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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
23rd October 2022

Bible (open at Jeremiah) and Prayer Beads

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
Florence Price: Adoration
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.

Gloria reflection
Johann Gottfried Walther: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
Collect

O Lord, in your mercy:
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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: Jeremiah 14.7-10,19-22
read by Ian Boa
Psalm 84.1-6

Refrain: Happy are they who dwell in your house.

How dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
they will always be praising you.

Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.

Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, *
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.

They will climb from height to height, *
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

Refrain: Happy are they who dwell in your house.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18
read by Ian Boa
Gospel Reading: Luke 18.9-14
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 Ian Boa
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

Organ Reflection
Vivaldi arr. Bach: Adagio from Concerto in D minor
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
William Walton: Scherzetto (from 'Richard III')
Bible (open at Jeremiah) and Prayer Beads

Notices

This week

Monday 24th October

  • 10 – 11.30 am HT Tots Café

Wednesday 26th October

  • 7.30 – 9 pm Wellsprings: Praying with Lectio Divina (see below for more information)

Thursday 27th October

  • 11 am Holy Communion

Sunday 30th October
All Saints Sunday

  • 8.30 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Readings: Jeremiah 14.7-10,19-22; 2 Timothy 4.6-8, 16-18; Luke 18.9-14


Wednesday 2nd November
All Souls

  • 6.30 pm Sung Eucharist & Act of Remembrance

Readings: Wisdom 3.1-9; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 6.37-40

Names of loved ones who have died are read out in this service. Should you wish to have names included in the service, please write them (clearly!) on the sheets provided at the back of the church, on the prayer tree (see note below), or email rector@holytrinitystirling.org.

online resources will be available on this website


Remembrance Prayer Tree in the Church Hall

You are invited to write names of loved ones on a leaf and add it to the prayer tree. Names left on the tree will be prayed for in our All Souls service, and it will be good to have names offered by church hall users as well as members of the HT community.

Wellsprings: Praying with Lectio Divina

There will be another block of 6 weekly meetings to continue, or explore for the first time, the way of praying known as Lectio Divina (Holy Listening).

This practice comes from the early monasteries when few monks could read.  They learned the Scriptures by listening, at different times of the day and sometimes with the same passage being read by the monk who was able to do this.  A frequent kind of private prayer is what we call intercession – praying for others and also praying for something specific for ourselves.

Lectio Divina, however, is the practice of listening, firstly to Scripture, then through reflecting on particular words which speak to you, we learn that we are, in fact, listening directly to God.

Reverend Joan Lyon is offering this on 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday 12 October at 7.30 pm in her home at 17 Randolph Court, Stirling FK8 2AL. 

This will last about an hour, and all are welcome to stay for a cup of tea or coffee.
Please use the sign-up sheet at the back of the church or send an email to joanblyon@gmail.com
The maximum number is 9. 

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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