And Jesus Said No (BKLT)

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Wild Goose Resource Group

WGRG  liturgy booklet 13

A liturgy on sectarianism

 

What would Jesus ‘do’ about Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists if he were present in person today? Would he embark on an evangelistic campaign, or prefer to befriend people who were not of his faith? We cannot give a definitive answer, but we might learn something from considering his attitude to the Samaritans, a tribe who were ridiculed and despised by his own tradition. These ‘foreigners’ so intrigued and delighted Jesus that he spent an extra two days in their company. Did it change his attitude? That is the question this liturgy poses.

And Jesus Said No is a liturgy for readers, choir, soloist, instruments and congregation; plus two new songs – published here for the first time. It was written for, and is dedicated to, the Corrymeela Community on its fiftieth birthday in 2015, with admiration, affection and gratitude.

Two new Wild Goose songs are published here, for the first time … I Once Loved A Man and The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Upon You.

And Jesus Said No is the thirteenth in the series of WGRG Liturgy Booklets. It contains a complete liturgy, in both Leaders’ and Congregational versions, with full preparatory notes.

 

(2019)

52 pages

ISBN: 9781909 469129

 

Click here for a Sample (of Congregational version, pp 29-34)

 

Contents

 

Foreword

AND JESUS SAID NO: Leaders’ version

AND JESUS SAID NO: Congregational version

Appendix A: Songs

Appendix B: Copyright & Sources

 

Order of worship

 

GATHERING

Dance music

PROLOGUE & COMMISSION

Prologue: In the beginning was the Word …

Commission

Song: THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS UPON YOU (WGRG)

ENCOUNTERS

Musical intro

At the well (Script)

Song: I ONCE LOVED A MAN (WGRG) / Tune: ‘I Will Walk With My Love’, Irish traditional.

At the well (continued)

Music (A fiddle tune)

CONVERSION

Narrator: The time approached …

Song: LET YOUR RESTLESS HEARTS BE STILL / Melody: ‘The Lark In The Clear Air’, Irish traditional.

EPILOGUE

Narrator: And Jesus said ‘No’ …

Song: THE TRUTH THAT SETS US FREE (WGRG)

Closing responses: God of Abraham and Sarah …

 

 

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