St. Giles’ Cathedral
Morning Prayer at 11.30am
3rd Sunday in Lent
Sunday 7th March 2021
J.N.Hanff Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
J.L.Krebs Jesu, der du meine Seele
Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Draw us in the Spirit’s tether, gracious God, on this third Sunday of Lent, that we might feel the warmth of your love, cleansing, forgiving and making us whole. For we are imperfect doers of justice; we ration our acts of kindness; we rarely know humility. Transform us by your love, so that we would more fully live the life you call us into, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Declaration of Pardon
First Lesson 1 Corinthians 1 18-25
Music for Reflection
Never weather beaten sail
Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.
Never tired pilgrim’s limbs affected slumber more,
Than my wearied sprite now longs to fly out of my troubled breast:
O come quickly, sweetest Lord, and take my soul to rest.
Ever blooming are the joys of Heaven’s high Paradise
Cold age deafs not there our ears nor vapour dims our eyes:
Glory there the sun outshines whose beams the blessed only see:
O come quickly, glorious Lord, and raise my sprite to thee!
Text: Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
Music: Thomas Campion arr Alan Bullard (b.1947)
Second Lesson John 2 13-22
Drop, drop slow tears
Drop, drop, slow tears,
And bathe those beauteous feet
Which brought from Heaven
The news and Prince of Peace.
Cease not, wet eyes,
His mercy to entreat;
To cry for vengeance
Sin doth never cease.
In your deep floods
Drown all my faults and fears;
Nor let His eye
See sin, but through my tears.
Text: Phineas Fletcher (1582-1650)
Music: Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
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.
The Song of Simeon
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen :
Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.
Nikolaus Bruhns Praeludium in E minor
CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837
The service was conducted by Rev Calum I MacLeod
The cantor was Alison Cook
The organ was played by Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music
Today’s anthem was recorded by the Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral in 2014, Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music.