St. Giles’ Cathedral
Morning Service at 11.30am
11th Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 15th August 2021
Joseph Jongen Petite pièce
Charles-Marie Widor Adagio (Symphonie III)
Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship
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
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honour and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practise ithave a good understanding.
His praise endures for ever.
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 Deuteronomy 30 1-5, 15-20
Music for Reflection
O taste and see
Text: Psalm 24 8
Music: Martin How b.1931
Second Lesson 1 Kings 2 10-12, 3 3-14
I will sing and raise a psalm
My heart is ready O God, I will sing and raise a psalm.
Arise my glory, arise psalter and harp.
I will arise at dawn,
I will praise you among the people,
I will say a psalm to you among the people.
Since your mercy is exalted even unto the skies,
And your truth even to the clouds,
Be exalted above the heavens, O God.
My heart is ready O God, and may your glory be above all the earth!
Text: St Francis of Assisi
Music: Libby Larsen b.1950
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.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
thou my best thought, in the day or the night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
I ever with thee, thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, thine own I would be;
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.
Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight;
thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tower:
raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise:
thou mine inheritance, now and always;
thou and thou only, the first in my heart;
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.
High King of heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Text: Ancient Irish tr Mary Byrne 1880-1931 Versified Eleanor Hull 1860-1935
Tune: Slane CH4 465 Irish Traditional Melody
J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 549
CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837
The service was conducted by The Rev Craig Meek