The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 5th December 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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The Second Sunday of Advent
December 5th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built. We welcome the Flint and Cucchiarelli families for Ted’s baptism.

Welcome to Worship

In this Advent season we wait and watch, prepare and hope for the coming of Christ this Christmas.

The Advent wreath will be formed through our prayers as we seek to let light into our lives and the world. You are invited to bring a candle that will contribute to the Advent wreath. Please bring a candle that is encased in glass and place it at one of the welcome desks. You can do this any week during Advent. These will form the prayers of the people as the light grows each week. If you are worshipping online, you might like to ensure that you have a candle to light during this time in worship. You are also invited to keep a prayer journal during the four weeks of Advent.

There is an “Advent at Home” activity to light the way towards Christmas. These are available to download here and at the Welcome Desk.

Prelude

Dusk by Armstrong Gibbs

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Carol of the Advent: People Look East

Call to Worship

God is here:
ordinary things of water, bread and wine, become extraordinary through God’s presence with us.

God is here:
ordinary people become extraordinary as life and hope are shared.

God is here:
ordinary time becomes extraordinary as God breaks into our living.

This Advent we watch and prepare: we are attentive to the ordinary made extraordinary; we wait to celebrate the one who came to dwell among us, born in humble flesh making all things ordinary, extraordinary.
Let us worship God together.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: Long Ago, Prophets Knew

  1. Long ago, prophets knew
    Christ would come, born a Jew,
    come to make all things new,
    bear his people’s burden,
    freely love and pardon.

    Refrain:
    Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
    Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
    When he comes,
    when he comes,
    who will make him welcome?

  2. Journey ends: where afar
    Bethl’em shines, like a star,
    stable door stands ajar.
    Unborn Son of Mary,
    Saviour, do not tarry.

    Refrain:
    Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
    Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
    Jesus comes,
    Jesus comes:
    we will make him welcome.

Together in Song #283. Words by Fred Pratt Green. Words by permission Stainer & Bell London. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License No. #A‑604444.

Lighting the Advent Wreath – the Candle of Sharing

God is the giver of all good gifts,
there is an abundance to be shared with everyone –
with God, there is:
creativity to combat climate change,
food to feed the hungry,
hope for the hopeless,
sanctuary for the lost.

God is the giver of love,
the gift that as it is shared, multiplies – exponentially!

God is the giver of light,
the gift that when it is shared, even in the smallest portion, drowns out darkness!
God is the giver of imagination,
the gift that when shared,
can transform the whole world!
When we share, God’s light shines!

Loving God,
help us to live in community together, sharing what we have so that everyone has enough, so that your kingdom comes on earth.
Help us to see your light shining to show us the way as we prepare for Christmas. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

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

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Baptism of Edward Cucchiarelli

The Confession of Faith

We are not alone; we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating;
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new;
who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence;
to love and serve others;
to seek justice and resist evil;
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

We Sing: Father Welcomes

Refrain:
Father welcomes all his children
to his family through his Son;
Father giving his salvation,
life forever has been won.

  1. Little children come to me,
    for my kingdom is of these;
    life and love I have to give,
    mercy for your sin.

    Refrain:
    Father welcomes all his children
    to his family through his Son;
    Father giving his salvation,
    life forever has been won.

  2. In the water, in the word,
    in his promise, be assured.
    Walk in the love of Christ our Lord,
    live in the peace of God.

    Refrain:
    Father welcomes all his children
    to his family through his Son;
    Father giving his salvation,
    life forever has been won.

Together in Song #491. Robin Mann 1949. © 1992 by R. Mann, Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31052UK.
All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444. Used with permission.

Responses

Friends in Christ, will you promise to maintain a life of worship and teaching, witness and service so that this child and all the children among you may grow in the grace of Jesus Christ and the knowledge and love of God?

With God’s help, we will live out our baptism
as a loving community in Christ:
nurturing one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer,
and encouraging one another in service,
until Christ comes.

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.

Anthem

The Light, the Christmas Light, words by Shirley Murray, music by Colin Gibson

Scripture Reading: Luke 3:1-6

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

Sermon

Offering

To give electronically please go to bpuc.org/give

Prayers of the People

We Sing: Hold the Light for Me

Hold the light for me;
I need to see
the way you’re leading.
Need has brought me here;
at times I fear
that you’re not near me.
Jesus, you know
a traveller gets weary.
Jesus, please show
the signs of hope more clearly.

Words and music: Gerry Holmes. © 1993 Willow Connection Pty Ltd.
All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Let us centre our thoughts and prayers in Christ and listen for God’s leading as we pray for our work and mission seeking to share with those in need.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

You are invited to write prayers in your prayer journal as the candles are lit.

Bringer of light and life, hear our prayers this day.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Amen.

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 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.

Together in Song #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.

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: Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises

Refrain:
Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
all our hearts are filled with gladness.
Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Christ the Lord to us said:
I am wine, I am bread,
I am wine, I am bread,
give to all who thirst and hunger.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
all our hearts are filled with gladness.
Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Together Song #541. South African Folk Hymn. Words and music from Freedom is Coming 1984. Copyright cleared music for churches. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

We Face East by Rosemary Nairn & BP worship team – just one verse

Postlude

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed arranged by Henry Balcombe

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