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3rd Sunday in Advent 2020
Worship Resources

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Advent

Here you can find resources for our Sunday liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are


Organ Prelude – Johannes Brahms: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen Op. 122, 11

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

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.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Collect

Stir up our prayers, Lord, and hear us:
that they who are sorrowful and suffering
may rejoice at the Advent of your only-begotten Son;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.

The Liturgy of the Word

You can find the texts of the readings on the pew sheet

Psalm 126

(please say the psalm, 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: 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24 (Rachel Campbell)

Alleluia, alleluia.
Watch and wait for the coming of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Music for Reflection – Alexandre Guilmant: Magnificat (Six Versets) Op.41,2 iii
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 man.
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.

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord, keep watch: take heart!

© Ateliers et Presses de Taizé

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

In church, the service continues with the Eucharistic Prayer, the Breaking of Bread and Communion

The Lord's Prayer

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

A Blessing is pronounced:

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon us
and scatter the darkness from before our path;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

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

1 Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.

2 Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

3 Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4 By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley

Thank you for joining us for worship from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Advent

Next Week

Thursday 17th December
2 p.m. Church Cleaning in preparation for next Sunday
(to sign up, please email Rachel Campbell)

7.30 p.m. Advent Study Group Session 3 (via Zoom)

Sunday 20th December
10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
online resources will also be available

2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16
Romans 16.25-27
Luke 1.26-38

The Advent Vigil, featuring music, readings and prayers remains available on our website


In order to get an idea of numbers and to make sure that no one will need to be turned away at the church door, it will be necessary to sign up for the services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in advance.

Thursday 24th December
11 p.m. Midnight Mass

Friday 25th December
10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday 27th December
10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Please let the Rector know if you are planning to attend services at Christmas:

 Many thanks!

We will need to clean the church in preparation for each of these services in order to comply with our guidelines and to make sure that people are safe worshipping at HT.

Extra cleaners will be needed for this: please email Rachel Campbell if you should be able to help.