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4th Sunday of Easter
21st April 2024

HT St Bride stained-glass window - lamb detail

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

No Collection is taken during services. You can make an Offering by using the Support Us button.

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

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HT Congregation at 2020 ACM

Preparation

Organ Prelude

Ignace Leybach: Pastorale

Opening

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

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.

Gloria reflection

Collect

O God,
the light of whose truth stretches out to those who go astray,
that they may return to the path of righteousness:
give your grace to all who profess themselves Christians,
that they may cast out what is harmful,
and pursue all that gives life;
through 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: Acts 4.5-12
read by Liza Green

Second Reading: 1 John 3.16-24
read by Liza Green

Gospel: John 10.11-18
read by The Revd Ian Boa

Sermon
The Revd Canon Christoph Wutscher

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 Tony Mitchell

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

Father of all,
we give you thanks and praise
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude

Helmut Walcha: Chorale Prelude on ‘Den die Hirten lobten sehre’
HT St Bride stained-glass window - lamb detail

Notices

This Week

Sunday 21 April
  • 8.30am Holy Communion
  • 10.30am Sung Eucharist
  • 3.00pm Ordination
Monday 22 April

10 – 11.30am HT Tots Café

Tuesday 23 April

7.30 – 9.30pm Young Adults Group at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Bridge of Allan
More information: youngadultsgroup021@gmail.com

Thursday 25 April

11am Holy Communion

Next Week

Sunday 28 April
Easter 5
  • 8.30am Holy Communion
  • 10.30am Sung Eucharist
    Readings: Acts 8.26-40; 1 John 4.7-21; John 15.1-8

Ordination to the Priesthood

At 3pm today, Bishop Ian will be at HT to ordain Ian Boa to the priesthood. Please pray for him and his family today, as he prepares for this moment.

All are welcome at this service and at an Afternoon Tea of scones and cakes after the service. Please let Helen Piper know if you can contribute any baking.

Lectio Divina

Six Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm beginning on 1st May in the HT Choir Vestry led by Revd Joan Lyon.

Please see separate flyer for more information.

Christian Aid Week 2024

QR code for Christian Aid 2024

Please donate to the Holy Trinity e-envelope via Holy Trinity Stirling Christian Aid Envelope – Christian Aid Fundraise. Please feel free to pass the information on to your family and friends or circulate it on social media. 

Last year, we raised £1.383.75 including Gift Aid. It would be good if we could at least equal that amount. Please make all donations to the e-envelope by Saturday 18 May 2024.

HT Prayer Tree

The Prayer Tree situated at the back of church is an aid to prayer. Feel free to take a label and write your prayer/message on it and hang it on the tree. 

Please add the current date. The label will be removed one month after this date but if you would like to leave the label on the tree please just alter the date or write another label.

See Libby Coats if you have any questions.

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