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Ecofaith Sunday worship

Just east of speakers corner, botanic park, Adelaide (map)

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Read reflections by the 2005 participants after the first six weeks.

We are a worshipping community. On a journey of discovery about who we are and who God is. Celebrating life and our growing understanding of its evolutionary past and ecological present. We are more concerned with where people are heading than where they are at.

All people of good will, whether they have two, four or zero legs are welcome to join us, whether winged or not. Goodwill includes a relaxed, open minded and friendly approach, just like the rest of us!

You can't exactly sneak into the back pew at ecofaith. The "liturgy" has a similar form each week, with the content changing roughly each month to fit the theme. Here's one of the rituals we used in October 06, focusing on footwashing.

Needless to say, reading this and experiencing it surrounded by the abundant life in the park are two very different things!

Body prayer- shaking off/preparation

Calling together
We live in an ancient land,
long loved by those who first crossed the water to live here in ages long past.
Those who listened to the water’s ways,
and followed the water’s cycles of drought and downpour.

We live in an ancient land,
recently invaded, often by those who would rather not have come;
who came from lands of plentiful water;
who dammed and channeled and pumped the water to bend it to their will.

We live in an ancient land,
which suffers this legacy, and survives it.
We worship an ancient God,
who requires justice for those who listened to the water,
justice for all creatures that depend on the water,
and offers love to all of us, who are full of water.

Opening prayer

Creator God,
within whose waters life erupted,
onto whose land life wriggled,
we gather here as creatures of the water.
Our cells are full of it. Our lives depend on it.
Our souls are drawn to it.
We come as part of your creation to worship you,
Confident in your presence with us.

Spirit, streams of living water, flow through us this morning. Refresh us, empower us to refresh others.

You are welcome here.  We pray for a sense of your presence here amongst us this morning.

Body Prayer 2
Leader does a line, group follows
God is beyond us (like the clouds, deep, mysterious, uncontrollable.  The wind blowing where it will)
God is here with us, a God who washes feet, who serves and empowers and encourages.
God is within us (streams of living water in our water filled bodies.)
God is amongst us (flowing between us, encouraging us to wash each other’s feet)

In the water life on Earth evolved.
In our mother’s wombs we did the same.
We broke the waters, but we bring the waters with us.
We bring the water with us,
The glue that holds all creation together
The one fluid able to dissolve everything.

Jesus, knowing that his time was nearly up, left a final lesson for his disciples.  Or perhaps all his lessons rolled into one.

He got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.  He came to Simon Peter, who at first refused to have his feet washed, since it was improper for the master to wash the disciple.

Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me."

 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord -- and you are right, for that is what I am.  So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

Input from Jason, on what was radical about foot washing in Jesus' day, and what is radical about it in ours.

pondering your feet as they travel.  Where am I going? How do I feel about having my feet washed- metaphorically or literally?
We wash each others feet (an invitation)
People who don’t want their feet washed leave their shoes on.  See if it can work in an ad hoc kind of way, if everyone washes a few peoples feet then everyone should have their feet washed a few times.

Once everyone is sitting again,
People invited to answer: is there anything they would like to be prayer for (served)?  No discussion

Prayer for them.

Song- O Great Spirit

Then General Sharing  NO DISCUSSION

May the streams of living water
Flow through every cell of our bodies this week
May we be open to washing the feet of others
And having our feet washed too.    



The little bit of input for the week:

Nov-Dec 2005 (a self contained six week program)
the cosmology/evolution story.
Life, not humans, is the image of God. Dominion or Servanthood or..?
On being kicked out of the garden- revisiting(rejecting) the "Fall"
An alternative to Original Sin.
So who is Jesus then?

Feb06- why are we here?
Feb 5th- Why is life here?
Feb 12th Why are humans here?
Feb 19th Why was/is Jesus here?
Feb 26th What does everyone else reckon?

March- April
What kind of salvation is being offered? To whom? Who misses out? What kind of God is being depicted? Does it make any sense to talk of Jesus as a "perfect sacrifice?" What do we need to do to be forgiven?
(30 April we look at the book The Giving Tree as a springboard to end our reflections on resurrection)

May (Sex/relationships/kids)
Having talked a lot about death over Easter and Lent, we look at the next part in the cycle of life- sex and all that stuff. The plan is to look at the evolutionary story of sex, then sex and relationships, then sex and parenting, then have a group discussion in the last week of May.
The input will be based on a presentation I did at the Christianity after Darwin conference. Scroll down to the powerpoint called "Evolution, Christianity, Sex and Marriage."

in June we started by celebrating World Environment Day. On the 11th one of our members led the input. On the 18th we had a combined service with the Scots 10:30 service (sermon), and on the 25th we reflected on the meaning of baptism, having just baptised two visitors during the week (just what does baptism mean for 'green' 'progressive' Christians?).

During July we have Rev Samson Devasagayam and Rev Gethzi Chella Kamala sharing their insights on ecotheology and human justice in the Indian context.

Hard to summarise, I'll get back to this one!

We followed the themes of the Season of Creation, which is gaining worldwide momentum, but using our own style and theology.

We've been exploring our faith and spirituality using water metaphors: streams of living water; deer/kangaroos panting for water; deep calling to deep; foot washing (see left) and so on.

We have been exploring ethics: how what we believe might shape how we live, using the "global footprint" metaphor to guide us.

Not surprisingly, we will be exploring gifts and giving, of life and the planet being a gift to God: Joy to the Lord, the World has Come! Our last weekly worship is Christmas Eve, we will not meet in the park on New Year's Eve or January. If you can't joins us, you might like to look at some Christmas resources.

Janaury 2007
We will not be meeting for regular worship, but for various gatherings.