St. Giles’ Cathedral
Sunday September 13th 2020
14th Sunday after Trinity
Kenneth Leighton Fantasia on St Columba
Louis Vierne Arabesque (Pièces en style libre)
Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship
Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and do not forget God’s benefits
For the Lord is the one who forgives all our iniquity,
Who heals all our diseases
Who redeems our lives from the pit,
And who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy,
For the Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so too does the Lord have compassion for those who fear him.
Prayer of Confession
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 Genesis 50 15-21
Music for Reflection
The Lord is my Shepherd
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want:
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green: he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.
My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill;
For thou art with me, and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.
My table thou hast furnishèd
in presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house for evermore
my dwelling-place shall be.
Text: Psalm 23 Scottish Psalter 1650 (abridged)
Music: Bob Chilcott b.1955
Second Lesson St Matthew 18 21-35
Sing joyfully to God our strength; sing loud unto the God of Jacob!
Take the song, bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp, and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
Text: Psalm 81 1-4
Music: William Byrd c1540-1623
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
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel :
for he hath visited, and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us :
in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets :
which have been since the world began;
That we should be saved from our enemies :
and from the hands of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers :
and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham :
that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies :
might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him :
all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest :
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people :
for the remission of their sins;
Through the tender mercy of our God :
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness,
and in the shadow of death :
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.
Robert Schumann Sketch Op 58 No 2
CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837
The service was conducted by Rev Craig Meek
The cantor was Ian Sutherland
The organ was played by Michael Harris, Master of the Music
The anthem was recorded by the Cathedral Choir in 2010.