St Andrewstide – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

St Andrewstide

Sunday 5th December 2021

Organ Music

Frank Bridge Processional
York Bowen Melody in G minor
Joseph Jongen Prière

The procession of the Order of the Thistle will move to the Sanctuary

The Choir will sing the Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for he hath visited, and redeemed his people;

And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of his servant David;

As he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets: which have been since the world began;

That we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hands of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers: and to remember his holy Covenant;

To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham: that he would give us;

That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies: might serve him without fear;

In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our life.

And thou, Child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins,

Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us;

To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Give thanks for life, the measure of our days,
mortal we pass through beauty that decays,
yet sing to God our hope, our love, our praise,

Give thanks for those who made their life a light
caught from the Christ-flame, bursting through the night,
who touched the truth, who burned for what is right,

And for our own, our living and our dead,
thanks for the love by which our life is fed,
a love not changed by time or death or dread,

Give thanks for hope, that like the wheat, the grain
that lies in darkness does its life retain
in resurrection to grow green again,

Text: Shirley Elena Murray 1931-2020
Tune: Sine nomine CH4 736 Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


First Lesson               Zechariah 8  1-8

Read by Maj Gen Alastair Bruce of Crionaich

Governor of Edinburgh Castle

The Choir Jubilate Deo, Psalm 100

O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands :
serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God :
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,
and speak good of his Name.
For the Lord is gracious,
his mercy is everlasting :
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Jubilate in C Benjamin Britten 1913-1976

Second Lesson           St Matthew 4  18-25

Read by The Lord Provost


Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant, too.

Text: Richard A M Gillard b.1953
Music: Servant Song CH4 694 Richard A M Gillard Arr. Betty Jane Pulkingham b.1928



Except the Lord build the house

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:

Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows:
for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Lo, the children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are the children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Text: Psalm 127
Music: James MacMillan b.1959
Commissioned by The Genesis Foundation in memory of Sir Eric Anderson KT

Scottish Premiere


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.


Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult
of our life’s wild restless sea,
day by day his voice is sounding,
saying, ‘Christian, follow me;’

As of old Saint Andrew heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred,
leaving all for his dear sake.

Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying, ‘Christian, love me more.’

In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease, s
till he calls, in cares and pleasures,
‘Christian, love me more than these.’

Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,
Saviour, make us hear thy call,
give our hearts to thy obedience,
serve and love thee best of all.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-95 (altered)
Tune: St Andrew  CH4 509 Edward Henry Thorne 1834-1916


Organ Voluntary

Percy Fletcher Festival Toccata

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod
The preacher was The Very Rev Prof David Fergusson, Dean of the Thistle