St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh
Midweek Devotion 12th May 2022
Led by Rev Douglas A O Nicol
The Psalmist wrote: ‘I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.’ (Psalm 89: 1-2)
Let us worship God.
The Gospel according to St. John, chapter 13, verses 16-16-20:
Jesus said: ‘Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blest if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfil the scripture “The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.” I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’
Just before offering the teaching we have just read, Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples gathered in the Upper Room. This action was a lesson about service to both His disciples then and to us today. In the teaching that followed His action Jesus amplified His thinking, and His thoughts are beautifully summarised in the words of the hymn based on ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’.
Christ be beside me,
Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me,
King of my heart.
Christ be within me,
Christ be below me,
Christ be above me,
Never to part.
Let’s make this our personal prayer today and always!
God of light and love,
in your tender compassion you sent your Son
to shine on those who sit in darkness
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Grant us, in our doubts and uncertainties,
the grace to ask what you would have us do.
By your Spirit of wisdom,
save us from false choices
And since it is by your light that we are enlightened
lead us and protect us,
and give us a straight path to follow,
that we may neither stumble not fall;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gracious God, we pray today for the nation of Ukraine,
conscious of the tragedies unfolding there day by day.
We commend to You every diplomatic effort seeking peace and humanitarian relief,
and we commend to You all in need – the injured, the bereaved, and all refugees.
Loving God, we pray for those
In the circle of friendship and love around us:
children and parents;
sisters and brothers;
friends and neighbours;
and for those especially in our thoughts today …
We ask all these prayers in Jesus’ Name.
The Lord’s Prayer
which 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 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, Amen.
May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself,
may the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in his service;
may the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and abide with you always. Amen.
J.L.Krebs Jesu, der du meine Seele