The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 3rd April 2022

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 3rd, 2022
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Lent invites us to journey with God. It is a time to turn – towards God and towards our inner life. As we follow this journey, we are invited to consider the turning of the path towards Jerusalem and the stories of turning we encounter along the way.

Prelude

A Reflection on Deep Peace by Rosemary Nairn

Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Lord For the Years – Michael Baughen

Call to Worship

We come to remember and celebrate the good news of Jesus, who enjoyed time with friends, even with one who would betray him.

We come as we are,
full of faults and failings,
yet loved by God.


Let us come close to God,
as God comes close to us.

We Sing: God is Here!

  1. God is here! As we his people
    Meet to offer praise and prayer,
    May we find in fuller measure
    What it is in Christ we share.
    Here, as in the world around us,
    All our varied skills and arts
    Wait the coming of his Spirit
    Into open minds and hearts.

  2. Here are symbols to remind us
    Of our lifelong need of grace;
    Here are table, font, and pulpit;
    Here the cross has central place.
    Here in honesty of preaching,
    Here in silence, as in speech,
    Here, in newness and renewal,
    God the Spirit comes to each.

  3. Here our children find a welcome
    In the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
    Here, as bread and wine are taken,
    Christ sustains us as of old.
    Here the servants of the Servant
    Seek in worship to explore
    What it means in daily living
    To believe and to adore.

Words: Fred Pratt Green © 1979 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, we come this day to worship you, and to ask for your guidance upon our lives.

We come to be still,
we come to listen,

we come to be together,
and we come to offer ourselves to you.


When we have spoken without thinking, when we have harmed rather than healed, when we have excluded instead of welcomed:

Forgive us,
and hear our prayers,

said and unsaid,
in this moment of silence.


Silence

We give thanks to God, for all that we are, all that we have, and for the wisdom to pause and reflect, in the hope that our words will bless the world around us.

This day and every day.
Amen.

Passing of the Peace

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

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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.

Choral Anthem

Myrrh Bearing Mary

Scripture Reading: John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

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

Sermon

Offering

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Prayers of the People

We Sing: Bread is Blessed and Broken

  1. Bread is blessed and broken,
    wine is blessed and poured:
    take this and remember
    Christ the Lord.

  2. Share the food of heaven
    earth cannot afford.
    Here is grace in essence –
    Christ the Lord.

  3. Know yourself forgiven,
    find yourself restored,
    meet a friend for ever –
    Christ the Lord.

  4. God has kept his promise
    sealed by sign and word:
    here, for those who want him –
    Christ the Lord.

Together in Song 707 John L. Bell 1949 – Words and music by permission Iona Community, Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Celebrating Holy Communion

Setting of the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

May God be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up to our God.

Let us give thanks to God our Creator.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

… And so we raise our voices, together with heaven and earth, your people throughout all time and in all places, and all of creation, saying:
Holy, holy, holy God, of all creation and life,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Hosanna in the highest!

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.

Breaking of the Bread

The Communion

Prayer After Communion

We Sing: Take Me As I Am

Take, O take me as I am;
summon out what I shall be;
set your seal upon my heart
and live in me.

Repeat x3

Words and music © 1995 WGRG, Iona Community. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Deep Peace – Robin Mann

Postlude

Lord for the years – Michael Baughen

Please wait for the COVID Marshal to indicate it is time to move. Please be mindful of physical distancing at the Stanley Street exit, moving away from the doors to enjoy conversation.

Following our worship, morning tea will be held in the park.