The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 6th June 2021

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Pentecost 2
June 6, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Prayer from Hansel & Gretel by Humperdink

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Spirit of God Scottish Trad. arr David Iliff

Call to Worship

We gather as those who worship the One true God.

She is God,
Creator of heaven and earth,
present at the beginning
and who will be present at the end.

He is God,
who favours no one person over another,
who cares for all, with a depth of emotion unrivalled.

Come let us worship,
the One who deserves all we have to offer.

We Sing: Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven

  1. Praise my soul, the king of heaven;
    to his feet your tribute bring;
    ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven
    who like me his praise should sing?
    Praise him, Praise him, hallelujah,
    praise the everlasting king!

  2. Praise him for his grace and favour
    to his people in distress;
    praise him still the same for ever,
    slow to chide and swift to bless:
    praise him, praise him, hallelujah
    glorious in his faithfulness!

  3. Father-like he tends and spares us;
    well our feeble frame he knows;
    in his hands he gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes:
    praise him, praise him, hallelujah,
    widely as his mercy flows!

  4. Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,
    blows the wind and it is gone;
    but while mortals rise and perish
    God endures unchanging on.
    Praise him, praise him, hallelujah,
    praise the high eternal one!

  5. Angels, help us to adore him,
    you behold him face to face;
    sun and moon bow down before him,
    dwellers all in time and space:
    praise him, praise him, hallelujah,
    praise with us the God of grace!

Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847. Public domain.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

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.

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

before the gods I sing your praise;

I bow down toward your holy temple

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;

for you have exalted your name and your word

above everything.

On the day I called, you answered me,

you increased my strength of soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,

for they have heard the words of your mouth.

They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

for great is the glory of the Lord.

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;

but the haughty he perceives from far away.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;

you stretch out your hand,

and your right hand delivers me.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

Anthem

Come Down O Love Divine by Hilary Robins

Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20

The life-giving word of God.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon

Offering

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Prayers of the People

We Sing: Invitation

  1. God has laid a feasting table.
    All her guests are gathered round.
    From the highways and the byways
    all the lost have now been found.
    When we hear the invitation
    will we lay our burdens down?

  2. At this table all are welcome.
    No one need be left behind.
    God is greater than our difference.
    Christ can see where we are blind.
    When we hear the invitation
    will we love all human kind?

  3. God is crying out for justice.
    Christ is weeping in the street.
    When will be the time for laughter?
    When will all have food to eat?
    When we hear the invitation
    will we make God’s will complete?

Tune In! Brunswick UC Songbook Words & Music: Shawn Whelan, arr C Lees. © 2006. 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: May Our Lives

Chorus:
May our lives and our prayers be one
As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
And when our work and our dreaming’s done
May our lives and our prayers be one.

  1. Within the rhythm of our days
    We take the time to muse and pray
    The fears we face, the tears we taste
    We view in light of holy grace.

    Chorus
    May our lives and our prayers be one
    As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
    May our lives and our prayers be one.

  2. We name our deepest hopes and dreams
    For those we love and all in need
    We picture how the world could be
    We live the change we want to see.

    Chorus
    May our lives and our prayers be one
    As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
    May our lives and our prayers be one.

Paul Somerville © 2013. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Peace and Goodwill by Lyn Bray & Rosemary Nairn

Postlude

Prayer from Gothic Suite by Leon Boellman

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 Spill the Beans, published by the Spill the Beans Resource Team