The First Sunday after Epiphany – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

1st Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday 9th January 2022

Organ Music

Maurice Duruflé Prélude sur l’introït de l’Epiphanie
Felix Mendelssohn Andante; Andante con moto (Sonata V)


O nata lux

O Light born of Light, Jesus, redeemer of the world,
mercifully deign to accept the praises and prayers of your suppliants.
O you who once deigned to be hidden in flesh on behalf of the lost,
grant us to be made members of your blessed body.

Text: Anonymous
Music: Thomas Tallis c1505-1585

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


O sing a song of Bethlehem,
of shepherds watching there,
and of the news that came to them
from angels in the air:
the light that shone on Bethlehem
fills all the world today;
of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth
the angels sing alway.

O sing a song of Nazareth,
of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers’ breath,
and of the sinless Boy:
for now the flowers of Nazareth
in every heart may grow;
now spreads the fame of his dear Name
on all the winds that blow.

O sing a song of Galilee,
of lake and woods and hill,
of him who walked upon the sea,
and bade its waves be still:
for though, like waves on Galilee,
dark seas of trouble roll,
when faith has heard the Master’s word,
falls peace upon the soul.

O sing a song of Calvary,
its glory and dismay;
of him who hung upon the tree,
and took our sins away:
for he who died on Calvary
is risen from the grave,
and Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored,
is mighty now to save.

Text: Louis FitzGerald Benson 1855-1930
Music: Kingsfold CH3 220 English Traditional Melody arr. R.Vaughan Williams 1872-1958

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Richard Shephard 1949-2021




Almighty God, your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Grant that your people may shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped and obeyed to the ends of the earth, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

First Lesson               Isaiah 43  1-7

The Choir sings Psalm 29

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Second Lesson           St Luke 3  15-17, 21-22


Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
unuttered or expressed,
the motion of a hidden fire
that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye
when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech
that infant lips can try;
prayer the sublimest strains that reach
the Majesty on high.

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
the Christian’s native air,
our watchword at the gates of death;
we enter heaven with prayer.

Prayer is not made by us alone:
the Holy Spirit pleads,
and Jesus, on the eternal throne,
for sinners intercedes.

O Christ, by whom we come to God,
the Life, the Truth, the Way!
the path of prayer yourself have trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray!

Text: James Montgomery 1771-1854
Music: Coleshill  CH4 546 Melody from Barton’s The Psalms of David in Metre, Dublin 1706



When Jesus our Lord

When Jesus our Lord was born in Bethlehem, In the land of Judea, behold, from the east  to the city of Jerusalem there came wise men and said:

‘Say, where is he born the King of Judea? For we have seen his star and are come to adore him.’

There shall a star from Jacob come forth, and a sceptre From Israel rise up, and dash in pieces Princes and Nations.

As bright the star of morning gleams,
so Jesus sheddeth glorious beams
of light and consolation.
Thy word, O Lord, radiance darting,
truth imparting give salvation,
thine be praise and adoration.

Text: St Matthew 2  1-2; Numbers 24  17
Music: Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847


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.


Thou hidden love of God, whose height,
whose depth unfathomed, no-one knows,
I see from far thy beauteous light,
inly I sigh for thy repose;
my heart is pained, nor can it be
at rest, till it finds rest in thee.

Thy secret voice invites me still
the sweetness of thy yoke to prove;
and fain I would, but though my will
seems fixed, yet wide my passions rove;
yet hindrances strew all the way;
I aim at thee, yet from thee stray.

‘Tis mercy all, that thou hast brought
my mind to seek her peace in thee;
yet, while I seek but find thee not,
no peace my wandering soul shall see.
Oh when shall all my wanderings end,
and all my steps to thee-ward tend?

Is there a thing beneath the sun
that strives with Thee my heart to share?
Ah, tear it thence, and reign alone, 
the Lord of every motion there!
then shall my heart from earth be free,
when it hath found repose in Thee.

Text: Gerhard Tersteegen 1697-1769 Tr. John Wesley 1703-1791
Tune: St Petersburg CH4 188 D.S.Bortniansky 1751-1825


Organ Voluntary

André Fleury Variations sur un Noël Bourguignon

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod