The Third Sunday after Trinity

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Online Devotion

Sunday June 28th 2020

3rd Sunday after Trinity

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4: 32

Let us worship God.

The lesson is written in the gospel according to St Matthew in the 10th chapter. The words of Jesus:

40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”


Lord of all being, throned afar,
thy glory flames from sun and star;
centre and soul of every sphere,
yet to each loving heart how near!

Sun of our life, thy quickening ray
sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, thy softened light
cheers the long watches of the night.

Our midnight is thy smile withdrawn,
our noontide is thy gracious dawn,
our rainbow arch thy mercy’s sign;
all, save the clouds of sin, are thine.

Lord of all life, below, above,
whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
before thy ever-blazing throne
we ask no lustre of our own.

Grant us thy truth to make us free
and kindling hearts that burn for thee,
till all thy living altars claim
one holy light, one heavenly flame.

Text: Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894

Tune: Ombersley CH4 125
William Henry Gladstone 1840-1891


As we witness events which focus on racism and its effects in this country, in the US and throughout the world we seem to be at a juncture in our history with regard to the death-dealing nature of racism and its ancestor, slavery.

I was brought up learning the history of Glasgow and its famous ‘Tobacco Lords’ without ever learning that the ships which brought tobacco to these shores were the same ones transporting African slaves across the Atlantic to profit their owners.

To counter racism, I believe the Church needs to advocate a radical notion of hospitality.

In his book, A Christian Theology of Hospitality, Arthur Sutherland, defines hospitality as the practice of welcoming strangers, the needy, the distressed, even your enemies, no questions asked. Sutherland says it’s simple: “Hospitality is the practice by which the church stands or falls.” God calls us to hospitality, he says, because “God’s goal for all creation is a kind of homecoming: a welcoming and a receiving.”

A cup of cold water for the thirsty. Food for the hungry. Clothes for the naked.

We have just marked the anniversary of the dreadful tragedy of the Grenfell Fire in London. I remember well one of the stories of that horrible night.

St. Clement’s Parish Church became one of the churches which served as a gathering point and community support resource during and after the terrible fire.

Alan Everett, the vicar was asked how was the church able to respond so quickly in a way that the council didn’t. “I was woken up at 3am by a priest who lives in the tower, and so I came down to the church, opened the doors and turned the lights on,” he explained. It all began from there. People started coming in out of the dark – often passersby looking to help. First they sorted out tea and coffee. By 7am, they had a fully stocked breakfast bar, with volunteers organising themselves into teams. Within hours, local restaurants were delivering food; clothes began to pile high in the church sanctuary – about 40 Transit vans worth, the vicar estimated. The place looked like a warehouse.

The ministers and people of St. Clement’s exemplified Jesus’ call to hospitality – they gave out many cups of cold water.

May we see a Church and a society develop which has hospitality and care for all as a counter to the evils of racism. Amen


And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth
For the first heaven and the first earth were passed away
and there was no more sea, And I John saw the holy city,
Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying,
Behold the tabernacle of God is with men
and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them and be their God
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes
And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying
neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away.

Text: Revelation 21 1-4
Music: Edgar Bainton (1880-1956)

Excerpts from the prayer to be said across Scotland this evening at 7 p.m.

Let us pray.

Living God, the God who creates,
You have made us in your image
That, in our giving and receiving,
We might better reflect your image.
For this gift we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who gives,
Your gift to the world
Is revealed in your Son,
The image of the invisible God.
For the renewing presence of your Son, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who renews,
You call us to renew our relationships with one another
That, in so doing,
We might renew our relationship with you.
For the welcome you offer in renewal, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who welcomes,
You welcome us when we return to you
Weary and heavy laden.
Receive us as we are and forgive us when we stumble.
For the love we experience as we are welcomed, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Living God, the God who loves,
You offer us good gifts
And invite us to receive them.
In response, we offer our lives and all that we are.
For the sure promise of your love, we praise and thank you.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

O Lord hear our prayers for ourselves and others as we join together in the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father,
which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done
on 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, Amen.

The Benediction
Be of good courage, render no-one evil for evil,
but hold fast to the good; honour all of God’s people,
and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the Communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you
and all whom you love
this day and for ever.


Organ Voluntary
J.S.Bach Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 680

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by Rev Calum I MacLeod
The lesson was read by Susanne Horsburgh

The hymn was recorded by members of the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, with Michael Harris, organ, remotely in lockdown, June 2020.
The anthem was recorded in 2010 by the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, Peter Backhouse, Assistant Organist, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music