Services in church at St Giles’

Sunday 13 June Trinity 2 

10.00 Parish Eucharist  


Music and Readings 


Organ Prelude Walther Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele


Hymn 618  When, in our music, God is glorified (choir)



Lord, you have taught us

that all our doings without love are nothing worth:

send your Holy Spirit

and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,

the true bond of peace and of all virtues,

without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.

Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



First reading: Ezekiel 17.20-24

Thus says the Lord God, I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.


Psalm 92. 1-4, 12-15

1   It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

     to sing praises to your name, O Most High;


2   to declare your steadfast love in the morning,

     and your faithfulness by night,


3   to the music of the lute and the harp,

     to the melody of the lyre.


4   For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;

     at the works of your hands I sing for joy.


12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree,

     and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.


13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;

     they flourish in the courts of our God.


14 In old age they still produce fruit;

     they are always green and full of sap,


15 showing that the Lord is upright;

     he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.


Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5.6-10

We are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!


Walker As the apple tree (choir)


The Gospel: Mark 4.26-34

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’ He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.




Offertory Hymn 589 He King of love my shepherd is (choir)


Eucharistic Prayer


Paulus Pilgrims’ Hymn  (choir)


Post Communion Prayer





The Music team are open to receiving hymn suggestions for our services, as well as other music. If you have anything you would like to suggest please do contact Anne (


Organ Postude arr. Walther Allegro from Concerto del Sigr. Taglietti 

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The Sunday Club continues to meet at 10.00 via Zoom. Please contact Dave Archer for further details.

Readings for next Sunday 20 June Trinity 3

Job 38.1-11: 2 Corinthians 6.1-13: Mark 4.35-41   

Weekday Services 


There will be no Morning Prayer on weekdays during the Interregnum.

Thursday 3 June 2021 - Private Prayer and Reflection from 13.00-13.30


You are invited to join others in church on 3 June for our monthly private prayer. You may find this prayer sheet helpful - please bring a copy with you to church. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.


Our text for June: When Jesus was teaching in the temple, he looked around at those sitting around him and said, ‘Whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother’ Mark 3 v 35


Let us pray for the church and the world and thank God for his goodness


Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the fellowship of the church, that supports and helps us to  put our faith into practice. Strengthen us, Lord, in your service, that we may be an encouragement to others and hold fast to all that is good.


  • We pray for Christians worldwide at the beginning of the Season of the Trinity when we celebrate the doctrine of God as three persons. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • As we start a new chapter in the life of St Giles’, we pray for Alex our Curate, for the Church Wardens, Lorraine, Gail and Tim, the members of the PCC and others in the Diocese who are charged with appointing our new Rector. We pray that we will all support and help them in their tasks during this period of change. We know God is always with us and hears us when we pray, and we ask for His guidance that right decisions will be made during the Interregnum.
  • We pray for the nations of the world and their leaders, for Queen Elizabeth, and the parliaments of the United Kingdom, for those who administer the law and all who serve in public office that with God’s help all may live in peace and freedom.
  • We remember at this time those who live in authoritarian and oppressive regimes including the people of Belarus, for those detained illegally in prison by the state for speaking out against injustice and lack of freedom of speech.
  • We pray for the people of the Middle East and in particular for those caught up in the recent Israeli Palestinian hostilities that a final and lasting settlement may be brokered internationally to end this long running tragic conflict that has cost the lives of and injured so many.
  • We pray for the leaders of the G7 countries preparing to meet in Cornwall in June, with the stated aim to build back better from the pandemic and the determination to put climate, biodiversity, and the environment at the heart of the Covid 19 recovery, strategies, and investment.
  • We pray to our Heavenly Father, to give grace us, our families, friends, and neighbours that we may serve Christ in one another and love as he loves us.                        
  • We pray for comfort to those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, remembering those who live with memory loss or dementia and those who care for them, including those in our own families and communities
  • We pray for those who have died and for comfort and strength to those who mourn.
  • We pray, Holy God, faithful and unchanging, that our minds may be filled with the knowledge of your truth and be drawn more deeply into the mystery of your love so we may truly worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God, world without end.

Merciful Father accept our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


We finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer. 

Lectionary for Sundays in June and July 


13 June Trinity 2

Ezekiel 17.22-24: 2 Corinthians 5.6-10: [11-13]14-17: Mark 4.26-34

20 June Trinity 3

Job 38.1-11: 2 Corinthians 6.1-13: Mark 4.35-41                      27 June Trinity 4

Wisdom 1.13-15; 2.23,24: 2 Corinthians 8.7-24: Mark 5.21-43


7 July Trinity 5

 Ezekiel 2.1-5: 2 Corinthians 12.2-10: Mark 6.1-13                      11 July Trinity 6 

 Amos 7.7-15: Ephesians 1.3-14: Mark 6.14-29 

18 July Trinity 7 

Jeremiah 23.1-6: Ephesians 2.11-22: Mark 6.30-34,53-56        25 July Trinity 8 

2 Kings 4.42-44: Ephesians 3.14-21: John 6.1-21    

Our Liturgy  


We use Common Worship for all services except on the first Sunday of the month when the 1662 Communion Service is used.


For many centuries parents who counted themselves members of the Christian Church have brought their children to be baptised. When a child is baptised (or Christened, both words mean the same) he or she is welcomed into the household of God and made a member of the church. It is the start of a journey.

The people who were baptised in the time of Jesus were adults. In the earliest days of the church only adults were baptised and this is still the custom in some Christian traditions. As time passed, parents asked if their children could also be baptised and this custom was established. Children were baptised on the understanding that their parents would bring them up in the faith of Christ. The church baptises babies and young children aware that the parents and Godparents will not always be fully involved in the life of the church but on the understanding that they take seriously the opening of the life of the child to the touch of God. In the baptism service parents and Godparents promise to bring up the child to follow Jesus, and to show him or her the right way to live by their own example. The child receives the love and shared faith of the whole people of God.

Baptisms here take place during the Parish Eucharist at 10.00.

A prayer for your child
God of love, May this child grow to love, to worship and serve you And bring life and joy to the world. Amen

Christingle and Mothering Sunday Services

We especially welcome parents, Godparents and children to the Christingle service on Advent Sunday at 16.00 and to the Mothering Sunday service in the Spring as part of the Parish Eucharist at 10.00.

Christingle service 2015


We like weddings at St Giles' and are very glad when couples want to get married here. A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. The most important part of your wedding will be the service held in church. Planning for this should be one of the happiest times in your life together. Whether the ceremony you want is quiet and simple, or elaborate with glorious flowers and music and the bells ringing out, at the heart of the service the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God's blessing.

Your wedding matters to us, your celebration takes place in the life of this church. You and your family and friends become part of the ancient tradition of prayer and worship that has taken place in St Giles' over hundreds of years day by day and week by week. As you prepare for your wedding day we will be holding you in our prayers.

We like to get to know you before your wedding, and we invite you to come the main Sunday service at 10.00. There is coffee after the service and this gives us the opportunity to meet you and for you to speak with the Director of Music and to hear the choir and the organ. 

 "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things".         1 Corinthians 13. 4-7


For details of who can marry in St Giles and for planning your wedding  click on the button below and scroll downs to Weddings at St Giles'

"Welcome Back Sunday Service"

Each year we hold a "Welcome Back Service" on the second Sunday in May as part of the 10.00 Parish Eucharist, when we invite those who have been married or have worshipped here and moved away. We give thanks for faithful relationships and marriage, we sing many of the hymns chosen for weddings and the organ music at the end is one of the famous recessional pieces.This is a popular service and all are welcome. There is also an opportunity after the service to show your photos and enjoy a glass of wine or fruit juice.    


Parish funerals take place either in St Giles' or at a crematorium.

Practical arrangements are made by the undertaker who will manage all fees. A church service needs to be arranged in consultation with the Rector.

Practising Christians may wish for the funeral to be conducted in the context of the Eucharist, or to be a service of hymns, readings and prayers

Families should be aware that it takes an hour to get to the nearest cremaorium.We can advise you on the different arrangements you can make when a church service is followed by a private committal at the crematorium.

Music is arranged by the Director of Music.There is a professional choir of four voices.

We are happy for receptions after the service to be held at the back of the church.

All Souls' Service

A very popular service, the Commemoration of All Souls is held here on the Sunday nearest 2 November at 16.00.There is music and readings, prayers and the lighting of candles by members of the congregation; the names of the dead are read out and silence kept. People find it very moving and beautiful and make a point of coming back each year.

Memorial Services

Generally a memorial service takes place several weeks after the funeral. Sometimes a memorial service is referred to as a service of thanksgiving. Usually the deceased had a connection either with the church or this part of London.

The Rector and Director of Music are involved in the planning of the service.

The Columbarium

The Columbarium is known as 'one of London's secret gardens.' It lies to the east of the church down a flight of stairs. There are some niches on an outside wall and others are in a covered area enclosed by a gate. We have many requests for the placing of ashes here, but because of the limited space, only the ashes of those who were worshipping members of the congregation or who lived within the parish at time of death are placed there.


"I am the resurrection and the life," says the Lord."Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11.25,26


Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


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Services church at St Giles’

Sunday 13 June Trinity 2

For Music and Readings 

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Weekday Services

There will be no Morning Prayer on weekdays during the Interregnum.



16 June and 30 June              

Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce


The church is open for private prayer

The church is open from 11.00-16.00 Monday-Friday for private prayer. Please observe social distancing and any other instructions required when visiting the church.


Private Prayer and Reflection on first Thursday of the month 

You are invited to join others in church on Thursday 6 May.  Please bring the monthly prayer sheet  here. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates for 2021 

1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 


Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00 including tea and cake.

Cleaning Angels  
Dates in 2021  

1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 


2021 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 (all currently on Zoom)

22 June


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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