The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 31st January 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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January 21, 2021 Epiphany 4

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


Prelude

Welcome

Introit: Spirit of the Living God

Call to Worship

Praise God!
Let us give thanks to God with our whole hearts!
In one another’s company,
together as the congregation of God,
we praise God’s name.

Searching for God brings wisdom and understanding.
We come with inquisitive minds and hearts,
ready to learn together.

Encountering Christ, brings truth and insight.
We come to seek ways of goodness, justice and faithfulness.
Let us worship God together.

We Sing: Praise with Joy

  1. Praise with joy the world’s Creator,
    God of justice, love and peace,
    source and end of human knowledge,
    force of greatness without cease.
    Celebrate the Maker’s glory,
    power to rescue and release.

  2. Praise the Son who feeds the hungry,
    frees the captive, finds the lost,
    heals the sick, upsets religion,
    fearless both of fate and cost.
    Celebrate Christ’s constant presence –
    Friend and Stranger, Guest and Host.

  3. Praise the Spirit sent among us,
    liberating truth from pride,
    forging bonds where race or gender,
    age or nation dare divide.
    Celebrate the Spirit’s treasure –
    foolishness none dare deride.

  4. Praise the Maker, Son and Spirit,
    one God in community,
    calling Christians to embody
    oneness and diversity.
    Thus the world shall yet believe, when
    shown Christ’s vibrant unity.

Together in Song 179 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.

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

God does not abandon us.
Jesus, teacher and guide, offers wisdom and truth.
We are forgiven, built up in love.
The ways of truth and love are open for all to follow.
Thanks be to God.

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

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.

We Sing: Halle, Halle

Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Together in Song, 720. Caribbean Traditional. Public Domain.

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:21-28

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

Sermon

Offering: Comfort, Comfort

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We Sing: Holy Wisdom, Lamp of Learning

  1. Holy wisdom, lamp of learning,
    bless the light that reason lends.
    Teach us judgment as we kindle
    sparks of thought your Spirit sends.
    Sanctify our search for knowledge
    and the truth that sets us free.
    Come, illumine mind and spirit
    joined in deepest unity.

  2. Vine of truth, in you we flourish;
    by your grace we learn and grow.
    May the word of Christ among us
    shape our life, your will to know.
    Joined to Christ in living, dying,
    may we help the Church convey
    witness to the saving gospel,
    bearing fruit of faith today.

  3. Holy God, the hope of nations,
    tune us to your righteous will,
    as the symphony of ages
    claims our best, our finest skill.
    Shape our search for peace and justice
    through prophetic deed and word.
    Christ, conduct us, set our rhythm,
    that God’s praise be ever heard.

Tune: Together in Song 153, Words: Church Hymnary 604 Words: Ruth C. Duck © 1996, The Pilgrim Press. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

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: Community of Christ

  1. Community of Christ,
    who make the Cross your own,
    live out your creed and risk your life
    for God alone:
    the God who wears your face,
    to whom all worlds belong,
    whose children are of every race
    and every song.

  2. Community of Christ,
    look past the Church’s door
    and see the refugee, the hungry,
    and the poor.
    Take hands with the oppressed,
    the jobless in your street,
    take towel and water, that you wash
    your neighbour’s feet.

  3. Community of Christ,
    through whom the word must sound –
    cry out for justice and for peace
    the whole world round:
    disarm the powers that war
    and all that can destroy,
    turn bombs to bread, and tears of
    anguish into joy.

  4. When menace melts away,
    so shall God’s will be done,
    the climate of the world be peace
    and Christ its Sun;
    our currency be love
    and kindliness our law,
    our food and faith be shared as one
    for evermore.

Together in Song, 473. Shirley Erena Murray 1931- Words © 1992 by Hope Publishing Co. Carol Stream, IL60188. All right reserved. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No.137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Sung Blessing: Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace, go now in peace,
may the love of God surround you
everywhere, everywhere you may go.

Together in Song 782 Natalie Sleeth 1930-92. Words © 1976, Hinshaw Music, Inc. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Postlude: Canon in DPachelbel


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.

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