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Contributors to 'This Week's News'  are reminded that entries need to be with the minister by Thursday 9.30am to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday


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.     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.  
3.     EVENING SERVICE   Our evening service at 7.00pm is one of song, reflection, meditation through music and the practice of silence.   All welcome (KM)
4.     MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5.     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
6.     AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL     Monday 10 December is Human Rights Day.  The local Amnesty International group will be signing cards to send to activists who are being persecuted for upholding human rights.  We would ask you to join us by signing a card to your chosen activist and making a small donation towards the postage.  You have no idea how much this gesture is appreciated.  Members of the group will be in the Halls Entrance TODAY after both services.      
                                             Richard Gardner
7.     THURSDAY CLUB   The Thursday Club next meet on Thursday 13 December in the Bill McDonald Hall at 2.00pm.   This week we welcome Christine Short who will present The Subversive Stitch.
8.     BBC RADIO SCOTLAND:  ‘New Every Morning’   On Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December, the Advent Services on BBC Radio Scotland will be led by the Minister.   The programme begins at 6.30am.
9.     YOUTH CLUB: Tonight (9 Dec) we will be having a speed sport tournament in the lower hall playing a series of quick sport matches such as basketball, uni hoc, dodgeball and American football. Youth are encouraged to bring friends, and teams will be created on the night! Please bring some coins to donate toward the tuck shop, and the winners of the tournament will choose which charity will receive the proceeds. All ages P6-S6 from 6-8 PM. Meet in the lower hall! For more info contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
10.   CHRISTMAS EVE CAROL SINGING   On behalf of the Director of Nursing, the Spiritual Care Team would like to invite you to join us for carol singing round the wards at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on Christmas Eve.   There will be refreshments available in the Board Room on the 2nd Floor from 7.00pm onwards with a view to commencing the carol singing with the Salvation Army brass band at around 7.30pm.   Parking within the hospital grounds will be free on this occasion.                 
                                    Chaplains Duncan MacLaren and Christine Clark
11.   MAYFIELD SALISBURY SOUND DESK   Additional volunteers are required to operate the Sound Desk at the 10.45am service on Sunday mornings.  We are fortunate to have a willing group of helpers, who are on duty for one calendar month each year, but would be delighted to welcome a few more recruits.   If interested, please contact John Lunn, 667 7966 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.   Many thanks.
12.   ASSISI 'RELIEF GROUP' 2019   Tom Cuthell's 2019 Assisi group is full, and now has a waiting list.  This has led Tom to explore the possibility of organising a second group - a so-called 'relief group' limited to 16 people.  Lasting a week, the stay in Assisi will be from 14 to 21 September. The group will travel BA from Edinburgh to Florence direct, with very attractive flight schedules(no getting up in the middle of the night!!) For further information contact Tom on:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0131 476 386420.   
13.   POPPY SCOTLAND send their grateful appreciation to Mayfield Salisbury congregation for our collections totalling £211.94 at Remembrance-tide.
14.   NURSING HOME SERVICES   I will be conducting a short informal Seven Lessons and Carols service at Belleville Lodge Nursing Home on Tuesday 11 December at 11.30 am and Camilla Nursing home on 13 December at 2.30pm.  If anyone would like to join me to boost the singing then please meet me in the foyer ten minutes before the service is due to begin.                Kay McIntosh

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……

Crane, Tim                              The Meaning of Belief:  Religion from An Atheist’s Point of View
McGrath, Alister                     Darwinism and the Divine
Oakley, Mark                          The Collage of God
O’Loughlin, Thomas              The Eucharist:  Origins and Contemporary Understandings

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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Mayfield Salisbury Church Memorials 1914-1918


'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

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