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Order of Service following 1982 Scottish Liturgy in the Blue Book
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. Amen.
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:
Almighty God: grant that we, who believe that your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, ascended to the heavens, may already dwell in spirit with him there; for he 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 1:1-11
After the reading: This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
After the reading: This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
Once the gospel is announced Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the gospel is read Praise to Christ our Lord
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.
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
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
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 Giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom. Confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim, through Jesus Christ our 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.
Looking for more brilliant content why not watch back last weeks Morning Prayer lead by one of our Youth Leaders, Wedge, at a time to suit you.
Ross Stirling-Young shares his experience of time spent with us
As many of you are aware, I joined the congregations of Holy Trinity and St. Margaret’s at the beginning of January for a nine-week placement as part of my on-going discernment journey. On the one hand, when I first found out that I would be away from my home church (St. Finnian’s in Lochgelly) for this period, it did feel a little unsettling as I knew I’d miss my church family there. On the other hand, I was excited and joyful about coming back to two charges I’ve come to know reasonably well over the years since becoming a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
I felt it essential to write this short article as a way of both thanking you all for making me so welcome and as a way of sharing with you what I gained from my time.
I’m now in my 2nd year of studying Ignatian Spirituality and find that my way of living as a Christian has changed noticeably during this time. My discernment journey within the context of deepening my understanding of vocation I feel has enabled me to see how the Church values and validates the gifts in which I think God has blessed and equipped me. Concerning Ignatian Spirituality, I feel my everyday life has enabled me to become a “contemplative in action” type of person. To strive to live a life in growing closer to Jesus and discerning how my everyday thoughts, words, and deeds can make that a reality.
The welcome given from both congregations was overwhelming, and I mean that in a positive sense, of course. To be welcomed and accepted just as I am made me feel part of the congregational family from day one. I tend to use the term “brothers and sisters in Christ” reasonably often, although my choice of language may sound a little evangelicalat times. One of my favourite NT verses comes from John 13:34-35 “that you love one another; as I have loved you”. For me, it’s as simple as that. No matter what our difference in views or personalities, we are all brothers and sisters bound together in the love of Christ.
I felt humbled during several different instances where individuals entrusted me with the personal difficulties they had been enduring. Offering to listen confidentially and to “simply be” was by far one of the greatest moments during my placement. That window opportunity into someone’s else’s pain enabled me to pray for their particular situation. Of course, I may have no idea how that person is coping now or how their situation may have changed, but at least I’m still able to lift them in prayer to our God of compassion and love.
The Triangles Coffee Shop at Rosyth can be summed up in one word – amazing! The volunteers from both Methodist & Episcopal congregations do remarkable work benefiting those living in the local community and beyond. I’m most grateful to each of the different teams for welcoming me every Friday(especially Mandy on my first day!) And for allowing me the opportunity to get to know the community a little better in which the church serves. The most enjoyable part of this time was getting to meet the customers and spend time in fellowship with them. Of course, the ability to “wind up”Dorissia regarding her home-baking didn’t go amiss ensuring plenty of laughter amongst the customers! I’m lucky that Dorissia enjoys a joke and joins in the “banter”; otherwise, I fear I would have been in severe danger!
I guess looking back I felt most blessed by attending mid-week Eucharist every Thursday. There was something extraordinary about worship on those occasions, and perhaps Icannot even fully explain why. Maybe it had something to do with the feeling of intimacy and ability to speak one to one with individuals for more extended periods and hearing their stories. Everyone has their own story to tell. Several of the conversations led to experiences I never imagined being part of my placement. For example, being introduced to a new family recently moved from New Delhi and spending time getting to know them. Or being invited to a family lunch and made to feel extremely welcome in their home with abundant food and warm hospitality. Then there was making new friendships leading to a greater understanding of Mothers Union and the ability to share my experiences of my work with the orphaned children both Ray and I support living at the Arunima Hospice in Kolkata.
After the first few weeks of attending mid-week worship on a Thursday, I coined this day my “Kenny Surprise Day!”. I learned very early on not to make any plans for a Thursday during placement. Simply because Kenny would happily tell me a few minutes before the service began “Oh, by the way, we’re going here after church today” or “we’re going to such and such to give home communion”. I came to enjoy the variation of each Thursday, joining with friends old and new. My Thursdays now seem a little boring that the placement has come to an end!
I was delighted to be invited by the members of St. Margaret’s to organise and lead a Taize-inspired service as part of their Sunday@Six programme. It was great to have so many people attend the service, and beautiful that Rev Michael came along even although he recently returned from a very long journey home from Australia. I was grateful to those members who helped me in organising and preparing this service; it was so much appreciated.
There are, of course, many other happy memories regardless of the short nature of my placement. These included being able to attend the amazingly joyful Youth Fellowship several times to having fun at the Pancake Tuesday event (even the problematic quiz!). Also doing the hoovering at St. Margaret’s each Thursday felt fulfilling!
We are well into the current lockdown situation. Still, it has been great to maintain some friendships both old and neweven if that means following someone’s life journey on social media and gaining a glimpse into a particular part of their servanthood as a Christian in these trying times.
Once again, thank you to all who made me feel so welcome at Holy Trinity and St. Margaret’s, for your care and most importantly, your prayers. I thought I’d leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola:
“Whatever you are doing, that which makes you feel the most alive that is where God is.“
In Christian Love,
St. Finnian’s, Lochgelly
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 Dorissia, known for her times on Vestry, her singing and her incredible cooking. Her curry nights and international feasts not only raise loads of money but taste incredible!
Below are some things you may know or may find surprising to continue building friendships in our Holy Trinity community, even during lockdown.
- Name? Dorissia Forsyth.
- Where are you from? The Seychelles
- What is/was your occupation? (student, mum, retired (from what), nurse etc can name a few)? I worked for many years in the International department of Tourism for the Seychelles. Before my eldest daughter was born I worked for Dunfermline district tourism as a seasonal assistant but my proudest (and hardest job) is being mum to my two girls.
- Explain a little about what faith is to you? Faith to me a sense of belonging to the Community of Christ. It’s togetherness; being different but being a part of the same congregation.
- Favourite pastime/hobby? Reading, cooking & baking, singing!!
- What’s your connection to HTD? I have been worshipping in HT since November 1984 when I came to the UK. I was married in HT on 6th July 1985. I came across HT one day, when I was walking down town hill road from my Mother in Law’s house. I noticed on the board outside, the times and sung Eucharist and so decided to give it a try!
- Tell us about your family? I am the third child of 10, and a non-identical twin. My parents have sadly both passed now, but were married for 54 years and lived well into their 80s. I have over 30 nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and I have 2 daughters, Nadine and Sabine.
- Do you have any pets? Nope!
- Favourite place you have visited? Switzerland, I studied there for a period of time when I was younger.
- Favourite song or band? Duke Ellington!
- Favourite film? Casablanca
- A piece of advice you would give? Always be yourself and never feel bad about who you are!
- Favourite hymn? To God be the Glory
- Favourite colour? Purple
- Favourite treat to eat? A piece of dark chocolate.
- If you were to go to a deserted island what 3 things would you take? A Bible, a compass, and a bottle of water!
- What’s top of your bucket list? It has always been a dream of mine to go back to Oran in Algeria, to see the beautiful and historic mosques and other buildings.
- An interesting fact about you that might surprise us? I love languages and I can speak fluent French and Italian. I’ve got good knowledge of Swahili, and can speak bit of Japanese and German!
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 a church is not a building it is its people during this challenging time.
The Youth Fellowship have started YF+ a bible study and worship group (every Sunday from 7:15-8) after normal YF (every Sunday from 6:15-7). Details can be found on their Facebook group if you know a young person from P7 upwards who would like to join us.
We are using resources from Roots (exploring passages from the Revised Common Lectionary (the same readings Kenny will have read in his service)– as a source of wisdom and insight in our lives today, equipping everyone to feel confident in joining the conversation about the Scriptures).
What we did is below:
Listened to One way, Hillsong United as we gathered.
Spirit of truth, come close to us.
Unite us into the body of Christ.
Enable us to worship God in Spirit and in truth.
Help us to support and encourage each other.
Help us to love as we are loved.
Spirit of truth, come and abide in us.
Come up with good endings to complete each sentence, then discuss the concept of consequences.
‘If you train hard at running, then…’
‘If you go to bed late every night, then…’
‘If you treat people with respect, then…’
‘If you message people, then …..’
‘If you keep social distancing rules, then ….’
‘If you don’t press stop on Netflix, then ….’
Have two columns on a bit of paper, or your phone, one for asks and the other promises (One column ‘what Jesus asks’ and the other ‘what Jesus promises’).
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
- Last week the reading in church was Jesus saying I am the way this week it’s how we put it into action: by loving Jesus and keeping his commandments.
- not a case of ‘if you love me, prove it!’, but rather by loving Jesus we are keeping his commandments. (This is not a rule-keeping exercise but a reminder that Jesus’ commandments are all rooted in a loving relationship: loving God and loving others.)
We are not expected to do this on our own, we have the Holy Spirit, or ‘Spirit of truth’, as our ‘advocate’ (The Greek word literally means the one ‘called to your side’) someone who will never desert us.
- The holy trinity of God and Jesus and the Spirit as one – God that ensures that we are not left on our own
Questions to discuss
- What might it mean to show Jesus that we love him.
- Ask the group what they think the commandments are that Jesus is talking about. (how many do you have in your list)
- What does Jesus promise us? (look at your list)
- Do you find this passage reassuring or challenging? Why?
- What do you think of when you see this picture?
- What sort of things do you regularly do for other people, just because you love them?
help us to live together as community,
keeping your commandments,
loving you and loving one another.
With the sending out prayer:
Go in peace to live in love,
to show God’s love,
to receive God’s love
– everywhere, and at all times.
Live your faith
Wherever you go this week, look for examples of Jesus’ command being fulfilled, opportunities to demonstrate love in action. If you can, do it.
They also produce resources for families and younger children found in this article and the all age and adult version is below:
The Youth Fellowship are starting a YF+ bible study and worship group (tonight and every Sunday from 7:15-8) after normal YF (every Sunday on Zoom from 6:15-7). Details can be found on their Facebook group if you know a young person from P7 upwards who would like to join us.
We are using resources from Roots (exploring the same passage from the Revised Common Lectionary, Helping everyone to get to know the Bible better by enabling us to hear the Bible in our present generation – as a source of wisdom and insight in our lives today, equipping everyone to feel confident in joining the conversation about the Scriptures – a conversation that has been going on since they were written.)
They also produce resources for families and younger children to engage with the same readings Kenny will have read in his service.
We are sharing them with you to complete or share with your family to build on the worship from earlier and for something extra to do during lockdown.
We hope you enjoy them.
If you want to send any pictures of you and your family colouring or enjoying these resources please send them to ku.gro.hcruhcytinirtylohnull@retsambew to share the joy with other or message Holy Trinity’s Facebook page.