The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 6th December 2020

The Order of Service follows below.

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December 6th, 2020 Advent 2

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.


Prelude: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Gustav Holst

Welcome

Introit and Lighting of the Candles: When God Almighty

Robert Boughen (TiS 281)

Call to Worship

“Comfort, O comfort my people…”
says the God of the ages.
Whatever we face,
we can turn to God
who will direct our path
and sustain our spirit.
God is here, present with us.
Let us worship God together.

Opening Prayer

We Sing: Welcome

  1. Let’s walk together for a while
    and ask where we begin
    to build a world where love can grow
    and hope can enter in.
    To be the hands of healing
    and to plant the seeds of peace,

    singing welcome, welcome to this place,
    you’re invited to come and know God’s grace.
    All are welcome, the love of God to share
    ’cause all of us are welcome here,
    all are welcome in this place.

  2. Let’s talk together of a time
    when we will share a feast,
    where pride and power kneel to serve
    the lonely and the least,
    and joy will set the table
    as we join our hands to pray,

    singing welcome, welcome to this place,
    you’re invited to come and know God’s grace.
    All are welcome, the love of God to share
    ’cause all of us are welcome here,
    all are welcome in this place.

  3. Let’s dream together of the day
    when earth and heav’n are one,
    a city built of love and light,
    the new Jerusalem,
    where our mourning turns to dancing,
    ev’ry creature lifts its voice,

    singing welcome, welcome to this place,
    you’re invited to come and know God’s grace.
    All are welcome, the love of God to share
    ’cause all of us are welcome here,
    all are welcome in this place.

Words: Laurie Zelman and Mark A Miller. Music: Mark A Miller. © 2007 Abingdon Press. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Used by permission under CCLI Licence 137219. Copyright cleared Music for Churches. From Roll Down Justice.

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Everything is a bit out of the ordinary this year – even Christmas.
Yet here, Christ meets us.
In the middle of the merry and the messy,
in the ordinary places of our living,
Christ comes.

Passing of the Peace

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

Community News and Notices

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.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

From this shines forth the word of God.
Thanks be to God.

We Sing: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

  1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    and ransom captive Israel,
    that mourns in lonely exile here
    until the Son of God appear.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

  2. O come, O branch of Jesse, free
    your own from evil’s tyranny;
    from depths of hell your people save
    and give them victory o’er the grave.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

  3. O come, O dayspring, come and cheer
    our spirits by your advent here;
    disperse the gloomy clouds of night
    and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

    Rejoice! rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to
    you, O Israel.

Anon., Latin, 18th cent. or earlier based on Antiphons from 9th cent. or earlier
tr. John Mason Neale 1818-66 alt. Public Domain. Together in Song 265.

Sermon

Musical Reflection: God’s Love Here Dwells

Offering

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Prayers of the People

… hear our prayers.
Comfort, O comfort your children, loving God.

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.

We Sing: Come, O God of all the Earth

  1. Come, O God of all the earth:
    come to us, O Righteous One;
    come, and bring our love to birth:
    in the glory of your Son.

    Sing out, earth and skies!
    Sing of the God who loves you;
    raise your joyful cries;
    dance to the life around you.

  2. Come, O God of snow and rain:
    shower down upon the earth;
    come, O God, of joy and pain:
    God of sorrow, God of mirth.

    Sing out, earth and skies!
    Sing of the God who loves you;
    raise your joyful cries;
    dance to the life around you.

  3. Come, O Justice, come, O Peace:
    come and shape our hearts anew;
    come and make oppression cease:
    bring us all to life in you.


    Sing out, earth and skies!
    Sing of the God who loves you;
    raise your joyful cries;
    dance to the life around you.

Marty Haugen 1950 – Words © Marty Haugen. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444. Together in Song 181

Sending Forth and Benediction

Sung Blessing: Clare Blessing

John Rutter (Fl A)

Postlude: Urquhart

Boughen

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