The Fourth Sunday after Easter

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Prayer at 11.30am

4th Sunday after Easter

Sunday 2nd May 2021

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Adagio e dolce (Sonata III) BWV 527
Ralph Vaughan Williams Prelude on Rhosymedre

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 22

From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

Bidding

Prayer

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               1 John 4  7-21

Music for Reflection

I got me flowers to strew thy way;
I got me boughs off many a tree:
But thou wast up by break of day,
And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.

The Sunne arising in the East.
Though he give light, and th’East perfume;
If they should offer to contest
With thy arising, they presume.

Can there be any day but this,
Though many sunnes to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we misse:
There is but one, and that one ever.

Text: Easter George Herbert 1593-1633
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958

Second Lesson           Acts 8  26-40

Homily

Anthem

Open thou mine eyes

Open thou mine eyes and I shall see: incline my heart and I shall desire: order my steps and I shall walk
in the ways of thy commandments

O Lord God, be thou to me a God
and beside thee let there be none else,
no other, naught else with thee.

Vouchsafe to me to worship thee and serve thee
according to thy commandments,
in truth of spirit, in rev’rence of body,
in blessing of lips, in private and in public.

Text: Lancelot Andrewes 1555-1626 Tr. Alexander Whyte 1836-1921
Music: John Rutter b.1945

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.

The Jubilate

O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands :
serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before his presence with a song.

Be ye sure that the Lord he is God :
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise :
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting :
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Tone viii.1

Benediction

Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 680

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by Rev Calum I McLeod
The cantor was Rory Wilson
The organ was played by Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music

Today’s anthem was recorded remotely in 2021 by members of the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.