The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 3rd October 2021

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“Love One Another As I Have Loved You.”

October 3rd, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Celtic Alleluia –Fintan O’Carroll

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Blest are the Pure in Heart

Call to Worship

Sisters and brothers,
as we gather in the welcome of God’s love,
as we gather in the joy of our unity in Christ,
as we gather in the power of the Spirit,
let us listen for the voice of God!

Let us worship God, who has spoken and still speaks to those who attend to the roar or the whisper of the Holy One. Amen!

A time of silent reflection

We Sing: In the Love of God We Gather

  1. In the love of God we gather,
    wooing, fulsome, strong and free.
    Through the veil of faith we enter
    drawn and held by Mystery.
    Wounded by the trials of living,
    buoyed by hope that will not end;
    We, your people of compassion,
    lift our eyes and rise again.

  2. T’ward the light of Christ we open,
    searching for his paths of peace.
    Hearts affected, grace resurgent
    lived and breathed creatively:
    Parent, poet, teacher, farmer –
    calls to share the Gift made known:
    Currents of the deepest river,
    coursing outward to the sea.

  3. Through the beauty of the spirit
    by a love that moves the stars,
    we will find our truth and bearing
    in God’s love-song for this world.
    Justice, mercy, peace and daring;
    these shall be our heart’s desire!
    Folded into acts of service,
    faith refined through holy fire.

Words © Sean M Gilbert, 2013. Tune: Abbot’s Leigh. TiS 153.

Prayer of Adoration and Thanksgiving (Based on Psalm 139)

Gracious God, we cannot escape your love. We can find no place to hide. You search us out wherever we may be. Your love is like a mother’s blanket, protecting us wherever we go. Your love shields us from evil. We may travel to the moon or to the depths of the ocean: your love is there. We may think ourselves to greater levels of sophistication: your love is there. We may fall into the pits of sin: your love is there.
Thank, you Mother-Father God, for steadfast mercy.
Thank you for being there, wherever we may be.
Amen.

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Passing of the Peace

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

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Children’s Time and Mark 10:13-16

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

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.

Anthem

Bread of the World

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

In this is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Sing: Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You

  1. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
    let me be as Christ to you;
    pray that I may have the grace to
    let you be my servant too.

  2. We are pilgrims on a journey
    and companions on the road;
    we are here to help each other
    walk the mile and bear the load.

  3. I will hold the Christ-light for you
    in the night-time of your fear;
    I will hold my hand out to you,
    speak the peace you long to hear.

  4. I will weep when you are weeping;
    when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
    I will share your joy and sorrow
    till we’ve seen this journey through.

  5. When we sing to God in heaven
    we shall find such harmony,
    born of all we’ve known together
    of Christ’s love and agony.

  6. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
    let me be as Christ to you;
    pray that I may have the grace to
    let you be my servant too.

Richard Gillard. Words and music by permission Integrity Music (Aust). Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches. TiS 650.

Offering

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Prayers of the People

We Sing: Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ

  1. Let us talents and tongues employ,
    reaching out with a shout of joy;
    bread is broken, the wine is poured,
    Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

    Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
    pass the Word around: loaves abound!

  2. Christ is able to make us one,
    at the table he sets the tone,
    teaching people to live to bless,
    love in word and in deed express.

    Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
    pass the Word around: loaves abound!

  3. Jesus call us in, sends us out
    bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
    gives us love to tell, bread to share:
    God-Immanuel everywhere.

    Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
    pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Together in Song 537. Frederik Herman Kaan (1929-) Words by permission Stainer & Bell, London. Music © 1975 by Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

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!

…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.

Breaking of the Bread

The Communion

Prayer After Communion

We Sing: Christ Be Our Light

  1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
    Longing for truth, we turn to you.
    Make us your own, your holy people,
    light for the world to see.

    Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
    Shine through the darkness.
    Christ, be our light!
    Shine in your church gathered today.

  2. Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
    Longing for hope, many despair.
    Your word alone has power to save us.
    Make us your living voice.

    Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
    Shine through the darkness.
    Christ, be our light!
    Shine in your church gathered today.

  3. Longing for food, many are hungry.
    Longing for water, many still thirst.
    Make us your bread, broken for others,
    shared until all are fed.

    Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
    Shine through the darkness.
    Christ, be our light!
    Shine in your church gathered today.

  4. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
    Longing for warmth, many are cold.
    Make us your building, sheltering others
    walls made of living stone.

    Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
    Shine through the darkness.
    Christ, be our light!
    Shine in your church gathered today.

  5. Many the gifts, many the people,
    many the hearts that yearn to belong.
    Let us be servants to one another,
    making your kingdom come.

    Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
    Shine through the darkness.
    Christ, be our light!
    Shine in your church gathered today.

All Together Ok 313. Words and music: Bernadette Farrell. © 1993 Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Peace I Leave with You by Amy Beach

Postlude

Judex by Charles Gounod

Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement.
Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.

Some of the liturgy in this service is reprinted by permission of the publisher from Touch Holiness, ed. Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi. Copyright © 1990 by The Pilgrim Press.