The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 26th December 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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The First Sunday after Christmas
December 26th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Welcome and Lighting of the Candles

Call to Worship

Come and sing songs of joy.
Christmas is here!

Come and share in the good news:
Jesus Christ is born!

Come and adore God in human form:
The baby is to be found in Bethlehem!

Come and know the word made flesh:
The eternal light is shining!

Come and worship with heart and soul and voice!
Christ is born and we will rejoice!

We Sing: O Come All Ye Faithful

  1. O come, all ye faithful,
    joyful and triumphant,
    come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
    come and behold him
    born the king of angels:


    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  2. True God of true God,
    Light of Light eternal,
    lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
    Son of the Father,
    begotten, not created:


    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  3. See how the shepherds
    summoned to his cradle,
    leaving their flocks, draw nigh with holy fear;
    we too will thither
    bend our joyful footsteps:

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  4. Lo, star-led chieftains,
    wise men, Christ adoring,
    offer him incense, gold and myrrh;
    we to the Christchild
    bring our hearts’ oblations:

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  5. Child for us sinners
    poor and in the manger,
    offer him incense, gold and myrrh;
    who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  6. Sing, choirs of angels,
    sing in exultation,
    sing all ye citizens of heaven above,
    ‘Glory to God,
    glory in the highest’:


    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  7. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
    born this happy morning,
    Jesus, to thee be glory given;
    Word of the father
    now in flesh appearing:


    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

Words by William Thomas Brooke 1848 – 1917. Public domain.

Prayer of Praise and Scripture Reading: Psalm 148

Leader: Praise the Lord!
Part 1: Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Part 2: Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

Part 1: Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
Part 2: Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

Part 1: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.
Part 2: He established them for ever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Part 1: Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
Part 2: fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Part 1: Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Part 2: Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!

Part 1: Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Part 2: Young men and women alike, old and young together!

Part 1: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
Part 2: He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him.

All: Praise the Lord!

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.

We Sing: The First Nowell

  1. The first nowell the angel did say
    was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay,
    in fields where they lay keeping their sheep
    on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.


    Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell
    born is the king of Israel!

  2. When they looked up and saw a star
    shining in the east, beyond them far,
    and to the earth it gave great light
    and so it continued both day and night.

    Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell
    born is the king of Israel!

  3. And by the light of that same star
    three wise men came from country far
    to seek for a king was their intent,
    and to follow the star wherever it went.

    Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell
    born is the king of Israel!

  4. This star drew nigh to the north-west
    over Bethlehem it took its rest,
    and there it did both stop and stay
    right o’er the place where Jesus lay.

    Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell
    born is the king of Israel!

  5. Then entered in those wise men three
    and reverently, upon their knee,
    they offered there in his presence
    their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

    Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell
    born is the king of Israel!

  6. Now let us all with one accord
    sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
    who has made heaven and earth from naught,
    and with his blood salvation brought.


    Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell
    born is the king of Israel!

Together in Song #301. Anon, English c. 17th cent. Public domain.

We Sing: Sing We Now of Christmas

  1. Sing we now of Christmas,
    Noël, sing we here!
    Hear our grateful praises
    to the babe so dear.


    Sing we Noël,
    The King is born, Noël!
    Sing we now of Christmas,
    sing we now, Noël!

  2. Angels called to shepherds,
    “Leave your flocks at rest,
    journey forth to Bethl’hem,
    find the child blest.”

    Sing we Noël,
    The King is born, Noël!
    Sing we now of Christmas,
    sing we now, Noël!

  3. In Bethlehem they found him;
    Joseph and Mary mild,
    seated by the manger,
    watching the holy child.

    Sing we Noël,
    The King is born, Noël!
    Sing we now of Christmas,
    sing we now, Noël!

  4. From the eastern country
    came the kings afar,
    bearing gifts to Bethlehem,
    guided by a star.

    Sing we Noël,
    The King is born, Noël!
    Sing we now of Christmas,
    sing we now, Noël!

  5. Gold and myrrh they took there,
    gifts of greatest price;
    there was ne’er a stable
    so like paradise.

    Sing we Noël,
    The King is born, Noël!
    Sing we now of Christmas,
    sing we now, Noël!

  6. Praise we now our Saviour
    on this holy night.
    Let us gather ’round him,
    Christ the Lord of Light.


    Sing we Noël,
    The King is born, Noël!
    Sing we now of Christmas,
    sing we now, Noël!

Words and music: traditional French carol. Public domain.

We sing: O Holy Night

  1. O holy night! the stars are brightly shining;
    it is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
    till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
    A thrill of hope- the weary world rejoices,
    for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
    Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
    O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
    O night, O holy night, O night divine!

  2. Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
    with glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
    So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
    here came the Wise Men from Orient land.
    The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
    in all our trials born to be our Friend.
    He knows our need— to our weakness is no stranger.
    Behold your King, before Him lowly bend!
    Behold your King, before Him lowly bend!

  3. Truly he taught us to love one another;
    his law is love and his gospel is peace.
    Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother,
    and in his name all oppression shall cease.
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we;
    let all within us praise his holy name.
    Christ is the Lord! O praise his name forever!
    His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
    His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

Words by John S. Dwight. Music by Adolphe Adam. Public domain.

We Sing: Born in the Night

  1. Born in the night,
    Mary’s child,
    a long way from your home;
    coming in need,
    Mary’s child,
    born in a borrowed room.

  2. Clear shining light,
    Mary’s child,
    your face lights up our way;
    light of the world,
    Mary’s child,
    dawn on our darkened day.

  3. Truth of our life,
    Mary’s child,
    you tell us God is good;
    prove it is true,
    Mary’s child,
    go to your cross of wood.

  4. Hope of the world,
    Mary’s child,
    you’re coming soon to reign;
    King of the earth,
    Mary’s child,
    walk in our streets again.

Together in Song #323. Words and music by permission Stainer & Bell, Geoffrey Ainger 1925-London. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

We Sing: Carol Our Christmas

  1. Carol our Christmas, an upside down Christmas;
    snow is not falling and trees are not bare.
    Carol the summer, and welcome the Christ Child,
    warm in our sunshine and sweetness of air.

  2. Sing of the gold and the green and the sparkle,
    water and river and lure of the beach.
    Sing in the happiness of open spaces,
    sing a nativity summer can reach!

  3. Shepherds and musterers move over hillsides,
    finding, not angels, but sheep to be shorn;
    wise ones make journeys whatever the season,
    searching for signs of the truth to be born.

  4. Right side up Christmas belongs to the universe,
    made in the moment a woman gives birth;
    hope is the Jesus gift, love is the offering,
    everywhere, anywhere, here on the earth.

Carol Our Christmas #7. Music by Colin Gibson. Words by Shirley Murray. © Hope Publishing Co. 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 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: The North Wind is Tossing the Leaves

  1. The north wind is tossing the leaves,
    the red dust is over the town,
    the sparrows are under the eaves
    and the grass in the paddock is brown,
    as we lift up our voices and sing
    to the Christ child the heavenly king.

  2. The tree ferns in green gullies sway,
    the cool stream flows silently by,
    the joy bells are greeting the day,
    and the chimes are adrift in the sky,
    as we lift up our voices and sing
    to the Christ child, the heavenly king.

Together in Song #322. John Wheeler 1901- William Garnet James (1898-1977) and John Wheeler 1901- © Chappell Music Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Postlude

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