237 North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia


We, the Uniting Church people of Scots Church
on North Terrace are called by God to be a welcoming, inclusive, worshipping community of God,
committed to justice, learning and care,
anticipating a world transformed
by the love of God.


 Anniversary of the Formation of the Uniting Church
 21st June, 2020
Preacher: Rev Dr Peter Trudinger
Liturgist: Ms Evelina Bruhn
Organist: Mr Ashleigh Tobin OAM


We remember with gratitude the Kaurna people, the original custodians of the land on which we now gather
and ask for God’s grace to be good stewards of this place with them and to strive for reconciliation between all who share it.


A warm welcome is extended to all.
Your presence both enriches us
and this time of celebration together.

An asterisk * indicates you are invited to stand as you are able.  You are invited to speak the words in bold.
Helpful instructions are in italics

Our worship service follows a classic pattern.  For those of you unfamiliar with this, sentences in this font briefly explain the parts of the service.   

If you require the hearing loop please sit in middle of centre pews


(The meditation, prelude and image are intended to help you set aside the stresses of the outside world and prepare for worship.)


Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it,
listen for what it intends to do with you.
Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to,
let your life tell you what truths you embody,
what values you represent.            Parker J. Palmer






Call to Worship
(We start by reminding ourselves that we are here to worship God together.  The Call is often based on a passage from the Bible.)

Our God is a safe refuge when we are in need
a stronghold in our times of trouble,
a spacious meadow in our times of joy

Put your trust in God, and rejoice!
For you, O God, will never abandon those who seek you.

Sing praises to God, the One dwells over all the earth.
Declare God’s wonderful presence among all peoples.
(based on Ps 9:9-11)


Opening Prayer  
(This prayer usually focuses on God, e.g., acknowledging that God is with us or praising God.  The hymn continues the praise.)


*Hymn TiS 561 Who would true valour see

  1. Who would true valour see,
    let them come hither;
    those here will constant be,
    come wind, come weather.
    There’s no discouragement
    shall make them once relent
    each from a vowed intent
    to be a pilgrim.
  1. Those who beset them round
    with dismal stories
    do but themselves confound:
    their strength the more is.
    No lion can them fright,
    they’ll with a giant fight,
    but each will have a right
    to be a pilgrim.
  1. Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
    can daunt their spirit:
    they know they at the end
    shall life inherit.
    Then fancies fly away;
    they’ll scorn what people say,
    and each work night and day
    to be a pilgrim.


Prayer of Confession
(There is a vast difference between God and humans.  Humans often do things that are hurtful to others or to God.  This prayer acknowledges that there is room for improvement and asks for God’s forgiveness.)

We will follow each short prayer with the words

Lord/Christ, have mercy.
Lord/Christ, have mercy.


Assurance of Pardon and Renewal
On this day, as on every day,

In Christ Jesus, we are forgiven and made whole.
Thanks be to God.              



(We want to live in the way God wants us to live.  First we pray that God might help us understand what that means.  Then we listen to part of the Bible, and finally a message explaining what those words might mean for us today.  The hymn often picks up on some theme from the Bible reading.)

Prayer for Illumination

The Good News for Today      Matthew 10:24-39,    John 17:20-26

In sacred words of old,
we have heard the Spirit speak anew.

*Hymn TiS 76 I to the hills will lift my eyes  -  Psalm 121 is the psalm for the UCA anniversary

  1. I to the hills will lift my eyes:
    where shall I find my help?
    My help comes only from the Lord
    who made the earth and heaven.
  1. Your foot he’ll not let slide, nor will
    your guardian even sleep:
    the one who guards his people still,
    he slumbers not, nor sleeps.
  1. The Lord will be a shield and shade
    with him at your right hand
    no harm will come from sun by day
    nor from the moon by night.
  1. The Lord will keep you from all harm:
    will guard your very life,
    preserve your going out and in
    now and forevermore.




Silent Reflection


(In this section we commit ourselves to live lives that are in keeping with God’s will.)


Affirmation of Faith (adapted from the Basis of Union)

We believe in God,
sovereign in grace and love,
maker of all things.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
the eternal Word of God,
the firstborn of a new creation.

We believe in God’s eternal Spirit,
pledge and foretaste of the future,
given that we may not lose the way,
who has endowed us with a diversity of gifts.

We are a pilgrim people
on the way to the promised goal.
On this way,
we are called to live and work
within the faith and unity
of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

In this unity,
we offer our worship, witness and service
and receive one another in love and joy.
We are being led to the free obedience
of the children of God,
and so we look with yearning and hope
to the final reconciliation of humanity with God,
and the renewal of all creation.
Alleluia. Amen.


*Hymn God the Father, Son and Spirit   (Tune: TiS 152)

  1. God the Father, Son and Spirit,
    through your grace immense and free,
    Draw us to yourself and bring us
    into deeper unity.
    Come, renew us as we worship,
    witnessing to truth we hear,
    And, through lives of humble service,
    show forth Christ our saving Lord.

2. We are ready to go forward,
loyal alone to Christ our Head,
in the church which is his body,
follow on where has led.
Open still to your reforming,
through your word in Christ your Son,
all united by the Spirit,
who makes all your people one.

  1. We acknowledge one another;
    love and joy to each is shown;
    Our belief in Christ our Master
    sends us out to make him known.
    So we live in hope’s assurance,
    waiting for the day to come
    when the kingdoms of this world
    shall be the Kingdom of your Son.

 (Words by Keith Pearson, a paraphrase of Paragraph 1 of the Basis of Union, used at the 15th Anniversary of the UCA).


Prayers of the People
(God has asked us to love and care for each other.  In this prayer, we remember situations of need in the world.  It closes with the Lord’s Prayer, which was taught by Jesus to his disciples and is used by all Christians.) 


          Lord, in your mercy
                   Hear our prayer


Our prayers conclude with the Lord’s Prayer:

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 for ever. Amen.


Life and Ministry of the Congregation
(We mention some of the things that are happening in our community, including the practical ways we can respond to God’s love for us, by loving our neighbour.)


 Invitation to the Offering
(One practical way of responding is to contribute money which is used to help others who are in need.)

It is God who handles the future and not us.  Our church is God’s church.  How do we live in the present in such a way as we can let God take care of the future?


*Prayer of Dedication
(We offer the money to God and pray that it might be used wisely.)


*Hymn TiS 106(i) Now thank we all our God

  1. Now thank we all our God,
              with heart and hands and voices,
              who wondrous things has done,
              in whom this world rejoices;
              who from our mothers' arms
              has blessed us on our way
              with countless gifts of love,
              and still is ours today.
  1. O may this bounteous God
              through all our life be near us,
              with ever joyful hearts
              and blessed peace to cheer us;
              and keep us still in grace,
              and guide us when perplexed;
              and free us from all ills,
              in this world and the next.
  1. All praise and thanks to God
              who reigns in highest heaven;
              to Father and to Son
              and Spirit now be given:
              the one eternal God,
              whom earth and heaven adore;
              for thus it was, is now,
              and shall be evermore.


(At the end of the service, we prepare to go back to our daily lives.  The Commissioning reminds us how we are to live in the world.  The Blessing reassures us that God is with us in our daily lives.)




*Choral Amen  TiS 783(ii)


This is an opportunity for quiet reflection.  Please remain seated until the postlude has ended. No applause is necessary.



Let the church of Jesus, the Christ, arise and go forth
into the world as a vibrant witness to the abiding presence of God’s love.


We exchange the peace of the Christ with one another.

Please leave via the western door (or foyer door), leaving space for social distancing.
There is no morning tea, but feel free to take a Tim Tam on the way out.  Hand sanitiser is also available.

Finally, please exchange the peace of Christ with one another, via gentle comments and caring looks.

Sources used in worship today include Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the UCA, written by John Squires and Elizabeth Raine, Words for Worship, Elsa A. Cook and Thom Shuman.  Music reproduced with permission, licenses #A1050, LicenSingOnline, and #496838, CCLI.   Image: Bullcitydogs,, Public Domain, CC BY-NC 2.0.


About Scots Church Adelaide
Scots Church was opened in 1851 by local supporters of the Free Church, a reform movement in the Church of Scotland that opposed political control of the church and engaged with the social changes of the 1800s, including industrialisation and urbanisation.  The church originally was named after the leader of the movement, Thomas Chalmers.  In 1929, the congregation amalgamated with Flinders St Presbyterian Church and took the name Scots Church.  After the Flinders St church was demolished items such as the organ, windows and plaques, were placed in Scots Church, and the stonework re-used as facing for the office block.  In 1977 Scots Church joined the Uniting Church in Australia 

Over the years, the congregation has supported many social initiatives around Adelaide.  Today Scots proudly continues in its commitment to the city community as a neighbour and place open to all.  We host several community organizations, including the SA Jazz Archive and The Big Issue.  Our facilities are available for use by other community groups. 

The building is the second oldest church still standing in the city.  The current minister of the congregation is Rev Dr Peter Trudinger. Worship services are held at 10.30am each Sunday.



237 North Terrace, Adelaide, Phone 8223 1505 
Minister: Rev Dr Peter Trudinger

© Scots Church Adelaide  Ph. 08 8223 1505