The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 31st July 2022

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The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 31st, 2022
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.



Lighting of the Candles and Introit

God of Grace and God of Glory by William Owen

Call to Worship based on Hosea 11

Leader: Come to the One who calls us by name,
the One who cares for, and comforts us:
All: the Holy One is in our midst.

Leader: Come to the One who comes to us,
the One who bends down to meet us here:
All: the Holy One is in our midst.

Leader: God is our treasure and our home,
the inheritance of the faithful:
All: the Holy One is in our midst.

Leader: Come to the One who is worthy of praise,
the One who rescues and redeems us:
All: the Holy One is in our midst.

We Sing: God is Here Today

God is here today;
as certain as the air I breathe,
as certain as the morning sun that rises,
as certain when I sing you’ll hear my song.

© Words: From Mexico, tr C Michael Hawn, 1998. 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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Children’s Time

We Sing: Choose Kindness

When you have a choice to make,
when there are two paths to take,
what will you choose to guide your way,
decisions you make ev’ryday?

Choose kindness, choose tenderness,
choose patience, choose love.
Choose mercy, choose empathy,
walk humbly with your God.
Choose justice, choose faithfulness,
choose wisdom, choose grace.
Choose goodness, choose gentleness,
God’s light will guide your way.

Music and lyrics by Jennifer Hughes © 2018. Used with permission.

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.

Choral Anthem

Be Thou My Vision – Rosemary Nairn

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’

The Gospel of Christ, light of the world.
Thanks be to God.


We Sing: Touch the Earth Lightly

  1. Touch the earth lightly,
    use the earth gently,
    nourish the life of the world in our care:
    Gift of great wonder,
    ours to surrender,
    trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

  2. We who endanger,
    who create hunger,
    agents of death for all creatures that live.
    We who would foster
    clouds of disaster,
    God of our planet, forestall and forgive!

  3. Let there be greening,
    birth from the burning,
    water that blesses and air that is sweet,
    health in God’s garden,
    hope in God’s children,
    regeneration that peace will complete.

  4. God of all living,
    God of all loving,
    God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
    teach us, deflect us,
    Christ re-connect us,
    using us gently and making us one.

Together in Song #668. Shirley Erena Murray 1931- Words Shirley Erena Murray, Music: Colin Gibson. Words & Music © 1992 By Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.


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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 from 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: Sent by the Lord Am I

Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.
Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.

The angels cannot change
a world of hurt and pain
into a world of love,
of justice and of peace.
The task is mine to do,
to set it really free.
O help me to obey,
help me to do your will.

All Together OK, 412. Words: Traditional Nicaraguan. Translation © Jorge Maldonado, World Council of Churches. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License No. #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

We Belong to God – Mexican traditional


Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement.