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5th Sunday of Lent
Passion Sunday
17th March 2024

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.

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HT Congregation at 2020 ACM


Organ Prelude

Johann Pachelbel: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund


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.

Page from Gospel Book

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 31.31-34
read by Nick Morris

Psalm 51.1-13

Refrain: A clean heart create in me, O God.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.

Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. *
And so you are justified when you speak and upright in your judgement.

Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother’s womb.

For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence *
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again *
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
and sinners shall return to you.

Refrain: A clean heart create in me, O God.

Second Reading: Hebrews 5.5-10
read by Nick Morris

Gospel Reading: John 12.20-33
The Revd Dr Rebekah Sims

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.

led by Robert Nellist

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.

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.

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 Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude

Peter Hurford: Wem in Leidenstagen
East Window Crucifixion (detail)


This Week

Monday 18th March
  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café
Tuesday 19th March
  • 7.30 pm Young Adults Group at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Bridge of Allan
Wednesday 20th March
  • 10.30 pm Lent Group (Session 5)
Thursday 21st March
  • 11 am Holy Communion
  • 8 pm Lent Group (Session 5)

Next Week

Sunday 24th March
Palm Sunday
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
    Readings: Isaiah 50.4-9a; Philippians 2.5-11;  Mark 14.1-15.47

Holy Week, Easter Triduum and Easter Services at Holy Trinity

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 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).

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!

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.

Easter flowers

There are baskets at the back of church for people to take and bring back decorated on Saturday 30th March at 10.30 a.m. Please speak to Karen Ellis if you have any questions.

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