The Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity – 11:00am

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Service at 11am

23rd Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 7th November 2021

Organ Music

Joseph Jongen Menuet-Scherzo

Louis Vierne Prélude


Let the people praise thee, O God

Let the people praise thee, O God

yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad:
for thou shalt judge the folk righteously,
and govern the nations upon earth.

Text: Psalm 67  3-5

Music: Noel de Jongh b.1930

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship


For all the saints who from their labours rest,

who thee by faith before the world confessed,

thy name, O Jesus, be for ever blest:

Alleluia, alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;

thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

thou in the darkness still their one true light:

Alleluia, alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

yet all are one in thee, for all are thine:

Alleluia, alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:

Alleluia, alleluia!

Text: William Walsham How 1823-1897

Tune: Sine Nomine CH4 740 Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958

The Preces

O Lord open thou our lips

William Byrd c1540-1623




Eternal God, you caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.


First Lesson               Ruth 3  1-5, 4  13-17

The Choir sings Psalm 146

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.

While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:

Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:

The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:

The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.


Second Lesson           St Mark 12 38-44


Ye who the Name of Jesus bear,
his sacred steps pursue;
and let that mind which was in him
be also found in you.

His greatness he for us abased,
for us his glory veiled;
in human likeness dwelt on earth,
his majesty concealed:

Nor only as a man appears,
but stoops a servant low;
submits to death, nay, bears the cross,
in all its shame and woe.

Hence God this generous love to all
with honours just hath crowned,
and raised the Name of Jesus far
above all names renowned:

That at this Name, with sacred awe,
each humble knee should bow,
of hosts immortal in the skies,
and nations spread below.

Text: Scottish Paraphrases 1781 Philippians 2  5, 7-10

Music: St Anne CH4 520 Modern form of melody, 1708 probably by William Croft 1678-1737



O quam gloriosum

O how glorious is the kingdom
in which all the saints rejoice with Christ,
clad in robes of white
they follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

Text: Antiphon for All Saints

Music: Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548-1611


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.


Glory to you, O God,
for all your saints in light,
who nobly waged and won
the fierce and well-fought fight.
Their praises sing,
who life outpoured
by fire and sword 
for Christ their King.

Thanks be to you, O Lord,
for saints your Spirit stirred   
in humble paths to live
your life and speak your word.
Unnumbered they
whose shining light
informs our sight
from day to day.

Lord God of truth and love,
‘Your kingdom come’, we pray;
give us your grace to know
your truth and walk your way.
Your will be done      
here on this earth,
till saints in earth
and heaven are one.

Text: Howard Charles Adie Gaunt 1902-1983

Tune: Darwall’s CH4 741 John Darwall 1731-89


Organ Voluntary

J.S.Bach Fugue in G minor BWV 542

CCL Licence No 980930

Streaming Licence 57837

The service was conducted by The Rev Calum I MacLeod