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Palm Cross and Bible

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.

"Hosanna to the Son of David"
Our liturgy today begins joyfully, as the crowds acclaim Jesus
This joy is soon tempered by a change to
"Crucify him!"

Downloads (PDF)

Liturgy of the Palms

Organ Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: O Mensch bewein dein‘ Sünde gross BWV 622

At Holy Trinity, we begin today in the hall, gathered to hear the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem

Opening

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
And blessed be God's kingdom.

Dear friends in Christ, in our observance of Lent we have been preparing, by self-examination and spiritual discipline, to celebrate the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection. In baptism, we are marked with the cross of Christ. Today we begin the solemn celebration of our salvation through his death on the cross and his resurrection to glory. We now recall our Lord’s entry as king into Jerusalem, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us follow him, that, as we died with Christ in our Baptism, so we may share his risen life.

Collect

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
Assist us Lord God of our salvation: that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Gospel: Luke 19.28-40

Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.”’ 32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ 34 They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ 35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38 saying ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ 40 He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’

Palms are brought to the presiding celebrant, who says:

Almighty and everlasting God, may these palms be for us a sign of Christ’s victory over sin and death; and may we who have been baptised in his name, worship him as king, obey him as Lord, and follow him in the way of the Cross, which leads to eternal life. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The palms are distributed to those present.

The Procession

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant, that we, walking in the way of his cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Let us proceed in peace. In the name of Christ. Amen.

The procession to the church begins during the hymn All glory, laud and honour.

The Liturgy of the Passion

Page from Gospel Book
Collect of the Passion

Almighty God, who, in your tender love for the human race, sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his passion, and also, be made partakers of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

First Reading Isaiah 50.4-9a (read by Sue Stirling-Aird)
Psalm 31.9-16

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: I have trusted in you. You are my God.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.

For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.

I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbours,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.

I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.

For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.

But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *
I have said, ‘You are my God.

My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.

Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me.’

Refrain: I have trusted in you. You are my God.

Second Reading Philippians 2.5-11 (read by Sue Stirling-Aird)

In church, the Passion Reading is read

Intercessions
led by Mary Kenyon
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
Organ Reflection
Johann Gottfried Walther: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Johann Pachelbel: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund

Notices

Holy Week and Easter

Monday 11th April

  • 7.30 pm Address and Compline
    A reflection on Holy Week followed by Compline, the Night Prayer of the Church

Tuesday 12th April

  • 7.30 pm Music and readings for Passiontide
    unfortunately, this has had to be cancelled, due to a case of Covid

Wednesday 13th April

  • 7.30 pm Stations of the Cross
    We walk the set of stations of the cross we have on our church walls, featuring readings and reflections on the Passion

Thursday 14th April Maundy Thursday

  • 7.30 pm Sung Eucharist and Watch
    We recall the Last Supper and the Washing of the Disciples' Feet and watch with Christ in the Garden

Friday 15th April Good Friday

  • 7.30 p.m. The Liturgy of Good Friday
    We hear the Passion Gospel and meditate on the cross as we hear the Reproaches and pray the ancient solemn intercessions for Good Friday

Saturday 16th April Holy Saturday

  • 9 p.m. Easter Vigil
    We start with the Easter fire & Blessing of the Paschal Candle as we hear the story of salvation and journey from darkness to light
    With the renewal of Baptismal Vows and the first Eucharist of Easter

Sunday 17th April Easter Day

  • 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  • 10.30 a.m. Sung Eucharist

online resources will be available on this website

Lent collection

We have decided to support the work of Start Up Stirling for our Lent Collection this year.
We do collect items for Start Up all year round, but we thought to give it a special focus as, sadly, the need for food banks and other kinds of support is rising in our area. Items can be dropped off at HT, but we’ll also collect cash donations.
See Start Up for more details: startupstirling.org.uk/how-to-help

Helping Ukraine

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/

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Palm Cross and Bible

More resources for this week

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.

Downloads (PDF)

Preparation

Organ Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: O Mensch bewein dein‘ Sünde gross BWV 622
Opening

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
William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
Collect

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.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading Isaiah 43.16-21 (read by Rachel Campbell)
Psalm 126

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: The Lord has done great things for us.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.

Then they said among the nations, *
‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

The Lord has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.

Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Refrain: The Lord has done great things for us.

Second Reading Philippians 3.4b-14 (read by Rachel Campbell)
Gospel Reading John 12.1-8 (The Rector)
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 David Brown
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
Organ Reflection
Johann Gottfried Walther: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Johann Pachelbel: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund

Notices

This week

Monday 4th April

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 6th April

Thursday 7th April

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday

  • 10.30 a.m. Blessing of Palms, Reading of the Passion Gospel and Sung Eucharist

The start of Holy Week as we recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and read the Passion Narrative

Readings
Liturgy of Palms: Luke 19.28-40

Isaiah 50.4-9a
Philippians 2: 5-11
Luke 22.14 – 23.56 or Luke 23.1-49

Monday of Holy Week

  • 7.30 p.m. Address & Compline

A reflection on Holy Week followed by Compline, the Night Prayer of the Church

Tuesday of Holy Week

  • 7.30 p.m. Music & Readings for Passiontide

We hear a live performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater interspersed with poetry, readings and Bible texts
Colleen Nicoll soprano – Ulrike Wutscher alto – Alistair Warwick organ

Wednesday of Holy Week

  • 7.30 p.m. Stations of the Cross

We walk the set of stations of the cross we have on our church walls, featuring readings and reflections on the Passion

Maundy Thursday

  • 7.30 p.m. Sung Eucharist & Watch

We recall the Last Supper & the Washing of the Disciples Feet and watch with Christ in the Garden

Good Friday

  • 7.30 p.m. The Liturgy of Good Friday

We hear the passion Gospel and meditate on the cross as we hear the Reproaches and pray the ancient solemn intercessions for Good Friday

Holy Saturday

  • 9 p.m. Easter Vigil

We start with the Easter fire & Blessing of the Paschal Candle as we hear the story of salvation and journey from darkness to light
With the renewal of Baptismal Vows & the first Eucharist of Easter

Easter Day

  • 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  • 10.30 a.m. Sung Eucharist

online resources will be available on this website

Lent collection

We have decided to support the work of Start Up Stirling for our Lent Collection this year.
We do collect items for Start Up all year round, but we thought to give it a special focus as, sadly, the need for food banks and other kinds of support is rising in our area. Items can be dropped off at HT, but we’ll also collect cash donations.
See Start Up for more details: startupstirling.org.uk/how-to-help

Helping Ukraine

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/

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Discussion Groups will meet (hopefully in person!)
on Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April at 10.30 a.m.
and on Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April at 8 p.m.

You can sign up on the sheet in church

East Window Crucifixion (detail)

More resources for this week

HT Choir - stone flower

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

Organ Prelude
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant: Magnificat (Six Versets) op.41,2 iii
Opening

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
William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
Collect

Almighty God,
grant that we, who are weighed down by our sins,
may be relieved and encouraged by your grace;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading Joshua 5.9-12 (read by Liza Green)
Psalm 32.1-8

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: You, O God, are my hiding-place.

Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!

Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!

While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.

For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.

I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.

Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.

You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

Refrain: You, O God, are my hiding-place.

Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5.16-21 (read by Liza Green)
Gospel Reading Luke 13.1-3,11b-32 (The Rector)
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 Val Nellist

Refrain:
Loving God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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
Organ Reflection
Manuel Rodrigues Coelho: Segundo Kyrio do Mesmo Tom

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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The 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

Notices

This week

Monday 28th March

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 30th March

Thursday 31st March

Sunday 3rd April
Fifth Sunday of Lent

  • 8.30 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Readings
Isaiah 43.16-21
Philippians 3.4b-14
John 12.1-8      

online resources will be available on this website

Lent collection

We have decided to support the work of Start Up Stirling for our Lent Collection this year.
We do collect items for Start Up all year round, but we thought to give it a special focus as, sadly, the need for food banks and other kind of support is rising in our area. Items can be dropped off at HT, but we’ll also collect cash donations.
See Start Up for more details: startupstirling.org.uk/how-to-help

Helping Ukraine

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/

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Discussion Groups will meet (hopefully in person!)
on Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April at 10.30 a.m.
and on Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April at 8 p.m.

You can sign up on the sheet in church

HT Choir - stone flower

More resources for this week

HT Lectern Detail script

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

Organ Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV721
Opening

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
William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
Collect

Merciful Father,
we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves:
when we are discouraged by our weakness,
give us strength to follow Christ,
our pattern and our hope;
who lives and reigns with you,
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 55.1-9 (read by Cate Watson)
Psalm 63.1-8

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: My soul thirsts for you, O my God.

O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
    as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
that I might behold your power and your glory.

For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
my lips shall give you praise.

So will I bless you as long as I live *
and lift up my hands in your name.

My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

When I remember you upon my bed, *
and meditate on you in the night watches.

For you have been my helper, *
and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

Refrain: My soul thirsts for you, O my God.

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10.1-13 (read by Cate Watson)
Gospel Reading Luke 13.1-9 (The Rector)
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 Tony Mitchell
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
Organ Reflection
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wie nach einer Wasserquelle BWV 1119

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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Henry Heron: 'Slow' from a Cornet Voluntary

Notices

This week

Monday 21st March

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 23rd March

Thursday 24th March

Saturday 26th March

  • 12–4 pm Vestry Vision Day

Sunday 27th March
Fourth Sunday of Lent

  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Readings
Joshua 5.9-12
2 Corinthians 5.16-21
Luke 15.1-3,11b-32   

online resources will be available on this website

Lent collection

We have decided to support the work of Start Up Stirling for our Lent Collection this year.
We do collect items for Start Up all year round, but we thought to give it a special focus as, sadly, the need for food banks and other kind of support is rising in our area. Items can be dropped off at HT, but we’ll also collect cash donations.
See Start Up for more details: startupstirling.org.uk/how-to-help

Helping Ukraine

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/

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Discussion Groups will meet (hopefully in person!)
on Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April at 10.30 a.m.
and on Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April at 8 p.m.

You can sign up on the sheet in church

HT Lectern Detail script

More resources for this week

HT Nave Arch 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.

Downloads (PDF)

Preparation

Organ Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV721
Opening

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
William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet did not sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit,
that, as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading Genesis 15.1-12,17-18 (read by Mary Kenyon)
Psalm 27.1-7,18

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? *
the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.

Though an army should encamp against me, *
yet my heart shall not be afraid;

And though war should rise up against me, *
yet will I put my trust in him.

One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek; *
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life;

To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.

O tarry and await the Lord's pleasure; *
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the Lord.

Refrain: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Second Reading Philippians 3.17-4.1 (read by Mary Kenyon)
Gospel Reading Luke 13.31-35 (The Rector)
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 response to the Intercessions is
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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
Organ Reflection
Antonio de Cabezón: Duo

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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Ignace Leybach: Pastorale

Notices

This week

Monday 14th March

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 16th March

Thursday 17th March

Sunday 20th March
Third Sunday of Lent

  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Readings
Isaiah 55.1-9
1 Corinthians 10.1-13
Luke 13.1-9

online resources will be available on this website

Lent collection

We have decided to support the work of Start Up Stirling for our Lent Collection this year.
We do collect items for Start Up all year round, but we thought to give it a special focus as, sadly, the need for food banks and other kind of support is rising in our area. Items can be dropped off at HT, but we’ll also collect cash donations.
See Start Up for more details: startupstirling.org.uk/how-to-help

Helping Ukraine

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/

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Discussion Groups will meet (hopefully in person!)
on Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April at 10.30 a.m.
and on Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April at 8 p.m.

You can sign up on the sheet in church

HT Nave Arch detail

More resources for this week

HT Pulpit hanging for Advent

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

Organ Prelude
Johann Gottfried Walther: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Opening

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
William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet did not sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit,
that, as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading Deuteronomy 26.1-11 (read by David Brown)
Psalm 91.1-2,9-16

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: You, O God, are my refuge.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

He shall say to the Lord, "You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust."

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,

There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.

Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honour.

With long life will I satisfy him, *
and show him my salvation.

Refrain: You, O God, are my refuge.

Second Reading Romans 10.8b-13 (read by David Brown)
Gospel Reading Luke 4.1-13 (The Rector)
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 Robert Nellist

The response to the Intercessions is
Lord, meet us in the silence,
give us strength and hear our prayer.

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
Organ Reflection
Johann Gottfried Walther: Jesu leiden, pein und tod

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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Georg Andreas Sorge: Fughetta in G minor

This Week

Monday 7th March

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 9th March

  • 10.30 am Lent Group (Session 1)

Thursday 10th March

  • 8 pm Lent Group (Session 1)

Sunday 13th March
Second Sunday of Lent

  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Readings
Genesis 15.1-12,17-18
Philippians 3.17-4.1
Luke 13.31-35

online resources will be available on this website

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Discussion Groups will meet (hopefully in person!)
on Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April at 10.30 a.m.
and on Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April at 8 p.m.

You can sign up on the sheet in church

Lent collection

We have decided to support the work of Start Up Stirling for our Lent Collection this year.
We do collect items for Start Up all year round, but we thought to give it a special focus as, sadly, the need for food banks and other kind of support is rising in our area. Items can be dropped off at HT, but we’ll also collect cash donations.
See Start Up for more details: startupstirling.org.uk/how-to-help

Helping Ukraine

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/

HT Pulpit hanging for Advent

More resources for this week

cross with dust and swirls of light

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

Dear friends in Christ,
as we begin the season of Lent we are reminded
that, in our Christian lives, we seek to realise the death of Jesus
so that God may be glorified in our worship and through our witness in the world.

Saint Paul writes of ‘carrying around the death of Jesus in our bodies,
so that the life of Jesus may be clearly shown in our bodies’ (2 Cor 4. 10).
It is through baptism that we die into Christ’s death (Rom 6. 3– 4)
so that we may share in his resurrection.

In beginning our Lenten observance,
we are therefore reminded of our baptism,
and how Christ’s death on the cross may clearly be shown in our lives.
We now come before God in penitence, reflecting on our life in Christ.
We pledge ourselves to observe this season of self-examination, discipline, and self-denial
with sincerity, prayer, and reverent reflection on holy Scripture,
seeking God’s purpose for us, and modelling our lives on the example of Christ Jesus.

Organ Prelude
Johann Sebastian Bach: Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV721
Opening

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Collect

O Lord,
grant that your faithful people
may enter this season of penitence with faithfulness,
and complete it with steadfast devotion;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
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 58.1-12 (read by Ian Boa)
Psalm 51.1-12

please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God.

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

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.

Refrain: Have mercy on me, O God.

Second Reading
2 Corinthians 5.20b-6.10 (read by Ian Boa)
Gospel Reading
Matthew 6.1-6,16-21 (The Rector)
Homily (The Rector)

The Litany and Imposition of Ashes

The Litany
(Cathy Johnston)

God the Father, have mercy on us.
God the Son, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, have mercy on us.
From all evil and mischief: from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy:
from envy, hatred, and malice: and from all evil intent,
good Lord, deliver us.
From sloth, worldliness, and love of money:
from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws,
good Lord, deliver us.
From sins of body and mind: from the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil;
from error and false doctrine, good Lord, deliver us.
In all times of sorrow, in all times of joy: in the hour of death, and at the day of judgement,
good Lord, deliver us.

Govern and direct your holy Church: fill it with love and truth:
and grant it that unity which is your will.
Hear us, good Lord.
Give us boldness to preach the gospel in all the world, and to make disciples of all the nations.
Hear us, good Lord.
Enlighten your ministers with knowledge and understanding, that by their teaching and their lives they may proclaim your word.
Hear us, good Lord.
Give your people grace to hear and receive your word, and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
Hear us, good Lord.
Bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived.
Hear us, good Lord.
Strengthen those who stand: comfort and help the faint-hearted: raise up the fallen;
and finally beat down Satan under our feet.
Hear us, good Lord.
Give us true repentance: forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins: and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy word.

Holy God
Holy Strong
Holy Immortal
Have mercy on us.

Silence

Act of Penitence

Create in us clean hearts, O God:
and renew a right spirit within us.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth,
we confess that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed.
We have not loved you with all our being,
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves:
we have disfigured your image in which we are made.
In your mercy, forgive what we have been and what we have done,
guide us and help us to amend our lives, and bring us to fullness of life in you,
for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Imposition of Ashes

Almighty God, you have compassion on all your children,
and hate nothing you have made;
you do not desire the death of sinners,
but that they turn from their ways and live.

May these ashes be for us,
who are redeemed through the cross of Christ,
a sign of our death to sin, and the pledge of our life in Christ;
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

In church, we are invited to receive the mark of Christ’s cross, with which we are signed at Baptism, and by which we are forgiven our sins and live to the glory of God.

Organ reflection
Paul Hindemith: Ruhig bewegt (Organ Sonata II)

Lord God Almighty,
your people are washed clean in the saving flood of baptism, and born again:
As we follow the way of the cross,
we ask you to unseal for us the wellspring of your grace,
cleanse our hearts of all that is not holy,
and cause your gift of new life to flourish in us;
grant this through Jesus Christ your Son,
who sets us free from sin,
and lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty God, world without end. 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.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

The Blessing
The Dismissal

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

Organ Postlude
Peter Hurford: Wem in Leidestagen

This Week

Thursday 3rd March

  • 10 am Funeral of Mary Cooper
    (followed by Burial at Logie Kirk Cemetery)

Saturday 5th March

  • 9.30 am – 3 pm Diocesan Synod

Sunday 6th March
First Sunday of Lent

  • 8.00 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Readings
Deuteronomy 26.1-11
Romans 10.8b-13
Luke 4.1-13

online resources will be available on this website

Lent Book

Our Lent Book this year is Saying Yes to Life by Dr Ruth Valerio, who is an environmentalist and theologian working at Tearfund.

This is the blurb:

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what has been created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good.

Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1), as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Discussion Groups will meet (hopefully in person!)
on Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April at 10.30 a.m.
and on Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March & 7th April at 8 p.m.

You can sign up on the sheet in church

cross with dust and swirls of light

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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