24th January A.D. 2021 : 10 a.m.


Order of Service

Preacher : Rev. David Tsai

Organist: Ted Grantham

Interim Moderator : Rev. David Tsai, (

Session Clerk : Simon Fraser, (

The office telephone number is 02 9552 2057. 


Music before the Service : 

Antonio Vivaldi, 1678 – 1741, Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297 (iij) Largo




To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

     The God whom we adore,

Be glory as it was and is,

     And shall be evermore. Amen.

Tune, St Magnus, Jeremiah Clarke, 1674 - 1707


Call to Worship – Prayers of Approach

Hymn 1


The Lord is King ! lift up thy voice,

O earth, and all ye heavens, rejoice

From world to world the joy shall ring,

“The Lord omnipotent is king !’


The Lord is King ! who then shall dare

Resist his will, distrust his care ?

Holy and true are all his ways :

Let every creature sing his praise.


One Lord, one empire , all secures ;

He reigns and life and death are yours :

Through earth and heaven one song shall ring,

“The Lord omnipotent is King !” Amen.

Josiah Conder, 1789 - 1855

Tune, Church Triumphant, James William Elliott, 1853 – 1915 


First reading – Genesis 1:24 -28

Read by John McPhail


Prayer of confession


Hymn 2


Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

In light inaccessible, hid from our eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.


To all life Thou givest – to both great and small ;

In all life Thou livest the true life of all ;

We blossom and flourish as leaves on a tree,

And wither and perish – but nought changeth Thee.


Great Father of Glory, pure Father of light,

Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight ;

All laud we would render : O help us to see

’Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee. Amen.

Walter Chalmers Smith, 1824 - 1908

Tune, Joanna, Welsh Hymn Melody


Second Reading – John 1: 1 – 14 

Read by Sue Maddrell


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession



Hymn 3



Thou whose almighty word

Chaos and darkness hear

     And took their flight,

Hear us, we humbly pray, 

And, where the gospel day 

Sheds not its glorious ray,

      Let there be light.


Thou who didst come to bring,

On thy redeeming wing,

     Healing and sight,

Health to the sick in mind, 

Sight to the inly blind,

O now to all mankind

     Let there be light.


Spirit of truth and love,

Life-giving, holy Dove,

     Speed forth Thy flight ;

Move o’er the water’s face, 

Bearing the lamp of grace,

And in earth’s darkest place

     Let there be light.


Blessèd and holy Three,

Glorious Trinity,

     Wisdom, Love, Might,

Boundless as ocean’s tide

Rolling in fullest pride,

Through the world far and wide

     Let there be light. Amen


John Marriott 1780 – 1835 

Tune, Moscow, Felice de Giardini, 1716 – 96  



Retiring Offering

Hymn 4 (Psalm 8:1,3,4,6)



How excellent in all the earth, 

     Lord, our lord is thy name !

Who hast thy glory far advanced 

     above the starry frame.


When I look up into the heav’ns, 

     which thine own fingers fram’d ;

Unto the moon and to the stars 

     which were by thee ordain’d ;


Then say I, “What is man that he

      remembered is by thee ?

Or what the son of man that thou 

     so kind to him should’st be ?


Of thy hand’s works thou mad’st him lord 

     all under ’s feet didst lay ;

All sheep and oxen, yea and beasts 

     that in the fields do stray. Amen.


Scottish Psalter, 1650


Tune, Winchester Old, Este’s Psalter, 1592




Introduction -  We turn to chapter one.  There are two words in this chapter, which are key words. The two words are GOD, and GOOD.

The word God occurs at least 32 times in as many verses.  This book is about God.  And indeed we should read Genesis 1 not so much as to study the creation , but to ask questions about the creator

And the word "Genesis" is a Greek word meaning beginning. And in the Hebrew Bible, the Hebrew title is exactly the same thing. It's simple the first three words of the book. "In the beginning." This is the book in which the beginning of almost everything that gives life meaning is to be found .Except God.

     This is not the book where God begins ; everything else but not God. When the book opens, God already is .




Hymn 5 (Psalm 117)


From all that dwell below the skies

Let the Creator’s praise arise :

Hallelujah, Hallelujah !

Let the Redeemer’s name be sung

Through every land, in every tongue:

Hallelujah !Hallelujah ! Hallelujah ! 

Hallelujah ! Hallelujah!


Eternal are thy mercies, Lord :

Eternal truth attends Thy word :

Hallelujah, Hallelujah !

Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore

Till suns shall rise and set no more.

Hallelujah !Hallelujah ! Hallelujah ! 

Hallelujah ! Hallelujah! Amen.

Isaac Watts,  1811 – 75

Tune, Lasst uns erfeuen, Geistlichet Kirchengesäng, Cologne, 1623 


Benediction – Threefold Amen

Organ Postlude : Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, (i) Allegro




Services will be held at the Church at 10 a.m. each Sunday and will also be available on line by clicking “Livestream” at

Preachers : 24th and 31st  January,  Rev. David Tsai, Interim Moderator,.7th February, Rev. Dr Phil Paul, 14th and 28th February, Rev David Tsai; 7th , 14th, 21st and 28th March, Rev. Tom Wall 


Anniversary Service is 10 a.m. 21st February, 

Preacher, Rev. Andrew Campbell, State Moderator


Offerings can be posted to  PO box 42 Annandale 2038 or paid online to Annandale Leichhardt Presbyterian Church BSB: 032-011 Account Number: 120709. Please quote reference “Plate”. Please make cheques payable to: “Annandale Leichhardt Presbyterian Church” (not Hunter Baillie). If you wish to donate anonymously, put “Anonymous” or “Anon” as the name.


Meetings : 27th, Session 6 p.m. Church Office, Committee of Management 7.30 Zoom


Duty Elder  for January, Simon Fraser, for February, Sue Maddrell, 

Door Duty : 24th January, Alan & Noel; 31st January, Sue W & Allanah