The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

7th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday 20th February 2022

Organ Music

Jean Langlais Prière
Pierre Villette Élévation

Introit

We wait for thy loving-kindness O God

We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God: in the midst of thy temple.
Alleluia. O God, according to thy Name,
so is thy praise unto the world’s end:
thy right hand is full of righteousness. Alleluia.
O Lord, send us now prosperity. Amen.

Text: Psalms 48  8,9; 118  25
Music: William McKie 1901-1984

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Hymn

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
thou my best thought, in the day or the night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
I ever with thee, thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, thine own I would be;
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight;
thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tower:
raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise:
thou mine inheritance, now and always;
thou and thou only, the first in my heart;
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Text: Ancient Irish tr Mary Byrne 1880-1931 Versified Eleanor Hull 1860-1935
Music: Slane CH4 465 Irish Traditional Melody

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Heathcote Statham 1889-1973

Bidding

Prayer

Collect

Almighty and ever living God, your son Jesus Christ healed the sick and restored them to wholeness of life. Look with compassion on the anguish of the world and by your power make whole all peoples and nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.

First Lesson               Genesis 45  3-11, 15

The Choir sings Psalm 65

Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who artthe confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off uponthe sea:

Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, whichis full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.

Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Second Lesson           St Luke 6  27-38

Hymn

We cannot measure how you heal
or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
yet we believe your grace responds
where faith and doubt unite to care.
Your hands, though bloodied on the cross,
survive to hold and heal and warn,
to carry all through death to life
and cradle children yet unborn.

The pain that will not go away,
the guilt that clings from things long past,
the fear of what the future holds,
are present as if meant to last.
But present too is love which tends
the hurt we never hoped to find,
the private agonies inside,
the memories that haunt the mind.

So some have come who need your help,
and some have come to make amends,
as hands which shaped and saved the world
are present in the touch of friends.
Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
to mend the body, mind and soul,
to disentangle peace from pain
and make your broken people whole.

Text: John L Bell (b.1949) and Graham Maule (b.1958)
Music: The Banks O’ Doon CH4 718 Scottish Folk Melody harm. John L Bell

Sermon

Anthem

Give unto the Lord

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
give unto the Lord glory and strength,
give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:
the God of glory thundereth;
it is the Lord that ruleth the sea.
The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty;
the voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars.
yea, the breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire,
the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness
and strippeth the forests bare.

In His temple doth every one speak of His glory.

The Lord sitteth above the water-flood;
and the Lord remaineth a King for ever.
The Lord shall give strength unto His people;
the Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace.

Text: Psalm 29
Music: Edward Elgar 1857-1934

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

God is love: let heaven adore him;
God is love: let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him,
and exalt him with one voice.
He who laid the earth’s foundation,
he who spread the heavens above,
he who breathes through all creation,
God is love, eternal love.

God is love: and is enfolding
all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp is holding
every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking
under sorrow’s iron rod,
then they find that selfsame aching
deep within the heart of God.

God is love, and though with blindness
sin afflicts the souls of all,
God’s eternal loving-kindness
holds and guides us when we fall.
Sin and death and hell shall never
o’er us final triumph gain;
God is love, so love for ever
o’er the universe must reign.

Text: Timothy Rees (1874-1939)
Tune: Abbot’s Leigh CH4 642 Cyril Vincent Taylor 1907-1991

Benediction

Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 545

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod
The preacher was The Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison