The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 28th March 2021

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March 28, 2021The Sixth 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 11:1-11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.


Prelude: In the Garden

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit: There’s A Man Riding In On A Donkey

Call to Worship

Come and join the noisy crowd.
Shout Hosannas and sing praise to God!
For today we remember the one who enters in
gently and humbly, on the back of a colt.
We will raise our voices
and proclaim the wonder
of the One who comes in peace.
Let us worship God!

We Sing: The King of Glory Comes

The King of glory comes
the nation rejoices,
open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.

  1. Who is the King of glory, how shall we call him?
    He is Immanuel, the promised of ages.

The King of glory comes
the nation rejoices,
open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.

  1. In all of Galilee, in city or village,
    he goes among his people curing their illness.

The King of glory comes
the nation rejoices,
open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.

  1. Sing then of David’s son, our Saviour and brother;
    in all of Galilee was never another.

The King of glory comes,
the nation rejoices;
open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.
The King of glory comes,
the nation rejoices.

Together in Song, 279. Words © W. F. Jabusch. Music by permission Celebration, Nightlight Music, Aliquippa, PA, 15001 USA. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Passing of the Peace

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

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Baptism of Olive Mead Blockley

Scripture and the Meaning of Baptism

The Confession of Faith

We are not alone; we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating;
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new;
who works in us and others by the Spirit.


We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence;
to love and serve others;
to seek justice and resist evil;
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.


In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

We Sing: May the Feet of God Walk with You

May the feet of God walk with you,
and his hand hold you tight.
May the eye of God rest on you,
and his ear hear your cry.
May the smile of God be for you,
and his breath give you life.
May the Child of God grow in you,
and his love bring you home.

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Responses

Friends in Christ,
will you promise to maintain a life of worship and teaching,
witness and service so that all
among you may grow in the Grace of Jesus Christ
and the knowledge and love of God?
With God’s help,
we will live out our baptism
as a loving community in Christ:
nurturing one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer,
and encouraging one another in service,
until Christ comes.
Amen.

Presentation

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.

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-11

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

Anthem: Hosanna to the Son of David Ed Harris

Inside the Frame of Scripture

Sermon

We Sing: Don’t be Afraid

Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger,
my love is stronger than your fear.
Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger,
And I have promised, promised to be always near.

All Together Whatever, 496. Words and music: © 1995 John Bell, WGRG, Iona Community. Australian permissions: Willow connection Pty Ltd, Manly Vale NSW 2093. 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: Ride On, Ride On

  1. Ride on, ride on, the time is right:
    The roadside crowds scream with delight;
    Palm branches mark the pilgrim way
    Where beggars squat and children play.

  2. Ride on, ride on, your critics wait,
    Intrigue and rumour circulate;
    New lies abound in word and jest,
    and truth becomes a suspect guest.

  3. Ride on, ride on, while well aware
    That those who shout and wave and stare
    Are mortals who, with common breath,
    can crave for life and lust for death.

  4. Ride on, ride on, God’s love demands.
    Justice and peace lie in your hands.
    Evil and angel voices rhyme;
    This is the man and this the time.

Enemy of Apathy, 24. Words and Music © 1988, The Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Postlude: All Glory, Laud and Honour arr Lani Smith


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

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