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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
18th September 2022

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 18th September 2022

We join together in prayer today with people from around the world in this time of mourning for Queen Elizabeth.

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)

Preparation

As the whole of creation looks with eager longing for the redemption of humankind,
let us pledge ourselves anew to serve
our Creator God, the Father who is the maker of all things,
the Son through whom all things are made,
and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who renews the face of the earth.

Organ Prelude

The Organ Prelude in church is 'O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen' by Johannes Brahms
Here is the chorale, harmonised by Johann Sebastian Bach, on which it is based

Bach, Johann Sebastian: O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen BWV 405
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.

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.

Collect

God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,
you created humankind in your own image and entrusted the whole world to human care:
give us grace to serve you faithfully,
that we might be trustworthy stewards of your creation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
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: Amos 8.4-7
read by Tony Mitchell

God doesn't forget those who exploit the poor

Psalm 113

From the rising of the sun to its setting, God's name is praised

Refrain: Give praise to the Lord who lifts up the poor.

Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord; *
praise the name of the Lord.

Let the name of the Lord be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.

From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the name of the Lord be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?

He takes up the weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.

He sets them with the princes, *
with the princes of his people.

He makes the woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.

Refrain: Give praise to the Lord who lifts up the poor.

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2.1-7
read by Tony Mitchell

Jesus is the one mediator between God and humankind, and a ransom for all

Gospel Reading: Luke 16.1-13
The Rector

The shrewdness of the rich man's dishonest manager

Sermon
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.
Amen.

Intercessions
led by Alistair Shaw
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, singing the Iona hymn 'We cannot measure how you heal', sung to the tune 'Ye banks and braes'

Organ Reflection
Ye banks and braes
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

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

In church we sing 'Now thank we all our God'

Organ Postlude
Georg Friedrich Kauffmann: Nun danket alle Gott
Queen Elizabeth on a visit to Wales

A Prayer for Queen Elizabeth

Almighty and eternal God,
you uphold and govern all things both in heaven and on earth,
and by your grace alone kings and queens do reign. 
We thank you for all the blessings which you have bestowed upon us
through our late sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth,
whom you have called from this life.
We thank you for the wisdom of her guidance and her love of peace,
for the care and devotion with which she served her people,
for the example of her gracious life.
We pray that you would fill our hearts with gratitude for all these good things,
and give us grace that we may use the memory of them
as a perpetual call to live according to your will,
for the good of all the world, and the glory of your great name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 18th September 2022

Notices

This week

Monday 19th September

  • 8 pm Compline

Thursday 22nd September

  • 11 am Holy Communion

Sunday 25th September
Pentecost 16 and ACM

  • 8.30 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
  • Readings: Amos 6.1a,4-7; 1 Timothy 6.6-19; Luke 16.19-31

online resources will be available on this website

Our Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM) will be held after the 10.30 am service. Please bring your own lunch and maybe something to share. Tea & Coffee will be provided.


Helping Ukraine

Ukrainian Clothing Appeal (via Forth Valley Welcome)

There are a large number of Ukrainian refugees who are living in Dunblane Hydro, and who have come over with hardly any clothing. As autumn and winter are approaching, specific things are needed.
They are: waterproof coats, trainers/shoes/boots, winter clothes (jumpers etc) and sports clothes.
Either new or good quality second-hand clothes/shoes are welcome.
Collection until the end of September, even if we can gather a few items, it would be welcome.

You might also 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: 
https://donation.dec.org.uk/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: 
https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/where-help-is-needed/ukraine-situation/

More resources for this week

OSCR logo Registered Charity SC0164710
Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church
Albert Place, Stirling, FK8 2RG Scotland
01786 359821
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