The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday 30th January 2022

Organ Music

Max Reger Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
Jean Langlais Prélude modale
Jehan Alain Berceuse

Introit

Sacerdotes domini

Then did priests make offering of incense and loaves of finest wheat to God:
and therefore shall they be holy to their Lord and shall not defile his most holy name. Alleluia.

Music: William Byrd c1540-1623

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Hymn

Lord of all being, throned afar,
thy glory flames from sun and star;
centre and soul of every sphere,
yet to each loving heart how near!

Sun of our life, thy quickening ray
sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, thy softened light
cheers the long watches of the night.

Our midnight is thy smile withdrawn,
our noontide is thy gracious dawn,
our rainbow arch thy mercy’s sign;
all, save the clouds of sin, are thine.

Lord of all life, below, above,
whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
before thy ever-blazing throne
we ask no lustre of our own.

Grant us thy truth to make us free
and kindling hearts that burn for thee,
till all thy living altars claim
one holy light, one heavenly flame.

Text: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Music: Ombersley CH4 125 William Henry Gladstone (1840-1891)

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Richard Ayleward 1626-1669

Bidding

Prayer

Collect

Living God, in Christ you make all things new. Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives, show forth your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.

First Lesson               1 Corinthians 13  1-13

The Choir sings Psalm 84

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Second Lesson           St Luke 4  21-30

Hymn

Open are the gifts of God
gifts of love to mind and sense
hidden is love’s agony,
love’s endeavour, love’s expense

Love that gives, gives evermore,
gives with zeal, with eager hands,
spares not, keeps not, all outpours,
ventures all, its all expands.

Drained is love in making full,
bound in setting others free,
poor in making many rich,
weak in giving power to be.

Therefore he who shows us God
helpless hangs upon the tress;
and the nails and crown of thorns
tell of what God’s love must be.

Here is God: no monarch he,
throned in easy state to reign;
here is God, whose arms of love,
aching, spent, the world sustain

Text: William Hubert Vanstone 1923-1999
Music: Song 13  CH4 390 Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625

Sermon

Anthem

Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Text: St Luke 2  29-32
Music: Gustav Holst 1874-1934

Prayer

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.

Hymn

Take my life, Lord, let it be
Consecrated, glad, and free;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of your love;
Take my feet, that I may run
Bearing news of Christ your Son.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my intellect and use
Every power as you shall choose.

Take my will-your will be done,
May my will and yours be one;
Take my heart-it is your own,
It shall be your royal throne.

Take my love- my Lord, I pour
At your feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be
All for you, eternally.

Text: Frances Ridley Havergal 1836-1879
Tune: Nottingham CH4 502 Wenzel Müller 1747-1835

Benediction

Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude in E flat BWV 552

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod