IS GOD A CHRISTIAN? (audio/ liturgy)
Wild Gooseleg no. 1 (audio download)
WGRG/ Holy City
This is a basic, no-frills recording (at Holy City) of a liturgy on Christianity in the context of other world faiths.
It contains a reflection on Hagar, who is a significant figure for Jews, Muslims & Christians; a celebration of the common ground that the world’s great religions share, focusing on conceptions of space, time, sound, words, people and peace; Gospel sequence and reflection on Jesus’ words, ‘I am the Way’; and concludes with an inclusive affirmation of how God is bigger than any one (or all) religion.
Songs include God beyond all names, From Adam came the apple, Sarantanani (Men And Women, Let Us Walk)/ Bolivia, Sizohamba (We Will Walk With God)/ South Africa and All The Wonder.
This liturgy, first used at Holy City in Glasgow has also been used at Greenbelt.
Introduction (with preparation guidelines)
Order of worship
Gathering chant: GIVE US LIGHT (Jyothi Dho)/ India
Opening responses: Beneath the mists of time…
Song: GOD BEYOND ALL NAMES
A Woman’s Tale: a monologue by Hagar
Song: FROM ADAM CAME THE APPLE
Common Ground: what do the world’s religions have in common?
Link & conversation
This is followed by a celebration of elements common to the different faiths.
During which a chant (GOD BEYOND ALL NAMES or CHITRA’S SONG are sung)
Song: CHITRA’s SONG
Song: MEN AND WOMEN, LET US WALK TOGETHER (Sarantanai)/ Bolivia
WE WILL WALK WITH GOD (Sizohamba)/ Swaziland
Jesus – The Only Way?
a) Gospel reading: Jesus said, ‘Set your troubled hearts at rest…’
b) Prayer: You did not say you were the answer…
Responses/ Affimation: We believe in God, who chose a wandering people for his own…
Song: ALL THE WONDER
Closing responses: God of the watching ones….
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