The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity – 9:30

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

Harvest Festival Day

Sunday 3rd October 2021

Organ Music

Simon Lindley Echo Rondel
Philip Moore Prelude on East Acklam

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


We plough the fields, and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by God’s almighty hand:
he sends the snow in winter,
the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine,
and soft, refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

He only is the Maker
of all things near and far;
he paints the wayside flower,
he lights the evening star;
the winds and waves obey him,
by him the birds are fed;
much more to us, his children,
he gives our daily bread.

We thank you then, O Father,
for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
for all your love imparts,
with what we know you long for:
our humble, thankful hearts.

Wir pflügen CH4 229 Melody by J.A.P.Schulz 1747-1800

Text: Matthias Claudius 1740-1815 Tr. Jane Montgomery Campbell 1817-1878
Music: Wir pflügen CH4 229 Melody by J.A.P.Schulz 1747-1800



Gracious God, Lord of our lives, we confess that we have not always lived by your Word, nor have we trusted you with our lives. We have not looked out for each other enough, and we have neglected to care for your creation. We have hoarded our harvest and taken more than we need. We ask your forgiveness. Renew a right spirit within us and enable us to grow in your love.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Communion Service in G Francis Jackson

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Ridout)

First Lesson               Acts 14  8-17

Metrical Psalm

Lord, bless and pity us,
shine on us with your face:
that your way may be known on earth,
all nations know your grace.

Let people praise you, Lord;
let all the people praise.
Oh, let the nations all be glad,
in songs their voices raise:

You’ll justly people judge,
on earth rule nations all.
Let people praise you, Lord; let them
praise you, both great and small.

The earth her fruit shall yield,
our God shall blessing send.
God shall us bless; all shall him fear
unto earth’s utmost end.

Text: The Scottish Psalter 1929 Psalm 67 Music: Sandys CH4 45 English traditional melody

The Gospel    St John 6  24-35

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The Holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.

The Intercessions

Gloria in Excelsis sung by the choir

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.  Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.  Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Communion Service in G Francis Jackson


The Lord be with you
And also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise



Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Glory be to you, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.


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.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world,
Grant us your peace.

Holy Communion

During Communion the Choir sings

Ubi caritas et amor

Where charity and love are, God is there. The love of Christ
has united us. Let us rejoice and be glad in him. Let us fear
and love the living God and adore him from a sincere heart.
Where charity and love are, God is there. Amen.

Text: Paulinus of Aquileia c726 – 802
Music: Maurice Duruflé 1902-1986



Great God of every shining constellation
that wheels in splendour through the midnight sky;
grant us your Spirit’s true illumination
to read the secrets of your work on high.

You, Lord, have made the atom’s hidden forces;
your laws its mighty energies fulfil;
teach us, to whom you give such rich resources,
in all we use, to serve your holy will.

True life, awaking life in cell and tissue,
from flower to bird, from beast to humankind;
help us to trace, from birth to final issue,
the sure unfolding purpose of your mind.

You, Lord, have stamped your image on your creatures,
And, though we mar that image, love us still;
lift up our eyes to Christ, that in his features
we may discern the beauty of your will.

Lord of creation, shaping and renewing,
at work in nature and humanity;
help us to tread, with grace our souls enduing,
the road to life and immortality.

Highwood CH4 246 R.R.Terry 1865-1938

Text: Albert Frederick Bayly 1901-1984
Tune: Highwood CH4 246 R.R.Terry 1865-1938


Organ Voluntary

Charles-Marie Widor Final (Symphonie IV)

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten