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1st Sunday of Lent
18th February 2024

HT Pulpit hanging for Advent and Lent

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.

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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

Craig Sellar Lang: Hymn-Tune Prelude on Martyrdom op.90,2

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.

Summary of the Law

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Kyrie reflection

Kyrie eleison (Ukrainian)

Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet did not sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit,
that, as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Page from Gospel Book

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Genesis 9.8-17
read by Mary Kenyon

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3.18-22
read by Mary Kenyon

Gospel Reading: Mark 1.9-15
The Revd Ian Boa

Sermon
The Revd Dr Rebekah Sims

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 Alistair Shaw

Confession and Absolution

God is love and we are God’s children,
there is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us 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.

The Peace

We meet in Christ’s name.
Let us share his peace.

HT chalice and host at Elevation

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

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 living bread is broken for the life of the world.
Lord, unite us in this sign.

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

Loving God,
your steadfast purpose is the completion of all things in your Son. 
May we who have received the pledges of the kingdom,
live by faith, walk in hope and be renewed in love,
until the world reflects your glory
and you are all in all;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude

Georg Andreas Sorge: Fughetta in G minor
HT Pulpit hanging for Advent and Lent

Notices

This Week

Monday 19th February
  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café
Tuesday 20th February
  • 11 am Funeral of Margaret McQuillian
  • 7.30 pm Young Adults Group at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Bridge of Allan
Wednesday 21st February
  • 10.30 pm Lent Group (Session 1)
Thursday 22nd February
  • 11 am Holy Communion
  • 8 pm Lent Group (Session 1)
Friday 23rd February
  • 7.30 pm Taizé Service (Stirling Taizé Group)

Next Week

Sunday 25th February
Lent 2
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
    Readings: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16; Romans 4.13-25; Mark 8.31-38

Lent Groups 2024

This year during Lent, we’ll use a book of daily reflections to accompany us during the season: The Little Book of Lent (with contributions from a wide range of Christian spiritual writers).

Copies of the book are available at the back of church (£5) and you are invited to join in Lent Groups, discussing and reflecting on a selection of reflections.

Two groups will run in parallel: Wednesday mornings at 10.30 am (21st & 28th February and 6th, 13th & 20th March) and Thursday evenings at 8 pm (22nd & 29th February and 7th, 14th & 21st March).

Regifting Stall

Christmas is a time for giving and often we end up with gifts that are either duplicates or possibly ‘appreciated’ more by others.

If you have any such presents that you would like to ‘regift’, we plan to run a Regifting Stall on Sunday 3rd March. Please place any items that you would like to regift into the box at the back of church. These items will be available in the Regifting Stall.

Donations by cash or credit card will be gratefully received. All proceeds will support the work of the Gardening Group.

Lent Collection 2024

This year’s Lent Collection will go towards the Bishop’s Lent Appeal for Kolkata Cathedral’s ASHAKIRAN – RAY of HOPE Programme for women, young girls and children (download an information leaflet about Ashakiran).

Special envelopes are provided should you want to make a contribution. As all year round, we continue to collect food items for StartUp Stirling and the ‘Extra Cuppa’ donations at social time after the services will go towards this local charity. Many thanks for your support!

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