SCOTS CHURCH ADELAIDE
UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
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.

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26th July, 2020
Preacher: Rev Sue Ellis
Liturgist: Ms Evelina Bruhn
Organist: Mr Ashleigh Tobin, OAM

God is For Us: The Power of God’s Love


REMEMBERING THE FIRST PEOPLE
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.


WE GATHER TO CELEBRATE
THE PRESENCE OF DIVINE MYSTERY

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

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


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Meditation
All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.  (A Chinese proverb)

Prelude

Welcome

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.)
Seek God and rely on God.
          We seek God’s presence continually.
God’s presence is like a buried treasure.
          We do not notice it at first,
          but when we find it, we rejoice
God’s presence is like a priceless jewel.
          When we see its beauty,
          we sell all else for it.
O give thanks to God
make known his faithfulness.
          We will sing praises to God.
          Let the hearts of those who seek God rejoice.
                                     
(Psalm 105:1-4, Matthew 13:44-46)

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 111 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. 
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation.
Come all who hear, brothers and sisters draw near,
praise him in glad adoration!

2. Praise to the Lord who in all things is wondrously reigning
and, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining:
have you not seen all that is needed has been
sent by his gracious ordaining?

3. Praise to the Lord, who will prosper our work and defend us;
surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend us:
ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
as with his love he befriends us.

4. Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
who, when the godless do triumph, our best hopes confounding,
sheds forth his light, scatters the horrors of night,
saints with his mercy surrounding.

5. Praise to the Lord!  O let all that is in me adore him! 
All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him.
Let the Amen sound from his people again:
gladly for ever adore him.

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.

Merciful God,

We confess that we don’t see with your eyes.
We confess that we don’t see the people that are hidden
from television cameras and government budgets.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

We do not see clearly, and so hesitate to act in faith.
we imagine that if we just wait a little,
then things will be clearer.
We wait for stronger signs and let opportunities pass by.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Sometimes if we do act in faith
we cannot see any signs that change is coming.
We lose heart and decide that what we are doing
has little value.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Assurance of Pardon and Renewal

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


WE LISTEN FOR WHAT THE SPIRIT
IS SAYING TO THE CHURCH TODAY
(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
Come to us this day, O God, in joy and in comfort.
Lift our eyes
so that we might see a bright future with you.
Calm our fears
so that we might confidently join you in the dance of life.
Ease our burdens
so that we might leap for joy at the wonders of your presence.
Remind us that nothing can separate us from your love.
Amen.

The Good News for Today
          Romans 8:26-39
          Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
In sacred words of old,
we have heard the Spirit speak anew.

*Hymn
TiS 153 God is love, let heav’n adore him
1. God is love, let heav’n adore him;
God is love, let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him,
and exalt him with one voice.
God, who laid the earth’s foundation,
he who spread the heavens above,
and who breathes through all creation,
God is love, eternal Love.

2. God is love, and gently enfolding
all the world in one embrace,
with unfailing grasp is holding
every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking
under sorrow’s iron rod,
then they find that selfsame aching
deep within the heart of God.

3. God is love, and, though with blindness
sin afflicts our human hearts,
God’s eternal lovingkindness
holding, guiding, grace imparts.
Sin and death and hell shall never
o’er us final triumph gain;
God is love, so love for ever
o’er the universe must reign.

Sermon: God is For us - The Power of God’s Love.

Silent Reflection


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

*Hymn
TiS 129 Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
   that saved a wretch like me;
   I once was lost, but now am found, 
   was blind, but now I see.  

2. As grace first taught my heart to fear
    so grace my fears relieved;
    how precious did that grace appear,
    the hour I first believed!

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
God’s grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures:
he will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

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.) 

God, source of all wisdom,

Help them to find their wisdom in you,
that the longings of our hearts may satisfied.

Source of all salvation,

help us find our salvation in Jesus Christ,
that the longings of our hearts may be satisfied.

Source of all forgiveness,

help us to find forgiveness
that the longings of our hearts may be satisfied.

Source of all consolation,

help us find our consolation in you,
that the longings of our hearts may be satisfied.

Source of all hope,

help us find our hope in you
that the longings of our hearts may be satisfied.

Source of all longing,

our eternal treasure. Amen.

Let us say together the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples:
(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 forever. 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.)

Message from Moderator - see video

Invitation to the Offering
(One practical way of responding is to contribute money which is used to help others who are in need.)
Even our giving is an act of faith:
faith that what we bring will make a difference to the world, outside the walls of the church.
And through these gifts, may all those things that would separate people from the love of God, be overcome.  
Our offering will now be received.                  

*Prayer of Dedication
(We offer the money to God and pray that it might be used wisely.)
Receive these gifts we bring, O God,
and grant that they may be seeds
that grow into acts of kindness, courage and healing. Amen.


*Hymn TiS 164
The great love of God
The great love of God
     is revealed in the Son,
who came to this earth,
to redeem everyone.

2. That love, like a stream
flowing clear to the sea,
makes clean every heart
that from sin would be free.

3.  It binds the whole world,
every barrier it breaks;
the hills it lays low,
and the mountains it shakes.

4. It’s yours, it is ours,
    O how lavishly given!
    the pearl of great price,
    and the treasure of heaven.

*Commissioning
(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.)

*Blessing
As you go,
may the powerful blessing of God’s love remain upon you
the gracious salvation of Christ, be your strength
and the Holy Spirit of life fill you with peace. Amen.  

*Choral Amen  TiS 783(ii)

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

WE DEPART IN PEACE
TO LOVE AND SERVE

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.

Sources used in worship today include Words for Worship, Seasons of the Spirit, Let Us Pray by Janet Nelson and Thom Shuman.  Music reproduced with permission, licenses #A1050, LicenSingOnline, and #496838, CCLI.  Image:  Hans Braxmeier, pixabay, Public Domain.

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 organisations, 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. In Peter’s leave during July, Rev Sue Ellis, ex-Moderator of the SA Synod is offering Supply Ministry. Worship services are held at 10.30am each Sunday.

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SCOTS CHURCH ADELAIDE
UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
237 North Terrace, Adelaide, Phone 8223 1505 
Minister: Rev Dr Peter Trudinger
Supply minister: Rev Sue Ellis 0427162009
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