Next Services

30 Jul 10:00 -Morning Service

30 Jul 19:00 -Evening Service

06 Aug 10:00 -Morning Service


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

Sunday Intimations - Contributors are reminded that intimations need to be with the minister by Thursday noon to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday.


1.         OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Upper Hall at the close of this service.   The hall is on the same level as the church sanctuary.   Everyone is very welcome.   If you are a visitor and would like to be accompanied to coffee, a member of the welcome team will be in the vestibule at the end of the service to take you there.
2.         PASTORAL CARE   During July, pastoral care will be provided by our Pastoral Care Visitors.   Sheila is on sick leave; Scott is on holiday from 3 July to 7 August.   Funeral cover will be provided by the Revd Neil Gardner, Canongate Kirk.   Neil may be contacted on 0131 556 3515.
3.         EVENING SERVICE   Our service this evening will be led by Eilie Blackwood and is one of reflection, art and music. All welcome.
4.         PASTORAL ASSISTANT   We regret to inform you that Sheila Bryer has decided to stand down as our Pastoral Assistant at the end of September. As you know Sheila has been unwell recently and this unexpected health issue was largely instrumental in her decision. We all hope that she will make a good recovery soon.
5.         SUMMER SERVICES   During the months of July and August we have one morning diet of worship only at 10.00am.   Our evening service continues at 7.00pm.  
6.         ACCOMMODATION   From September, Mayfield Salisbury will welcome a new Associate Minister and a new Youth Worker.   The Associate Minister is with us for familiarisation.   Both women are American.   If you are able to help provide a room or flat in the first instance for either of our new staff on a temporary basis, this would be very much appreciated.   Please email or speak to Scott.
7.         HOLIDAY   The Minister, Revd Scott McKenna, is on holiday until 7 August inclusive.  
8.         EDINBURGH PEOPLE’S THEATRE:  60 YEARS ON THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE   EPT are proud to present ‘Wedding Fever by Sam Cree.’    Tickets are now on sale, priced at £12 (£10 concession) and are available online at or by phone on 0333 666 3366.   All performances commence at 7.30pm from 4to 18 August, except Saturdays 5, 12 and 19 August which commence at 2.30pm.
There is a two for one offer on Monday 7 August (full price tickets only).   More information is contained on the leaflets now available in the Church Hall.
9.         THE REFORMATION FROM THE CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE       You are invited to an evening meeting at St Patrick’s in the Cowgate on Tuesday 15th August at 7.30pm for 8.00pm. This year, 2017, is an important anniversary of the Reformation so our evening will focus on: The Reformation from the Catholic Perspective.      
The guest speaker will be the writer and broadcaster and former editor of the Catholic Herald, Peter Stanford, who has recently published a new work on Luther. Copies of this new book will be available for sale at our meeting.
                                            Ecumenical Core Group,  St Patrick's Church
10.       SCOTTISH FLING   Pop-up concert at Mayfield Salisbury Church by Ricciotti Ensemble in partnership with The Cheyne Gang and the Greyfriar’s Charteris Centre. Wednesday 2nd August at 2.30pm. This is a free event – everyone is welcome, No need to book, just turn up! Performance lasts for around 30 minutes.


Visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (usually under St John's Episcopal Church, at present in temporary accomodation at street level), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey……  

David Foster             Deep Calls to Deep
Matthew Fox            A Way into God
Elizabeth A Johnson   Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Alastair McIntosh     Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Sara Maitland           A Joyful Theology: Creation, Commitment and an Awesome God
Mark Oakley             The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr             The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see
Rowan Williams        Being Christian


Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at       


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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News Flash


'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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