During lockdown both Andrew and Rachel have fell back in love with the New Testament in Scots translated by W. L. Lorimer.

A professor in Greek at St Andrews university but also spoke Scots since childhood and after retirement he translated the new testament to Scots from the Ancient Greek; his son got it ready to be published. Much acclaim has been given to the translation with new light shed on both the Scots language and a fresh outlook on the scriptures. Scots being both an emotive and diverse language that has different dialects as the Hebrew gospels and stories were spoken in different tongues the translation reflects this touching on different dialects and old Scots for Old Testament references.

You can listen to some here.

Or look at some worship in Scots here.

The Laird’s Prayer in Scots

Our Faither in heiven,
be hallowt thy name ;
thy Kíngdom come;
thy will be duneon the yird, as in heiven.
Gíe us our breid for this incomin day;
forgíe us the wrangs we hae wrocht,
as we hae foríen the wrangs we hae dree’d;
an sey-us-na sairlie,
but sauf usfrae the Ill Ane:
for the Kíngdom, the pouer an the glorie ar thine
for ivver an aye.

If you want to follow along live please head to our Facebook page at 11am 10th May. After the service ends the video will be added immediately to this page and our YouTube channel for you to watch and take part in our worship at a time to suit you.

East Window in Holy Trinity Dunfermline depicting the scene of Ascension
Watch back at a time to suit you!

Order of Service following 1982 Scottish Liturgy in the Blue Book.


Music: Trumpet Voluntary

 Grace and peace to you all 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.

Summary of the Law:
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord 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

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.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Collect of the Day:
O God, the King of Glory, hear our prayer: that as we believe your Son Jesus Christ to be exalted with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven; so also we may know his presence with us now, and to the end of time; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:              Acts 1:6-14
After the reading:          This is the Word of the Lord  Thanks be to God

Second Reading:        1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
After the reading:          This is the Word of the Lord   Thanks be to God

Gospel:                         John 17:1-11
Once the gospel is announced                Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the gospel is read                             Praise to Christ our Lord

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, who with the Father and the Son, is worshipped and glorified and 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: prayer is offered for the world and its people, for those who suffer and those in need, for the Church and its members.

The Peace:
We meet in Christ’s name. Let us share his peace.
Try and say Peace be with you to each other via the online comments section during our live streaming

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

Offertory Hymn:

Music: Be Thou my Vision

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 IV:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Worship and praise belong to you, Author of all being. Your power sustains, your love restores, our broken world. You are unceasingly at work, from chaos bringing order and filling emptiness with life.
Christ, raised from the dead, proclaims the dawn of hope. He lives in us that we may walk in light.
Your Spirit is fire in us, your breath is power to purge our sin and warm our hearts to love.
As children of your redeeming purpose, freed by him who burst from the tomb and opened the gate of life, we offer you our praise, with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven, singing the hymn of your unending glory.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Praise and thanksgiving be to you, Lord of all, for by the cross eternal life is ours and death is swallowed up in victory. In the first light of Easter glory broke from the tomb and changed the women’s sorrow into joy. From the Garden the mystery dawned that he whom they had loved and lost is with us now in every place for ever.
Making himself known in the breaking of the bread, speaking peace to the fearful disciples, welcoming weary fishermen on the shore, your son Jesus Christ renewed the promise of his presence and of new birth in the Spirit who sets the seal of freedom on your sons and daughters.
Before he was given up to suffering and death, recalling the night of Israel’s release, the night in which slaves walked free, at supper with his disciples he took bread and offered you thanks. He broke bread, and gave it to them saying: “Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.”
After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me.”
We now obey your Son’s command.
We recall his blessed passion and death,
his glorious resurrection and ascension;
and we look for the coming of his Kingdom.
Made one with him, we offer you these gifts
and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice.
Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and this wine, that, overshadowed by the Spirit’s life-giving power, they may be the Body and Blood of your Son, and we may be kindled with the fire of your love and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.
Help us, who are baptised into the fellowship of Christ’s Body to live and work to your praise and glory; may we grow together in unity and love until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles and prophets, and all our brothers and sisters living and departed.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you, Lord of all ages, world without end.

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:
As our saviour has taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is 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

Communion Song:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace

Thanksgiving and sending out:
Give thanks to our gracious God. Whose mercy endures for ever.

Post Communion Prayer:
Eternal God, may we who share Christ’s banquet be one with him as he is one with you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the risen and Ascended Lord. Amen

Christ our king make you faithful and strong to do his will, that you may reign with him in glory; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

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

The Closing Hymn:

Music: To God be the Glory

Thank you for joining us at Holy Trinity, you can connect with us online via our contact us page or through our Facebook page. If you want more head to our Blether with HTD Facebook group, check out other services on our YouTube channel or follow us on Instagram.

Our East window at Holy Trinity Dunfermline which depicts the ascension.

This morning’s worship for Ascension celebrated Jesus ascending to be with his Father God in Heaven. You can find our worship here and the provincial worship for the Feast of Ascension here and the live (but can be watched back anytime) evening service at 1830 on Thursday 21st May Word of Ascension here.

Watch our Ascension Day Service here

We also have a link to an Ascension worship in Scots (worth a read as it’s poetic and emotive giving a different perspective on today’s scripture).

More can be found of the scripture in Scots in an article being published tomorrow on the translation by W. L. Lorimer and we hope to add this to some of our posts in the future to provide a different way to engage with both our faith but also culture.

As part of Holy Trinity keeping connected, we are trying something new! Whilst we still connect online via our live services we can miss the chats as over a cuppa, in the pew, entering and leaving church. Alongside our Blether with HTD Facebook group we’d love to get to know you (the congregation) making friends and connections old and new through our new Friends of HTD questionnaire. 

Next up we have Sabine Fosyth. Daughter of Dorissia, she was christened, confirmed, a Young Church and YF member at HTD and is now planning her wedding at Holy Trinity.

Below are some things you may know or may find surprising to continue building friendships in our Holy Trinity community, even during lockdown.

Sabine and her fiancé Dawids
  1. Name?  Sabine Forsyth
  2. Where are you from? Dunfermline (currently living in Edinburgh)
  3. What is/was your occupation? I taught philosophy and Religion after graduating from University. However,  in July I left teaching and I am now working as an Education Advisor for the Scottish Courts and Tribunal services.
  4. Explain a little about what faith is to you? Faith is immensely personal to me. But yet I proudly share it with so many friends and people I have not even met throughout the world. My faith is a constant strength and guidance to me.
  5. Favourite pastime/hobby? I love walks along Portobello beach and seeing my friends.  I have recently enjoyed doing some nail art.
  1. What’s your connection to HTD? I have been baptised, confirmed HT. In a sense, I grew up in HT and made friends for life at youth camp. I am also going to be getting married at HT in October 2021!
  2. Tell us about your family? I have my mum, Dorissia, and my big sister, Nadine. I also have three older half siblings from my Dad’s side, making me the youngest of 5! I live with my Fiancé, Dawid and half of the time his son, Leon, stays with us too.
  3. Do you have any pets? Yes, my little toy yorkie, Peter who is 1 year old. He is so tiny and cute.
My beautiful wee Yorkie, Peter.
  1. Favourite place you have visited?  The Seychelles.  I love seeing my family who I don’t see often. It’s also paradise on Earth!
  1. Favourite film? Emperors new groove. It’s a childhood favourite!
  2. A piece of advice you would give? Be brave. It applies in almost every challenging situation you may face. My sister always told me that as a child.
  3. Favourite hymn?  Be Thou My Vision
  4. Favourite colour? Pink
  1. What’s top of your bucket list?  I would really like to visit South East Asia.
  2. An interesting fact about you that might surprise me? I have been learning Polish for the past year. My fiancé is Polish and I would love to speak to his family members who don’t speak English. 
My favourite beach in Seychelles. I took his picture outside my aunt’s house!

If you would like to take part in our questionnaire (you can answer some or all the questions – you get to choose) please email ku.gro.hcruhcytinirtylohnull@retsambew and we will send over the instructions.

Thanks for helping us show our church is not a building it is its people during this challenging time.

If you have Instagram you can find some exclusive content and share favourite images of the church and congregation (all welcome to send in pictures to ku.gro.hcruhcytinirtylohnull@retsambew). Especially when we can’t visit the church it may be nice to share with each other some memories and photos of our lovely building.

Follow this link to see what we have been upto.

Coming up …
  • 28 May 2020 10:15 am Eucharist
  • 28 May 2020 12:00 pm Dorcas Group
  • 31 May 2020 11:00 am Sung Eucharist

More details at this link


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