The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11.30am

8th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 25th July 2021

Organ Music

Olivier Messiaen Le Banquet Céleste
Sigfrid Karg-Elert Clair de Lune

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
hold me with thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven
feed me till my want is o’er.

Open now the crystal fountain
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan
bid my anxious fears subside!
Death of death, and hell’s destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side!
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee.

Text: William Williams (1717-1791) Tr. Peter Williams (1727-1796)
Tune: Cwm Rhondda CH4 167 John Hughes 1873-1932

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.




Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed. Of your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Declaration of Pardon

First Lesson               Exodus 16  2-4, 9-15

Music for Reflection

O sacrum convivium

O sacred banquet, wherein Christ is received;
the memorial of his passion is renewed;
the soul is filled with grace;
and a pledge of future glory is given to us.


Text: 1 Corinthians 11  26 & Romans 8  18
Music: Giovanni Croce 1557-1609

Second Lesson           St John 6  24-35



O sing unto the Lord

O sing unto the Lord a new song,
sing unto the Lord all the whole earth.
Sing unto the Lord and praise His Name,
be telling of His salvation from day to day.
For He cometh to judge the earth,
and with righteousness to judge the world
and the people with His truth.

Text: Psalm 96  1, 2, 13
Music: James MacMillan b.1959

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.

Prayers of Intercession

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, thou Joy of loving hearts,
thou light of life, thou Light of men;
from the best bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to seek thy face.

Thy truth unchanged has ever stood;
thou savest those that on thee call;
to those that seek thee thou art good,
to those that find thee, all in all.

We taste thee, O thou living Bread,
and long to feast upon thee still;
we drink of thee, the fountain-head,
and thirst our souls from thee to fill.

Our restless spirits yearn for thee,
where’er our changeful lot is cast,
glad when thy gracious smile we see,
blest when our faith can hold thee fast.

O Jesus, ever with us stay;
make all our moments calm and bright;
chase the dark night of sin away;
shed o’er the world thy holy light.

Text: 12th Century Tr R Palmer 1808-87
Tune: Wareham CH4 748 Melody by William Knapp 1698-1768


Organ Voluntary

Dieterich Buxtehude Praeludium in G minor BuxWV 149

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod