Service of the Word from Holy Trinity, Melrose

August 20, 2020
The Rev Philip Blackledge, Rector of Holy Trinity Melrose, lead a Service of the Word today [Thursday 20 August].

The service will begin at 6.30pm.

Rev Philip will be assisted by Co-leader Jane Stevenson and joined digitally by Carrie Daye and Liz Williams, who are the readers; and Katie Blackledge who leads the intercessions.

Music in the service is from a virtual choir, consisting of Claire Taylor (soprano soloist), Katie Blackledge, Ollie Drake, Jim Lowe and Keith Kilgore. The organ is played by Chris Achenbach.

You can download the liturgy ahead of the service here:

The service can be joined from 6.30pm at:

In addition to the online resources, there is a telephone service to allow those who do not have internet access to listen to the service of worship by telephone. The facility is free of charge for anyone calling by landline or mobile phone from within the UK. It will be helpful if those who have online access to worship continue to use that method rather than using the telephone line, to avoid unnecessary additional cost incurred by the GSO, and we would also appreciate help in reaching non-internet users who are unable to see this information.

Anyone who would like full details of how to access the telephone line, in order to share them with someone who needs this service should email

The broadcast will be available for all to access on YouTube and Facebook. Subtitles are available on both platforms, if selected by the user. Look for the CC icon at the bottom of the display screen on YouTube; on facebook, go to Settings, then Video, then select Always Show Captions.

The Scottish Episcopal Church website will also contain downloadable video and audio formats of the services, when these are ready.

We encourage people to distribute the video/audio recordings and the Liturgy widely within their own personal networks. In households with no internet or playback capacity at all, if people are simply given the opportunity to read the words of the Liturgy to themselves close to the appointed time, they will be praising God along with others in the Church.