The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 20th March 2022

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The Third Sunday in Lent
March 20th, 2022
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Lent invites us to journey with God. It is a time to turn – towards God and towards our inner life. As we follow this journey, we are invited to consider the turning of the path towards Jerusalem and the stories of turning we encounter along the way.

Prelude

As the Deer Pants by Martin Nystrom

Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

As the Deer Pants by Martin Nystrom

Call to Worship

Today as we gather, we come to remember and celebrate the good news of Jesus, who chose the harder path and invites us to follow him.

We come as we are,
beloved children,
to worship God.


Let us come close to God,
as God comes close to us.

Prayer

We Sing: Spirit of Dreaming

  1. Spirit of truth, come to us now,
    breathe your word into us.
    Plant in our hearts your wisdom and love,
    speak your kindness through us.
    Spirit of dreaming come, make of your people one.
    Spirit of truth, enter our dreaming now.

  2. Spirit of grace, come to us now,
    break into our silence.
    Nourish our hearts with healing and joy,
    sing your love song through us.
    Spirit of dreaming come, make of your people one.
    Spirit of grace, enter our dreaming now.

    Spirit of hope restore us,
    go before us,
    lead us through famine and feast.
    Spirit of faith uplift us,
    take and gift us for
    loving the last and the least.

  3. Spirit of light, come to us now,
    shine into our darkness.
    Bring to our hearts your longing for life,
    kindle peace between us.
    Spirit of dreaming come, make of your people one.
    Spirit of light, enter our dreaming now.

All Together All Right Words and music: Alison Campbell Rate © 2013. STU Publishing. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Lord, help us to see that you delight in us not just as we are, though that you do in abundance, but also in what we could be.
Lord, hear our heartfelt prayer. Amen.

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.

Scripture Reading: Micah 6:6-8

With what shall I come before the Lord,
    and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?“
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

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

Choral Anthem

God Be In My Head by Walford Davies

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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

Sermon

We Sing: Be Still and Know

  1. Be still and know that I am God.
    Be still and know that I am God.
    Be still and know that I am God.

  2. Commit your way unto the Lord…

  3. Be still and know that I am God.

All Together Now 9 Jason Daniel © Birdwing Music / Cherry Lane Music Co. Used by permission.

Offering

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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: Dare to Live the Dream God Gives You

  1. Dare to live the dream God gives you,
    seek out paths as yet unknown,
    for the Spirit leads you onward,
    and you never walk alone.

    Go in courage, walking humbly,
    bearing love none can destroy.
    Doing justice, loving mercy,
    go with God, and go in joy.

  2. When the dread of doubt assails you,
    and the road remains unclear,
    yet our faithful God will guide you
    through the doubt and dread of fear.

    Go in courage, walking humbly,
    bearing love none can destroy.
    Doing justice, loving mercy,
    go with God, and go in joy.

  3. Journey on with true companions,
    joining hands and sharing bread,
    for we share a common journey
    and in friendship we are fed.

    Go in courage, walking humbly,
    bearing love none can destroy.
    Doing justice, loving mercy,
    go with God, and go in joy.

  4. Dare to live the dream God gives us,
    brave the path, and face the fear,
    for the Spirit will unite us;
    Christ himself is always near.

    Go in courage, walking humbly,
    bearing love none can destroy.
    Doing justice, loving mercy,
    go with God, and go in joy.

Protest of Praise: 50 Hymn Texts. Tune: Holy Manna David Bjorlin, b.1984; Words © 2020 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Shalom Chaverim – trad. Israeli arr Mark O’Leary

Postlude

Will Your Anchor Hold by Kirkpatrick

Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.