The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 24th January 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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January 24, 2021 Epiphany 3

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


Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

You call to us, Jesus Christ,
“come and follow me”.
And so, we come to follow your ways,
and respond to your call upon our lives.
Guide us in our living,
renew us in our faith,
show us paths of compassion,
and centre us in your ways of love. Amen.

We Sing: God of CreationATAR 605

  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.

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

Day of Mourning Recognition

Prayer of Confession of Second Peoples

Merciful God,
we, the Second Peoples of this land, acknowledge and lament the injustice and abuse that has so often marked the treatment of the First Peoples of this land.

We acknowledge and lament the way in which their land was taken from them and their language, culture, law and spirituality despised and suppressed.

We acknowledge and lament the way in which the Christian church was so often not only complicit in this process but actively involved in it.

We acknowledge and lament that in our own time the injustice and abuse has continued. We have been indifferent when we should have been outraged, we have been apathetic when we should have been active, we have been silent when we should have spoken out.

Liberating Jesus, hear our lament and by your Spirit bring healing and hope to the lives of our First Nations sisters and brothers and their communities, we pray.

Gracious God, hear our acknowledgements—
We have not loved you with our whole heart, nor have we loved First Peoples and other neighbours as ourselves.

God of mercy,
forgive us for our failures, past and present and give us the grace today to make a fresh start.

By your Spirit transform our minds and hearts so that we may love as you have loved us, that we may boldly speak your truth and courageously do your will.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words of Assurance

This is the best of all:
When we are empty, God fills us;
when we are disheartened, God is compassionate;
when we are wounded, God brings healing;
when we confess our sin, God forgives.
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ, our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
You refill the cup of life, O God.
In Christ, we find refuge, strength and hope. Amen.

We Sing: Spirit of DreamingATAR 607

  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.

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

Prayers for our Nation

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

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: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 and Mark 1:14-20

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

Sermon

Music Ministry: Take My Life and Let It Be

Offering

To give electronically please go to bpuc.org/give

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.

We Sing: The SummonsATOK 413

  1. Will you come and follow me
    if I but call your name?
    Will you go where you don’t know
    and never be the same?
    Will you let my love be shown,
    will you let my name be known,
    will you let my life be grown
    In you and you in me?

  2. Will you leave yourself behind
    if I but call your name?
    Will you care for cruel and kind
    and never be the same?
    Will you risk the hostile stare
    should your life attract or scare?
    Will you let me answer prayer
    in you and you in me?

  3. Lord, your summons echoes true
    when you but call my name.
    Let me turn and follow you
    and never be the same.
    In your company I’ll go
    where your love and footsteps show.
    Thus I’ll move and live and grow
    in you and you in me.

Words and music: The Iona Community © 1987. Open Book Publishers. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

We Sing: For You Deep StillnessATW 494

For you, deep stillness of the silent inland;
for you, deep blue of the desert skies;
for you, flame red of the rocks and stones;
for you, sweet water from hidden springs.

From the edges, seek the heartlands,
and when you’re burnt by the journey,
may the cool winds of the hovering Spirit
soothe and replenish you.
In the name of Christ,
In the name of Christ.

Robin Mann and Julie Perrin. © 2001 Open Book Publishers. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Postlude

In order to avoid crowding at the exits, please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to leave. There are sign-up sheets for morning tea at the welcome desk to share coffee in cafés in North Adelaide.