Advent Sunday – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

Advent Sunday

Sunday 28th November 2021

Organ Music

Dieterich Buxtehude Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BuxWV 211
Max Reger Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten
Jeanne Demessieux Rorate coeli


Jesus Christ the apple tree

The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.

His beauty doth all things excel:
By faith I know, but ne’er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

Text: Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, compiled by Joshua Smith, New Hampshire, 1784 Music: Elizabeth Poston 1905-1987

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long;
let every heart exult with joy,
and every voice be song.

He comes the prisoners to release,
in Satan’s bondage held;
the gates of brass before him burst,
the iron fetters yield.

He comes the broken heart to bind,
the bleeding souls to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.

The sacred year has now revolved,
accepted of the Lord,
when heaven’s high promise is fulfilled,
and Israel is restored

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
thy welcome shall proclaim,
and heaven’s eternal arches ring
with thy most honoured name.

Text: Scottish Paraphrases 1781
Tune: Crediton CH4 277 Melody from Clark’s A Second Set of Psalm Tunes

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Thomas Tomkins 1572-1656




Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our Redeemer and Lord. Amen

First Lesson               Jeremiah 33  14-16

The Choir sings Psalm 25  1-10

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Second Lesson           St Luke 21  25-36


View the present through the promise,
Christ will come again.
Trust despite the deepening darkness,
Christ will come again.
Lift the world above its grieving
through your watching and believing
in the hope past hope’s conceiving:
Christ will come again.

Probe the present with the promise,
Christ will come again.
Let your daily actions witness,
Christ will come again.
Let your loving and your giving
and your justice and forgiving
be a sign to all the living:
Christ will come again.

Match the present to the promise,
Christ will come again.
Make this hope your guiding premise,
Christ will come again.
Pattern all your calculating
and the world you are creating
to the advent you are waiting:
Christ will come again.

Text: Thomas H Troeger b.1945
Music: Franklin Park CH4 479 Roy Hopp b.1951



Laetentur coeli

Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice. Let the mountains be joyful with praise, because our Lord will come, and will show mercy to his poor.
In your days, justice and abundance of peace shall arise.

Text: Isaiah49  13; Psalm 72  7
Music: William Byrd c.1539-1623


The Lord’s Prayer

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


Christ is coming! let creation
from her groans and travail cease;
let the glorious proclamation
hope restore and faith increase:
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Come, thou blessèd Prince of Peace.

Earth can now but tell the story
of your bitter cross and pain;
she shall yet behold your glory,
Lord, when you return to reign:
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
‘Come, Lord Jesus, come again!’

Long your exiles have been pining,
far from you, and rest, and home;
but, in heavenly glory shining,
soon their loving Lord shall come:
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Haste the joyous jubilee.

With that blessèd hope before us,
Harps be played and songs be sung;
let the mighty advent chorus
onward roll from tongue to tongue:
‘Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!’

Text: J.R.Macduff 1818-95
Tune: Neander CH4 475 Melody from Neander’s Alpha und Omega 1680


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten