The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 9th January 2022

The Order of Service follows below.

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The First Sunday After the Epiphany
January 9th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles

Call to Worship

Word of God,
whispering from eternity,
speak your Word to us in this hour.

Light of God,
dispelling gloom and despair,
shine upon us as we pray.

Power of God,
claiming all humanity and creation,
shape us as we wait upon you.

Love of God,
showering life with grace and mercy,
make us be whole and fill us with compassion.

Word of God, call us.
Light of God, direct us.
Power of God, strengthen us.
Love of God, fill us.

We Sing: Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning

  1. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning.
    dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid:
    star of the east, the horizon adorning,
    guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

  2. Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining,
    low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;
    angels adore him in slumber reclining,
    Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.

  3. Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
    vainly with gifts would his favour secure:
    richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
    dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

  4. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
    dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid:
    star of the east, the horizon adorning,
    guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Together in Song #310. Reginald Heber. 1783-1826 alt. Public Domain

Prayer

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.

Musical Reflection

Scripture Reading: Acts 8:14-17

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Scripture Reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

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

Sermon

We Sing: Lord Your Almighty Word

  1. Lord, your almighty word
    chaos and darkness heard,
    and took their flight:
    hear us, we humbly pray,
    and where the gospel day
    sheds not its glorious ray,
    let there be light.

  2. Saviour, who came to give
    those who in darkness live
    healing and sight,
    health to the sick in mind,
    sight to the inly blind,
    now to all humankind
    let there be light.

  3. Spirit of truth and love,
    life-giving holy dove,
    speed forth your flight;
    move on the waters’ face,
    bearing the lamp of grace,
    and in earth’s darkest place
    let there be light.

  4. Holy and blessèd Three,
    glorious Trinity,
    Wisdom, Love, Might,
    boundless as ocean’s tide
    rolling in fullest pride,
    through the earth far and wide,
    let there be light.

Together in Song #447. John Marriott. 1780-1825 alt. Public Domain

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: Sent Forth By God’s Blessing

  1. Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
    the people of God from his table take leave,
    The supper is ended: may now be extended
    the fruits of his service in all who believe.
    The seed of his teaching, our hungry souls reaching,
    shall blossom in action for all humankind.
    His grace shall incite us, his love shall unite us
    to work for his kingdom, his purpose to find.

  2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever-living
    the tasks of our everyday life we will face,
    our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring,
    embracing as neighbours all those of each race.
    One feast that has fed us, one light that has led us,
    unite us as one in his life that we share.
    Then may all the living, with praise and thanksgiving,
    give honour to Christ and his name that we bear.

Together in Song #531. Text © Copyright 1964, World Library Publications, a division of J. S. Paluch Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Blessing

May You Go Well by Dave Brown

Postlude

Come and share morning tea together, downstairs in the basement. Please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to move.