The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 21st March 2021

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Brougham Place Uniting Church

March 21, 2021The Fifth Sunday in Lent

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

Looking Inward… Looking Outward – An invitation in Lent

Inner nurture, reflection, thought shaping, stillness and centring are all notions aligned with the season of Lent. It is a time that invites us to turn our attention inwards; to the ways in which faith is shaping the contours of our heart and mind.

It is also a time that invites us to pay attention to the world around us; to turn our attention outwards. The season invites us to orient our lives towards God’s hopes and loving intentions for the world. It is an invitation to see clearly and act courageously.

Looking Inward… Looking Outward will guide our Lenten journey this year. This will happen in many ways throughout worship and through the daily devotions. We are invited to consider the scripture passage through occupying the text through the eyes of Jesus. The scripture text is included below for your own contemplation and reference. We are invited to consider our own needs and the needs of the world. We are invited to notice the gifts around us and the gifts we bring. We are invited to shape and be shaped, inwardly and outwardly.

John 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ’The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Prelude: Blest are the Pure in HeartWH Havergal


Lighting of the Candles and Introit: Blessed are the Pure in Heart Walford Davies

Call to Worship

We Sing: God is Here TodayFEB

God is here today;
as certain as the air I breathe,
as certain as the morning sun that rises,
as certain when I sing you’ll hear my song.

© Words: From Mexico, tr C Michael Hawn, 1998. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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 Readings: John 12:20-33

Anthem: Now the Green Blade RisethTrad French


We Sing: O Christ, Surround MeRichard Bruxvoort-Colligan

Solo: God, be the love to search and keep me;
God be the prayer to move my voice;
God, be the strength to now uphold me.
O Christ, surround me,
O Christ, surround me.

Duet: Bind to myself the Name of Holy,
great cloud of witnesses enfold;
prophets, apostles, angels witness.
O Christ, surround me,
O Christ, surround me.

Choir: Brightness of sun and glow of moonlight,
flashing of lightning, strength of wind,
depth of the sea to soil of planet:
O Christ, surround me,
O Christ, surround me.

All: Walking behind to hem my journey,
going ahead to light my way,
and from beneath, above and all ways,
O Christ, surround me,

All:Christ in the eyes of all who see me,
Christ in the ears that hear my voice,
Christ in the hearts of all who know me:
O Christ, surround me,
O Christ, surround me.

Words and music: Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan. 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 in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.

Looking inward… looking outward

We Sing: Thuma MinaTiS 749

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)

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

Postlude: O Sacred Headarr Don Wyrtzen

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