The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 4th September 2022

The Order of Service follows below.

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 4th, 2022


Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Sing of the Lord’s Goodness by Ernest Sands

Call to Worship

Leader: O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
All: You know when I sit down and when I rise.

Leader: O Lord, may we open ourselves in worship,
All: being honest with ourselves and with you.

Leader: O Lord, may we know your constant presence
All: and be attentive to your presence.

Leader: O Lord, you formed us and wove us together,
All: may we know your love within and between us.

Leader: O Lord, receive our praise
All: as we gather to worship you.

We Sing: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Jesus calls us to his table
    rooted firm in time and space,
    where the Church in earth and heaven
    finds a common meeting place.
    Share the bread and wine, his body;
    share the love of which we sing;
    share the feast of saints and sinners
    hosted by our Lord and King.

Together in Song 47. Verse 4 Church Hymnary 510.John L. Bell and Graham Maule © 1989, WGRG, Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219.Copyright cleared music for churches.


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 at the entrances.

Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end—I am still with you.

Choral Anthem

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-10

Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’

So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

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



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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. Words and music by John L. Bell. Used with 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: Sent Forth By God’s Blessing

  1. Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
    the people of God from his table take leave,
    The supper is ended: may now be extended
    the fruits of his service in all who believe.
    The seed of his teaching, our hungry souls reaching,
    shall blossom in action for all humankind.
    His grace shall incite us, his love shall unite us
    to work for his kingdom, his purpose to find.

  2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever-living
    the tasks of our everyday life we will face,
    our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring,
    embracing as neighbours all those of each race.
    One feast that has fed us, one light that has led us,
    unite us as one in his life that we share.
    Then may all the living, with praise and thanksgiving,
    give honour to Christ and his name that we bear.

Together in Song #531. Words by Omer Westendorf © Copyright 1964, World Library Publications. All rights reserved. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

May the God of Peace Go with You


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