Order of Service for Recorded Service

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Good morning and welcome to everyone who has joined us on-line at St. Ninian's this morning.  We hope you will enjoy our worship of God together today. As a congregation our mission is to, 'Worship God together, encourage personal faith and prayer, spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, and love and care for others in our community.'

Today, we celebrate together the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Please bring a glass of juice or wine to the service, and a piece of bread.

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday on which the church reflects on its understanding of God as Father, Son and Spirit.  Following the Easter Season, the Church traditionally celebrates the Trinity on the Sunday after Pentecost.  


We welcome one another with Christ's words 'Peace be with you'.



Minister:        Let us open our eyes,

All:            to see Christ among us.

Minister:        Let us open our ears,

All:            to hear God’s living word.

Minister:        Let us open our mouths,

All:            to speak and sing God’s praises.

Minister:        Let us open our arms,

All:            to feel Christ’s loving embrace.

Minister:        Let us open our hearts,

All:            to receive God’s Spirit.

HYMN 112        

God, whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard
And took their flight:
Hear us, we humble pray,
And where the Gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light! 

Saviour, who came to bring,
On your redeeming wing,
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind:
now to all humankind
Let there be light! 

Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight;
Move o’er the water’s face,
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light! 

Blessed and holy Three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, love, might!
Boundless as ocean’s tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the world, far and wide,
Let there be light!


Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen


SCRIPTURE:    Matthew 28: 16 - 20 (New revised Standard Version)    

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 


HYMN 116        

Loving Creator, grant to your children
mercy and blessing, songs never ceasing,
grace to invite us, peace to unite us, 

Loving Creator, Parent and God. 

Jesus, Redeemer, help us remember
your pain and passion, your resurrection;
your call to follow, your love tomorrow,
Jesus, Redeemer, our friend and Lord. 

Spirit descending, your light unending, 

Brings hope and healing, in truth revealing,

Dispel our blindness, inspire our kindness,

Spirit descending, Spirit adored


SCRIPTURE:    Psalm 8    (New revised Standard Version)    

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honour.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!



Freely given, our offering supports the work of Christ's church and symbolises our spiritual dedication to the building-up of the Kingdom of God.


We dedicate our gifts to God, give thanks for our blessings, and cry out for help for others and ourselves.  During the prayers this response is used periodically:

Minister:            Lord in your mercy,

Congregation:    Hear our prayer.

HYMN 655        

For your generous providing

which sustains us all our days

for your Spirit here residing

we proclaim our heartfelt praise.

Through the depths of joy and sorrow,

though the road be smooth or rough,

fearless, we can face tomorrow

for your grace will be enough.


Hush our world’s seductive noise

tempting us to stand alone;

save us from the siren voices

calling us to trust our own.

For those snared by earthly treasure,

lured by false security.

Jesus, true and only measure

spring the trap to set folk free.


Round your table, through your giving,

show us how to live and pray

till your kingdom’s way of living

is the bread we share each day:

bread for us and for our neighbour,

bread for body, mind and soul,

bread of heaven, and human labour

broken bread that makes us whole.



Jesus took bread and wine, and shared them with his disciples as symbols of his life sacrificed to the cause of his ministry of love.  He asked them to continue this practice in his memory.  We take bread and wine as symbols of Jesus' body, broken for us, and share them with each other.  All are welcome to eat the gluten-free bread and drink the non-alcoholic wine.  

Invitation and Confession of Faith 

Jesus invites us to the table. We respond to that invitation by reading together a statement of what we believe authorised by the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.

All:    We believe in God:

        who has created and is creating;

        who has come in the true man, Jesus,

        to reconcile and make new;

        who works in us and others by his Spirit.

        We trust him.  He calls us to be his Church:

        to celebrate his presence;

        to love and serve others;

        to seek justice and resist evil;

        to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life; in death; in life beyond death,

          God is with us:  we are not alone;  thanks be to God.  Amen.

Narrative of the Institution

We hear Paul tell the story of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, and his instruction to them to repeat the meal in memory of him.

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

We say thank you for God's work in creation, the new life of Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit bringing us into communion as the church, Christ's body on earth.

Minister:    The Lord be with you

All:    And also with you

Minister:    Lift up your hearts.

All:    We lift them to the Lord.

Minister:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Minister:    Generous God … 

Now, gracious God, as an act of memorial, thanksgiving and commitment we follow the example Jesus set for us, and with your people of all places and all times, and with the whole company of heaven we proclaim your greatness and sing your praises in the angels’ song:

All:     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. (Isaiah 6:3)

Minister    Eternal God, ...

Breaking of Bread

In preparation for sharing bread we break it as a symbol of Christ’s body broken for us in solidarity with all broken humanity.


The elders are served first then distribute the bread and the wine throughout the congregation. If you do not wish to take part pass the elements to your neighbour.

Minister:    Jesus, Lamb of God,

All:    have mercy on us.

Minister:    Jesus, bearer of our sins,

All:    have mercy on us.

Minister:    Jesus, redeemer of the world,

All:    grant us peace.

Minister:    Jesus said…

 Post-communion prayer


SCRIPTURE:    2 Corinthians 13: 11 - 13    (New revised Standard Version)

11 And now, my friends, farewell. Mend your ways, take our appeal to heart, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with the kiss of peace. Al of God’s people send you greetings.  13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

HYMN 110

Glory be to God the Father,
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
Great Jehovah, Three in One!
Glory, glory, glory, glory,
While eternal ages run!

Glory be to Him Who loved us,
Washed us from each spot and stain!
Glory be to Him Who bought us,
Made us kings with Him to reign!
Glory, glory, glory, glory,
To the Lamb that once was slain!

Glory to the King of angels,
Glory to the church’s King,
Glory to the King of nations!
Heaven and earth, your praises bring;
Glory, glory, glory, glory,
To the King of glory bring!

“Glory, blessing, praise eternal!”
Thus the choir of angels sings;
“Honour, riches, power, dominion!”
Thus its praise creation brings;
Glory, glory, glory, glory,
Glory to the King of kings!


Go now in peace, never be afraid. 

God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true.

Know He will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show you believe.

Reach out to others, so all the world can see.

God will be there, watching from above. 

Go now in peace, in faith and in love. 



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