The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 12th December 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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The Third Sunday of Advent
December 12th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Welcome to Worship

In this Advent season we wait and watch, prepare and hope for the coming of Christ this Christmas.

The Advent wreath will be formed through our prayers as we seek to let light into our lives and the world. You are invited to bring a candle that will contribute to the Advent wreath. Please bring a candle that is encased in glass and place it at one of the welcome desks. You can do this any week during Advent. These will form the prayers of the people as the light grows each week. If you are worshipping online, you might like to ensure that you have a candle to light during this time in worship. You are also invited to keep a prayer journal during the four weeks of Advent.

There is an “Advent at Home” activity to light the way towards Christmas. These are available to download here and at the Welcome Desk.

Prelude

Mary, Did You Know by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Canticle of the Gift by Pat Uhi

Call to Worship

We are connected –
to one another and to all people,
to all creatures and all of creation.


We are connected –
through generations stretching back into the past,
through dreams and imaginings into the future.


We are connected –
through faith and through communion with communities all around the world.

As we worship together this day, may we be united in our love of God. May we be strengthened to serve and nourished as a community of Christ.
Let us worship God together.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

  1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    and ransom captive Israel,
    that mourns in lonely exile here
    until the Son of God appear.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

  2. O come, O come, great Lord of might
    who to the tribes on Sinai’s height
    in ancient times did give the law
    in cloud and majesty and awe.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

  3. O come, O key of David, come,
    and open wide our heavenly home;
    make safe the way that leads on high
    and close the path to misery.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

  4. O come, O dayspring, come and cheer
    our spirits by your advent here;
    disperse the gloomy clouds of night
    and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

Together in Song, 265. Anon., Latin, 18th cent. or earlier based on Antiphons from 9th cent. or earlier tr. John Mason Neale 1818-66 alt. Public Domain.

Lighting the Advent Wreath – the Candle of Connection

Connections are essential.
All of creation is interwoven.
Every creature depends on each other
and we all depend on the earth.

All of us are united.
I need you, and you need me, and we all need community.
Our hearts need each other.
Our world needs us to work together.
When there are life-giving connections, God’s light shines.

Loving God,
help us to connect with one another and with all of your creation.
Show us how to build relationships of trust and goodness.
Help us to build communities and homes of respect, gentleness, hope and kindness,
that in our loving, your love may shine.
Amen.

Let us light the Advent candle of connection.

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

Rejoice in the Lord Always by Purcell

Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-23

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

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

Sermon

We Sing: An Ancient Story Told

  1. An ancient story told
    but each year heard anew.
    A tale of love which has no end,
    divinely true.
    What trust! God gives the son
    to those considered least,
    in poverty and risk he comes:
    the hungry feast.

  2. Abundant grace enfleshed
    in time of gracelessness.
    The refugee, the homeless ones,
    share God’s distress.
    Not in a palace born,
    nor privilege nor power,
    but at this birth death lost its grip,
    a holy hour.

  3. This is the God we know,
    Foundation of all love,
    who came to us in common life,
    not far above.
    He lived the life we live,
    with all its stress and joy.
    We see the simple sign of this:
    a baby boy.

Words © 2013, Leonie Purcival. Used with permission.

Offering

To give electronically please go to bpuc.org/give

Prayers of the People

We Sing: Hold the Light for Me

Hold the light for me;
I need to see
the way you’re leading.
Need has brought me here;
at times I fear
that you’re not near me.
Jesus, you know
a traveller gets weary.
Jesus, please show
the signs of hope more clearly.

Words and music: Gerry Holmes. © 1993 Willow Connection Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Let us centre our thoughts and prayers in Christ and listen for God’s leading as we pray for ourselves as disciples of Christ staying connected with God’s calling.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

You are invited to write prayers in your prayer journal as the candles are lit.

Bringer of light and life, hear our prayers this day.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Amen.

We Sing: May Our Lives and Our Prayers Be One

Chorus:
May our lives and our prayers be one
As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
And when our work and our dreaming’s done
May our lives and our prayers be one.

  1. Within the rhythm of our days
    We take the time to muse and pray
    The fears we face, the tears we taste
    We view in light of holy grace.

    Chorus:
    May our lives and our prayers be one
    As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
    And when our work and our dreaming’s done
    May our lives and our prayers be one.

  2. We name our deepest hopes and dreams
    For those we love and all in need
    We picture how the world could be
    We live the change we want to see.

    Chorus:
    May our lives and our prayers be one
    As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
    And when our work and our dreaming’s done
    May our lives and our prayers be one.

Paul Somerville © 2013. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Australian Nativity by Lyn Bray and Rosemary Nairn

Postlude

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Morning Tea will be held outside this morning. Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.