St. Giles’ Cathedral
Morning Service at 11am
15th Sunday after Trinity
The 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001
Sunday 12th September 2021
César Franck Prélude, Fugue et Variation
Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship
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
Tune: Kilmarnock CH4 482 (i) Melody by Neill Dougall (1776-1862)
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with 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 Romans 12 14-21
Music for Reflection
Jesu, dulcis memoria
Jesu, sweet are those thoughts of thee
which fill our hearts most joyfully;
Yet sweeter far that bliss will be,
evermore thy face to see.
Text: St Bernard of Clairvaux (12th cent)
Music: Tomas Luis da Victoria (1548-1611)
Second Lesson St John 11 28-37
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Christus factus est
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient
unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name.
Text: Philippians 2 8,9
Music: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
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.
Behold, the mountain of the Lord
in latter days shall rise,
on mountain-tops, above the hills,
and draw the wondering eyes.
To this the joyful nations round,
all tribes and tongues, shall flow;
up to the hill of God, they’ll say,
and to his house, we’ll go.
The beam that shines from Zion’s hill
shall lighten every land;
the King who reigns in Salem’s towers
shall all the world command.
Among the nations he shall judge;
his judgements truth shall guide;
his sceptre shall protect the just,
and quell the sinner’s pride.
No strife shall rage, nor hostile feuds
disturb those peaceful years;
to ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
to pruning-hooks their spears.
No longer hosts, encountering hosts,
shall crowds of slain deplore;
they hang the trumpet in the hall,
and study war no more.
Come then, O house of Jacob! come
to worship at his shrine;
and, walking in the light of God,
with holy beauties shine.
Text: Scottish Paraphrases 1781 from Isaiah 2 2-5
Tune: Glasgow CH4 715 Melody from Moore’s Psalm-Singer’s Pocket Companion 1756
J.S.Bach Fugue in C minor BWV 546
CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837
The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod