The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 29th November 2020

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November 29, 2020 Advent 1

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


Prelude

Welcome

Musical Reflection and Lighting of Candles

Call to Worship

We Sing: Emmanuel Carol

  1. God of light, we are waiting for you.
    God of light, we are waiting for you.
    God of hope and mercy, God of power and peace.
    God of light, we are waiting for you.

  2. We shall call you Emmanuel.
    We shall call you Emmanuel.
    Behold a virgin shall give birth to a son.
    We shall call you Emmanuel.

  3. Prepare for the reign of our Lord.
    Prepare for the reign of our Lord.
    God’s rule will be without end, amen.
    Prepare for the reign of our Lord.

  4. God of light, we are waiting for you.
    God of light, we are waiting for you.
    God of hope and mercy, God of power and peace.
    God of light, we are waiting for you.

All Together For Good, 514. Gael Berberick. Words © Gael Berberick. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Advent Wreath

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

We Sing: God is With Us

Emmanuel
God is with us!

Christmas for Everyone, 28. Jennifer Hughes. Words and Music © 2016, Jennifer Hughes. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Children’s Time

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9

From this shines forth the Word of God.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Sing: An Ancient Story Told

  1. An ancient story told
    but each year heard anew.
    A tale of love which has no end,
    divinely true.
    What trust! God gives the son
    to those considered least,
    in poverty and risk he comes:
    the hungry feast.

  2. Abundant grace enfleshed
    in time of gracelessness.
    The refugee, the homeless ones,
    share God’s distress.
    Not in a palace born,
    nor privilege nor power,
    but at this birth death lost its grip,
    a holy hour.

  3. This is the God we know,
    Foundation of all love,
    who came to us in common life,
    not far above.
    He lived the life we live,
    with all its stress and joy.
    We see the simple sign of this:
    a baby boy.

Words © 2013, Leonie Purcival. Used with permission.

Offering

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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 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: Lord of All Hopefulness

  1. Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
    whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
    be there at our waking and give us, we pray,
    your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

  2. Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
    whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
    be there at our labours and give us, we pray,
    your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

  3. Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
    your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
    be there at our homing and give us, we pray,
    your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

  4. Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
    whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
    be there at our sleeping and give us, we pray,
    your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Together in Song, 613 Joyce Placzec (‘Jan Struther’) 1901-53 Words from Enlarged Songs of Praise by permission Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Postlude:


Some of the liturgy in this service is adapted from Spill the Beans, published by the Spill the Beans Resource Team