St. Giles’ Cathedral
Morning Service at 11.30am
Sunday 14th November 2021
Henry Walford Davies Solemn Melody
C.H.H.Parry Elegy in A flat
To thee, O Lord do I lift up my soul
To thee O Lord do I lift up my soul, My God, I trust in thee.
Text: Psalm 22 1-2
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943
Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship
All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell,
come ye before him and rejoice.
Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make:
we are his flock, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.
O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto:
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.
For why? the Lord our God is good,
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.
Text: Psalm 100 The Scottish Psalter 1929
Tune: Old 100th CH4 63 Melody from French-Genevan Psalter 1551
O Lord open thou our lips
Alan Ridout 1934-1996
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness and no strength known but the strength of love: so guide and inspire, we pray, the labours of those who seek to establish righteousness and peace among the nations, that all peoples may find their security, not in force of arms, but in the perfect love that casts out fear, and in the fellowship revealed to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
First Lesson Lamentations 3 17-26
Read by Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE
National President, The Royal British Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland
The Choir sings Psalm 16
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there arepleasures for evermore.
Epistle 2 Corinthians 5 1, 6-10
Read by The Rt Hon Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State for Scotland
Gospel St John 11 17-21
Read by The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, The First Minister of Scotland
Come, let us to the Lord our God
with contrite hearts return;
our God is gracious, nor will leave
the desolate to mourn.
His voice commands the tempest forth,
and stills the stormy wave;
his arm is sure and strong to smite,
but also strong to save.
Long has the night of sorrow reigned,
the dawn shall bring us light;
God shall appear, and we shall rise
with gladness in his sight.
Our hearts, if God we seek to know,
shall know him, and rejoice;
his coming like the morn shall be,
like morning songs his voice.
As dew upon the tender herb,
diffusing fragrance round;
as showers that usher in the spring,
and cheer the thirsty ground:
So shall his presence bless our souls,
and shed a joyful light;
that hallowed morn shall chase away
the sorrows of the night.
Text: Paraphrase 30 Scottish Paraphrases 1781
Music: Kilmarnock CH4 482 (i) Melody by Neill Dougall (1776-1862)
At David’s Grave
Yes, he is here in this
Open field, in sunlight, among
the few young trees set out
to modify the bare facts
May eternal light shine upon them, O Lord,
with thy saints forever, for thou art merciful.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and may everlasting light shine upon them
Text: Denise Levertov from Relearning the Alphabet 1970 and The Requiem Mass
Music: Cecilia McDowall b.1951
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.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above thy clouds,
which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight.
All praise we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.
Text: Walter Chalmers Smith 1824-1908
Tune: St Denio CH4 132 Welsh hymn melody, 1839 Founded on a folk tune
Edward Elgar Nimrod
CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837
The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod