The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 13th March 2022

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The Second Sunday in Lent
March 13th, 2022
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Lent invites us to journey with God. It is a time to turn – towards God and towards our inner life. As we follow this journey, we are invited to consider the turning of the path towards Jerusalem and the stories of turning we encounter along the way.

Prelude

Be Thou My Vision by John Rutter

Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

God is My Strong Salvation by Basil Harwood

Call to Worship

As we gather here in worship, let us seek the presence of Christ who turns to face us.

As we sing and pray and listen for a Word of truth, justice and hope, let us turn with him to face the pain and suffering of others.

Prayer

We Sing: Guide My Feet

  1. Guide my feet while I run this race.
    Guide my feet while I run this race.
    Guide my feet while I run this race,
    for I don’t want to run this race in vain!

  2. Hold my hand …

  3. Stand by me …

  4. I’m your child …

  5. Search my heart …

  6. Guide my feet …

The Faith We Sing #2208. Words: African American Spiritual. Public Domain.

Prayer

…God sees the motivation of our hearts. In Christ we are set free to live creative and whole lives for the common good.
Thanks be to God.

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.

A Responsive Paraphrase of Psalm 27:1-11

GOD is my light and my salvation; why should I worry?
GOD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

When the wicked seek destruction,
they soon discover their foolishness and fall.

Though an overwhelming force should gather around,
yet my heart shall not tremble;
even though my very life is threatened,
yet I will put my trust in GOD.

One thing have I sought of GOD;
that I may dwell in the house of GOD all the days of my life;
to behold the absolute holiness of GOD
and to dwell encompassed in that presence.

For in my distress you shelter me;
you keep me safe beyond the grasp of all others.
Even now you lift up my head transcending any evil.
I will sing a jubilant song of praise and thanksgiving to your honour and glory.

Hear my cry when I call;
have mercy on me and answer me.
You know the yearning of my heart and say, “Seek my face.” Your face, Eternal One, will I seek.

Do not turn from me in my desperation,
do not give up on me in anger
not forsake me in this time of need
but encompass me in grace.
Though all others turn away from me
I know you will sustain me.
Show me your way, Merciful and Mighty;
and lead me according to your purposes. Amen.

Choral Anthem

Be Thou My Vision by John Rutter

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”’

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

Sermon

We Sing: Create in Us a Clean Heart, O God

Create in us a clean heart, O God.
Renew within us a right spirit.
Cast us not away from your presence, O Lord,
and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us fullness of joy,
the joy that springs from your salvation.
Lighten our minds, shelter our lives
with your Spirit free.

Together in Song #712. Digby Hanna 1949. Words © Digby Hannah. All rights reserved ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Offering

Thanks Be to God Welsh traditional melody

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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: Eternal Light Shine in My Heart

  1. Eternal light, shine in my heart;
    eternal hope, lift up my eyes;
    eternal power, be my support;
    eternal wisdom, make me wise.

  2. Eternal life, raise me from death;
    eternal brightness, help me see;
    eternal Spirit, give me breath;
    eternal Saviour, come to me;

  3. until by your most costly grace,
    invited by your holy word,
    at last I come before your face
    to know you, my eternal God.

Together in Song #548. Christopher Martin Idle 1938- Words © 1982 by Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

May the God of Peace by Ian Jamieson

Postlude

Liberty Bell by Sousa and Thornbury by Basil Harwood

Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.
Also, a reminder that you are invited to come to the beach this afternoon for time in community together.