The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 6th September 2020

The Order of Service follows below.

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September 6th, 2020 – Season of Creation

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


Season of Creation 2020 – To Bless and Be Blessed

Each year, the Brougham Place Community celebrates the Season of Creation. This is a time where we explore an eco-theology: our relationship with the Creator, our part in all of creation, our role as co-creators with God.

This Season of Creation our theme is To Bless and Be Blessed. You are invited to offer gratitude for the gifts of creation and also to be a gift to creation – to serve and protect it. You are invited to see more deeply the blessings of creation and to act to bless creation. This time in our history requires us to step up and hear God’s call to be caretakers, to love and serve creation more than ever before.
During 2020, COVID has resulted in significant travel restrictions. Many travel plans have been cancelled, changed, delayed. This has brought significant grief for many. It has also brought an opportunity to notice the beauty that surrounds us closer to home. People have walked, explored and appreciated our neighbourhoods and national parks in new and different ways. Members of BPUC have contributed photographs to share that have been collected from such times.

As part of the Season of Creation you are invited to share in Spiritual Disciplines during the week. These are available online and in hard copy form. These are invitations to be blessed and to bless creation, to notice and pay attention to that which surrounds us.

May this be a season joy and blessing, challenge and renewal, hope and new life.

Prelude: What God Can Do

Don Besig

Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Lighting of the Candles

Call to Worship

Leader: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)

Leader 2: The creatures and the plants,
the planets and the stars,
the people and the cities –

All: we all belong to God.

Leader: Let everything that has breath praise God. (Psalm 150:6)

Leader 2: Let the flowers bloom in beauty,
let the whales twist and turn and dance,
let the people sing songs and the branches sway –

All: let us praise God together.

Leader 1: This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

Leader 2: With happy hearts we see the blessings of this day,
we notice the gifts of sun and rain and soil,
we see the wonder of creatures great and small.

All: With joy and hope and gratitude
let us worship God with all creation.

We Sing: Let All Creation Dance

TiS 187

  1. Let all creation dance
    in energies sublime,
    as order turns with chance,
    unfolding space and time,
    for nature’s art
    in glory grows,
    and newly shows
    God’s mind and heart.

  2. God’s breath each force unfurls,
    igniting from a spark
    expanding starry swirls,
    with whirlpools dense and dark.
    Though moon and sun
    seem mindless things,
    each orbit sings:
    ‘Your will be done.’

  3. Our own amazing earth,
    with sunlight, cloud and storms
    and life’s abundant growth
    in lovely shapes and forms,
    is made for praise,
    a fragile whole,
    and from its soul
    heaven’s music plays.

  4. Lift heart and soul and voice:
    in Christ all praises meet
    and nature shall rejoice
    as all is made complete.
    In hope be strong,
    all life befriend
    and kindly tend
    creation’s song.

Words: Brian Arthur Wren © 1991 by Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A-604444

Prayer

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.

We Sing: God Gives

God Gives #1

God, x x
God gives, x x
God gives great, x x
God gives great things, x x
God gives great things every day.
God gives great things every day.
Look around when you hear us say,
Open your inside eyes when you pray
An you’ll see what God gives today. Hey!

Rod Boucher © 1969. Published in God Gives #1.All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444.

Scripture Reading: Acts 17: 24-28a

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said… ‘‘The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is served by human hands, as though needing anything, since God gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor all the nations were made to inhabit the whole earth, and God allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps reach out and find God — who indeed is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”.

God’s wisdom in Scripture.
Thanks be to God.

Anthem: For the Beauty of the Earth

John Rutter

Sermon

Cherish Delicate Earth

Paul Somerville

Offering

Details for electronic giving available at bpuc.org/give

Prayers of the People

We Sing: God Beyond All Names

AOV

  1. God, beyond our dreams,
    you have stirred in us a mem’ry;
    you have placed your pow’rful spirit
    in the hearts of human kind.

    Refrain:
    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  2. God, beyond all names,
    you have made us in your image;
    we are like you, we reflect you;
    we are woman, we are man.

    Refrain
    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  3. God, beyond all words,
    all creation tells your story;
    you have shaken with our laughter,
    you have trembled with our tears.

    Refrain:
    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

  4. God of tender care,
    you have cradled us in goodness;
    you have mothered us in wholeness,
    you have loved us into birth.

    Refrain:
    All around us we have known you,
    all creation lives to hold you.
    In our living and our dying
    we are bringing you to birth

Bernadette Farrell 1990. Published by OCP Publications. 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 and Communion

Prayer After Communion

We Sing: God the Great Imagination

  1. God the great Imagination
    lit a spark and there was light.
    In a far-flung constellation
    this small rock was set in flight.
    Redgums soar in bellbird forests,
    creatures roam in pastures green,
    circled by the loving promise
    of God’s covenantal dream.

  2. Yet our world is still encumbered
    by the heedless need for power.
    Vested interests take and plunder,
    human flourishing turns sour.
    Still enslaved and still enslaving
    can we yet uphold the dream?
    Can God change our bad behaving
    and our conflicts still redeem?

  3. Can we work in co-creation,
    work with hearts and hands to see
    hope and reconciliation,
    freedom in our world of need?
    Shall we yet live out Love’s image,
    suffer till the task is done?
    Love will labour till it’s finished
    and the transformation won.

  4. God with cosmic inspiration
    sets the possible to stir.
    Christ the cosmic incarnation,
    comes to change the way we were.
    God beyond us, Christ beside us,
    Spirit’s inward deep embrace.
    Covenant of richest beauty
    our Creator’s gift of grace.

Words: Sharonne Price. Tune: Nettleton (Come Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing) © Sharonne Price 2019. Used with permission.

Invitation to Season of Creation Spiritual Disciplines

Sending Forth and Benediction – To Bless and Be Blessed

Choral Blessing: Deep Peace

Rosemary Nairn

Postlude: Lasst Uns Erfreuun

German Melody

In order to avoid crowding at the exits, please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to leave. There are sign-up sheets for morning tea at the welcome desk to share coffee in cafés in North Adelaide.