The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 17th July 2022

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The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 17th, 2022


The Spirit of Nature – Rosemary Nairn


Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Happy the Home by Alfred Gatty

Call to Worship

Leave duty behind, come and sit, be still and listen for the word of God.

Leave busyness, anxiety and worry at the door, enter this peaceful place, allow yourself to relax and prepare for worship.

Let go and come to the quiet centre, here is a place and time to focus on God and to allow ourselves to hear God’s voice and ponder God’s word.

Friends, come and worship together.

Opening Prayer

God, our source, our life, our breath,
we come to centre ourselves in you this day.
Open us to your presence,
that we may be attentive to hear your whispered words of wisdom,
your truth-telling visions of justice,
your comfort for our souls,
and your call upon our lives.
We bring ourselves into the beauty of your presence
to worship this day.

We Sing: Come and Find the Quiet Centre

  1. Come and find the quiet centre
    in the crowded life we lead.
    find the room for hope to enter,
    find the frame where we are freed:
    Clear the chaos and the clutter,
    clear our eyes that we can see
    all the things that really matter,
    be at peace, and simply be.

  2. Silence is a friend who claims us,
    cools the heat and slows the pace,
    God it is who speaks and names us,
    knows our being, touches base,
    making space within our thinking,
    lifting shades to show the sun,
    raising courage when we’re shrinking,
    finding scope for faith begun.

  3. In the Spirit let us travel,
    open to each other’s pain,
    let our loves and fears unravel,
    celebrate the space we gain:
    There’s a place for deepest dreaming,
    there’s a time for heart to care,
    in the Spirit’s lively scheming
    there is always room to spare.

Words: Shirley Erena Murray. Words © 1982 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Prayer of Confession

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.

Choral Anthem

Benedictus by Andrea Klouse

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

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


We Sing: Take This Moment

  1. Take this moment, sign, and space,
    take my friends around.
    Here among us make the place
    where your love is found.

  2. Take the time to call my name,
    take the time to mend
    who I am and what I’ve been,
    all I’ve failed to tend.

  3. Take the tiredness of my days,
    take my past regret,
    letting your forgiveness touch
    all I can’t forget.

  4. Take the little child in me,
    scared of growing old.
    Help them here to find their worth,
    made in Christ’s own mould.

  5. Take my talents, take my skills,
    take what’s yet to be.
    Let my life be yours, and yet,
    let it still be me.

Words and music: The Iona Community. © 1989 The Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Connection. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License#A‑604444.


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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: Lord of All Hopefulness

  1. Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
    whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
    be there at our waking and give us, we pray,
    your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

  2. Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
    whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
    be there at our labours and give us, we pray,
    your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

  3. Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
    your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
    be there at our homing and give us, we pray,
    your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

  4. Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
    whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
    be there at our sleeping and give us, we pray,
    your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Together in Song #613. Joyce Placzec (‘Jan Struther’) 1901-53. Words from Enlarged Songs of Praise by permission Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Peace I Leave With You by Amy Beach


Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement.