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Dear Friends

Once again it is with great sadness that we have been instructed to close our church buildings due to guidance from the Government.

Although our buildings are closed, livestreaming of our worship will continue via our online resources as in the previous lockdown. Other information and resources will also be available by post.

Please continue to hold one another in prayer remembering especially those who are elderly and vulnerable. Pray too for children and young adults, whose education is once more disrupted.

Let us also hold in our prayers all key and essential workers, many of whom face great challenges as they seek to fulfil the duties their role requires.

This is an extremely difficult and challenging time for all of us as our everyday life and movement is once again restricted.

Let us pray that the presence of the Light of the World, whose birth we have just celebrated, will continue to shine brightly in the days ahead filling us with His hope and love.

With my prayers and best wishes to you all

Kenny

Unfortunately we have now temporarily closed our building.

Due to today’s updated restrictions from the Scottish Government we have from tonight now closed our building, but a church is its people. We hope and pray you stay home, stay safe and help save lives across Scotland. If you need to contact us we are still available online and can speak to you over the phone and via email, just head to our Contact Us section of the website.

Our midweek service on Thursday the 7th January has now been cancelled. However funerals and weddings will be able to go ahead with restrictions and limited to 20 and 5 people respectively. However we would love to support you for either occasion the best we can in the current circumstances.

Streaming of services will increase on Sunday back to two services a week and we hope to connect with you there.

Message from the Primus

On behalf of the College of Bishops, the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church writes:

To the Churches and congregations of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Many of us have watched, with growing concern, the rise in the number of those testing positive for Coronavirus. This rise has been seen right across Scotland during the past few weeks and may get higher still as the effects of the recent holidays become clearer.

Many of our churches had already decided to remain closed or to suspend face to face worship as this situation unfolded, limiting the numbers to 20 people had given an added headache to our larger churches while sustaining the weekly opening regime had become exhausting for some of our smaller congregations. The awareness of the speed of transmission in the new variant had made it quite clear that the position of Places of Worship was becoming more and more difficult to sustain, a situation made clear by the First Minister today.

The reclosing of our churches is difficult, especially for those who have had the privilege of meeting together over the past few months, yet it is now what we must do. The provision of Provincial online worship will continue and many of our churches will meet together via a variety of platforms. We must continue to pray for each other, for the communities we serve and for the authorities charged with protecting the nation.

The full implications of today’s announcement and the answers to the questions we all have will become clearer as the government documents are produced this week and meetings between us and the government take place. Information will then come from the Advisory Group.

Please continue to pray for the College of Bishops as we will continue to pray for you until with the help of science and our health service we can once again have the freedom to meet together.

https://www.scotland.anglican.org/pastoral-letter-from-the-college-of-bishops/

Find out how to request a place at the service in church by heading to our booking page.

To join us live head to our YouTube channel, the service will be uploaded to this page immediately after the service and will also be available on our Facebook page to watch back at a time to suit you.

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS 3/1/2021
Order of Service following 1982 Scottish Liturgy in the Blue Book

https://youtu.be/GRqtv5qRNQY

Preparation

Welcome:    
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.
Amen.

Gloria:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his 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. Amen.

Collect of the Day:
O God, whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, was made human, that we might become your children: grant that we, being made partakers of his divine nature, may be shaped in his likeness; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
Amen

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:                Jeremiah 31:7-14
After the reading:     This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

Second Reading:           Ephesians 1:3-14   
After the reading:     This is the Word of the Lord      Thanks be to God

Gospel:                           John 1:10-18
After the gospel is announced         Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the gospel is read                   Praise to Christ our Lord

Sermon

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.
Peace be with you

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

Offering:
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 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, God our maker.
Out of nothing you called all worlds to be,
And still you draw the universe to its fulfilment.
Day and night celebrate your glory
Till time shall be no more.
In Christ, your word became flesh,
and was born of the Virgin Mary.
He emptied himself, taking our human form,
That through his incarnation and passion
we might come to share in his divine nature.
Filled with the Spirit, who at the first Creation
moved over the face of the waters,
and overshadowed the blessed Virgin at Nazareth,
we await with joy the fulfilment of your new Creation.
As children of your redeeming purpose
who celebrate the birth of your Son 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.
Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father.
In Jesus the Messiah you have come to us,
and lived for a time among us,
that we might for ever live with you.
In the manger at Bethlehem, in his flight to Egypt,
and as the carpenter’s son,the Only-begotten bent low to meet us.
Obedient to your calling,
he accepted death on the cross.
When you exalted him on the third day,
and bestowed on him the name above all names,
he opened the gate of glory
that we might be your children,
and share in his kingdom of Peace.
Before he was given up to suffering and death,
desiring to complete the work
for which he had come into the world,
at supper with his disciples
he took bread and offered you thanks.
He broke the 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 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 his 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 of 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.
Amen.

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 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 the Lord, for he is gracious.
And his mercy endures for ever.

Post Communion Prayer
Light eternal, you have nourished us in the mystery of the body and blood of your son. By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word, in the name of Christ the Lord. Amen

The Blessing
Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

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

Remember to grab a Cuppa and join us live after the service for a Blether on our Blether page.

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.

Join us for our midweek service at 10:15am on Thursday 31st December in church.

Head to our booking page for more information about the service and how to request a place.

Our services use the Scottish Liturgy Book which can be found here.

Dear Friends

First and foremost, contrary to what some headlines are saying, Christmas is not cancelled. It will certainly be different, but we will still celebrate the birth of Christ as best we can.

The restrictions that take effect from the 26th of December will have an impact on us all with limited gatherings and contact. Thankfully, our churches are allowed to stay open, albeit with a reduced capacity.

The maximum number of people permitted to be in church at one time is now 20. If you would like to attend church for any service, please use the booking system so that we can keep within the allocated number. The Sunday service from Holy Trinity will continue to be live streamed and available via the regular media sources that we use.

I realise that this may be a difficult time for many since we are not able to do what we would normally do. As always please continue to hold one another in prayer and support.

The Christmas story and the birth of our Lord reminds us of hope in the face of adversity. It is this hope that will sustain us all in these trying and difficult times.

I wish you all a safe and blessed Christmas.

Prayers and best wishes to you all.

Kenny

Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word, giving us gladness in our sorrow and a presence in our isolation; fill our lives with your light until they overflow with gladness and praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Coming up …
  • 17 January 2021 11:00 am Sung Eucharist
  • 17 January 2021 12:15 pm Choir
  • 21 January 2021 10:15 am Eucharist

More details at this link

 

Regular services

Every Sunday

1100 Sung Eucharist

1st Sunday in month

0800 Holy Communion

Thursdays

1015 Eucharist