The Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Morning Prayer

Sunday 15th November 2020

23rd Sunday after Trinity

Organ Music

J.S.Bach Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot‘  BWV 678
Benjamin Britten Prelude to “They walk alone”

Scripture Sentences and Call to Worship

Psalm 90 (responsively)

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.



Prayer of Confession

Draw us in the Spirit’s tether this day, gracious God, 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. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon

First Lesson               1 Thessalonians 5  1-6

Music for reflection

A Song of Wisdom

I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
and covered the earth like a mist.
I dwelt in high places,
and my throne is in a pillar of cloud.

Alone I compassed the circuit of heaven
and walked the depths of the abyss.
In the waves of the sea and in all the earth,
and over every people and nation I got a possession.
With all these I sought rest.

And I took root in a people that was glorified,
in the portion of the Lord’s own inheritance.
I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus,
and as a cypress on the mountains of Hermon.
I was exalted like a palm tree on the sea shore,
and as a fair olive tree in the plain.
And my branches are branches of glory and grace,
and my flowers are the fruit of glory and riches.
Come unto me, ye that are desirous of me,
and ye be filled with my fruits.

For my thoughts are filled from the sea,
and my counsels from the great deep.
And I came out as a stream from a river
I said, I will water my garden
and will water abundantly my garden-beds.
And lo, my stream became a river,
and my river became a sea.

Text: Ecclesiasticus 24
Music C.V.Stanford 1852-1924

Lesson            St Matthew 25  14-30



Christus est stella

Christ is the morning star
who when the night of this world is past
brings to his saints the promise of the light of life
and opens everlasting day.

Text: The Venerable Bede 673-735
Music: Will Todd b.1970

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 :
thy salvation;
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.


Organ Voluntary

Felix Mendelssohn Allegro maestoso (Sonata IV)

CCL Licence No 980930
Streaming Licence 57837
The service was conducted by Rev Calum I MacLeod
The cantor was Molly O’Toole
The anthem was recorded by the Cathedral Choir in 2018.