The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 17th January 2021

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January 17, 2021 Epiphany 2

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


Prelude

Welcome

Introit: The Gift of the Season Besig and N. Price

Call to Worship

This is the time and this is the place;
God moves among us, calling us to follow.
God speaks, inviting us to listen.

Come, let us encourage one another in faith,
listen for God’s word in our midst,
and help one another to respond to God’s call.
We come together to meet God here.

Come and see, with openness and attentiveness,
for Christ meets us here.

We Sing: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him

  1. Jesus calls us here to meet him
    as, through word and song and prayer,
    we affirm God’s promised presence
    where his people live and care.
    Praise the God who keeps his promise;
    praise the Son who calls us friends;
    praise the Spirit who, among us,
    to our hopes and fears attends.

  2. Jesus call us to confess him
    Word of Life and Lord of All,
    sharer of our flesh and frailness
    saving all who fail or fall.
    Tell his holy human story;
    tell his tales that all may hear;
    tell the world that Christ in glory
    came to earth to meet us here.

  3. Jesus calls us to each other:
    found in him are no divides.
    Race and class and sex and language
    such are barriers he derides.
    Join the hand of friend and stranger;
    join the hands of age and youth;
    join the faithful and the doubter
    in their common search for truth.

Together in Song 477
John L. Bell and Graham Maule © 1989, WGRG, Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Prayer of Confession

God who moves among us, and encounters us in our daily living, sometimes we believe that you only come to us in designated, convenient times, or times that fulfill the category of “sacred”. We forget that you are present in our everyday and we forget to be attentive to your call in our lives.
Forgive us, and call us to follow.

Sometimes we are tempted to believe that you are harder to find and that visions are not widespread in our time. We forget that you continually whisper truth and we forget to listen carefully to your word for us today.
Forgive us, and call us to listen.

Sometimes we are tempted to think that discernment is about an individual and to believe it is the realm of only personal devotion. We forget that you speak through communities and we forget to offer wisdom to one another.
Forgive us, and encourage us to share community.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

Together in Song 390
Donald E. Fishel 1950- Words and music © 1973 The Word of God. All rights reserved All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

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.

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

From this shines forth the Word of God.
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: The Lord is My Shepherd Allen Pote

Scripture Reading: John 1:43-51

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

Sermon

Offering

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Prayers of the People

We Sing: Invitation

  1. God has laid a feasting table.
    All her guests are gathered round.
    From the highways and the byways
    all the lost have now been found.
    When we hear the invitation
    will we lay our burdens down?

  2. At this table all are welcome.
    No one need be left behind.
    God is greater than our difference.
    Christ can see where we are blind.
    When we hear the invitation
    will we love all human kind?

  3. God is crying out for justice.
    Christ is weeping in the street.
    When will be the time for laughter?
    When will all have food to eat?
    When we hear the invitation
    will we make God’s will complete?

Words & Music: Shawn Whelan, arr C Lees. © 2006. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Celebrating Holy Communion

Setting of the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

May God be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up to our God.

Let us give thanks to God our Creator.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

… and so we raise our voices,
together with heaven and earth,
your people throughout all time and in all places,
and all of creation, saying:
Holy, holy, holy God, of all creation and life,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Hosanna in the highest!

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.

Breaking of the Bread

The Communion

Prayer After Communion

We Sing: Thuma Mina

Thuma mina, Thuma mina, Thuma mina, Somandla
Send me Jesus, Send me Jesus, Send me Jesus, Send me Lord.

Witulani, Witulani, Witulani Mayatja
Fill me Jesus, Fill me Jesus, Fill me Jesus, Fill me Lord.

Djuy’yurra, Djuy’yurra, Djuy’yurra, Garray.
Send us Jesus, Send us Jesus, Send us Jesus, Send us Lord.

Thuma mina (South African – Xhosa)
Witulani (APY Lands – Pitjantjatjara)
Djuy’yurra (Arnhem Land – Djambarrpungu)

Together in Song 749
Verse 1 Traditional South African. Words by permission Walton Music Corporation, Florida, USA. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Sung Blessing: Dona Nobis Pacem

Postlude: Pavane for a Silent Night Ravel


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 cafés in North Adelaide.

Some of the liturgy in this service is adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom Education – mediacomeducation.org.au