The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

16th Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 19th September 2021

Organ Music

Johann Caspar Kerll Passacaglia

Dieterich Buxtehude Vater unser im Himmelreich

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Come down, O Love divine,
seek out this soul of mine,
and visit it with your own ardour glowing;
O comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes, in its heat consuming;
and let your glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
my outward vesture be,
and lowliness become my inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
we cannot guess its grace,
till we become the place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Text: Bianco da Siena (d.1434) Tr. Richard Littledale (1833-1890)
Tune: Down Ampney CH4 489 R.Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)



Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed. Of your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison

Christe Eleison

Kyrie Eleison


Mass for Four Voices William Byrd


Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tone iii)

First Lesson               James 3  13-18

Metrical Psalm

Lord, teach me all your ways,
reveal your paths to me;
and lead me in your saving truth,
show me what I should be.

Remember, Lord, your love,
your care from ages past;
and in that love remember me,
in kindness hold me fast.

Forget my youthful faults,
forgive my sinful ways;
within the kindness of your love
remember me always.

God, who is just and good,
shows all who sin his way:
he leads the humble in right paths,
their teacher day by day.

All pathways of the Lord,
are kindly, true and sure
to those who keep his covenant
and in his ways endure.

Text: Scottish Psalter 1629 Psalm 25  4, 5a, 6-10

Music: Garelochside CH4 21 (i) Kenneth George Finlay 1882-1974


The Gospel    St Mark 9  30-37

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.


Mass for Four Voices William Byrd



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

Ave verum corpus

Hail, real body, born of the Virgin Mary, who truly suffered, sacrificed
on the cross for man, whose pierced side flowed with real blood; be unto us
the foretaste in the trial of death.
O merciful, O holy, O sweet Jesu, son of Mary.Amen.


Music: William Byrd (1540-1623)



Ye that know the Lord is gracious,
ye for whom a Corner stone
stands, of God elect and precious,
laid that ye may build thereon;
see that on that sure foundation
ye a living temple raise,
towers that may tell forth salvation,
walls that may re-echo praise.

Living stones, by God appointed
each to an allotted place,
kings and priests, by God anointed,
shall ye not declare his grace?
ye, a royal generation,
tell the tidings of your birth,
tidings of a new creation
to an old and weary earth.

Tell the praise of him who called you
out of darkness into light,
broke the fetters that enthralled you,
gave you freedom, peace and sight:
tell the tale of sins forgiven,
strength renewed and hope restored,
till the earth, in tune with heaven,
praise and magnify the Lord!

Text: Cyril Argentine Alington 1872-1955
Tune: Abbot’s Leigh CH4 642 Cyril Vincent Taylor 1907-1991


Organ Voluntary

Jean Langlais Dialogue sur les Mixtures

CCL Licence No 980930

Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten