A Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 27th August 2023

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Kardlayirdi Karnungga
The light on the hill

August 27, 2023
Pentecost 13
Preacher: Susy Plein

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



Lighting of the Candles and Introit – O Love of God

Sydney Nicholson – Together in Song 139 (Tune 405)

Call to Worship

Jesus is
the King of Kings.
Jesus is
the Prince of Peace.
Jesus is
the Wonderful Counsellor.
We gather here to Worship God,
God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit. Amen

We Sing: For the Beauty of the Earth

  1. For the beauty of the earth,
    for the beauty of the skies,
    for the love which from our birth
    over and around us lies,

    Lord of all, to you we raise
    this our hymn of grateful praise.

  2. For the beauty of each hour
    of the day and of the night,
    hill and vale, and tree and flower,
    sun and moon and stars of light,

    Lord of all, to you we raise
    this our hymn of grateful praise.

  3. For the joy of ear and eye,
    for the heart and mind’s delight,
    for the mystic harmony
    linking sense to sound and sight,

    Lord of all, to you we raise
    this our hymn of grateful praise.

  4. For the church that evermore,
    lifting holy hands above,
    offers up on every shore,
    the pure sacrifice of love,

    Lord of all, to you we raise
    this our hymn of grateful praise.

Together in Song 137. Folliott Sandford Pierpoint 1835-1917 alt. Public Domain.

Prayer of Confession


Passing of the Peace

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

Musical Interlude – Eliza and Helen Harris

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Song: Getting to Know You

Choir Only – Sing once through.

As we learn, about you today
As you learn, about us today
As we learn, together on the way
God is here with us to-day.

Getting to know you conversation with Linda

We Sing – Congregation sings twice.

As we learn, about you today
As you learn, about us today
As we learn, together on the way
God is here with us to-day.

Tune from Love and Anger song 70. African American traditional. © . Wild Goose Resource Group. Words M Harris

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 at the entrances.

Introduction to Susy Plein

Choral Anthem: – I Got a Home on that Rock

trad. spiritual arr R Nairn

Bible Reading: Romans 12: 1-8

The New Life in Christ

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Bible Reading: Matthew 16: 13-20

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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

We Sing: Jesus, Name Above All Names

Jesus, name above all names,
beautiful Saviour, glorious Lord;
Emmanuel, God is with us
blessed Redeemer, living Word.

(Sing twice)

Church Hymnary 4/774. Naida Hearn 1944-. Music Naida Hearn arranged Roland T Fudge 1947-. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.


We Sing – Jesus Asks

  1. Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am”
    Blossom of freedom in repression’s dark vale,
    lover of justice and friend of the poor.

  2. Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?”
    Beam of hope shining in the night of despair,
    guiding and tending all those who are lost.

  3. Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?”
    Maker of peace in the destruction of war;
    to all who suffer, the Giver of Life.

Altogether for Good 532. Words: Seong Won Park; tr. Maggie Hamilton. Music: Sung-Mo-Moon (from the Korean “Jesu neem un nu gu shin ga”). From Agape © 2003 Oxford University Press, Oxford UK.


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Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

…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: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him

  1. Jesus calls us here to meet him
    as, through word and song and prayer,
    we affirm God’s promised presence
    where his people live and care.
    Praise the God who keeps his promise;
    praise the Son who calls us friends;
    praise the Spirit who, among us,
    to our hopes and fears attends.

  2. Jesus call us to confess him
    Word of Life and Lord of All,
    sharer of our flesh and frailness
    saving all who fail or fall.
    Tell his holy human story;
    tell his tales that all may hear;
    tell the world that Christ in glory
    came to earth to meet us here.

  3. Jesus calls us to each other:
    found in him are no divides.
    Race and class and sex and language
    such are barriers he derides.
    Join the hand of friend and stranger;
    join the hands of age and youth;
    join the faithful and the doubter
    in their common search for truth.

Together in Song 477. John L. Bell and Graham Maule © 1989, WGRG, Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing: – Depart With the Peace of God

Tim Tscharke


Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement. There are stairs behind the organ and a ramp between the church and the car park leading to the basement.

This service was prepared with the assistance of resources: Spill the Beans, and Wild Goose Publications – Bare Feet and Buttercups; Present on Earth