The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Prayer at 11.30am

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday 31st January 2021

Organ Music

Louis Vierne Adagio (Symphonie III)
J.S.Bach Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin BWV 616

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honour and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in given them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant fore ever. Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understand. His praise endures for ever.

Bidding

Prayer

Confession

God of life and mercy, you’ve given yourself to us in love, but we have not loved you in return. You constantly call after us, but we do not listen. You ask us to love one another, and yet we fail to do so. In your mercy and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord, forgive us.

Declaration of Pardon

First Lesson               1 Corinthians 8  1-13

Music for Reflection

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.
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.

Text: St Luke 2  29-31
Music: Edward Bairstow (1874-1946) Canticles in E flat

Second Lesson           St Mark 1  21-28

Homily

Anthem

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: 10th century hymn
Music: Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

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 Benedictus

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.

Tone v.3

Benediction

Organ Voluntary

Max Reger Fugue in D Op 59 No 6

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, Organist and Master of the Music

Today’s anthem was recorded by the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral in 2004, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.