The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11.30am

10th Sunday after Trinity

Edinburgh Festival Service

Sunday 8th August 2021

Organ Music

Herbert Howells Master Tallis‘ Testament
Pierre Cochereau Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


Let all creation dance
in energies sublime,
as order turns with chance,
unfolding space and time,
for nature’s art
in glory grows,
and newly shows
God’s mind and heart.

Our own amazing earth,
with sunlight, cloud and storms
and life’s abundant growth
in lovely shapes and forms,
is made for praise,
a fragile whole,
and from its soul
heaven’s music plays.

Lift heart and soul and voice:
in Christ all praises meet
and nature shall rejoice
as all is made complete.
In hope be strong.
all life befriend
and kindly tend
creation’s song.

Text: Brian Wren (b.1936)
Tune: St John CH4 149 Perhaps by W.H.Havergal 1793-1870

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.


Dedication of new choir robes


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.

Declaration of Pardon

First Lesson               Proverbs 8  22-31

Read by Fran Hegyi, Executive Director of the Edinburgh International Festival

Music for Reflection

Tantum ergo

Therefore we before him bending, This great sacrament revere: Types and shadows have their ending, For the newer rite is here; Faith, our outward sense befriending, Makes the inward vision clear.

Glory let us give and blessing To the Father and the Son, Honour, might and praise addressing, While eternal ages run; Ever too his love confessing, Who, from both, with both is one. Amen

Text: St Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274
Music: Marcel Dupré

Second Lesson           Ephesians 4  25 – 5  2



How lovely are thy dwellings

How lovely are thy dwellings fair O lord of Hosts,
My soul ever longeth and fainteth for the blest courts of the Lord 
my heart and flesh do cry to the living God, 
Blest are they that in Thy house are dwelling, they ever praise Thee

Text: Psalm 84
Music: Johannes Brahms 1833-1897

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.


Moved by the Gospel, let us move
with every gift and art.
The image of creative love
indwells each human heart.
The Maker calls creation good,
so let us now express
with sound and colour, stone and wood,
the shape of holiness.

Let weavers form from broken strands
a tapestry of prayer.
Let artists paint with skilful hands
their joy, lament, and care.
Then mime the story: Christ has come.
With reverence dance the word.
With flute and organ, gong and drum
God’s praise be ever heard.

O Spirit, breathe among us here;
inspire the work we do.
May hands and voices, eye and ear
attest to life made new.
In worship and in daily strife
create among us still.
Great Artist, form our common life
according to your will.

Text: Ruth C Duck b.1947
Tune: Ellacombe CH4 247 18th Cent. German melody


Organ Voluntary

John Cook Fanfare

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod