The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 2nd April 2021

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April 2, 2021Brougham Place Uniting Church

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

Prelude: Once Upon a TreePeter Choplin

Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Introit: Tree of LifeMarty Haugen

Call to Worship

We start at the end of the story.
We know how the story ends –
and how the story ends
changes how we see the story from the beginning.

The suffering of Christ, the shadow of the cross,
reframes all that we have known of Jesus’ life and ministry –
and how the story ends
changes how we understand the story from now on.

The veil was torn in two,
and our story and God’s story and the story of all time
are no longer separate but mingle together –
and how the story ends
changes how we understand the story for all time.

Scripture Reading: The Death of JesusMark 15:33-39

Prayer

We Sing: Pull Back the VeilTiS 326

  1. Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation;
    vanish the mists from the sources of time;
    echo the bird that broods over the waters,
    singing the secret of grace in its prime.
    Love’s the secret!
    Love’s the secret!
    Love is God’s risk and God’s reason,
    God’s rule and God’s rhyme,
    and God’s rhyme.

  2. Pull back the curtain on Bethlehem’s stable;
    strip off the tinsel and peer through the dark;
    look at the child who’s a threat yet in danger,
    homeless and helpless he first makes his mark.

    Love’s the secret!
    Love’s the secret!
    Love is God’s cradle, God’s table,
    God’s cup and God’s ark,
    and God’s ark.

  3. Pull back the veil on each parable’s story,
    be it of virgins or talents forlorn;
    find in the kernel a core of compassion,
    planted in minds yet in flesh to be born.

    Love’s the secret!
    Love’s the secret!
    Love is God’s madness, God’s sadness,
    God’s feast and God’s corn,
    and God’s corn.

  4. Pull back the curtain that hides what is holy;
    tear it in two as Christ did from the hill;
    see at the centre of Good and bad Friday
    something no mob or marauder can kill.

    Love’s the secret!
    Love’s the secret.
    Love is God’s way and God’s witness,
    God’s worth and God’s will,
    and God’s will.

  5. Pull back the stone that conceals what is buried;
    pull back the veil and the curtain of doom;
    pull back the centuries’ doubts and delusions,
    look through the mystery into the tomb.
    Love’s the secret!
    Love’s the secret!
    Love is surprising, God’s rising, God’s wealth and God’s womb,
    and God’s womb.

John L Bell 1949- and Graham Maule 1958- Words from Wild Goose Songs 1, Heaven Shall Not Wait by permission Wild Goose Publications. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Scripture Reading: Jesus is Born into a Suffering WorldMatthew 2:13-18

Prayers for a Suffering World

God WeepsShirley Erena Murray and Douglas Simper

Scripture Reading: Jesus is Moved with CompassionLuke 8:42b-48

Prayers

Response:

Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all
trail wide the hem of your garment,
Bring healing, bring peace.

Words and music from Wild Goose Songs 1. Heaven Shall Not Wait by permission Wild Goose Publications. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Scripture Reading: Jesus Laments Systems of OppressionLuke 23:26-31

We Sing: Jesus Christ is WaitingTiS 665

  1. Jesus Christ is waiting,
    waiting in the streets;
    no-one is his neighbour,
    all alone he eats.
    Listen, Lord Jesus,
    I am lonely too.
    Make me, friend or stranger,
    fit to wait on you.

  2. Jesus Christ is raging,
    raging in the streets,
    where injustice spirals
    and real hope retreats.
    Listen, Lord Jesus,
    I am angry too.
    In the Kingdom’s causes
    let me rage with you.

  3. Jesus Christ is healing,
    healing in the streets;
    curing those who suffer,
    touching those he greets.
    Listen, Lord Jesus,
    I have pity too.
    Let my care be active,
    healing just like you.

  4. Jesus Christ is dancing,
    dancing in the streets,
    where each sign of hatred
    he, with love, defeats.
    Listen, Lord Jesus,
    I should triumph too.
    Where good conquers evil
    let me dance with you.

  5. Jesus Christ is calling,
    calling in the streets,
    ‘Who will join my journey?
    I will guide their feet.’
    Listen, Lord Jesus,
    let my fears be few.
    Walk one step before me;
    I will follow you.

John L. Bell 1949- Words by permission Wild Goose Publications. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Homily

Looking Inwards… Looking Outwards

Scripture Reading: Jesus Offers Compassion from the CrossLuke 23:32-43

God So Loved the WorldJohn Stainer

Scripture Reading: Jesus Dies for a Suffering WorldMark 15:33, 37-39

Invitation to Silent Prayer

The Second DayBy Rohan Hudson, performed by Subtle Bricks


You are invited to remain quiet and seated until a steward indicates it is time to leave. Please exit through the Stanley Street doors.

May you know the comfort and compassion of God this day.