The Order of Service follows below.
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January 3rd, 2021 Christmas 2
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.
Prelude: A Christmas Reflection
Introit and Lighting of the Candles: Love from Below
Call to Worship
We gather in the presence of the Spirit of Christ,
as the new year begins, we come to worship God.
We offer the joys and challenges of last year,
longing for healing of our hearts and
thankful for the presence and guidance of Jesus.
We bring with us our hopes and our fears,
our longings and our dreams for two thousand and twenty-one.
Yet again, we are invited into the mystery of God’s presence.
Loving God, we bring a sense of wonder and joy,
of apprehension and excitement,
this first Sunday of the year!
We come to encounter the Christ Child,
LIGHT in the darkness,
WORD made flesh.
We bring with us open minds, perplexing questions
and joyful hearts.
Let us worship together.
Prayer of Adoration and Thanksgiving
We Sing: Lord Your Almighty Word
Lord, your almighty word
chaos and darkness heard,
and took their flight:
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light.
Saviour, who came to give
those who in darkness live
healing and sight,
health to the sick in mind,
sight to the inly blind,
now to all humankind
let there be light.
Spirit of truth and love,
life-giving holy dove,
speed forth your flight;
move on the waters’ face,
bearing the lamp of grace,
and in earth’s darkest place
let there be light.
Holy and blessèd Three,
Wisdom, Love, Might,
boundless as ocean’s tide
rolling in fullest pride,
through the earth far and wide,
let there be light.
TIS 447. John Marriott 1780-1825 alt. Public Domain
Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
Hear these words of assurance:
Let us share our apprehension with Jesus
and trust in God’s goodness and grace.
For the light shines in the darkness and
The darkness cannot overcome it.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
Passing of the Peace
The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.
Community News and Notices
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.
Scripture Reading: John 1: 1-18
In this is Gospel of Christ, light of the world.
Thanks be to God.
We Sing: Love Came Down at Christmas
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
worship we our Jesus:
but wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
love be yours and love be mine,
love to God and neighbours,
love for plea and gift and sign.
TIS 317. Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1830-94 alt. Public Domain.
Sermon: words, words . . . WORD
Gillies: God’s big plan revealed…
BP Community: But we heard that story the other week!
Gillies: Friends, this is a different way of telling it.
BP Community: What was wrong with telling it that way?
We had angels, shepherds, sheep,
Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus
and a very busy Holy Spirit!
It was a great story! Very Christmassy.
Gillies: This is another way
of telling the same story.
This one goes back to the beginning of time.
Before we ever saw or knew Mary’s son,
he was dancing with the Spirit
in the mystery that is God!
BP Community: That is very poetic!
Gillies: It gets even better.
Remember Elizabeth’s son?
BP Community: Yes! When he grew up,
his job was to get people ready for God.
Gillies: The light of the world is coming, John said.
The light and life of God
is going to be seen in a person just like us,
the glory of God embodied and real,
living among us.
BP Community: Mary’s son!
The one everyone was getting ready for!
Gillies: Yes—Jesus, existing since time began,
entering into human history,
meeting us in the flesh.
BP Community: Let there be light!
I see. God’s big plan revealed.
Same story—told in another way.
Gillies: First as a baby, now as a man.
All the grace of God.
All the truth of God
for us to recognise and receive,
inviting us to be in community
and to share the good news.
Music Ministry: This Little Light of Mine
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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
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: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Us
Jesus calls us here to meet him
as, through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where his people live and care.
Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.
Jesus call us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of All,
sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.
Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;
tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.
Jesus calls us to each other:
found in him are no divides.
Race and class and sex and language
such are barriers he derides.
Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;
join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.
TIS 477. John L. Bell and Graham Maule © 1989, WGRG, Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444.
Sending Forth and Benediction
Postlude: Meditative Music
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.