The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 11th July 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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July 11, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Children’s Medley by Mark Hayes

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Help Us, O Lord, to Learn by Charles Steggall and W Reid

Call to Worship

People of God, be joyful this day as we gather in worship.
We rejoice in the faith that unites us
and the community that surrounds us.

People of God, come with hearts that are open to love which transforms and renews.
God’s love will be sufficient for
finding our way with courage and hope.

People of God, let grace beyond our understanding fill our lives with peace.
We will be thankful for all that God gives
for joyful living.

Prayer

We Sing: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

  1. Joyful, joyful, we adore you,
    God of glory, God of love;
    hearts unfold like flowers before you
    opening to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
    drive the dark of doubt away;
    giver of immortal gladness,
    fill us with the light of day.

  2. All your works with joy surround you,
    earth and heav’n reflect your rays,
    stars and angels sing around you,
    centre of unbroken praise.
    Field and forest, vale and mountain,
    flowery meadow, flashing sea,
    singing bird and flowing fountain
    call to praise you joyfully.

  3. You are giving and forgiving,
    ever blessing, ever blest,
    well-spring of the joy of living,
    ocean-depth of happy rest.
    You our Father, Christ our brother,
    all are yours who live in love;
    teach us how to love each other,
    lift us to your joy above.

Together in Song 154. Henry Van Dyke 1852-1933alt. Public Domain.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession

Words of Assurance

Rejoice in knowing that God is with us, as one who forgives and renews with grace beyond all our understanding or deserving.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

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

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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.

Anthem

God of Grace and God of Glory

Scripture Readings: Mark 6: 14-29

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

Sermon

We Sing: When Human Voices Cannot Sing

  1. When human voices cannot sing
    and human hearts are breaking,
    we bring our grief to you, O God
    who knows our inner aching.

  2. Set free our spirits from all fear –
    the cloud of dark unknowing,
    and let the light, the Christ-light show
    the pathway of our going.

  3. Make real for us your holding love,
    the love which is your meaning,
    the power to move the stone of death,
    the hope of Easter morning.

  4. And let the one we love now go
    where we, in faith, shall follow,
    to travel in the Spirit’s peace,
    to make an end to sorrow.

Together in Song 682. Words: Shirley Erena Murray © 1992 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream Il 60188. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Offering

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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 from 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: Christ Be My Leader, By Night and By Day

  1. Christ be my leader by night as by day;
    safe through the darkness, for he is the way.
    Gladly I follow, my future his care,
    darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.

  2. Christ be my teacher in age as in youth,
    drifting or doubting, for he is the truth.
    Grant me to trust him, though shifting as sand,
    doubt cannot daunt me; in Jesus I stand.

  3. Christ be my Saviour in calm as in strife;
    death cannot hold me, for he is the life.
    Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain
    can touch my salvation: with Jesus I reign.

Together in Song 624. Words Timothy Dudley-Smith. Words © 1964, renewal 1992. Hope Publishing Co., All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Let Our Earth be Peaceful by Colin Gibson and Shirley Murray

Postlude

Sun Glow by Rosemary Nairn

Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement. Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.

Some of the liturgy in this service is adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom Inc. Used with permission.