The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 25th April 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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April 25, 2021The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

Prelude: He Shall Feed His FlockHandel

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit: A New CommandmentTiS 699

Call to Worship

Prayer

God, our great Shepherd,
we come to this place from different places,

we have different lives,
struggle with different situations and concerns,
have different dreams and aspirations,
we’re a mixed flock.
Yet here we are, your people gathered as one,
and we worship you as one.

We Sing: Gather Us In

  1. Here in this place new light is streaming,
    now is the darkness vanished away,
    see, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
    brought here to you in the light of this day.
    Gather us in, the lost and forsaken;
    gather us in, the blind and the lame;
    call to us now, and we shall awaken,
    we shall arise at the sound of our name.

  2. We are the young, our lives are a mystery;
    we are the old, who yearn for your face;
    we have been sung throughout all of history,
    called to be light to the whole human race.
    Gather us in, the rich and the haughty;
    gather us in, the proud and the strong;
    give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
    give us the courage to enter the song.

  3. Not in the dark of buildings confining,
    not in some heaven light years away,
    but here in this space, the new light is shining,
    now is the kingdom, now is the day.
    Gather us in, and hold us forever;
    gather us in, and make us your own;
    gather us in, all peoples together,
    fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Marty Haugen. © 1982 GIA Publications. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444. TiS 474.

ANZAC Day Remembrance

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.
Lest we forget.

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.

Reflection on Psalm 23

Anthem: The Lord is My ShepherdHoward Goodall

Scripture Readings: John 10:11-18

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

Sermon

We Sing: O Christ, Surround MeRichard Bruxvoort-Colligan

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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 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: Joyful, Joyful

  1. Joyful, joyful, we adore you,
    God of glory, God of love;
    hearts unfold like flowers before you
    opening to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
    drive the dark of doubt away;
    giver of immortal gladness,
    fill us with the light of day.

  2. All your works with joy surround you,
    earth and heav’n reflect your rays,
    stars and angels sing around you,
    centre of unbroken praise.
    Field and forest, vale and mountain,
    flowery meadow, flashing sea,
    singing bird and flowing fountain
    call to praise you joyfully.

  3. You are giving and forgiving,
    ever blessing, ever blest,
    well-spring of the joy of living,
    ocean-depth of happy rest.
    You our Father, Christ our brother,
    all are yours who live in love;
    teach us how to love each other,
    lift us to your joy above.

Henry Van Dyke 1852-1933alt. Public Domain. TiS 154.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing: Go Forth into the WorldMartin Shaw

Postlude: Dam Busters MarchEric Coates


Come and celebrate morning tea together, downstairs in the basement.

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