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Christ the King
26th November 2023

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.

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Preparation

Organ Prelude

Craig Sellar Lang: Hymn tune Prelude on St Columba

Greeting

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

Opening Responses

Believing that God made and loves the world,
we gather.

That it may be restored to fulfil God’s purposes,
we pray.

To seek a wisdom deeper than our own,
we listen.

To honour God who gave us a voice,
we worship.

© 2021 Wild Goose Resource Group

Gloria reflection

Johann Gottfried Walther: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King:
grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together under his gentle and loving rule;
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 34.11-16, 20-24
read by Nick Morris

Second Reading: Ephesians 1.15-23
read by Nick Morris

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25.31-46
The Revd Rebekah Sims

Talk
The Rector

Creed

Do you believe in God the Father, who made the world?
I believe in God the Father.

Do you believe in God the Son, who redeemed humanity?
I believe in God the Son.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit who gives life to God’s people?
I believe in God the Holy Spirit.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions
led by Bob Piper

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.

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

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.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Organ Postlude

Jeremiah Clarke: The Prince of Denmark’s March
HT St Bride stained-glass window - lamb detail

Notices

This Week

Monday 27th November
  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café
Tuesday 28th November
  • 7.30 – 9.30 pm Young Adults Group (at St Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan)
Thursday 30th November
St Andrew, Apostle
  • 11 am Holy Communion
Saturday 2nd December
  • 3 pm SAAFA Christmas Cracker
  • 7.30 pm Advent Carol Service
Sunday 3rd December
Advent 1
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
    Readings: Isaiah 64.1-9; 1 Corinthians 1.3-9; Mark 13.24-37

Next Week

Wednesday 6th December
  • 10.30 am Advent Study Group
Thursday 7th December
  • 8 pm Advent Study Group
Friday 8th December
  • 10.30 am Funeral of Edna Ravey

Advent Study Groups 2023

This year, we will be discussing Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark. We ordered 20 copies of the book, please feel free to pick up a copy at the back of the church. Donations to HT are appreciated.

Two groups will meet for three weeks in December: Wednesday mornings at 10.30 am (6th, 13th & 20th December) and Thursday evenings at 8 pm (7th, 14th & 21st December). Sign-up sheets at the back of the church.

Young Adults Group

The Young Adults Group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 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.

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