holy Communion, Mass) is only fully perceived when all flesh is seen as embodying both the suffering and the delight of God.

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Worship Materials: Palm Sunday

From the Festive Worship collection

The events of Holy Week reveal the complexity of human nature – of how loyalty and treachery, callousness and tenderness can live side by side in people’s hearts.

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God the One forever making

From the Boundless Life collection

God the One forever making
All the old into the new,
Source of all creative passion
Found in each emerging view,

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From the womb of Mother Earth

From the Boundless Life collection

From the womb of Mother Earth
We are brought by God to birth
With creative tenderness
Through God’s loving life caress.

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Within Christ’s complex heart and mind

From the Boundless Life collection

Within Christ’s complex heart and mind
Three streams emerged and joined as one:
The man who spoke with prophet’s fire
Showed mother-love and childlike fun.

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Beyond all words

From the Boundless Life collection

Beyond all words that we can form,
Beyond all thoughts that we can share,
The message of our touch conveys
A world beyond all hate and fear.

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I sing a song of the woman’s voice

From the Boundless Life collection

I sing a song of the woman’s voice
Tender and strong and clear;
Of those who longed to gain the vote
Despite men’s doubt and fear;

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As flesh reveals a path to sacredness

From the Boundless Life collection

As flesh reveals a path to sacredness,
As body, mind and spirit merge as one,
As life is lived with interweaving links,
We dance the rhythmic pulse of Moon and Sun.

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Love is Essential

Love is the source of comfort and delight;
Love shines in darkness, bringing us the light;
When we despair and purpose seems at an end
We long for love on which we can depend.

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O God of All New Visions (Wedding Hymn)

From the Boundless Life collection

O God of all new visions
Of hope and tenderness,
The source and inspiration
Of love and friendliness,
Enable these two people
Each other to affirm
And find within their marriage
The love for which they yearn.

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The Life of Jesus

The life of Jesus shows a way
Of living life in love each day.
He lived with kindness, but was strong
In striking out against all wrong.

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We sing of human loving’s starting point

From the Boundless Life collection

We sing of human loving’s starting point
Emerging from the Cosmos at its birth.
Repulsion and attraction both were there
Yet from the latter love evolved on Earth .

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Is love a grand illusion

From the Boundless Life collection

Is love a grand illusion
That comes and goes at will,
A heart that’s always longing,
A heart that’s never still?

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In the wonder of love

From the Boundless Life collection

In the wonder of love
Two people appear as one
Without absorbing the other
Each respecting intimacy and solitude.

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Awaken O my inner self

From the Boundless Life collection

Awaken O my inner self
Discern your Bethlehem,
Prepare to enter deep within
And wear your diadem.

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Worship Materials: Lent

From the Festive Worship collection

THEME The Connecting Solitude
THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
The spiritual desert is not a foe to be conquered but an emptiness to be affirmed: for when we are full, we perceive nothing, but when we are empty we can receive everything.

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There’s no two-ness in God

From the Boundless Life collection

There’s no two-ness in God the mystic said, *
No two-ness in God at all.
All the things are as one in Jesus Christ, +
All things are as one said Paul.

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In the letting go we find life

From the Boundless Life collection

In the letting go we find life:
For deeper than the striving is the flowing,
Deeper than the searching is the knowing
And deeper than the grieving is the mystery
In which darkness and light are one.

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