The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 19th September 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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September 19, 2021
Season of Creation 2 – Listen, Learn, Respond, Renew
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Listen

Prelude

All Things Bright and Beautiful – Monk

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Sing of the Lord’s Goodness – Ernest Sands

Call to Worship

We Sing: God of Creation

  1. God of Creation, gentle life-giver,
    present at birth and all through our days;
    author of sunrise, song in the night sky
    here in this place, we offer our praise.

  2. Jesus, companion, teacher and healer,
    friend of the grieving, suffering, the poor
    stand with your people, whisper among us
    promise of mercy, goodness for all.

  3. Spirit of comfort, blow through creation,
    stir up new life, breathe peace through our world.
    Healer of hearts, and hope for tomorrow,
    weave all our sorrows into new dawn.

  4. Here we give thanks for life in its fullness,
    blessings received, your gifts to us all.
    Make us a people filled by compassion,
    selflessly giving, serving your world.

All Together All Right, 605. Craig Mitchell © 2010. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No. 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Learn

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

All Things Bright and Beautiful – John Rutter

Learn from Nature’s Cry – based on Psalm 19

Sheeting rain, roaring winds
Cascading waters, billowing waves.
Tender shoots, trailing vines,
Stout forest, boggy marsh.
Their voice goes out to all the earth.

Snow melt, glacial valley
Salt pan, glaring sand dunes.
Jungle cave, ocean trench
Mallee scrub, oxbow river bend
Their words go to the ends of the earth.

Coral bleaching
Prevailing drought
Heat dome
Forest fire
Deluge
Day after day they pour forth speech.

Ice cap melt
Ice sheet snap
Endangered species
Mangrove die back
Mundulla yellow
Zoonotic virus
Crop failure
There is no speech or language in which their voice is not heard.

This is our confession:
The earth speaks and we are hard of hearing.
We do not see ourselves in this picture.
Scripture speaks and we are hard of hearing.
We do not see the words as powerful.
You speak, Oh God, and we are hard of hearing.
We do not see that we can change the world.

Hear these words of assurance:
The infinite God meets our small and finite mindset with compassion and Grace. On a precious and precarious planet, we can revive and make wise that which is simply sustainable while we partner with you our God and all of creation. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Judges 9:8-15

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

We Sing: At the Very Start

  1. At the very start from the Creator’s heart,
    this bejewelled earth was formed.
    And with art on art, creation played its part,
    loveliness and wonder spawned.
    As the eons came and eons passed
    love and power still combined,
    wind and water, sun and Spirit blessed
    an emerging humankind.

  2. Men and women listened to God’s call to care
    for the planet and its wealth,
    and with love to tend all creatures ev’rywhere
    both sickness and in health;
    yet we failed to curb blind greed for more,
    earth’s fine riches all but spent.
    And our wanting’s rendered humankind more poor
    while the covenant is rent.

  3. In our grief we turn back to the ancient tale
    of a garden rich pristine
    where the Holy Presence found that trust had failed
    out of sorrow, intervened.
    Christ, you came to heal, to reconcile
    all creation to your heart.
    In compassion, challenge all our blind denial
    and your saving grace impart.

  4. Then may all your new creation rise to bless
    and to praise the living Word.
    May the humble, poor in spirit, dispossessed
    find their voice and now be heard.
    May the brolgas dance, and the dolphins sing,
    magpies swoop and osprey call,
    and in even measure joy and honour bring
    to the One sustaining all.

Tune: Kingsfold
Words: Sharonne Price © 2021

A Reading

The Moment by Margaret Atwood

Reflection

If the Earth

Respond

Learning Together

We Sing: May Our Lives

Chorus:
May our lives and our prayers be one
As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
And when our work and our dreaming’s done
May our lives and our prayers be one.

  1. Within the rhythm of our days
    We take the time to muse and pray
    The fears we face, the tears we taste
    We view in light of holy grace.

    May our lives and our prayers be one
    As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
    And when our work and our dreaming’s done
    May our lives and our prayers be one.

  2. We name our deepest hopes and dreams
    For those we love and all in need
    We picture how the world could be
    We live the change we want to see.

    May our lives and our prayers be one
    As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
    And when our work and our dreaming’s done
    May our lives and our prayers be one.

Paul Somerville © 2013. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Passing of the Peace

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

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Offering

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Renew

Prayers of the People

♫God of justice hear our 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 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: You Shall Go Out With Joy

You shall go out with joy
and be led forth in peace,
and the mountains and the hills
shall break forth in singing.
There’ll be shouts of joy,
and the trees of the fields
shall clap, shall clap their hands,
and the trees of the field shall clap their hands,
and the trees of the field shall clap their hands,
and the trees of the fields shall clap their hands,
and you’ll go out with joy.
(x2)

Together in Song, 755. Stuart Dauermann 1944 and Steffi Geiser Rubin 1950 Words, music and arrangements by permission Lillenas Publishing Company, Nashville. Used under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

The Peace of the Earth – Guatemalan folk song, arr John Bell

Postlude

For the Fruits of all Creation – Welsh traditional

Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement. Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.