Advent Sunday – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

Advent Sunday

Sunday 28th November 2021

Organ Music

Alec Rowley Fantasia on Veni Emmanuel
Sigfrid Karg-Elert Mit Ernst, o Menschenkinder

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


O come, O come Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
in ancient times didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe:

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave:

O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery:

O come, Thou Dayspring, come
and cheer our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight:

Text: 18th Century, based on Advent Antiphons Tr. J.M.Neale 1818-66
Music: Veni Emmanuel CH4 273 15th Century Plainsong melody



Lord, have mercy on us. We are not ready for your coming. We live in sin, as though there were no justice. We live in fear, as though there were no grace. Forgive us, Lord. Show us your mercy and steadfast love. Lead us in your truth and teach us your paths, for you are the God of our salvation.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Missa brevis Lennox Berkeley

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tone v.i)

First Lesson               Jeremiah 33  14-16

Metrical Psalm

Lord, teach me all your ways,
reveal your paths to me;
and lead me in your saving truth,
show me what I should be.

Remember, Lord, your love,
your care from ages past;
and in that love remember me,
in kindness hold me fast.

Forget my youthful faults,
forgive my sinful ways;
within the kindness of your love
remember me always.

God, who is just and good,
shows all who sin his way:
he leads the humble in right paths,
their teacher day by day.

All pathways of the Lord,
are kindly, true and sure
to those who keep his covenant
and in his ways endure.

Text: Scottish Psalter 1629 Psalm 25  4, 5a, 6-10
Music: Garelochside CH4 21 (i) Kenneth George Finlay 1882-1974

The Gospel    St Luke 21  25-36

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The Holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.

The Intercessions

Gloria in Excelsis sung by the choir

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.  Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.  Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Missa brevis Lennox Berkeley


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



Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Glory be to you, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.


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.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Grant us your peace.

Holy Communion

During Communion the Choir sings

The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

Text: Psalm 145  15-16
Music: Jean Berger 1909-2002



Thy kingdom come!- on bended knee
the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned to see
on earth that Kingdom’s day.

But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.

And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near:

The day in whose clear-shining light
all wrong shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned with might,
and every hurt be healed;

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad:-
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.

Text: Frederick Lucian Hosmer 1840-1929
Tune: Irish CH4 473 Melody from A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems, Dublin 1749


Organ Voluntary

Kenneth Leighton Fantasy on Helmsley

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten