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Contributors to 'This Week's News'  are reminded that entries need to be with the minister by Thursday 9.00am to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday


  THIS WEEK'S NEWS: 16.06.19


.         1.     OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall at the close of this service.   The Hall is best accessed through the door to the left of the pulpit.   Everyone is very welcome.   If you are a visitor and would like to be accompanied to coffee, the welcome team will be in the vestibule at the end of the service to assist you.
2.     COMMUNION ROUND THE TABLE   The evening service at 7.00pm is one of song, silence, prayers, meditation and Holy Communion   All welcome.   (SSM)
3.     PASTORAL CARE   Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh DCS may be contacted on 07903 266 307 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
4.     MEMBERSHIP   If you would like to become a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (0131 667 1286).    You
can be assured of a very warm reception.                Scott S McKenna
5.     COFFEE & BLETHERS   We are looking for volunteers to help us run a coffee + blethers group over the summer.  The 2nd and 4th Thursday in the month from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in the months of June to September.  Please speak to Christina Somerville, Deirdre Eustace or Kay McIntosh, if you are interested.  Many thanks.
6     FIVE MINUTES’ PEACE sees the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service - on Tuesdays from 6.00pm - 7.30pm and Saturdays from 10.00am -11.30am.  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.
Please Note.  In view of the Service of Thanksgiving for the late Professor John Peterson, Five Minutes’ Peace will not take place on Saturday 22 June.

July   The Five Minutes’ Peace initiative will not operate during the month of July, but will resume again in August.
7.     MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.  
8.     CHRISTIAN AID WEEK   A huge thank you to all who helped raise almost £6000to help Mums in Sierra Leone.   Thank you.
The Christian Aid Team

9.   CROSSREACH STORYTELLING  A tremendous thank you to everyone who helped raise £974 for the CrossReach Perinatal Service at our recent storytelling event.  
10.   SHORT MID-WEEK AFTERNOON SERVICE  on Tuesday 9July at 2.30pm in the level access Bill McDonald Hall [via West Mayfield doors] with Tea and Fellowship until around 3.45 pm.  (See June/July Grapevine).   The Summer Service is especially appreciated by those who feel more isolated while family, friends and neighbours might be on holiday.   Everyone always made most welcome.   If you would appreciate further information or extra help to be able to attend, please ask Kay McIntosh, or your Pastoral Visitor (PV), or Anne Sturrock.
11.   DOORS OPEN DAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019  This year Mayfield Salisbury will be participating in the popular Doors Open Day, which will take place on Saturday 28 September.  This is great opportunity to showcase our beautiful church to the wider public. We will need a team of volunteers to staff the building on that Saturday.  If you are willing to give up a few hours to help, please contact Alastair MacGilchrist on 07931 730 805 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!
12.   SAVE THE DATE: Superhero Summer Holiday Club: Monday 5th to Friday 9th August 2019. Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church and Marchmont St. Giles Parish Church are partnering to run a holiday club for Primary School ages from 9.30am to 12 noon at the Marchmont St Giles Church Centre this summer. Bookings are now open! Go to our Eventbrite for registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/superhero-summer-holiday-club-tickets-61028599183   Have questions or keen to volunteer? Get in touch with Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   
YOUTH CLUB  Tonight 16 June We will meet in the youth room for games and a discussion night about what it means to be a community. 6.00 – 7.00pm for P6-S1 and 7.00 – 8.00pm for S2-S6. 
23 June - Final youth club of the year! We will be having a bonfire in the garden with s'mores and yard games. All upcoming P6s for the 2019-20 school year are invited to come along to the first hour from 6.00 – 7.00pm (P6-S1) to get a taste of what happens at youth club. All those entering S2 will come to the 2nd hour from 7.00 – 8.00pm (S2-S6). Questions? Contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
13.   STAMP APPEAL This year it will be supporting the Chigodi Women’s Centre in Blantyre, Malawi.  The Centre provides training in tailoring, fashion design and chicken farming, and develops the women’s skills in marketing.  Your used stamps can be sold to raise funds for the project. Please put them in the red box on the table in the West Mayfield entrance. If you have any which you believe to be valuable, or which are too bulky for the box, please let me know and I’ll be happy to collect them from you.    Many thanks!
Kate O’Brien 0131 667 4362 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
14.       The Church of Scotland has prepared a recording of all hymns in CHURCH HYMNARY 4.   See: music.churchofscotland.org.uk   The Chamber Group of Mayfield Salisbury recorded 40 hymns. 

Further details of individual events, where available, can be found on the 'What's On' page.


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f you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (under St John's Episcopal Church), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey

Marcus Borg             Days of Awe and Wonder
Harold Kushner        When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough
                                  When Bad Things Happen To Good People
 Ron Miller & Laura Bernstein        Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift
Peter Stanford          Judas:  the troubling history of the renegade apostle
Sheila Upjohn           In Search of Julian of Norwi 
Patrick Woodhouse  Etty Hillesum:  A Life Transformed

Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org       


If you would like to become a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (0131 667 1286).   It will be good to have your name on the congregational roll.   You can be assured of a very warm reception.      Scott S McKenna


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'Amazed by Science, illumined by Religion' This booklet is available free of charge.  Details HERE

  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe

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