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Fifth Sunday in June: 30 June 2019 at 2 p.m.
Sophia’s Spring is experimenting with an occasional series of different approaches to church. The first such service is on the 30th of June at 2 p.m. There will not be a 10 a.m. service on that day. Come in the afternoon and bring a friend!
The theme for the service is the names of God.
Maundy Thursday 18th April 6.30 p.m.
Simple shared meal followed by a Service of Shadows which will be led by Rev Jan Sebastian and Rev Coralie Ling.
Sharing herbs, olives, fish, figs and grapes
Herbs for the bitterness of suffering (Exodus 12:8)
Olives for the hope of peace (Hosea 14:6)
Fish for sustenance and life (Luke 24:41)
Grapes and figs for celebration and abundance (Micah 4:4)
Sharing a simple meal of soup and bread.
We gather this Maundy Thursday evening and
recall Jesus’ new commandment after which this day is named.
Good Friday 19th April 10 a.m.
Meditation walk around CERES, led by Jan Garood. Followed by hot cross bun morning tea.
Reflection: Jesus carries his cross outside the city to a rubbish dump. This beautiful park was once a rubbish dump; but it has been transformed, resurrected, by years of hard work. Food scraps were composted and turned into soil, every tree you see was planted, energy was generated.
From the sun and wind, water was captured, conserved and recycled. After many years of dedication the soils returned to fertility.
Prayer: Jesus, you carried your cross alone, yet you reached out to the marginalised: the refugee, the unemployed, the mentally ill. Grow in us the compassion to love and serve the marginalised and dispossessed.
Easter Sunday 21st April 10 a.m.
A celebratory Easter Sunday Service, to be led by Rev. Coralie Ling.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
Mary Oliver, from ‘When death comes’
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) died this week. Her words have brought solace and delight through all the seasons of our lives. And they will continue to do so. So many poems. Something for everyone, for every day, for every occasion. Oliver once said in a radio interview that poetry “wishes for a community. It’s a community ritual” and in our ritual life her words will continue to resound. Her words will continue to connect us to each other and to the natural world. In amazement, and gratitude, we celebrate the life of Mary Oliver.
When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider
the orderliness of the world. Notice
something you have never noticed before,
like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket
whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb.
Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain,
shaking the water-sparks from its wings.
Let grief be your sister, she will wither or not.
Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also,
like the diligent leaves.
A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life.
Scatter your flowers over the graves, and walk away.
Be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance.
In the glare of your mind, be modest.
And beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling.
Live with the beetle, and the wind.
The following service was shared at Sophia’s Spring on November 4, 2018. It was prepared and led by our Minister, Rev Jan Sebastian.
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally, to take a step without feet.
Acknowledgement of the First Peoples
Song AA 72 In this familiar place
Lighting of the Candles
As the sea gathers its waters
for the next waves on the shore:
so Sophia’s people gather for loving.
As the notes of harmony congregate
for the sound of music:
so Sophia’s people cluster in community.
As the wind sweeps the air
Into great clouds of beauty:
So Sophia’s people wonder at creation.
As the call for justice is heard
across the planet in many places:
so Sophia’s people commit to work for peace
and justice for all.
Source of Love, Source of Being, Source of Life.
We give thanks for you, Sophia, breath of life.
Adapted by JS from original words by Dorothy McRae McMahon
Circle of Names
Song AA 151 When human voices cannot sing
A time to quietly reflect
Loved ones who have gone before us…(using stones, reminiscent of the Jewish custom of leaving stones on graves – linking in with All Saints Day)
Psalm 24 from Barbara Monda, Rejoice, Beloved Woman: The Psalms Revisioned
John 11:1-44 Martha’s perspective by Jan Sebastian
Reflection one and all
With a challenge to reflect on what we are holding too tightly to… bound to, and then releasing it, letting it go – symbolized by a strip of cloth (like Lazarus’ grave clothes)
Song AA 48 God of all beauty
Notices and Offering
Joys and Concerns
Prayers for others
Candles passed around the circle and people prayed out loud, or silently, as they held a candle, before passing it on.
Song AA 39 For the bread and wine and blessing
May the love of Sophia inspire you,
And you too
Let us lift our hearts in gratitude for breath
Yes, let us give thanks for life and breath.
It is a good and joyful thing…
We break this bread for our broken humanity,
For the powerful and the powerless
Trapped by exploitation and oppression
May there be healing of humanity
We break this bread
for those who follow other paths:
the noble path of the Buddha;
the yogic path of the Hindus;
the way of the Eternal Guru of the Sikhs;
and for the children of Abraham and Sarah,
the Jews and Muslims
May there be healing where there is pain and woundedness.
We break this bread for the unhealed hurts and wounds within us.
May we seek healing.
This is the cup of peace and of new life for all.
A sign of love for the community of hope.
A reminder of the call to live fully, to love generously, and to be all that we can be.
To eat and drink together reminds us of the deeper aspects of our human fellowship, for from time immemorial the sharing of bread and wine has been a universal symbol of community.
So let us share this special symbolic meal together.
Sharing bread and wine together
A moment of silence together
We are grateful that we can gather in peace and can share this meal together.
We are grateful and do not take this for granted.
May we go from here strengthened by the love and grace of Sophia, Spirit of Wisdom and the example of Jesus, his call to justice and abundant life.
We are strengthened to go out with courage.
We are grateful for the blessing of this community, which connects us and springs us onward.
We are grateful for life and breath.
May the blessing of God go before you.
May Her grace and peace abound.
May Her Spirit live within you.
May Her love wrap you ‘round.
May Her blessing remain with you always.
May you walk on holy ground.
Miriam Therese Winter
Service prepared by Jan Sebastian
Songs from Alleluia Aotearoa (AA) The New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, and
Songlines. Miriam Therese Winter
Music used by permission or with license CCL14970
With thanks to our musician, Betty Dodemaide
Cath Connelly will be leading our service next Sunday.
Cath is a Celtic harp player, spiritual director, and pilgrimage and retreat leader. She is co-director of the Living Well Centre for Christian Spirituality, and her Masters degree explored Celtic spirituality in Australia. Cath is passionate about sharing her sense of the sacred through the inner / outer journey of pilgrimages. During the service Cath will also play the harp.
Please join us, if you would like to. 10am Learning Centre, CERES Environment Park – continuation of Lee Street, Brunswick East. More information about how to get to CERES on this page. Bike, bus, tram, car info towards bottom of page. The Learning Centre is N11 on this map.
Photo and video from Green South Records
~ Fundraiser for CERES Meditation Garden ~
Demonstration & Workshop
Come and play with baskets!
• Learn Raffia Coil-pot techniques
• Make a small basket
100% of all money will be donated
to the CERES Meditation Garden project.
Join Jeanette Acland from Sophia’s Spring at
The CERES Learning Centre (off Lee St)