Kaylene and I were thrilled to see so many of our wonderful community of Family and Friends here on this day to witness our dedication of and to Barwon and presentation of his name.
It was held in the beautiful Australian bushland regions of the Yarra River (Jumping Creek) up near Warrendyte.
Here is a short outline of our ceremony which was led by our good friend Joel McKerrow. Joel led the ceremony in an amazing way bringing our attention to care for the most vunerable (our young), attention to our communities responsibilties in raising children and the importance of elders, drawing connections to the care of creation and the acknowledgement as Barwon arriving to join God's wonderful creation here on this earth as a son of God.
WELCOME/OPENING SPIEL (inc. Welcome to country)/ land acknowledgement
SONG: Shobie Luff – Xavier Rudd ‘Message’ (See next post for the words to this unbelievable song!)
In our society grandparents and elders are not given the opportunity to contribute nearly as much as they used too, often being placed in homes away from other generations, especially babies and children. Barwon is the first Grandchild on both sides and is lucky enough to be blessed with 6 doting grandparents and 2 great grandmothers. Simon and Kaylene believe that we have a lot to learn from the elders in our lives, and have invited Barwon’s Grandparents to present him with a gift that draws upon their wisdom and life experiences.
Raymond and Kaye (nan and pa)
Glennis and Rob (Granma and granpa)
Will and Harley (Papa Billy and Nana Harls)
SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Isaiah 58 (selected) - Andrew Reeves
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.
Reading from Kahlil Gibran The Prophet
• Simon and Kaylene:
Earth representing God’s creation
Do you recognize Barwon as God’s creation and that Barwon is now part of the rest of humankind, an equal child of God, caretaker of the earth and all its living creatures?
Water representing life
Do you promise to be Barwon’s primary care givers; to love him, look after him and never harm him?
Leaves representing uniqueness
Do you acknowledge that Barwon is his own person, a son of God and not yours to own? Do you promise to guide him into finding his true self and God within him, putting aside all personal desires and dreams for his life?
Stone to represent unwavering support
Will you support him through whatever he chooses, and take him to soccer practice, even if you think he would make a great ruckman for Geelong or Carlton?
• To Barwon’s community of family and friends gathered today:
(If you are willing to make this commitment today please respond with ‘we will’)
Do you, as Barwon’s Aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents, promise to love, support, guide and nurture Barwon along his life’s journey?
Do you, as Barwon’s Aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents, promise to support and encourage Kaylene and Simon on their journey as parents?
SILENT PRAYER/THOUGHTS FOR BARWON: Everyone
PRAYER : Joel
NAME MEANING: Simon and Kaylene
Barwon means River and is an indigenous name to symbolize our respect, concern for and desire to learn from the all indigenous people of this land…that their identity, language, culture and deep wisdom are past down to the children of this country.
River, symbolizing a reconnection to land and creation. A connection we as people have severed for profit and greed, at the loss not just to us but our future children who may not share the same earth that we now know. The name Barwon for us represents the hope of new life for this earth and those of us who share it together. Hope that flows like living water.
Isaiah, well he’s a kick arse Old Testament prophet whose words still ring truth today! Together we have our little river prophet and Kaylene and I are truly blessed to be given this responsibility to care for and love this little (or should I say big) one!