The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 28th February 2021

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February 28, 2021The Second Sunday in Lent

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


Looking Inward… Looking Outward – An invitation in Lent

Inner nurture, reflection, thought shaping, stillness and centring are all notions aligned with the season of Lent. It is a time that invites us to turn our attention inwards; to the ways in which faith is shaping the contours of our heart and mind.

It is also a time that invites us to pay attention to the world around us; to turn our attention outwards. The season invites us to orient our lives towards God’s hopes and loving intentions for the world. It is an invitation to see clearly and act courageously.

Looking Inward… Looking Outward will guide our Lenten journey this year. This will happen in many ways throughout worship and through the daily devotions. We are invited to consider the scripture passage through occupying the text through the eyes of Jesus. The scripture text is included below for your own contemplation and reference. We are invited to consider our own needs and the needs of the world. We are invited to notice the gifts around us and the gifts we bring. We are invited to shape and be shaped, inwardly and outwardly.

Mark 8:31-38

Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Prelude: Lenten MeditationRichard Blake

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit: Take Up Your CrossCW Everest

Call to Worship

We come to worship,
called by the One who is love.
We come to worship,
bringing our own frame:
our hopes and dreams,
our visions for the way the world can be.
May our worship open our eyes
to see with God’s frame
that our visions and dreams might be transformed.
Come, let us worship!

We Sing: All People That on Earth Do Dwell

  1. All people that on earth do dwell,
    sing out your faith with cheerful voice;
    delight in God whose praise you tell,
    whose presence calls you to rejoice.

  2. Enter the sacred gates with praise,
    with joy approach the temple walls.
    Extol and bless our God always
    as people whom the Spirit calls.

  3. Proclaim again that God is good,
    whose mercy is forever sure,
    whose truth at all times firmly stood,
    and shall from age to age endure.

The New Century Hymnal, 7. Words by William Kethe, 1561; Adapt Thomas H Troeger, 1992. Public Domain.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Words of Assurance

God delights in mercy – proclaims deliverance from bondage;
sets us free to be a transformed people.
Trust in God and be set free.
Trust in God and be set free.
Thanks be to God!

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.

Anthem: Bread of the WorldsTrad. Scottish, arr Alan Bullard

Scripture Readings: Mark 8:31-38

Sermon

We Sing: We Belong to God

  1. When we are living, we are in the Lord.
    When we are dying, we are in the Lord.
    For in our living and in our dying,
    we belong to God, we belong to God.

  2. Each day allows us to decide for good,
    loving and serving as we know we should;
    in thankful giving, in hopeful living,
    we belong to God, we belong to God.

  3. Sometimes we sorrow, other times embrace;
    sometimes we question everything we face.
    Yet in our yearning is deeper learning:
    we belong to God, we belong to God.

  4. Till earth is over may we always know
    love never fails us: God has made it so.
    Hard times will prove us, never remove us;
    we belong to God, we belong to God.

All Together for Good, 540. Original words & melody: Mexican source unknown. Translation & Arr: John Bell, Iona Community, 2002 © Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. 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.

Looking inward… Looking outward

We Sing: Tree of Life

  1. Tree of Life and awesome mystery,
    in your death we are reborn;
    though you die in all of history,
    still you rise with every morn
    still you rise with every morn.

  2. Seed that dies to rise in glory
    may we see ourselves in you;
    if we learn to live your story
    may we die to rise anew
    may we die to rise anew.

  3. We remember truth once spoken
    love passed on through act and word;
    every person lost and broken
    wears the body of our Lord
    wears the body of our Lord.

  4. Gentle Jesus, mighty Spirit,
    come inflame our hearts anew;
    we may all your joy inherit
    if we bear the cross with you
    if we bear the cross with you.

  5. Christ, you lead and we shall follow,
    stumbling though our steps may be;
    one with you in joy and sorrow,
    we the river, you the sea
    we the river, you the sea.

Church Hymnary 401 Marty Haugen. Words and Music © 1986, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Postlude: Salute D’amour Elgar


Some of the liturgy in this service is adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom Education – mediacomeducation.org.au

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