Reign of Christ – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

Reign of Christ

Sunday 21st November 2021

Organ Music

J.N.Hanff Ein feste Burg
Joseph Jongen Prélude elegiaque


O rex gloriae

O King of glory, Lord of all power,
Who ascended to heaven on this day triumphant over all;
Do not leave us as orphans,
But send us the Father’s promise,
The spirit of truth.

Music: Luca Marenzio 1553-1599

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Rejoice, the Lord is King.
your Lord and King adore;
Mortals, give thanks and sing,
and triumph evermore:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, Rejoice.

Jesus, the Saviour, reigns,
the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above:

His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules both earth and heaven;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus given:

He sits at God’s right hand
till all his foes submit,
and bow to his command,
and fall beneath his feet:

Rejoice in glorious hope;
for Christ, the Judge shall come,
and take his servants up
to their eternal home: We then shall hear the archangel’s voice
the trump of God shall sound, Rejoice.

Text: Charles Wesley 1707-99 (altered)
Tune: Darwall’s 148th CH4 449 John Darwall 1731-89

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Philip Moore b.1943




Almighty and everlasting God, it is your will to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King. Grant that the peoples of the earth, now divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his gentle and loving rule: who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Lesson               Ephesians 1  15-23

The Choir sings Psalm 93

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.

The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

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

Second Lesson           St Matthew 25  34-40


The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home rejoicing brought me

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and oh, what wonder and delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never:
good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever!

Text: Henry Williams Baker 1821-77 from Psalm 23
Music: Dominus regit me CH4 462 J.B.Dykes 1823-76



Let all the world in every corner sing

Let all the world in every corner sing:
My God and King!
The heavens are not too high,
His praise may thither fly;
The earth is not too low, His praises there may grow.
Let all the world in every corner sing:
My God and King!

Let all the world in every corner sing:
My God and King!
The church with psalms must shout,
No door can keep them out;
But above all, the heart Must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in every corner sing:
My God and King!

Text: George Herbert 1593-1633
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958


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.


Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own:
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife,
for those he came to save:
His glories now we sing,
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of love!
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds yet visible above
in beauty glorified:
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

Text: Matthew Bridges 1800-94 and Godfrey Thring 1823-1903
Tune: Diademata CH4 459 G.J.Elvey 1816-93


Organ Voluntary

Louis Vierne Carillon de Westminster

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod