We are working to make this service as accessible as possible to those who would like to worship together particularly during this period of lockdown.

For this reason you can be part of this service either: 
  • By watching on our Facebook page like usual at 9am on Sunday Morning
  • By joining on Zoom by using this link to register and receive the log-in details
  • By joining on Zoom on the telephone by calling: 0131 460 1196 and then following the automated  instructions to enter Meeting ID: 825 2466 3575 and Passcode: 491781 when requested.

The Zoom Room will be open from 8.50am and you will be asked to remain muted through the service. Those on Zoom will be able to remain in the Zoom Room for coffee and conversation after the service if they would like.

An Order Morning Prayer for Candlemas
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
You laid the foundation of the earth
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Blessed are you, sovereign God,
creator of heaven and earth,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your living Word, eternal in heaven,
assumed the frailty of our mortal flesh,
may the light of your love be born in us
to fill our hearts with joy as we sing:
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.
1          Hail to the Lord who comes,
            comes to his temple gate!
            Not with his angel host,
            not in his kingly state:
            no shouts proclaim him nigh,
            no crowds his coming wait;
2          But borne upon the throne
            of Mary's gentle breast,
            watched by her duteous love,
            in her fond arms at rest;
            thus to his Father's house
            he comes, the heavenly Guest.
3          There Joseph at her side
            in reverent wonder stands;
            and, filled with holy joy,
            old Simeon in his hands
            takes up the promised child,
            the glory of all lands.
4          Hail to the great First-born,
            whose ransom-price they pay,
            the Son before all worlds,
            the child of man to-day,
            that he might ransom us
            who still in bondage lay.
5          O Light of all the earth,
            thy children wait for thee:
            come to thy temples here,
            that we, from sin set free,
            before thy Father's face
            may all presented be.
Words: John Ellerton (1826-1893).
The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence is kept.
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
The Word of God
Malachi 3:1-5
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.
Psalm 24
1  The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it,  
   the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.
2  For he has founded it upon the seas  
   and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord,  
   or who can rise up in his holy place?’
4  ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,  
   who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,
      nor sworn an oath to a lie;
5  ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord,  
   a just reward from the God of their salvation.’
6  Such is the company of those who seek him,  
   of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7  Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors;  
   and the King of glory shall come in.
8  ‘Who is the King of glory?’  
   ‘The Lord, strong and mighty,
      the Lord who is mighty in battle.’
9  Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors;  
   and the King of glory shall come in.
10  ‘Who is this King of glory?’  
   ‘The Lord of hosts,
      he is the King of glory.’
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. 
Luke 2:22-40
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
    according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
    which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”
The Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.
The darkness is passing away
and the true light is already shining;
the Word of life which was from the beginning.
That which we heard, which we saw with our eyes,
and touched with our hands,
we proclaim to you.
For our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.
1          Faithful vigil ended,
            watching, waiting cease;
            Master, grant thy servant
            his discharge in peace.
2          All thy Spirit promised,
            all the Father willed,
            now these eyes behold it
            perfectly fulfilled.
3          This thy great deliverance
            sets thy people free;
            Christ their light uplifted
            all the nations see.
4          Christ, thy people's glory!
            watching, doubting cease:
            grant to us thy servants
            our discharge in peace.
Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith (born 1926) from Luke 2 vs 29-32 
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Christ as a light by Margaret Rizza 
Performed by St Martin’s Voices
Christ as a light, illumine and guide me;
Chris as a shield, overshadow and cover me.
Christ be under me, Christ be over me;
Christ be beside me on left hand and on right
Christ as a light, illumine and guide me;
Chris as a shield, overshadow and cover me.
Christ be before me, behind and about me;
Christ this day be within and around me.
Christ as a light guide me;
Christ as a shield cover me. 
Saint Patrick (387-461)
Which conclude with... 
Collect for Candlemas
Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel:
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God.
The Lord’s Prayer
Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on 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.
1          In a world where people walk in darkness,
            let us turn our faces to the light,
            to the light of God revealed in Jesus,
            to the daystar scattering our night.
            For the light is stronger than the darkness 
            and the day will overcome the night, 
            though the shadows linger all around us, 
            let us turn our faces to the light. 
2          In a world where suffering of the helpless
            casts a shadow all along the way,
            let us bear the cross of Christ with gladness
            and proclaim the dawning of the day.
3          Let us light a candle in the darkness,
            in the face of death a sign of life;
            as a sign of hope where all seemed hopeless,
            as a sign of peace in place of strife.
Words: Robert A Willis (born 1947)
© Very Revd Robert A Willis 
The Conclusion
May God, who has called us out of darkness
into his marvellous light,
bless us and fill us with peace.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
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is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.
Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. 
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During the current lock down the PCCs of both Parishes have resolved to pause public worship for a time. During this time, we are doing to the following to ensure that we remain a praying presence in the heart of our communities.
  • St Cuthbert’s Haydon Bridge will be open for those who wish to use it for private prayer on Sunday mornings from 10.30am and on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm. You are very welcome to use the church for private prayer at these times and will be asked to follow our public health guidance if you do so.
  • We continue to offer prayers for our community at 9am and 6pm each day on our Facebook page.
  • We are looking to develop our “at home” worship offering, particularly making our regular Sunday 9am service more available to those who are not able or happy to use our current format on Facebook.
  • Those who have gathered as members of our Community of Prayer will be looking to develop practical means through which the prayers of the whole community can be gathered and offered through this time.