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5th Sunday of Lent
26th March 2023

East Window Crucifixion (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.

Downloads (PDF)


Organ Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: O Mensch, bewein dein’ Sünde gros BWV 622

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)

Most merciful God,
by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
you created humanity anew. 
May the power of his victorious cross
transform those who turn in faith to him
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: Ezekiel 37.1-14
read by Andrew Pont
Psalm 130

Refrain: With the Lord there is mercy and plenteous redemption.

Out of the depths *
have I called you, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could stand?

For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.

I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits for you; *
in your word is my hope.

My soul waits for you, O Lord, *
more than sentinels for the morning, more than sentinels for the morning.

O Israel, wait for the Lord, *
for with the Lord there is mercy;

with whom there is plenteous redemption, *
and who shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Refrain: With the Lord there is mercy and plenteous redemption.

Second Reading: Romans 8.6-11
read by Andrew Pont
Gospel Reading: John 11.1-45
The Revd Dr Rebekah Sim
The Revd Dr Rebekah Sim
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.

led by Cate Watson
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.


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.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

HT chalice and host at Elevation

In church, we continue with 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 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.

Georg Philip Telemann: O Lamme Gottes, unschuldig

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.

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Peter Hurford: Wem in Leidestagen
East Window Crucifixion (detail)


This week

Monday 27th March

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 29th March

  • 10.30 am Lent Group (Session 5)

Thursday 30th March

  • 11 am Holy Communion
  • 8 pm Lent Group (Session 5)

Sunday 2nd April
Palm Sunday

  • 10.30 a.m. Blessing of Palms, Reading of the Passion Gospel and Sung Eucharist
    The start of Holy Week as we recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and read the Passion Narrative
    Liturgy of Palms: Luke 19.28-40
    Isaiah 50.4-9a; Philippians 2: 5-11; Luke 22.14 – 23.56 or Luke 23.1-49
    (See Holy Week and Easter 2023 for details of services in Holy Week
    online resources will be available on this website

Lent Groups 2023

This year, we’ll offer an Adult Confirmation Course for our Lent Groups, as we meet to discuss Christian basics and the peculiarities of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Whether you’ve been confirmed or not, this will hopefully be a good opportunity to discuss and re‐visit the foundations of our faith and share in fellowship with others at HT. Two groups will run in parallel for five weeks during Lent on Wednesday mornings at 10.30 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.

Confirmation Service (21st May)

Bishop Ian will be with us at HT on Sunday, 21st May, for a service of Confirmation. Should you have not been confirmed yet and wish to be included, please speak to the Rector or a member of the ministry team.

The Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2023

The USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), as part of this year’s Lent Appeal, encourages us to acknowledge that our neighbours are not just those in our hometowns. Your neighbour is the person that God calls you to love despite your differences. We pray with our Church partners around the world and stand with their mission to support vulnerable people in their local communities. Please join the global Anglican church in transforming lives.

To find out more about this year’s Lent appeal and make a donation, visit

Helping Ukraine

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

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) 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:

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