Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.
Almighty and eternal God,
Yet you have breathed your Spirit into my spirit:
O Lord God, I praise and magnify your name that thus you have set your seal upon my inmost being not leaving me to my own poor and petty selfhood or to the sole empire of animal passion and desire, but calling me to be an heir of your eternal kingdom. I bless you for that knocking at my heart's door that warns me of your waiting presence. I bless you for your hand upon my life, and for the sure knowledge that, however I may falter and fail, yet underneath are your everlasting arms.
O you who alone knows what lies before me this day, grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to you. Let me be in the world, yet not of it. Let me use this world without abusing it. If I buy, let me be as though I possessed not. If I have nothing, let me be as though possessing all things. Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with your will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which your will may demand. Suggest, direct, control every movement of my mind; for my Lord Christ's sake. Amen.
—John Baillie. A Diary of Private Prayer (Oxford, 1936)
Old Saint Paul's Church is in the historic heart of the city of Edinburgh, and is home to a lively and diverse congregation, sustaining a pattern of worship, music and prayer.
There have been people worshipping on this site since 1689, when a breakaway group from the old Cathedral of Saint Giles led by Bishop Alexander Rose moved into an old wool store in Carrubber’s Close. The present building dates from the 19th century.
Psalm 84. Psalm Choir. Tune: St. Edith.
May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.