Epiphany Sunday – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

Epiphany Sunday

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Organ Music

Charles Tournemire Epiphania Domini (L’orgue Mystique)

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Hymn

As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onwards, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before thee,
whom heaven and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy-seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
at thy homely cradle bare,
so may we with holy joy,
pure, and free from sin’s alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
keep us in the narrow way,
and, when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright
need they no created light;
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

Text: William Chatterton Dix 1837-98
Music: Dix CH4 326 Conrad Kochner 1786-1872 adapted by W.H.Monk 1823-89

Invitation

Confession

God of glory, you sent Jesus among us as the light of the world, to reveal your love for all people. We confess that our sin and pride hide the brightness of your light. We turn away from the poor; we ignore cries for justice; we do not strive for peace. In your mercy, cleanse us of our sin and baptize us once again with your Spirit, that, forgiven and renewed, we may show forth your glory shining in the face of Jesus Christ.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Missa Brevis Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tone iii)

First Lesson Isaiah 60 1-6

Metrical Psalm

The kings of Tarshish, and the isles,
to him shall presents brings;
And unto him shall offer gifts
Sheba’s and Seba’s king.

Yea, all the mighty kings on earth
before him down shall fall;
And all the nations of the world
do service to him shall.

For he the needy shall preserve,
when he to him doth call;
The poor also, and him that hath
no help of man at all.

The poor man and the indigent
in mercy he shall spare;
He shall preserve alive the souls
of those that needy are.      

Text: Scottish Psalter 1929 Psalm 72  10-13
Music: Effingham Melody from Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg 1690

The Gospel    St Matthew 2  1-12

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 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Thanksgiving

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

Prayer

Sanctus

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.

Prayer

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

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.

Music: Missa brevis Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Prayer

Hymn

Bethlehem, a noble city,
has been blessed beyond compare,
for the gracious God of heaven
once became incarnate there.

Fairer than the sun at morning
was the star that told his birth,
to the world its God announcing,
seen in human form on earth.

From the east came men of wisdom
bringing treasures prized of old,
tributes to a greater wisdom,
gifts of incense, myrrh, and gold.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
incense shows that God has come,
gold proclaims him king of nations,
myrrh foretells his saving tomb.

Holy Jesus, in your brightness
to the gentile world displayed,
with the Father and the Spirit
endless praise to you be paid.

Text: Prudentius (348-c.410) Tr. Edward Caswall (1814-1878)
Tune: Stuttgart CH4 325 Adapted from a melody in Witt’s Psalmodia Sacra, Gotha 1715

Benediction

Organ Voluntary

William Harris Epilogue on Dix

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod