The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 21st November 2021

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November 21st, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Why We Sing by Greg Gilpin

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

God We Praise You

Call to Worship

The cosmos and all it contains.
Everything comes from God.

The earth and all its life.
Everything comes from God.

Every hour, of every day.
Everything comes from God.

This moment, and every moment.
Everything comes from God.

Let us rejoice!
That everything comes from God.

We Sing: There’s a Spirit of Love

  1. There’s a spirit of love in this place,
    there’s a spirit of love in this place.
    You can’t see it but it’s there,
    just as precious as the air;
    There’s a spirit of love in this place.

  2. There’s the presence of peace in this room,
    there’s the presence of peace in this room.
    In God’s tenderness is found
    peace that passes human bounds,
    There’s the presence of peace in this room.

    O alleluia, sing alleluia!
    We bless your holy name
    O alleluia, sing alleluia!
    There’s a spirit of love in this place.

  3. There’s a space for grace in our hearts,
    there’s a space for grace in our hearts.
    It’s in learning to forgive that our spirits truly live.
    There’s a space for grace in our hearts.

    O alleluia, sing alleluia!
    We bless your holy name,
    we bless your name.
    O alleluia, sing alleluia!
    There’s a space for grace,
    there’s the presence of peace,
    there’s a spirit of love in this place.

Words and music: Mark A Miller. © 2003 Abingdon Press, admin. By The Copyright Company. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Stewardship – Transformed by Lovea

A Stewardship Story

Stewardship Litany

Grounded in God’s love,
living fully,
we come to see our life is a gift,
not just for ourselves, but for others.
We are blessed to be a blessing.
Today we claim this love of God.
Today we will begin to live as though God love’s us,
with all our faults and insecurities.

This Love will renew our hearts and minds.
May we be transformed by love.

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We Sing: Love is the Touch of Intangible Joy

  1. Love is the light in the tunnel of pain;
    love is the will to be whole once again;
    love is the trust of a friend on the road:
    God is where love is, for love is of God.

  2. Love is the Maker, and Spirit, and Son;
    love is the kingdom their will has begun;
    Love is the pathway the saints all have trod:
    God is where love is, for love is of God.

Church Hymnary 4, 115.Alison M Robertson (b.1940). GIA Publications Inc. 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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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

Christ is the World’s True Light by WK Stanton

Scripture Readings: 1 John 4:16b-21

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

In this is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Sing: Like a Candle

  1. Like a candle burning wildly,
    raging soft and against the night,
    spark that leaps to clear the shadows,
    sending warm disturbing light.
    We are called to live the passion.
    Hope stands strong against all pain.
    For it’s only in the burning
    that the candle shows its flame.

  2. Like a river running freely,
    rapids swirl beside our feet,
    swiftly flowing from the highland,
    comes to rest, still waters meet.
    All our journeys rising, falling,
    making turns we least expect,
    when the Spirit churns within us,
    know God’s power through the test.

  3. Like an angel walking lightly
    on this fragile earth of clay,
    touching folk with raw compassion
    laughing, playing on the way,
    Freely living every moment
    in the mystery of grace.
    Giving, dying, living, rising
    – see the beauty of God’s face.

  4. See the hope that burns in darkness,
    show compassion strong and kind,
    bind the hurt and broken-hearted,
    be God’s hands and voice and eyes.
    Sing a new song ev’ry sunrise,
    climb to places out of reach,
    walk in freedom in God’s Spirit,
    as we die so we shall live.

    We are called to live the passion.
    Hope stands strong against all pain.
    For it’s only in the burning
    that the candle shows its flame.

All Together for Good, 582 Craig Mitchell, Tim Beale and Roger Imms. Copyright © Craig Mitchell, 7 Memona Drive, Mt Barker, SA 5251. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

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: Sent By the Lord Am I

Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.
Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.

The angels cannot change
a world of hurt and pain
into a world of love,
of justice and of peace.
The task is mine to do,
to set it really free.
O help me to obey,
help me to do your will.

All Together OK, 412. Words: Traditional Nicaraguan. Translation © Jorge Maldonado, World Council of Churches. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License No. #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

The Peace of God by John Rutter

Postlude

O Worship the King – tune Hanover

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

Some of the liturgy in this service is adapted from Words for Worship.