The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 14th November 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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November 14th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Come O God of All the Earth by Marty Haugen

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Lead Me Lord, tune by Samuel S. Wesley

Call to Worship

Trust the Lord
for God is good,
God’s mercies endure forever.

Trust the Lord
for God is good,
God’s companionship and presence are an eternal gift — granted in the joys, challenges, and sorrows of life.

Trust the Lord
for God is good.


In times of peace God reigns,
in times of war and violence God laments,
in times of pain God weeps,
in times of celebration God delights.

God of this day and all days,
be present with us now as we worship and spend time with you.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: Know that God is Good

  1. Know that God is good.
    Know that God is good.
    Know that God is good,
    God is good, God is good.

  2. Halle, hallelujah.
    Halle, hallelujah.
    Halle, hallelujah,
    hallelujah, hallelujah.

Chalice Hymnary #788. Words and music anonymous, arrangement by John Bell. © 1992, WGRG, Iona Community. Administered by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Stewardship – Transformed by Love

A Stewardship Story

Stewardship Litany

Moment by moment,
when we open ourselves to the wonder of God’s love,
we discover there the fullness of life.
This is the joy Christ offers.
Today we claim this love of God.
Today we will begin to live as though God loves us,
with all our faults and insecurities.

This Love will renew our hearts and minds.
May we be transformed by love.

Stewardship Response

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We Sing: Love is the Touch of Intangible Joy

  1. Love is the lilt in a lingering voice;
    love is the hope that can make us rejoice;
    love is the cure for the frightened and flawed:
    God is where love is, for love is of God.

  2. Love is the Maker, and Spirit, and Son;
    love is the kingdom their will has begun;
    Love is the pathway the saints all have trod:
    God is where love is, for love is of God.

Church Hymnary 4, 115.Alison M Robertson (b.1940). GIA Publications Inc. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Recognition of Service – Ric Sibley

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

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Celebration of Sukulu Na Bari

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

Be Thou My Vision by John Rutter

Scripture Readings: 1 John 4:11-16a

Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

In this is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Sing: God, Beyond All Names

  1. God, beyond our dreams,
    you have stirred in us a mem’ry;
    you have placed your pow’rful spirit
    in the hearts of human kind.

    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  2. God, beyond all names,
    you have made us in your image;
    we are like you, we reflect you;
    we are woman, we are man.

    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  3. God, beyond all words,
    all creation tells your story;
    you have shaken with our laughter,
    you have trembled with our tears.

    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  4. God, beyond all time,
    you are laboring within us;
    we are moving, we are changing
    in your spirit ever new.

    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  5. God of tender care,
    you have cradled us in goodness;
    you have mothered us in wholeness,
    you have loved us into birth.

    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

As One Voice. Bernadette Farrell 1990. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Instrumental

All Glory Praise and Honour

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: We Are Part of Christ’s Own Body

  1. We are part of Christ’s own body
    working toward a single goal,
    each of us essential members
    in the beauty of the whole.
    As we need each varied feature,
    for the body to survive,
    so the church must cherish diff’rence
    for our work to grow and thrive.

  2. We are part of Christ’s own body,
    each unique in gift and call,
    yet alike in common mission
    for the flourishing of all.
    Give us faith, O God of welcome,
    not to fear what you embrace,
    but to celebrate each diff’rence
    as an icon of your grace.

Words by David Bjorlin © 2021 GIA Publications Inc. Tune: Holy Manna. All rights reserved ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

With Prayer and Supplication by Amy Beach

Postlude

Amazing Grace arrangement by AL Page

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 Spill the Beans, published by the Spill the Beans Resource Team, spillthebeans.org.uk