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17th Sunday after Pentecost & ACM
24th September 2023

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The Season of Creation

Here you can find resources for our liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are. 

The readings for today and some of the prayers of our liturgy are on the downloadable pew sheet.

Offerings at Holy Trinity

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Contributions go towards the Ministry and running costs or to any special collections announced. All are gratefully received. Registered Scottish Charity SC016471.

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Preparation

Organ Prelude

John Stanley: Andante (Voluntary in A minor op.6,2)

Greeting

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Absolution

Loving God,
you are the source of all that is,
creating and sustaining every living thing.
Called to be good stewards of your creation,
we acknowledge the ways in which we have marred your image within us,
as we confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Silence

God our Father, we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do. We are truly sorry.
Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil.
For the sake of your Son who died for us,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria reflection

Friedrick Wilhelm Zachow: Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr'

Collect

God the Creator,
in Christ you call all people to the fullness of glory
for which you created us in your image:
heal our hardened hearts,
renew our obedience to your will,
and conform our lives to your gracious design,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book

First Reading: Jonah 3.10–4.11
read by Bob Piper

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18.21-35
The Revd Dr Rebekah Sims

Annual Congregational Meeting – The Rector's Report & Reflections
The Rector

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord,
Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Intercessions
led by Mary Kenyon

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

HT chalice and host at Elevation

Offertory Prayer

Let us present our offerings to the Lord.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory,
the splendour and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own we give you.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

The Lord's Prayer

Please join in the prayer Jesus himself taught us:
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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

Post-Communion Prayer

God, the source of all that is,
with joy we have offered thanksgiving for your love in creation
and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom:
by your grace plant within us
a reverence for all that you give us
and make us generous and wise stewards of the good things we enjoy.
Amen.

Blessing

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Organ Postlude

John Stanley: Allegro (Voluntary in A minor op.6,2)
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Notices

This week

Monday 25th September
  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Tots is looking for more volunteers to join the rota. The role isn’t onerous: please speak to Gen Pont or Hannah Gray if you’d like to know what’s involved.

Tuesday 26th September
  • 7.30 – 9.30 pm Young Adults Group (at St Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan)
    Cathy Johnston will talk about the Provincial and local Net Zero Project
Thursday 28th September
  • 11 am Holy Communion
Sunday 1st October
Harvest Thanksgiving (Pentecost 18)
  • 8.30 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
    Readings: Deuteronomy 26.1-11; 2 Corinthians 9.6-15; Matthew 6.25-33
    (Donations for StartUp Stirling will be gladly received at
  • the service)

Church Garden Group

The Church Garden Group would appreciate the donation of any spare permeable black matting for the weeded edging at the front church wall. Please contact Joan Lyon on 07807 783168.

Young Adults Group

The Young Adults Group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm in St Saviour’s Church Hall, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan.

Who is this for?  Anyone aged 18-40, open to people of all faiths and none, in particular international students, who would like to meet new people and make lasting connections in the community in this welcoming and inclusive space.
Led by Revd Joan Lyon, James Gardner, Revd Rebekah Sims – and others who might lead different sessions. 

Interested? Want to find out more?  Email – youngadultsgroup021@gmail.com or just come along.

Helping Ukraine

You might be interested in how best to help people in crisis in Ukraine.
The College of Bishops has highlighted these two organisations:

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal: 
https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal 
Among the DEC partners are Christian Aid, the British Red Cross, and Tearfund. The UK Government has pledged to match donations from the public to the DEC fund, pound-for-pound, up to £20 million.

The UK for UNHCR: 
https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/where-help-is-needed/ukraine-situation/

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