The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 5th September 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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September 5th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

He Shall Feed His Flock by Handel

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart by Henry Smith

Call to Worship

As we freely gather, let us be thankful.
As we bring greetings, let us recall we are God’s family.
As we sing, let our joy be known.
As we pray, let us open our hearts.
As we confess, let us be truthful.
As we listen, let us be alert to God’s voice.

Prayer

We Sing: Come As You AreTiS 693

  1. ’Come as you are: that’s how I want you.
    Come as you are: feel quite at home,
    Close to my heart, loved and forgiven.
    Come as you are: why stand alone?

  2. ’No need to fear, love sets no limits;
    no need to fear, love never ends;
    don’t run away shamed and disheartened,
    rest in my love, trust me again.

  3. ’I came to call sinners, not just the righteous;
    I came to bring peace, not to condemn.
    Each time you fail to live by my promise,
    why do you think I’d love you the less?

  4. ‘Come as you are; that’s how I love you;
    come as you are, trust me again.
    Nothing can change the love that I bear you;
    all will be well, just come as you are.’

Words by: Deirdre Browne 1936- Words by permission Spectrum Publications, Melbourne. All rights reserved. One License, License #A-604444.

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

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

God of My Life by John Barnard and Christopher Idle

Scripture Readings: John 6:56-69

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

Sermon

Offering

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Prayers of the People

And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray together, saying…

Eternal Spirit

Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,

source of all that is and that shall be,

Mother and Father of us all,

Loving God, in whom is heaven.


The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed

by the peoples of the world!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom

sustain our hope and come on earth!


With the bread that we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In time of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.


For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,

now and forever. Amen.


We Sing: Build a Longer Table

  1. Build a longer table, not a higher wall,
    feeding those who hunger, making room for all.
    Feasting together, stranger turns to friend,
    Christ breaks walls to pieces; false divisions end.

  2. Build a safer refuge, not a larger jail;
    where the weak find shelter, mercy will not fail.
    For any place where justice is denied,
    Christ will breach the jail wall, freeing all inside.

  3. Build a broader doorway, not a longer fence.
    Love protects all people, sparing no expense.
    When we embrace compassion more than fear,
    Christ tears down our fences: all are welcome here.

  4. When we lived as exiles, refugees abroad,
    Christ became our doorway to the reign of God.
    So must our tables welcome those who roam.
    None can be excluded; all must find a home.

Protest of Praise. Words by David Bjorlin © 2018 GIA Publications Inc. Music: Noël Nouvelet. 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!

Breaking of the Bread

The Communion

Prayer After Communion

We Sing: Know that God is Good

  1. Mungu ni mwema,
    Mungu ni mwema,
    Mungu ni mwema,
    ni mwema, ni mwema.

  2. Know that God is good.
    Know that God is good.
    Know that God is good,
    God is good, God is good.

  3. Halle, hallelujah.
    Halle, hallelujah.
    Halle, hallelujah,
    hallelujah, hallelujah.

Chalice Hymnary #788. Words and music anonymous, arrangement by John Bell. © 1992, WGRG, Iona Community. Administered by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

The Lord Bless You and Keep You by John Rutter

Postlude

Hills of the North Rejoice

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 adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom Inc.