The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 27th December 2020

The Order of Service follows below.

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December 27th, 2020 Christmas 1

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


Prelude

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles

Call to Worship

Come all you people,
come and worship God,
who draws us into an eternal family
through love and grace.
We are children of the Most High
and heirs of the promise.
Let us worship God.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

  1. Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King,
    peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled.
    Joyful, all you nations, rise,
    join the triumph of the skies;
    with the angelic host proclaim,
    ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King.

  2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
    Christ, the everlasting Lord,
    late in time behold him come,
    offspring of a virgin’s womb:
    veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
    hail the incarnate Deity,
    pleased in human flesh to dwell,
    Jesus, our Immanuel.

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King.

  3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Sun of righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings,
    risen with healing in his wings:
    mild he lays his glory by,
    born that we no more need die,
    born to raise us from the earth,
    born to give us second birth.

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King.

TiS 303. Charles Wesley 1707-88 and others. Public domain.

Prayer of Adoration and Thanksgiving

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

Children’s Time

Anthem: We Three Kings

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-40

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

Sermon

We Sing: Simple Gifts

’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
’Tis the gift to come down, where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
’Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

(repeat)

Worship in Song 271. Words by Joseph Brackett Jnr. Public domain.

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: Joy to the World

  1. Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
    let earth receive its king;
    let every heart prepare him room,
    and heaven and nature sing,
    and heaven and nature sing,
    and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

  2. Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;
    let us our songs employ;
    while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

  3. He rules the world with truth and grace,
    and makes the nations prove
    the glories of his righteousness
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders, wonders of his love.

TiS 268. Isaac Watts, 1674 – 1748 alt. Based on Psalm 98. Public Domain.

Sending Forth and Benediction

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.