The Third Sunday in Advent – 9:30am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 9.30am

3rd Sunday in Advent

Sunday 12th December 2021

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 659

Sigfrid Karg-Elert Aus meines Herzens Grunde

Sigfrid Karg-Elert Alles ist an Gottes Segen

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


People, look East. The time is near

of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able,

trim the hearth and set the table.

People look East, and sing today:

Love, the Guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,

one more seed is planted there:

give up your strength the seed to nourish,

that in course the flower may flourish.

People, look east, and sing today:

Love, the Rose, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim

one more light the bowl shall brim,

shining beyond the frosty weather,

bright as sun and moon together.

People, look East, and sing today:

Love, the Star, is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth

Christ who brings new life to earth.

Set every peak and valley humming

with the word, the Lord is coming.

People, look East, and sing today:

Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Text: Eleanor Farjeon 1881-1965

Music: Besançon CH4 281 French Traditional



Merciful God, always with us and yet always coming: We confess that we do not know how to prepare for your Advent. We have forgotten how to hope in miracles; we have ignored the promises of your Kingdom and become distracted by the busyness of the season. Forgive our lack of watchfulness. Forgive our complacency. Forgive our lack of faith, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Kyrie Eleison sung by the Choir

Kyrie Eleison

Christe Eleison

Kyrie Eleison

Missa brevis K192 W.A.Mozart

Declaration of forgiveness

Gloria patri sung by the choir (Tonus Peregrinus)

First Lesson               Zephaniah 3  14-20

Metrical Psalm

O sing a new song to the Lord:
sing all the earth to God.
To God sing, bless his name, shew still

his saving health abroad.

Let heav’ns be glad before the Lord,
and let the earth rejoice;
Let seas, and all that is therein,
cry out, and make a noise.

Let fields rejoice, and ev’ry thing
that springeth of the earth:
Then woods and ev’ry tree shall sing

with gladness and with mirth

Before the Lord; because he comes,
to judge the earth comes he:
He’ll judge the world with righteousness,

the people faithfully.

Text: Scottish Psalter 1650 Psalm 96  1,2,11-13

Music: Southwark Adapted from Christopher Tye c1508-1572

The Gospel    St Luke 3  7-18

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.

Missa brevis K192 W.A.Mozart


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

Thou shalt know him when he comes

During Communion the Choir sings

Thou shalt know him when he comes

Thou shalt know Him when he comes
not by any din of drums,
Nor his manners nor his airs,
nor by anything he wears.

Thou shalt know him when he comes,
not by his crown or by his gown,
But his coming known shall be
by the holy harmony which his coming makes in thee.

Thou shalt know him when he comes. Amen.

Music: Mark Sirrett b.1952



When out of poverty is born

a dream that will not die,

and landless, weary folk find strength

to stand with heads held high,

it’s when we learn from those who wait

to greet the promised day,

‘The Lord is coming: don’t lose heart.

Be blest; prepare the way!’

When people wander far from God,

forget to share their bread,

they find their wealth an empty thing,

their spirits are not fed.

For only just and tender love

the hungry soul will stay.

And so God’s prophets echo still

‘Be blest; prepare the way!’

When God took flesh and came to earth,

the world turned upside down,

and in the strength of woman’s faith

the Word of Life was born.

She knew that God would raise the low,

it pleased her to obey.

Rejoice with Mary in the call,

‘Be blest; prepare the way!’

Text: Kathryn Galloway b.1952

Tune: Kingsfold CH4 291 English Traditional Melody arr. R.Vaughan Williams 1872-1958


Organ Voluntary

Andrew Carter Toccata on Veni Emmanuel

CCL Licence No 980930

Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Craig Meek