The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

17th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 26th September 2021

Organ Music

Frederick Wadeley Postlude in G
Herbert Howells Siciliano for a High Ceremony

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation,
racing across the sky, trailing bright clouds of elation;
sun of delight
succeeds the velvet of night,
warming the earth’s exultation

Sing for God’s power that shatters the chains that would bind us,
searing the darkness of fear and despair that could blind us,
touching our shame
with love that will not lay blame,
reaching out gently to find us.

Sing for God’s justice disturbing each easy illusion,
tearing down tyrants and putting our pride to confusion;
lifeblood of right,
resisting evil and slight,
offering freedom’s transfusion.

Sing for God’s saints who have travelled faith’s journey before us,
who in our weariness give us their hope to restore us;
in them we see
the new creation to be,
spirit of love made flesh for us.

Text: Kathryn Galloway (b.1952)
Music: Lobe den Herren CH4 124 Praxis Pietatis Melica 1668



Holy God, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our fellow men and women, through ignorance and weakness and through our own deliberate fault.  Forgive us all that is past, and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light; through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Spatzenmesse W.A.Mozart

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tone v.i)

First Lesson               James 5  13-20

Metrical Psalm

Now Israel may say, and that truly,
If that the Lord had not our cause maintained;
If that the Lord had not our right sustained,
When cruel men against us furiously
Rose up in wrath, to make of us their prey;

Then certainly they had devoured us all,
And swallowed quick, for aught that we could deem;
Such was their rage, as we might well esteem.
And as fierce floods before them all things drown,
So had they brought our soul to death quite down.

The raging streams, with their proud swelling waves,
Had then our soul o’erwhelmèd in the deep.
But blest be God, who doth us safely keep,
And hath not given us for a living prey
Unto their teeth, and bloody cruelty.

Even as a bird out of the fowler’s snare
Escapes away, so is our soul set free:
Broke are their nets, and thus escapèd we.
Therefore our help is in the Lord’s great Name,
Who heaven and earth by his great power did frame.

Text: Scottish Psalter 1929 Psalm 124
Music: Old 124th Melody from French-Genevan Psalter 1551

The Gospel    St Mark 9  38-50

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.

Spatzenmesse W.A.Mozart


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

Jesu, the very thought of thee

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Text: Edward Caswall (1814-1878)
Music: Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)



For your gift of God the Spirit,
with us, in us, always true,
pledge of life and hope of glory,
Saviour, we would worship thee.

He who in creation’s dawning
brooded o’er the pathless deep,
still across our nature’s darkness
moves to wake our souls from sleep.

He it is, the living author,
wakes to life the sacred word;
reads with us the Bible story,
and reveals our risen Lord.

He it is who works within us,
teaching rebel hearts to pray;
he whose fervent intercessions
rise for us both night and day.

Fill us with your grace and goodness,
God the Father, Spirit, Son;
in us, through us, now and always,
may your perfect will be done.

Text: Edith Margaret Clarkson 1915-2008
Tune: Laus Deo CH4 603 Richard Redhead 1820-1901


Organ Voluntary

Benjamin Britten Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod