The First Sunday after Easter – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

1st Sunday after Easter

Edinburgh International Science Festival Service

Sunday 24th April 2022

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 680
Alfred Hollins Spring Song


O come let us sing unto the Lord

O come let us sing unto the Lord
Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
And show ourselves glad in him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God:
And a great King above all gods.

Text: Psalm 95  1-3
Music: Noel de Jongh b.1930


All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Bright brother sun with golden beam,
clear sister moon with softer gleam:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Swift rushing wind, so wild and strong,
high clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
New-breaking dawn, in praise rejoice,
and lights of evening, find a voice:

Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Fire, with your flames so fierce and bright
giving to all both warmth and light:

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds God’s blessings on our way,
O praise him, alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that in you grow,
let them his glory also show:

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia.
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:

Text: St Francis of Assisi 1182-1226 Tr. William Henry Draper 1855-1933
Music: Lasst uns erfreuen CH4 147 Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne 1623 Arr. R.V.Williams 1872-1958

Scripture Sentences

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Barry Rose b.1934




Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Lesson               Isaiah 55  6-13

The Choir sings Psalm 150

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Second Lesson           St Luke 6  37-42


Lord, bring the day to pass
when forest, rock, and hill,
the beasts, the birds, the grass,
will know your finished will:
when we attain our destiny
and nature lives in harmony.

Forgive our careless use
of water, ore, and soil –
the plenty we abuse
supplied by others’ toil:
save us from making self our creed,
turn us towards each other’s need.

Help us, when we release
creation’s secret powers,
to harness them for peace,
our children’s peace and ours:
teach us the art of mastering
in servant form, like Christ our King.

Creation groans, travails,
futile its present plight,
bound – till the hour it hails
God’s children born of light:
that we may gain our true estate,
come, Lord, new heavens and earth create.

Text: Ian Masson Fraser 1917-2018
Music: Love unknown John Ireland 1879-1962



Haec Dies

This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Text: Psalm 118  24
Music: William Byrd 1543-1623


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.


Almighty Father of all things that be,
our life, our work, we consecrate to thee,
whose heavens declare thy glory from above,
whose earth below is witness to thy love.

For well we know this weary, fallen earth
is yet thine own by right of its new birth,
since that great cross upreared on Calvary
redeemed it from its fault and shame to thee.

Thine still the changeful beauty of the hills,
the purple valleys flecked with silver rills,
the ocean glistening ‘neath the golden rays;
they all are thine, and voiceless speak thy praise.

Thou dost the strength to worker’s arm impart;
from thee the skilled musician’s mystic art,
the grace of poet’s pen or painter’s hand,
to teach the loveliness of sea and land.

Then grant us, Lord, in all things thee to own,
to dwell within the shadow of thy throne,
to speak and work, to think, and live, and move,
reflecting thine own nature, which is love:

That so, by Christ redeemed from sin and shame,
and hallowed by thy Spirit’s cleansing flame,
ourselves, our work, and all our powers may be
a sacrifice acceptable to Thee.

Text: Ernest Edward Dugmore 1843-1925
Tune: Chilton Foliat CH4 497 G,C,Martin 1844-1916


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod