The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 18th October 2020

The Order of Service follows below.

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October 18th, 2020

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


Prelude: Theme from Scheherazade

R Korsakoff

Welcome

Introit and Lighting of the Candles: Author of Faith

Ralph Harrison (TIS 565)

Call to Worship

We gather in the presence of the Spirit of Christ,
who guides us,
corrects us,
confronts and challenges us
and whose way is always love.
Let us worship together.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: How Can I Keep From Singing?

  1. My life flows on in endless song,
    above earth’s lamentation:
    I catch the sweet, though far-off, hymn
    that hails a new creation.

    No storm can shake my inmost calm
    While to that Rock I’m clinging.
    Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
    How can I keep from singing?


  2. Through all the tumult and the strife.
    hear that music ringing.
    It finds an echo in my soul.
    How can I keep from singing?

    No storm can shake my inmost calm
    While to that Rock I’m clinging.
    Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
    How can I keep from singing?


  3. What though my joys and comfort die?
    The Lord, my Saviour liveth.
    What though the darkness round me close?
    Songs in the night he giveth.

    No storm can shake my inmost calm
    While to that Rock I’m clinging.
    Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
    How can I keep from singing?


  4. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
    a fountain ever springing.
    All things are mine since I am his!
    How can I keep from singing?

    No storm can shake my inmost calm
    While to that Rock I’m clinging.
    Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
    How can I keep from singing?

CH 565. Robert Lowry and Doris Plenn 1822-1899. Public domain.

Prayer of Adoration and Thanksgiving

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

Baptism of Spencer Adrian Reid Smith

The Confession of Faith

We are not alone; we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating;
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new;
who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence;
to love and serve others;
to seek justice and resist evil;
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

We Sing: May the Feet of God Walk with You

May the feet of God walk with you,
and his hand hold you tight.
May the eye of God rest on you,
and his ear hear your cry.
May the smile of God be for you,
and his breath give you life.
May the Child of God grow in you,
and his love bring you home.

© 1983 Words by Aub Podlich. Music by Robin Mann. Used with Permission. All rights reserved. One License, License #A‑604444.

Response

Friends in Christ, will you promise to maintain a life of worship and teaching, witness and service so that this child and all the children among you may grow in the Grace of Jesus Christ and the knowledge and love of God?

With God’s help, we will live out our baptism
As a loving community in Christ:
Nurturing one another in faith,
Upholding one another in prayer,
And encouraging one another in service
until Christ comes. Amen.

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: I Will Talk With My Heart

Barry Brinson (Hope 69)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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

Sermon

Offering

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Prayers of the People

We Sing: Lord, Hear Our Prayer

O, Lord hear our prayer.
O, Lord hear our prayer.
Lord hear our prayer.
Let it be.

  1. Let it rise up to the mountain
    to the depths of the dark blue sea.
    Let it rise like a red and dusty storm;
    let it bind our community.

    O, Lord hear our prayer.
    O, Lord hear our prayer.
    Lord hear our prayer.
    Let it be.


  2. Let it be, God bring your kingdom.
    Be in all of us each day.
    Shape our lives in love and welcome,
    truth and justice be our way.

    O, Lord hear our prayer.
    O, Lord hear our prayer.
    Lord hear our prayer.
    Let it be.


  3. Let it be in our isolation,
    when we’re apart from the ones we love.
    Let it be in our joy and sorrow;
    lift us up from below and above.

    O, Lord hear our prayer.
    O, Lord hear our prayer.
    Lord hear our prayer.
    Let it be.

Words and music by Jan Oliver © 2020. Used with permission.

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: For Everyone Born

  1. For everyone born, a place at the table,
    for everyone born, clean water and bread;
    a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
    for everyone born, a star overhead.

    And God will delight when we are creators of justice
    and joy, compassion and peace:
    yes God will delight when we are creators of justice,
    justice and joy.


  2. For young and for old, a place at the table,
    a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
    the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
    for young and for old, the right to belong.

    And God will delight when we are creators of justice
    and joy, compassion and peace:
    yes God will delight when we are creators of justice,
    justice and joy.


  3. For everyone born, a place at the table,
    to live without fear, and simply to be,
    to work, to speak out to witness and worship,
    for everyone born, the right to be free.

    And God will delight when we are creators of justice
    and joy, compassion and peace:
    yes God will delight when we are creators of justice,
    justice and joy.


WS 3149. Shirley Erena Murray. Words © 1998 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing: Shalom My Friends

Rev Dr Gillies Ambler

Postlude: Soldiers Chorus

Gounod

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