Pentecost – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am


Sunday 5th June 2022

Organ Music

Joseph Jongen Petite Pièce
Olivier Messiaen Offrande au Saint Sacrement


Come, thou holy spirit, come

Come, thou holy spirit, come
and from thy celestial home
shed a ray of light divine

Text: Veni sancte spiritus Tr Edward Caswall
Music: Stuart Murray Mitchell


Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire,
let us thine influence prove;
source of the old prophetic fire,
fountain of life and love.

Come, Holy Ghost, for moved by thee
the prophets wrote and spoke;
unlock the truth, thyself the key,
unseal the sacred book.

Expand thy wings, celestial dove,
brood o’er our nature’s night;
on our disordered spirits move,
and let there now be light.

God through himself we then shall know,
if thou within us shine;
and sound, with all thy saints below,
the depths of love divine.

Text: Charles Wesley 1707-1788
Music: St Columba (Erin) CH4 598 Irish traditional

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Michael Walsh b.1948




God of power, may the boldness of your Spirit transform us, may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us, may the gifts of your Spirit be our goal and our strength, now and always. Amen

First Lesson               Genesis 11  1-9

The Choir sings Psalm 104 1-13, 31-34

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.

Second Lesson           Acts 2  1-21


Come, living God, when least expected,
When minds are dull and hearts are cold,
Through sharpening word and warm affection
Revealing truths as yet untold.

Break from the tomb in which we hide you
To speak again in startling ways;
Break through the words in which we bind you
To resurrect our lifeless praise.

Come now, as once you came to Moses
Within the bush alive with flame,
Or to Elijah on the mountain,
By silence pressing home your claim.

So, let our minds be sharp to read you
In sight or sound or printed page,
And let us greet you in our neighbours,
In ardent youth or mellow age.

Then, through our gloom, your Son will meet us
As vivid truth and living Lord,
Exploding doubt and disillusion
To scatter hope and joy abroad.

Then we will share his radiant brightness
And, blazing through the dread of night,
Illuminate by love and reason,
For those in darkness, faith’s delight.

Text: Alan Gaunt b.1935
Music: Sunset CH4 609 George Gilbert Stocks 1877-1960



Factus est repente

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven,
as of a mighty wind coming where they were sitting,
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit,
speaking the wonderful works of God,

Music: James MacMillan b.1959


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.


Come, Holy Spirit, come!
inflame our souls with love,
transforming every heart and home
with wisdom from above.
O let us not despise
the humble path Christ trod,
but choose, to shame the worldly wise,
the foolishness of God.

All knowing Spirit, prove
the poverty of pride,
by knowledge of the Father’s love
in Jesus crucified.
And grant us faith to know
the glory of that sign,
and in our very lives to show
the marks of love divine.

Come with the gift to heal
the wounds of guilt and fear,
and to oppression’s face reveal
the kingdom drawing near.
Where chaos longs to reign,
descend, O holy dove,
and free us all to work again
the miracles of love.

Spirit of truth, arise;
inspire the prophet’s voice:
expose to scorn the tyrant’s lies,
and bid the poor rejoice.
O Spirit, clear our sight,
all prejudice remove,
and help us to discern the right,
and covet only love.

Give us the tongues to speak,
in every time and place,
to rich and poor, to strong and weak,
the word of love and grace.
Enable us to hear
the words that others bring,
interpreting with open ear
the special song they sing.

Come, Holy Spirit, dance
within our hearts today,
our earthbound spirits to entrance,
our mortal fears allay.
And teach us to desire,
all other things above,
that self consuming holy fire,
the perfect gift of love!

Text: Michael Forster b.1946
Tune: Diademata CH4 594 G.J.Elvey 1816-1893


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Komm, heiliger Geist BWV 651

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten