The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 13th September 2020

The Order of Service follows below.

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September 13, 2020 | Season of Creation 2

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


Season of Creation 2020

Each year, the Brougham Place Community celebrates the Season of Creation. This is a time where we explore an eco-theology: our relationship with the Creator, our part in all of creation, our role as co-creators with God.

This Season of Creation our theme is To Bless and Be Blessed. You are invited to offer gratitude for the gifts of creation and also to be a gift to creation – to serve and protect it. You are invited to see more deeply the blessings of creation and to act to bless creation. This time in our history requires us to step up and hear God’s call to be caretakers, to love and serve creation more than ever before.

During 2020, COVID has resulted in significant travel restrictions. Many travel plans have been cancelled, changed, delayed. This has brought significant grief for many. It has also brought an opportunity to notice the beauty that surrounds us closer to home. People have walked, explored and appreciated our neighbourhoods and national parks in new and different ways. Members of BPUC have contributed photographs to share that have been collected from such times.

As part of the Season of Creation you are invited to share in Spiritual Disciplines during the week. These are available online and in hard copy form. These are invitations to be blessed and to bless creation, to notice and pay attention to that which surrounds us.

May this be a season joy and blessing, challenge and renewal, hope and new life.


Prelude: Rain Down

Jaime Cortez

Welcome and Lighting of Candles

Introit: All Things Bright and Beautiful

John Rutter

Call to Worship

The wind blows wherever it pleases.
On its breath it carries new life:
the seed which is planted.

You hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from
or where it is going.
It carries the sounds of creation;
bird song and babbling brook;
proclamations of the Good News.

So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
May we be a people of Spirit
bearers of new life
bringers of Good News.

Let us worship God!

We Sing: Each Breath is Borrowed Air

  1. Each breath is borrowed air,
    not ours to keep and own,
    and all our depths as one declare
    what wisdom long has known;
    to live is to receive
    and answer back with praise
    to what our minds cannot conceive;
    the source of all our days.

  2. The sea flows in our veins.
    The dust of stars is spun
    to form the coiled, encoded skeins
    by which our cells are run;
    to live is to receive
    and answer back with praise
    to what our minds cannot conceive;
    the source of all our days.

  3. From earth and sea and dust
    arise yet greater things,
    the wonders, born of love and trust,
    a grateful heart that sings;
    to live is to receive
    and answer back with praise
    to what our minds cannot conceive;
    the source of all our days

Tom Troeger. Words © 2001, Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444 Tune: Terra Beata.

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

We Sing: God Gives

God, x x
God gives, x x
God gives great, x x
God gives great things, x x
God gives great things every day.
God gives great things every day.
Look around when you hear us say,
Open your inside eyes when you pray
An you’ll see what God gives today. Hey!

Rod Boucher © 1969. Published in God Gives #1. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

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: Halle, Halle, Halle, Hallelujah

Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Together in Song 720 Caribbean Traditional. Public Domain.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

The Gospel of Christ, Light of the World
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Sing: Touch the Earth Lightly

  1. Touch the earth lightly,
    use the earth gently,
    nourish the life of the world in our care:
    Gift of great wonder,
    ours to surrender,
    trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

  2. We who endanger,
    who create hunger,
    agents of death for all creatures that live.
    We who would foster
    clouds of disaster,
    God of our planet, forestall and forgive!

  3. Let there be greening,
    birth from the burning,
    water that blesses and air that is sweet,
    health in God’s garden,
    hope in God’s children,
    regeneration that peace will complete.

  4. God of all living,
    God of all loving,
    God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
    teach us, deflect us,
    Christ re-connect us,
    using us gently and making us one.

Together in Song 668 Shirley Erena Murray 1931- Words Shirley Erena Murray, Music: Colin Gibson. Words & Music © 1992 By Hope Publishing Co., Carol Street, IL60188. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Offering: Doxology

Chimes

Details for electronic giving available at bpuc.org/give

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

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: The Earth is the Lord’s

  1. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.
    Creation reminds us, O God, of your love.
    By grace we are learning, as years leads to year,
    We’re called to be stewards, your caretakers here.

  2. Your rainforests nurture the world that we share.
    Your wetlands give animals shelter and care.
    Your coral reefs cradle the life of the sea.
    You’ve shown us, in love, what your good world can be.

  3. Too often, O God, we abuse your good earth.
    We fail to remember its beauty and worth.
    We take from creation much more than we need,
    We threaten your world through indifference and greed.

  4. May we be good stewards of all that you give,
    Protecting creation wherever we live.
    May we be a church that renews and restores
    And lovingly care for this earth that is yours.

Source: Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor Words © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gilliette. All rights reserved Used by permission. Tune St. Denio, Welsh Folk Hymn.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Sung Blessing: God Be With You Till We Meet Again

Rosemary Nairn

Postlude: Far Horizons

Rosemary Nairn

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 cafes in North Adelaide.