Girton College Chapel 26th April: introducing the Lord’s Prayer

Girton CollegeChapel East Window . Photo Phil mynott.

Sunday 26 April – Introducing the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father

Welcome to the first Sunday ‘evensong’ chapel page of the new term. Although we cannot be together physically in our beautiful chapel, I hope that you will be able to come to this page each Sunday, either at 5:30pm, as you used to for evensong, or at another time that suits you. Here you will find some beautiful pictures to remind you of chapel, some prayers and responses, the psalm and readings, set for each Sunday, and, of course the beautiful settings of the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimmitis, sung by our choir, together with an anthem – the music that has been so much at the heart of our worship together.

You will also find, as you often did in chapel, a poem and a reflection from your chaplain, developing the term’s theme. Our theme this term is the Lord’s Prayer so each week I will offer a poem and a brief meditation taking us deeper into the power and wisdom of the Lord’s Prayer, a prayer we can say together whilst apart, a prayer which we share with Christians the world over, and most importantly a prayer we share with Christ who comes to share our present sufferings. We will start our reflections this week with the opening phrase Our Father.

Now, to begin our worship, we hear the opening responses, composed by Rhiannon Randle and sung by Girton Choir. As with all the audio you can listen by clicking on the ‘play’ button or the title.

Introductory Responses

V:O Lord, open thou our lips.
R:And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
V:O God, make speed to save us.
R:O Lord, make haste to help us.

V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R: .As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
V: Praise ye the Lord.
R:The Lord’s Name be praised.

The psalm for today is psalm 48, I commend reading it out loud. You could say it yourself, or if you have others with you, you could say it ‘antiphonally’ alternating verses with one another

Magnus Dominus

  1. GREAT is the Lord, and highly to be praised: in the city of our God, even upon his holy hill.
  2. The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth: upon the north-side lieth the city of the great King; God is well known in her palaces as a sure refuge.
  3. For lo, the kings of the earth: are gathered, and gone by together.
  4. They marvelled to see such things: they were astonished, and suddenly cast down.
  5. Fear came there upon them, and sorrow: as upon a woman in her travail.
  6. Thou shalt break the ships of the sea: through the east-wind.
  7. Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God upholdeth the same for ever.
  8. We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God: in the midst of thy temple.
  9. O God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world’s end: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
  10. Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughters of Judah be glad: because of thy judgements.
  11. Walk about Sion, and go round about her: and tell the towers thereof.
  12. Mark well her bulwarks, set up her houses: that ye may tell them that come after.
  13. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he shall be our guide unto death.

V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R: .As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: read by Jeremy West

1 Kings 8:22-30

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven.

He said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart,

the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand.

Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, “There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.”

Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David.

‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!

Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today;

that your eyes may be open night and day towards this house, the place of which you said, “My name shall be there”, that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place.

Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray towards this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling-place; heed and forgive.


our wonderful choristers

The Magnificat Octavi Toni (Cardoso),  Sung by Girton choir. From the Choir’s CD Manuel Cardoso


Luke 1

MY soul doth magnify the Lord :
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded :
the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

For behold, from henceforth :
all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him :
throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things :
and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

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.

New Testament Reading: Matthew 6:9-13 read by Rosalind Skillen

‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
 hallowed be your name.
 Your kingdom come.
 Your will be done,
 on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
 as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
 but rescue us from the evil one.

The NuncDimmitis from The Girton Service(Wilson), sung by Girton choir



Luke 2.29

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.

Final Responses set by Rhiannon Randle sung by Girton Choir


V:The Lord be with you.
R:And with thy spirit.
V:Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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 them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

V:O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
R:And grant us thy salvation.
V:O Lord, save the Queen.
R:And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V:Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
R:And make thy chosen people joyful.
V:O Lord, save thy people.
R:And bless thine inheritance.
V:Give peace in our time, O Lord.
R:Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
V:O God, make clean our hearts within us.
R:And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Sermon:Our Father: A reflection and poem from the chaplain:

The text of the poem:

Our Father

I heard him call you his beloved son

And saw his Spirit lighten like a dove,

I thought his words must be for you alone,

Knowing myself unworthy of his love.

You pray in close communion with your Father,

So close you say the two of you are one,

I feel myself to be receding further,

Fallen away and outcast and alone.


And so I come and ask you how to pray,

Seeking a distant supplicant’s petition,

Only to find you give your words away,

As though I stood with you in your position,

As though your Father were my Father too,

As though I found his ‘welcome home’ in you.


The Anthem this evening is a setting of the Lord’s Prayer in Latin composed by our Chapel Music Director Gareth Wilson and  sung by Girton choir:

Pater Noster (Wilson)

Now here, as always is the blessing which concludes our service:

A Blessing from the Chaplain:

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his son Jesus Christ our lord, and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you and those whom you hold in your hearts, this day and always, Amen

Blossoms in Girton Orchard last week. (Photo Liliana Janik)


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27 responses to “Girton College Chapel 26th April: introducing the Lord’s Prayer

  1. Thank you so much.A great blessing to me .


    I was never taught or instructed in my youth to consider God as « Daddy », as that would constitute a gross departure from the reigning formality and accepted church norms of the day. But in your homily you enthusiastically beg to differ! And isn’t that the point of it all? He is our Abba, our ever loving and forgiving Daddy! At first the poem plays with that sad, segregated tone, until the joyous realisation is made that Our Father is indeed ours…yours, mine and all of ours! Such a beautiful shift and final joyous évocation that we are all his. Simply beautiful to read aloud! Thank you, Malcom. I’m looking forward to the remaining poems of this term.

  3. Thank you for your faithfulness. This was a beautiful way to start my morning. May He forever and continually be the inspiration of your words.

  4. Rick Degendorfer

    Thank you for a lovely service.
    I felt God’s love through listening
    today. Over the past several years
    I sought to find God in different ways, and perhaps, drifted- not further away as I first thought, but perhaps closer, as I found myself realizing this morning.
    Thank you again.

  5. Anne Roberts

    Thank you Malcolm, for this work and labour of love. Always and in every circumstance we can come and call him ‘Father’. Gospel indeed. As a child and teenager I took part in sung evensong with my parents and brother in our beautiful little church in Bolton.

  6. Stan Graumann

    Thank you so much for allowing us to share in this service. We were truly blessed, and are looking forward to next week ! May God bless you richly, and make this ministry a blessing to many.
    Regards, Stan

  7. Roland

    Thank you so much for putting this together. It means a lot to be in’virtual chapel’ at this time!.

  8. Richard Gawrych

    Thank you for providing this. It was wonderful to have it as apart of our sabbath keeping during this stay at home time.

  9. It has been many years since I’ve been to an evensong service. This was lovely, but the best part was the poem, in which I was reminded that because of the Lord Jesus, God is my Father, too. Thank you for sharing this with us all.

  10. Thank you Malcolm. Today started very poorly indeed but listening to this tonight has lifted me tremendously. I will be a faithful worshipper at this virtual chapel for as long as you make this blessing of beautiful treasure available to us all.

    With much gratitude,

  11. Eleanor Prugh

    It is so lovely that you are sharing this with persons far as well as near, and I feel so fed by having listened and read. Thank you, Eleanor.

  12. My soul was fed. The sermon was so affirming. Thank you.
    It has been a very long time since Evensong has been held anywhere here. The music is beautiful and the photo of the blossoms is lovely since here in northern Canada we are just losing the last of the snow! God be with you.

  13. bgulland72

    lovely to hear the college chorus & read Psalm 48 now. Will work my way through this post steadily…

  14. David C Brown

    Is John 17 “The Lord’s Prayer”?

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