The Third Sunday after Epiphany – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday 23rd January 2022

Organ Music

Maurice Duruflé Méditation
Olivier Messiaen Les Mages

Introit

O Lord increase my faith

O Lord, increase my faith
strengthen me
and confirm me in thy true faith,
endue me with wisdom,
charity, chastity and patience
in all my adversity.
Sweet Jesus, say Amen.

Text: from Luke 17  5
Music: Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Hymn

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
sing and praise your God and mine!
Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
might and majesty divine!
He who framed the starry heavens
knows and names them as they shine!

Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
Wounded souls his comfort know;
those who fear him find his mercies,
peace for pain and joy for woe;
humble hearts are high exalted,
human pride and power laid low.

Praise the Lord for times and seasons,
cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
spring to melt the snows of winter
till the waters flow again;
grass upon the mountain pastures,
golden valleys thick with grain.

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
peace and plenty crown your days;
love his laws, declare his judgments,
walk in all his words and ways;
he the Lord and we his children:
praise the Lord, all people, praise!

Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926) from Psalm 147
Music: Rhuddlan CH4 103 Welsh Traditional Melody

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

Thomas Morley 1557-1602

Bidding

Prayer

Collect

Eternal God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit and make us worthy of your call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

First Lesson               1 Corinthians 12  12  12-21, 26-31a

The Choir sings Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

Second Lesson           St Luke 4  14-21

Hymn

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.  They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Text: Daniel L Schutte b.1947
Music: Here I am Lord CH4 251 Daniel L Schutte b.1947

Sermon

Anthem

O where shall wisdom be found?

O where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
Man knoweth not the price thereof;
Neither is it found in the land of the living.
The depth saith, It is not in me:
And the sea saith, It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold,
neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls
for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
Whence then cometh wisdom?
and where is the place of understanding?
seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living.

God understandeth the way thereof,
and He knoweth the place thereof.
For He looketh to the ends of the earth,
And seeth under the whole heav’n;
To make the weight for the winds;
and He weigheth the waters by measure,
He weigheth the waters by measure.
When He made a decree for the rain,
and a way for the lightning of the thunder;
then did He see it, and declare it;
He prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
And unto man He said, Behold,
the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding.

Text: Job 28: 12–15, 18, 20–28
Music: William Boyce (1711-1779)

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

O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and king,
the triumphs of his grace!

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean,
his blood availed for me.

He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
the humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
you blind, behold your Saviour come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
to spread through all the earth
abroad the honours of thy Name.

Text: Charles Wesley 1707-1843
Tune: Richmond CH4 352 Melody by Thomas Haweis

Benediction

Organ Voluntary

Dieterich Buxtehude Passacaglia

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Sigrid Marten