The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 7th February 2021

The Order of Service follows below.

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February 7th, 2021 Epiphany 7

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


Prelude: Dusk Armstrong Gibbs

Welcome

Introit and Lighting of the Candles: O Jesus Christ Terry and Webster (TiS 620)

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Jesus Christ,
you heal the broken hearted, bind the wounds of those who suffer,
lift up the downtrodden and release the oppressed.
Grant us compassion to see the needs of others.
Grant us courage to speak our own needs.
Form us as your community of hope and healing for the world.
Move among this day, Jesus Christ,
as we are attentive to your spirit and your word in our midst.
Amen.

We Sing: Sing to God with Joy and GladnessTiS 92

Refrain:
Sing to God, with joy and gladness,
hymns and psalms of gratitude;
with the voice of praise discover
that to worship God is good.

God unites the scattered people,
gathers those who wandered far,
heals the hurt and broken spirits,
tending every wound and scar.

Refrain:
Sing to God, with joy and gladness,
hymns and psalms of gratitude;
with the voice of praise discover
that to worship God is good.

John L Bell 1949- Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Prayer of Confession

Patient and loving God,
we confess that we find ourselves overwhelmed by the needs of the world, family or friends. Sometimes it feels all too much and we think that we need to be the ones with the solutions, answers and energy.
Loving God, whisper to us, reminding us of our reliance on you.

We confess that we would prefer to have control over our own lives and the lives of others. We do not like uncertainty or powerlessness. We confess that it can be difficult for us to seek support when the burdens are too hard to carry,
Loving God, whisper to us, reminding us of our reliance on you.

We confess that sometimes we prefer action over prayerfulness, busyness over stillness, covering over our needs and pushing issues beneath the surface. Still our hearts and call us to your life-giving word. Help us to find the points of stillness that offer hope and healing.
Loving God, whisper to us, reminding us of our reliance on you.

Words of Assurance (Isaiah 40:31)

God speaks words of comfort to us:
“Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
   they shall walk and not faint.”
God does not condemn nor criticise us.
God comes to us in compassion, offering to carry the heavy load, hold the needs of others and be our stillness in the storms of life.
God assures us of God’s presence, of this we can be certain.
Thanks be to God.

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.

Anthem: Star of WonderAlan Bullard (Fl 52)

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:29-39

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

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

Sermon

Offering

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Prayers of the People

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.

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: Amen SiyakudumisaHalle, Halle

Amen, siyakudumisa.
Amen, siyakudumisa.
Amen, Bawo,
amen, Bawo,
amen, siyakudumisa.

South African hymn © 1983, Choristers Guild. All rights reserved. One License. License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing: The Lord Bless You and Keep You Peter Lutkin

Postlude: HighwoodTiS 620


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