Our Worship

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Our worship is a chance to open the heart to love and the mind to wisdom. We open our hearts to the Source of Love, that some of us name as God. We open our minds to find wisdom in the living of life, guidance for the deepening of our spiritual lives, and inspiration for our work for justice in the world.

When you come to the Meeting House you will be welcomed into our large meeting room and you're welcome to sit where you like. Chairs are arranged in rows of circles. In our services we sing, pray, and listen to readings. Readings may come from the Bible, or from other religious scriptures, or other from other sources, as we believe that wisdom and revelation can come from many places. The preacher, usually our Minister Stephen, will give a short talk on the topic of the day. These talks are designed to give you something to think about and to provide some guidance in deepening your spiritual life. We usually take one spiritual theme for the month and explore it across several services. Spiritual themes include things like hope, freedom, prayer, awakening, science, and love. The service ends with a time of quiet meditation for you to deepen into your own prayers.

Tea, coffee, and cake are always served after the service, and visitors are always welcome to stay. On the third Sunday of the month we have a spiritual discussion on the month's topic.
Below is a typical order of service for one of our services of worship:


Prelude: Mother Spirit, Father Spirit

Opening Words and Welcome

Come, come, whoever you are,

Infidel, blasphemer, breaker, and broken,

This is no place of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times.

Come, yet again come.

Chalice Lighting

May the Light of Truth illumine our minds,
May the Spark of Love set our hearts on fire,
May the Flame of Freedom burn brightly within us,
Now and always.
Amen.


Opening Chant:

(Please sing)

Come, come, whoever you are,

wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.

Ours is no caravan of despair.

Come, yet again come.


Gathering Prayer

You are above us, O God, you are within

You are in all things yet contained by no thing.

Teach us to seek you in all that has life that we may see you as the Light of life.

Teach us to seek for you in our own depths that we may find you in every living soul. Amen.


Joys and Concerns


Pastoral Prayer


Spirit of Life

(Please sing)

Spirit of Life, come unto me.

Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free;

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.


Reading from Amy Carmichael

In Tamil we have a polite word, which tells someone who asks for something that we have nothing to give; we have run short of it - Poochiam.

One day I felt like saying Poochiam about love; I had run short of it. I was in the Forest, and I had just read a letter that was hard to answer lovingly. I was sitting by The Pool at the time, and presently began to watch the water flow down through the deep channel worn in the smooth rocks above it. There was always inflow, so there was always outflow. Never for one minute did the water cease to flow in, and never for one minute did it cease to flow out; and I knew, of course, that the water that flowed out was the water that flowed in. The hollow that we called The Pool had no water of its own, and yet all the year round there was an outflow.

God hath not given you the spirit of fear... but of love.

If love flows in, love will flow out. Let love flow in. That was the word of The Pool. There is no need for any of us to run short of love. We need never say Poochiam.


Reading from the Gospel of Mark

When it grew late, his disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’ And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.


Reflection


Quiet Prayer


The Spirit Lives to Set Us Free

(Please sing)

The Spirit lives to set us free,

walk, walk in the light.

It binds us all in unity,

walk, walk in the light.


Walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light of love.


The light that shines is in us all,

walk, walk in the light.

We each must follow our own call,

walk, walk in the light.


Walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light of love.


Peace begins inside your heart,

walk, walk in the light.

We've got to live it from the start,

walk, walk in the light.


Walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light of love.


Seek the truth in what you see,

walk, walk in the light.

Then hold it firmly as can be,

walk, walk in the light.


Walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light of love.


The Spirit lives in you and me,

walk, walk in the light.

Its light will shine for all to see,

walk, walk in the light.


Walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light,

walk in the light of love.


Closing Blessing

May the love of life fill our hearts.

May the love of earth bring joy to Heaven.

May the love of self deepen our souls.

May the love of neighbour heal our world.

As nations, as peoples, as families this day

may the love of life heal our world. Amen.


Closing Verse:

(Please sing)

With our minds

and our hearts

and our hands,

may we choose to bless the world.



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