The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – this week

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October 24th, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger

Welcome

Lighting of the Candles and Introit

God of Hope and God of Healing by Christopher Idle

Call to Worship

Let us come together.
Let us come to be together in the presence of God.
This is the moment that God has shaped and fashioned. It is a precious moment, full of possibilities.
It is a moment full of grace and joy.
Let us worship.
Let us celebrate together the goodness of God!

Prayer

We Sing: Draw the Circle

Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side.
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide. (Repeat)

Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still.
Let this be our song: no one stands alone.
Standing side by side,
draw the circle, draw the circle wide. (Repeat)

Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.
No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side.
Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.

Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still.
Let this be our song: no one stands alone.
Standing side by side,
draw the circle, draw the circle wide. (Repeat)

Worship and Song # 3154. Words: Gordon Light & Mark A Miller. Words © 1994 Common Cup Co; music © 2008 Abingdon Press, admin. By the Copyright Company. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No. 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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.

Anthem

Lift Thine Eyes by Mendelssohn

Scripture Readings: Mark 10:46-52

They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

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

Sermon

We Sing: Come As You Are

  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.’

Together in Song 693. Words and music by Deirdre Browne. Words by permission Spectrum Publications, Melbourne. 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: Great is Your Faithfulness

  1. Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father,
    in you no shadow of turning we see;
    you never fail and your love is unchanging:
    as you have been you for ever will be.

    Refrain:
    Great is your faithfulness
    great is your faithfulness,
    morning by morning new mercies we see;
    all we have needed your hand has provided:
    great is your faithfulness, Lord God, to me.

  2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
    sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
    join with all nature in unspoken witness
    to your great faithfulness, mercy and love.

    Great is your faithfulness
    great is your faithfulness,
    morning by morning new mercies we see;
    all we have needed your hand has provided:
    great is your faithfulness, Lord God, to me.

  3. Pardon for sin and a peace that’s enduring,
    your living presence to cheer and to guide,
    strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow –
    these are the blessings your love will provide.

    Great is your faithfulness
    great is your faithfulness,
    morning by morning new mercies we see;
    all we have needed your hand has provided:
    great is your faithfulness, Lord God, to me.

Together in Song #154. Thomas Obadiah Chisholm 1866-1960 alt Words & Music © 1923, renewal 1951 by Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing

Irish Blessing by Noel Strookey

Postlude

The Dark Island by Iain MacLachlan

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 Words for Worship, published by MediaCom Inc.