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Celebrating Eucharist


Here is an electronic copy of Celebrating Eucharist by Bosco Peters - FREE NO CATCH. Click on the link to view or download a chapter.

This material and these resources may be used if attributed "From Celebrating Eucharist by Bosco Peters (www.liturgy.co.nz)".

The book was initially published by DEFT and is now available from bookshops and produced by the Council for Christian Nurture PO Box 37 242 Auckland 1033 (New Zealand).

The book is available here online either as web pages or as PDF files
First follow web pages, and below that are the PDF versions

Contents
Foreword & Preface
Introduction
1 Liturgy
2 Leading Worship
3 Ceremonial Action
4 The Worship Environment
5 Preparation
6 The Gathering of the Community
7 The Proclamation
8 The Prayers of the People
9 The Peace
10 The Preparation of the Gifts
11 The Great Thanksgiving
12 The Breaking of the Bread
13 The Communion
14 Prayer after Communion
15 The Dismissal of the Community
16 Celebrating Baptism at a Eucharist
17 Celebrating other services with a Eucharist
18 Children at the Eucharist
19 Service of the Word with Holy Communion
20 Some Resources for the Church Year
21 Additional Eucharistic Prayers
22 Services for a New Beginning (Catechumenate)
23 A Service of Institution and Welcoming
24 Examples of Prayers of the People
25 The Calendar
Short List of Further Resources

PDF files versions:
Contents
Foreword & Preface
Introduction
1 Liturgy
2 Leading Worship
3 Ceremonial Action
4 The Worship Environment
5 Preparation
6 The Gathering of the Community
7 The Proclamation
8 The Prayers of the People
9 The Peace
10 The Preparation of the Gifts
11 The Great Thanksgiving
12 The Breaking of the Bread
13 The Communion
14 Prayer after Communion
15 The Dismissal of the Community
16 Celebrating Baptism at a Eucharist
17 Celebrating other services with a Eucharist
18 Children at the Eucharist
19 Service of the Word with Holy Communion
20 Some Resources for the Church Year
21 Additional Eucharistic Prayers
22 Services for a New Beginning (Catechumenate)
23 A Service of Institution and Welcoming
24 Examples of Prayers of the People
25 The Calendar
Short List of Further Resources
  Links for Clergy & Seminarians;   Website links

Featured websites

Revised Common Lectionary comments from Montreal Anglican Diocese
Sarah Laughed A wonderful lectionary blog
United Methodist Church Wonderful collection of worship resources *

The Way website of a journal of contemporary spirituality published by the British Jesuits

Theologika Trusted Authorities in Theology Information and Hope for the Journey*

Ken Collins' website *

Anglican Taonga The online companion site to the quality magazine *

Church, Religion, Saints, Scholarly, Spiritual Resources * A top collection of websites

Liturgical Texts Project

The Daily Office * a wonderful site with daily online Liturgy of the Hours also known as the Prayer of the Church, breviary, Daily Prayer
Old Testament Lectionary *

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Hermanoleón clip art
Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Artchive

Other websites

Worship and lectionary resources
Spirituality sites
General links

     “Epochalypsis” The Age of Uveiling

Common Perspectives and Great Blogs to Read

Common Perspectives

Other Great Blogs

The Kingdom:  God’s True Purpose for Man

  • The foundation of God’s character is passion for justice and equality.
  • God’s primary concern is the realization of The Kingdom of God on Earth, NOT our individual salvation, because…

Jesus: The Fulfillment of the Law

… Jesus’ execution upon the cross by the Roman empire WAS:

  • not simply an act of atonement. It was NOT a substitutionary sacrifice, i.e. He didn’t die (suffer) in our place. Jesus’ execution was a exemplary and participatory sacrifice of compassion. He demonstrated the true cost of the Kingdom. The true price of discipleship.
  • a final act of subversion to the empire, the destruction of the temple system, and victory against the dominion of sin.
  • an act signifying God’s all-encompassing love and compassion, providing salvation and grace for all people.

Radical Grace:  The Key to Living in Christ

  • God’s final salvation for us all should allow us to live a transformed life without fear (the root of all sin).
  • A fearless life leaves us free to love God and our neighbors as God demands: without excuses.
  • Grace empowers us to follow “The Way” of daily living in Christ and dying to the ways of the world.
  • To place requirements upon one’s eligibility to receive grace is to negate grace and turn it into a work.

Belief and Faith

Overall, modern Christianity has lost sight of the richness and layered reality of what the concepts of “belief” and “faith” meant to early Christians:

  • Belief is not merely a statement of “yes” or “no” about a set of creeds. It is a much deeper act of “loving”, and to “be-love” is to authentically believe. To be-love is to enter into a very dynamic and personal relationship with God. It requires no outside mediator or authority. Your belief, your “be-loving” of God is yours alone.
  • Faith is not merely a belief held in spite of evidence to the contrary. It is a blending of many more intrinsic aspects of the word “faith” which as a whole should encompass our understanding of the meaning of faith: assent (agreement), trust, fidelity (loyalty) and gratitude.

What is this website?     What is “Epochalypsis”?

ep·och:

noun, ˈē-ˌpäk\
1 an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events

apoc·a·lypse

noun \ə-ˈpä-kə-ˌlips\

(Greek: apok·á·lypsis; “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”)

1 is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted.

Take a little etymological liberty and you get epochalypsis: the age of the unveiling.

Unveiling? Am I really that arrogant to think that I have some new revelation or secret teaching of God??

Not at all.

In fact, the word “unveiling” may be a bit inadequate, both metaphorically and literally. Perhaps we should consider it a “re-unveiling”. Everything I write about here has all been disclosed, understood, shared and practiced by early Christians for hundreds of years! I am not generating any new revelations of God. I am only re-introducing radical truths and concepts that have been largely forgotten, overridden, or hidden (mainly since the 17th century Age of Enlightenment):

This website is my crucible of ideas, my forum to outline and discuss what I see as a new vision for what Christianity could be in the 21st century.

The website is divided up into two sections: the blog and the forum. The blog is my realm. I pick the topics, I provide the content, and my ideas take center stage (and take most of the heat). However, on the forum side, I am only a participant. The forum is meant to be a place where all ideas, antagonistic or supportive, any religion or atheist are all welcome to set the topics, control the momentum, and take center stage on their own.

My goal with the forum is provide an environment that becomes an arena for my ideas to play out  in the realm of public opinions and hearts. Also, it provides the perfect opportunity to build a sense of community and participation on Epochalypsis.org.

I’m not going to lie, I am clearly hoping that I will also find the forum to be fertile ground for ideas to write about!

Finally, welcome to The Epochalypsis. Please participate and voice your opinions, whether supportive or not: I WANT DEBATE. I want copious amounts of intelligent, insightful, and provocative discussions to abound and bear fruit on this site!

Grace and peace!

Trig Bundgaard

Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace

A New American Christianity Is Breaking Out and I Am Excited About It

A New American Christianity Is Breaking Out and I Am Excited About It

February 17th, 2013

By Thomas L. Truby

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Last month I read a book entitled, Rob Bell and a New American Christianity by James K. Wellman, Jr. It gave a name for this new yet very old thing that is popping up everywhere now and it couldn’t come at a better moment in history. I don’t know if the name “the New American Christianity” will stick and I don’t think this new/old thinking is confined simply to the U.S. but for now it is a handy handle.

The first inklings of something new began trickling into my consciousness shortly after the turn of the century. Andrew Marr, an Episcopal Benedictine Abbot with whom I had been in a small group studying Family System Theory began talking about it. I deeply respect Andrew; his faith, intellect and his integrity. He was the speaker at Laura’s Episcopal ordination and he spoke about this new Girardian or Mimetic Theory and most of us didn’t get it. I made a note to look into it further.

In the early 2000s I was learning how to access the internet and beginning to find those sites that were exploring this new way of thinking. There were two primary sites; PreachingPeace.org written primarily by Michael Hardin and Paul Neuchterlein’s Girardianlectionary.net. Using the internet I began studying this new perspective that Andrew was finding so stimulating.

In 2005 I discovered that Michael Hardin and Tony Bartlett where hosting a conference entitled “Making Peace; Tools for Living the Vision of Jesus” in upstate New York. I felt compelled to go. I didn’t have a very clear understanding of the content (I feared it was some new instruction on peace marching or something) but somehow thought it might change my life. It did. The brochure advertizing the conference had these words:

As leaders in Christian Churches, our hearts burn for the Kingdom of Peace that Jesus offered. We find ourselves in a world bent on spiraling violence. We know ourselves called to be peacemakers, but find it more and more difficult to stand against the Principalities and Powers of this world without succumbing to the temptation to become violent in our rhetoric and lives.

What making Peace offers is a set of tools, tools to understand the growth of rage in our day, tools to resist it in ourselves and in those around us, tools to lead us out of the mob that threatens to engulf us.

It was an incredible conference and I knew I would be thinking about these things for the rest of my life. The ideas were so big I could not get my mind around them and began the disciplined study of this new approach to reading the Bible. I thought of my study as like learning to play the violin. Each week I spent as many hours as I could reading, thinking and rethinking how I saw the world, myself, and Jesus. My head hurt from the challenge of it and sometimes I would get so excited I could hardly contain myself and would burst into tears. Some of the issues I had always struggled with were finding resolution when viewed from this different angle.

In 2006 we moved to Oregon. I struggled with being overwhelmed by all the newness and the good people of Clarkes and a year later, Willamette, were very kind and gentle. I was in between worlds at multiple levels. And while the old theological world no longer worked, I hadn’t integrated this new world sufficiently to write sermons from it. I primarily used other people’s sermons knowing that was better than my as yet half-backed theology.

I heard that Michael Hardin, the brilliant writer of the PreachingPeace.org website and the man I had met in New York was coming to Salem for a series of presentations at the Mennonite Church there. We worked it out that he would come to my two churches and present some of his material to us. He and his wife Laurie stayed in our home and we got to know them.

The material was mind blowing. He understood Jesus in the context of his Jewish world. He understood when, how and why Christianity got off the track when in became the official religion of the Roman Empire and became merged with Greek thought, he had a view of the crucifixion and resurrection that made that event the interpretive center of the Christian faith and he had a way of understanding humanness that connected religion, violence and the cross and resurrection.

Not only did it make sense of the world; it made sense of my own life. I was being healed as I absorbed this new understanding of Christianity. It integrated some of the best features of my Evangelical days as a child and adolescent with some of the newest insights of psychology and Biblical studies. I, along with many others, urged Michael to write a book detailing these things. We saw Christianity at a crossroads and believed Michael’s work showed us the way forward.

The book that came out of that was published in 2010 and entitled, The Jesus Driven Life (Just now available on Kindle for $9.99. Laurie did the work of adapting it to Kindle.) Reading it was like being hit with a fire hydrant flow of new ideas. I formed a small group in each church and forced my two churches to read it with me. It took us a year and was really tough going for some but tremendously stimulating for others. It dealt with theology, history, Biblical interpretation, psychology, anthropology and all the social sciences and generally worked at what does it mean to be human. You see, the Gospel really gives us a theory of everything. It is not about religion. It’s much, much bigger. It is a way of interpreting reality and a reality that includes God, history and the creation of the cosmos.

I still couldn’t write sermons in my new voice very well and when I did they were often quite academic as I didn’t trust myself and so quoted the experts. The good people of Clarkes and Willamette were patient with me. They knew I was sincere, genuine and excited; they could see it in my face, even though sometimes I went way over their heads. My whole theology and anthropology were beginning to settle into place and it was a new place. From this new place we could explore the meaning of forgiveness, the origins of strife and how following Jesus leads us away from retribution, rivalry and violence. We could also see that violence was everywhere in our culture and spiraling up.

Sometime in 2010 I became able to write in my own voice and from this new way of understanding Jesus. My sermons got better.

I continued to preach from the lectionary using an expository preaching style but not off the top of my head. Stuff off the top of heads might sound impressive at first but soon gets stale, boring and repetitive. Rev. Anderson, the pastor when I was in my teens, when he found out I was going off to college with the intention of becoming a pastor told me to always preach from the Bible. I think he hoped it would keep me from loosing my faith. I took that seriously and studied the text deeply, focusing on how to interpret the Bible from a position of God being totally non-violent. In fact, mimetic theory holds that violence is our thing and has nothing to do with God at all. We projected it on to God and wrote it into the Bible and that explained the violence in the Old Testament. But God is coming from a different place and this is the message Jesus was trying to get through to us while he was with us on earth.

What if Jesus, rather than the Bible as a whole, really showed us who God is? And what if we read the Bible through Jesus’ eyes and those eyes, we discover, are all about radical forgiveness even to the point of forgiving us as we are in the act of murdering him? How non-violent is that?

Every week I found myself re-interpreting scripture and it came right out of the Bible and was extremely relevant. Instead of sin I talked about envy, jealousy, rivalry and the resulting violence. Sin now felt tangible—something we do and not moralistic. As Allen Moore, a member of the Clarkes Church once said, it was like taking a magnifying glass to sin so that you could look more closely and see what it actually is. I could hardly believe what I was seeing and saying. I was discovering a Christianity that made rational sense and was really good news. I continued to preach this in both churches. A few didn’t like it but most did. I want now to speed to 2013.

In the last two months I have noticed this new kind of thinking popping up everywhere. Let me give you some examples:

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road: Christian Identity in a Multifaith World, By Brian McLaren.

Rob Bell and the New American Christianity,by James Wellman, Jr.

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, by Diana Butler Bass.

Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It is Going, and Why It Matters,by Phyllis Tickle.

The Raven Foundation Adam Ericksen and Suzanne Ross—applying this new way of thinking to culture and religion through blogs with a constant supply of fresh material. They even have an occasional on-line radio show where they interview various people with unique perspectives on topics of interest to those of us wanting to live in new and peaceful ways.

The Forgiving Victim: An Induction into Christian Vulnerability, by James Alison. He is the Catholic Theologian that spoke at Willamette UMC. This is a video series and book I have on my computer and I am trying to determine the best time to use. We are Beta testers and therefore get 12 copies free. He was the leader of the retreat at Mt. Angel Laura and I attended last fall. He is another theologian presenting these new ways of understanding Jesus in nuanced and brilliant clarity.

Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross, by Derek Flood. Haven’t read this but hope to this week.

Out of the Box Radio”: Two Southern Baptists with open “out of the box” minds are allowing themselves to be exposed to these “out of the box” ideas and doing it on their computer podcast. It is both frightening them and filling them with hope and meaning.

On the most recent Radio podcast, Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin talked about Christianity as a train at the end of its line. People are getting off and they won’t get on again. (We know this is true.) But over the hill there is a new train ready to go and though we don’t know what it will look like, we know it tracks into the future. Our job is to hack through the brush to get to this new train. That’s what we have been doing; hacking through the brush to get to the next train.

Both churches are doing this hacking in their own way. In the Willamette Church we will soon be sending out a mailer to all of the Village of Willamette containing this paragraph:

Heading: “You are invited to join us as we rethink what it means to be Christian.”

Content: “The people of Willamette United Methodist Church are engaged in a new way of thinking about the message of the New Testament. This is not Christianity as you may have known it in the past. It has the power to change individuals and the world in which we live. We encourage you to join us as we explore the power of absolute forgiveness, infinite compassion, subversive love, abundant mercy and compelling nonviolence in a world of violence.

Abundant Mercy/Infinite Compassion/Absolute Forgiveness/Subversive Love/Compelling Nonviolence. This, I believe, is the message God is calling us to proclaim in Clarkes/Willamette and it is responsive to the issues of our time. If we do any less, we will be failing our Lord. Thank you.