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Fourth Sunday of Advent
18th December 2022

Advent Wreath with 4 candles

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.

Bishop Ian is presiding at our Sung Eucharist today, and will license Ian Boa as a Lay Worship Leader

Downloads (PDF)


Organ Prelude
Flor Peeters: O come, O come, Emmanuel op.100

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
Manuel Rodrigues Coelho: Segundo Kyrio do Mesmo Tom

Stir up your power, Lord, and come:
and strengthen us by the might of your love;
that, although we are hindered by our sins,
your abundant grace and mercy may quickly come and save us;
for you live and reign with the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading: Isaiah 7.10-16
read by Cathy Johnston
Psalm 80.1-7,16-18

In church, we sing With Mary let my soul rejoice, by David Mowbray, based on the Magnificat

Second Reading: Romans 1.1-7
read by Cathy Johnston
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1.18-25
The Rector

In church, Bishop Ian preaches

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 Alistair Shaw
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.

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.

Commissioning of a Lay Worship Leader

Bishop Ian commissions Ian Boa to lead worship and to preach

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant: Magnificat (Six Versets) op.41,2 iii
Advent Wreath with 4 candles


This week

Monday 19th December

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 21st December

  • 10.30 am Advent Study Groups 2022

Thursday 22nd December

  • 11 am Holy Communion
  • 8 pm Advent Study Groups 2022

Saturday 24th December
Christmas Eve

  • 4 pm HT Kidz Crib Service
  • 11 pm Midnight Mass
    Readings: Isaiah 52.7-10; Hebrews 1.1-4; John 1.1-14
    online resources will be available on this website

Sunday 25th December
Christmas Day

  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist with Carols
    Readings: Isaiah 9.2-7; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20
    online resources will be available on this website

Thursday 29th December

  • 11 am Holy Communion

Sunday 1st January
Christmas 1

  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Thursday 5th January

  • 11 am Holy Communion

Sunday 8th January

  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
  • 6.30 pm Epiphany Carol Service
Start Up Stirling Christmas Appeal

In the run up to Christmas we are all particularly aware of the need to provide for those less fortunate.

Start Up Stirling suggests we take part in a Reverse Advent Calendar, donating something each day.

The more we can collect the more people we can help. Leave your donations in the church and Cate Watson will take them up to the warehouse.

HT will also give half of the cash donations for Tea & Coffee in the church hall to Start Up, so consider paying for an extra cuppa!

You can find out more by visiting the Start Up Stirling website:

Advent Study Groups 2022
Mary & the Magnificat

This year, we’ll be focussing on Mary (and see what the Bible tells us about her) and studying Mary’s Song found in Luke’s Gospel, which has been very influential on Christian theology, art and music.

Two groups will run for 3 weeks in December: Wednesday mornings at 10.30 a.m. (7th, 14th & 21st December) and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. (8th, 15th & 22nd December).

Sign-up sheets are at the back of the church.

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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