The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 10th January 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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January 10, 2021 Baptism of Jesus

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.


Prelude

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles

Call to Worship

In the beginning, the Spirit moved over creation.
God said, “Let there be light”;
and there was light.
And God saw that the light was good.
God saw all that God created, and it was very good.

People of God, before you even knew it,
God loved you, whispering:
“You are my child, my beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Come let us worship, because God first loves us,
and so we love God and one another.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: Morning Has Broken

  1. Morning has broken
    like the first morning;
    blackbird has spoken
    like the first bird.
    Praise for the singing,
    praise for the morning,
    praise for them, springing
    fresh from the word.

  2. Sweet the rain’s new fall
    sunlit from heaven,
    like the first dewfall
    on the first grass.
    Praise for the sweetness
    of the wet garden,
    sprung from completeness
    where his feet pass.

  3. Mine is the sunlight;
    mine is the morning
    born of the one light
    Eden saw play.
    Praise with elation,
    praise every morning,
    God’s recreation
    of the new day.

TiS 156. Words from Enlarged Songs of Praise 1931 by permission Oxford University All rights reserved. Words used with permission. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Prayer of Confession

Generous and loving God,
you embrace us in our frailty and the fullness of our humanity.
In baptism, by water and the Spirit you offer us new life,
and call us to live in the light, as members of your family.
And yet, so often we fail to live into the fullness of our calling.
We squabble amongst ourselves,
we make poor choices that impact the wellbeing of others,
we fail to see the bigger picture of your movement in the world.
Forgive us, loving God.
Send your Spirit amongst us, to call us to account,
and re-centre our living to align with your work in the world.


In baptism, you offer us unique gifts that contribute to the Body of Christ.
And yet, so often we hide our talents, or denigrate the gifts another brings.
We fail to be full participants in your movement in the world.
Forgive us, loving God.
Send your Spirit amongst us, to encourage and renew us.
Inspire us once more to contribute to your work in the world.

Words of Assurance

People of God,
nothing can change God’s love for each and every one of us.
You are forgiven.
You are forgiven.
Let us live as the people of God – called, affirmed, forgiven and free;
recipients of grace upon grace; God’s beloved children.
Amen.

Passing of the Peace

The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.

Community News and Notices

Children’s Time

Children may go downstairs for Sunday School. Parents, you are welcome to join your child in Sunday School if you feel your child may need your assistance. Alternatively, you may wish for your child to remain with you for the duration of worship. Activity packs are available from the Welcome Desks.

We Sing: Father Welcomes All His Children

Refrain:
Father welcomes all his children
to his family through his Son;
Father giving his salvation,
life forever has been won.

  1. Little children, come to me,
    for my kingdom is of these;
    life and love I have to give,
    mercy for your sin.

    Father welcomes all his children
    to his family through his Son;
    Father giving his salvation,
    life forever has been won.

  2. In the water, in the word
    in his promise, be assured.
    those who are baptised and believe
    shall be born again.

    Father welcomes all his children
    to his family through his Son;
    Father giving his salvation,
    life forever has been won.

  3. Let us daily die to sin,
    let us daily rise with him,
    walk in the love of Christ our Lord,
    live in the peace of God.

    Father welcomes all his children
    to his family through his Son;
    Father giving his salvation,
    life forever has been won.

TiS 491. Robin Mann 1949- Words and music © Copyright 1992 by R. Mann, Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk, IP30 052, UK. All rights reserved. Words used with permission. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-5

From this shines forth the word of God.
Thanks be to God.

Music Ministry

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:4-11

The Gospel of Christ, light of the world.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Sing: May the Mind of Christ My Saviour

  1. May the mind of Christ my saviour
    live in me from day to day,
    by his love and power controlling
    all I do and say.

  2. May the word of God dwell richly
    in my heart from hour to hour
    so that all may see I triumph
    only through his power.

  3. May the peace of God my Father
    rule my life in everything,
    that I may be calm to comfort
    sick and sorrowing.

  4. May the love of Jesus fill me
    as the waters fill the sea;
    him exalting, self denying,
    this is victory.

  5. May I run the race before me
    strong and brave to face the foe,
    looking only unto Jesus
    as I onward go.

TiS 609. Katie Barclay Wilkinson 1859-1928 alt. Public domain.

Offering

To give electronically please go to bpuc.org/give

Prayers of the People

And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us saying…

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin
against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.

We Sing: Holy, Holy, Holy!

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty,
    early in the morning to you our praise shall be;
    holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty
    God in three persons, blessèd Trinity.

  2. Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore you,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before you,
    God everlasting through eternity.

  3. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty,
    all your works shall praise your name in earth and sky and sea;
    holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty,
    God in three persons, blessèd Trinity.

TiS 132. Reginald Heber 1783-1826 alt. Public Domain.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Postlude

In order to avoid crowding at the exits, please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to leave. There are sign-up sheets for morning tea at the welcome desk to share coffee in cafés in North Adelaide.