The Second Sunday in Advent – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

2nd Sunday in Advent

Sunday 5th December 2021

Organ Music

Edward Bairstow Prelude on Veni Emmanuel
John Ireland Sursum corda
Louis Vierne Andantino

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Lo, he comes with clouds descending,
Christ, the Lamb, for sinners slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
join to sing the glad refrain:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold him
robed in dreadful majesty;
those who set at naught and sold him,
pierced and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
shall the true Messiah see.

Those deep wounds of cross and passion
still his glorious body bears;
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshippers:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
See! the day of God appears.

Yea, amen, let all adore you,
high on your eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
claim the kingdom for your own:
oh, come quickly, oh, come quickly, oh, come quickly
Alleluia! come, Lord, come!

Text: Charles Wesley 1707-88 Based on a hymn by John Cennick 1718-1755
Music: Helmsley CH4 477 Melody from John Wesley Select Hymns 1765



Lord, we have not kept watch for you. We have occupied ourselves with our own concerns. We have not waited to find your will for us. We have not noticed the needs of the people around us. We have not acknowledged the love that has been shown to us. Forgive us for our lack of watchfulness. Help us to wait to know your will. Help us to look out for the needs of others. Help us to work and watch for your coming. Amen

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Missa brevis Mátyás Seiber

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tone vi)

First Lesson               Malachi 3 1-4

Metrical Psalm

To thee I lift my soul:
O Lord, I trust in thee;
my God, let me not be asham’d,
nor foes triumph o’er me.

Let none that wait on thee
be put to shame at all;
But those that without cause transgress,
let shame upon them fall.

Shew me thy ways, O Lord;
thy paths, O teach thou me:
and do thou lead me in thy truth,
therein my teacher be:

For thou art God that dost
to me salvation send,
and I upon thee all the day
expecting do attend.

Thy tender mercies, Lord
I pray thee to remember,
and loving-kindnesses; for they
have been of old for ever

Text: Scottish Psalter 1929 Psalm 25  1-6
Music: Hampton Melody from Williams’ Psalmody in Minature c.1770

The Gospel    St Luke 3  1-6

The Sermon

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.

The Intercessions

Gloria in Excelsis sung by the choir

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.  Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.  Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Missa brevis William Mathias


The Lord be with you
And also with you

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise



Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Glory be to you, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.


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.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, Have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, Grant us your peace.

Holy Communion

During Communion the Choir sings

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, grant us your peace.

Music: William Mathias 1934-1992



Comfort, comfort now my people,
speak of peace – so says your God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness
burdened by a heavy load.
To Jerusalem proclaim:
God shall take away your shame.
Now get ready to recover; guilt and suffering are over.

Hear the herald’s proclamation
in the desert far and near,
calling all to true repentance,
telling that the Lord is near.
Oh, that warning cry obey!
For your God prepare a way.
Let the valleys rise to greet him
and the hills bow down to meet him.

Straighten out what has been crookèd,
make the roughest places plain.
Let your hearts be true and humble,
live as fits God’s holy reign.
Soon the glory of the Lord
shall on earth be shed abroad;
All the world shall surely see it
God is ready to decree it.

Text: Johannes Olearius 1611-84 Tr. Catherine Winkworth 1827-78 Revised John L Bell b.1949 Tune: Genevan 42 CH4 274 Melody by Louis Bourgeois c1510-61


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Concerto in D minor BWV 596

(Allegro) – Grave – Fuga

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod