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Fourth Sunday of Advent
24th December 2023

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.

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Preparation

Organ Prelude

Cecilia McDowall: O Radix Jesse (O Antiphon Sequence)

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.

Kyrie reflection

Kyrie eleison (Ukrainian)

Collect

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: 2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16
read by Rachel Campbell

Second Reading: Romans 16.25-27
read by Rachel Campbell

Gospel Reading: Luke 1.26-38
The Revd Ian Boa

Sermon
The Revd Dr Rebekah Sims

Rebekah references the following hymn in her sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dGlzzFdZJE

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 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.

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

As the grain once scattered in the fields
and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside
are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,
so, Lord, may your whole Church
soon be gathered together
from the corners of this earth into your kingdom. Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.

Blessing

The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude

Cecilia McDowall: O Clavis David (O Antiphon Sequence)
Advent Wreath with 4 candles

Notices

This Week

Tonight
  • 11.00 pm Midnight Mass
    Readings: Isaiah 52.7-10; Hebrews 1.1-4; John 1.1-14
Monday 25th December
Christmas Day
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist with Carols
    Readings: Isaiah 62.6-12; Titus 3.4-7Luke 2.1-20

No service on Thursday 28th December

Next Week

Sunday 31st December
Christmas 1
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
Thursday 4th January
  • 11 am Holy Communion
Sunday 7th January
Epiphany
  • 10.30 am All Age 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 Shelter Scotland to help combat homelessness, so consider paying for an extra cuppa! You can find out more by visiting the Start Up Stirling website.

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