Services in church at St Giles’

Sunday 25 July Trinity 8


Music and Readings for the Parish Eucharist at 10am


Organ Prelude Vierne Lied


Hymn 627 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim ((choir)



Merciful God,

whose holy apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had,

was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

and followed him even to death:

help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


First reading: 2 Kings 4.42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat.’ But his servant said, ‘How can I set this before a hundred people?’ So he repeated, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, “They shall eat and have some left.”’ He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.


Psalm 126

1  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

    we were like those who dream.


2  Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

    and our tongue with shouts of joy;

    then it was said among the nations,

    “The Lord has done great things for them.”


3  The Lord has done great things for us,

    and we rejoiced.


4  Restore our fortunes, O Lord,

    like the watercourses in the Negeb.


5  May those who sow in tears

    reap with shouts of joy.


6  Those who go out weeping,

    bearing the seed for sowing,

    shall come home with shouts of joy,

    carrying their sheaves.


Glory to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit:

As it was in the beginning, is now

And shall be for ever.  Amen


Second reading: Ephesians 3.14-21

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.


Tye O come, ye servants of the Lord (choir)


The Gospel: John 6.1-21 

Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’ When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.




Offertory Hymn 621 Who would true valour see (choir)


Eucharistic Prayer


Nicholson Tantum ergo (choir)


Post Communion Prayer






Next Book Fair 26 July to 5 September

Please contact Jake ( if you would like to volunteer


Katharine’s photo book

A copy of the photo book is available to view in church

Let Jake know if you’d like a copy at £30


Othona 10-12 September

The parish retreat at beautiful Othona, near Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, will take place this year over the weekend of 10-12 September 2021.

Cost, approximately £100pp (bursaries available). Please let Cath, David P or Alex know if you wish to come, or if you would like more information.


Organ Postlude Lefébure-Wély Sortie in E flat

Please click here if you would like to make a donation

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

Readings for Sunday 1 August Trinity 9

Exodus 16. 2-4, 9-15  Ephesians 4. 1-16  John 6. 24-35       

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 July and August 


25 July Trinity 8 

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


1 August Trinity 9

Exodus 16. 2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4. 1-16, John 6. 24-35

8 August Trinity 10

1 Kings 19. 4-8, Ephesians 4. 25 – 5 .2, John 6. 35, 41-51

15 August Trinity 11

Proverbs 9. 1-6, Ephesians 5. 15-20, John 6. 51-58

22 August Trinity 12

Joshua 24. 1-2a 14-18, Ephesians 6. 10-20, John 6. 56-69

29 August Trinity 13

Deuteronomy 4. 1-2 6-9, James 1 17 to end, Mark 7.1-8 14-15   21-23   

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


Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Services church at St Giles’

Sunday 25 July Trinity 8

For Music and Readings 

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Weekday Services

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



28 July and 1 September

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 

5 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  

5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 


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



Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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