The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 8th May 2022

The Order of Service follows below.

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 8th, 2022
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

The Lord’s My Shepherd by Howard Goodall

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep

Call to Worship

Jesus is the Good Shepherd;
He restores my soul.
Jesus invites us to follow in his Way;
He leads me in right paths.
Jesus is with us through all the ups and downs of life;
His rod and his staff—they comfort me.
Jesus anoints us and loves us;
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
   all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
   my whole life long.

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 heaven 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 and music: Mark A Miller. © 2007 Abingdon Press, admin. By The Copyright Company. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Litany for Mother’s Day

We remember Sarai who was taunted by others in the household because of her inability to have children.
All-encompassing God we pray for those who feel excluded when we emphasis one kind of family as normal.

We remember Esther, who was adopted and raised by her cousin.
God who embraces us all, we pray for those who cannot be raised by their parents, for a short time or permanently.

We remember the mother of Moses, who placed him into a raft on the river.
Saving God, we pray for parents who struggle to raise their children in oppressive circumstances.

We remember Hannah, who loved her child so much she handed him over to another to raise.
Loving God, we pray for parents who have placed their child in another family.

We remember Naomi, who grieved the death of her sons.
God, who grieves with us, we pray for parents who mourn the death of a child.

We remember Ruth, who gave up her family to be family to another.
Inclusive God, we pray for those who choose to be family to those isolated by culture or language or distance.

We remember Elizabeth, who had a child in old age and we remember Mary, who had a child as a teenager.
Ageless God, we pray that as a community we accept people of varying life stages and responsibilities and relationships.

We remember Rachel, crying for her children
God of justice and hope, we pray for those whose children are killed, and look to a time when children can live safely in their communities.

We remember Lois and Eunice, who taught Timothy faith by example.
Faithful God we pray for those who teach us faith by their lives, may we remember that we also teach about you in the way we live.

We remember other people, not named in the Scriptures, like the mother of the prodigal son.
Companion God, we pray for those who wait for a phone call or a visit, cut off from family and friends by distance and disagreement.

Nurturing God, we give thanks for those
who enrich our lives by their presence
who teach us about your abundant love
who encourage us to journey in faith.

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.

Choral Anthem

Brother James’ Air by James McBeth Bain

Scripture Reading: John 10:22-30

The time came for the Festival of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple, walking in the covered porch named for Solomon. The Jewish opposition circled around him and asked, “How long will you test our patience? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered, “I have told you, but you don’t believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you don’t believe because you don’t belong to my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life. They will never die, and no one will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them from my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

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

Sermon

We Sing: The Summons

  1. Will you come and follow me
    if I but call your name?
    Will you go where you don’t know
    and never be the same?
    Will you let my love be shown,
    will you let my name be known,
    will you let my life be grown
    In you and you in me?

  2. Will you leave yourself behind
    if I but call your name?
    Will you care for cruel and kind
    and never be the same?
    Will you risk the hostile stare
    should your life attract or scare?
    Will you let me answer prayer
    in you and you in me?

  3. Will you let the blinded see
    if I but call your name?
    Will you set the prisoners free
    and never be the same?
    Will you kiss the leper clean,
    and do such as this unseen,
    and admit to what I mean
    in you and you in me?

  4. Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
    if I but call your name?
    Will you quell the fear inside
    and never be the same?
    Will you use the faith you’ve found
    to reshape the world around
    through my sight and touch and sound
    in you and you in me?

  5. Lord, your summons echoes true
    when you but call my name.
    Let me turn and follow you
    and never be the same.
    In your company I’ll go
    where your love and footsteps show.
    Thus I’ll move and live and grow
    in you and you in me.

All Together OK, 413 Words and music: The Iona Community © 1987. Open Book Publishers. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Offering

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Prayers of the People

…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 from 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: Alleluia, Alleluia

Refrain:
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

  1. Jesus is Lord of all the earth;
    he is the king of creation.

    Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
    alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

  2. Spread the good news o’er all the earth:
    Jesus has died and has risen.

    Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
    alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

  3. We have been crucified with Christ;
    and now we shall live for ever.

    Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
    alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

  4. God has proclaimed the just reward:
    new life for all! Alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
    alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

  5. Come, let us praise the living God,
    joyfully sing to our Saviour.

    Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
    alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

Together in Song, 390. Donald E. Fishel 1950- Words and music © 1973 The Word of God. All rights reserved All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.

Sending Forth and Benediction

We Sing: Go Now In Peace

Go now in peace, go now in peace,
may the love of God surround you
everywhere, everywhere you may go.

Together in Song, 782 Natalie Sleeth 1930-92. Words © 1976, Hinshaw Music, Inc. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Postlude

Sheep May Safely Graze – JS Bach