Weekly News


Services - 29 April - Easter 5

9.30am All-Age Worship - Revd Dr Scott S. McKenna
10.45am Morning Service - 
 Revd Dr Scott S. McKenna
7.00pm Youth Worship Night -  Hillary Leslie
Further information is available here

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 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   The Minister, Revd Dr Scott McKenna, may be contacted on 0131 667 1286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3. COMMUNION ROUND THE TABLE   The Service this evening at 7.00pm is one of song, silence, meditation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.   All welcome (SSM).
4. MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5. MINISTER:  CALL TO TIREE   I have been invited to be the Sole Nominee for Tiree Parish Church.   I have accepted this invitation.   I realise that this will come as a shock and sadness to members of Mayfield Salisbury.   After almost 18 years as minister in Mayfield Salisbury, the decision taken by Shelagh and me has been difficult.   However, on balance, I do not think that it would be good for me or the congregation if I remained for another 15 years until my retirement.   In my view, Mayfield Salisbury is in an exceptionally strong position and now is a good time for new leadership with fresh ideas and energy.  
I shall preach in Tiree Parish Church as Sole Nominee on Sunday 27 May.   If the vote goes well, the provisional plan is that I shall be inducted into the charge in October.  
I pray for God’s strength and blessing for us all over these coming months.
Scott S McKenna

6. SESSION CLERK    All queries, business and correspondencefor the Session Clerk will be handled by the Minister.  
7.  DEATH & FUNERALS    In our prayers today, in a time of silence, we remember loved ones who have died and their families: John McLaren, who died on 7 April;Anthony ‘Tony’ Nimmo, who died on 7 April;and Alexander Jones, who died on Tuesday 10 April.
8. PASTORAL ASSISTANT   The Kirk Session is delighted to announce the appointment of Kay McIntosh DCS as our new Pastoral Assistant.   Kay has worked for over 20 years as a Deacon in the Church of Scotland.   She will start on Sunday 29 April.   We very much look forward to welcoming her to Mayfield Salisbury!
9. YOUTH CLUB   Youth Club will resume TONIGHT Sunday 22 April at 5:30pm.  Any questions, please contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07453722224.
10. YOUTH WORSHIP NIGHT   Youth Worship night will take the place of the regular evening worship service and youth club on Sunday 29 April at 7:00pm.  For the young and the young at heart!  Any questions, please contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07453722224.
11. EUCAM 'HOLY CROSS EDINBURGH' WORSHIP     On Wednesday 25 April 'Holy Cross Edinburgh' will be starting at 7:00pm in the Charteris Centre; this will be an hour of worship after the Community Cook Clubs and Meals - a wonderful initiative organised by Revd Liam Fraser and Edinburgh University Campus Ministry which brings together students, vulnerable adults, and local church members over a shared meal.  If you feel curious or encouraged to take part in this initiative, please speak with Hillary or Scott for more details.  Hope to see you there!
12. SUMMER CHILDREN & YOUTH HELP WANTED   Are you interested in helping Hillary put together a range of activities for our youth and children the first week of July?  Hillary is hoping to host a week of learning, fun and games.   Please speak with Hillary for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0745372224.
13. 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
14.   CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year is from 13 to 19 May.   The theme is Together we’re stronger than the Storms.  The Christian Aid Service will be on Sunday 13 May and we will welcome Leanne Clelland of Christian Aid Scotland.  WAYS OF GIVING in Christian Aid Week at Mayfield Salisbury:
•  Sponsor a Street – in the past a team of collectors has delivered envelopes round the doors in streets in our Parish.  Instead, we now ask you to ‘sponsor a street”’.   If you are able, please add your name against a street of your choice (lists are displayed just inside the West Mayfield entrance from Sundays 29 April to 13 May).   You will be given a CA envelope for your donation which might be the equivalent of what you might have collected in that street.   You do not need to go round the doors!
• Respond to the CA envelope appeal – envelopes available with Orders of Service on Sunday 13 May and will be collected (and dedicated) the following Sunday 20 May – please place in CA buckets or in the collection plates.  If you will miss being in Church please hand your envelope to someone who will be there.
•   Join us for BIG BREKKIE on Sunday 13 May in the Lower Hall – tickets (we need numbers for catering purposes) available at the Christian Aid table after Services on 29 April and 6 May.  Breakfast is free - but we would ask for an extra donation to Christian Aid. 
•   Adding Gift Aid – if you can (if you are a tax payer) please complete the GA form attached to each envelope and HMRC will increase your personal donation by 25% each time.  This in itself is a free donation to Christian Aid.
All donations will be dedicated during the 10.45am service on Sunday 20 May.  Our Congregation raises significant funds for Christian Aid over the years – working in partnership to address the root causes of poverty through integrated development and humanitarian programming, policy and advocacy work, using their expertise to deliver innovative and sustainable results in 37 countries.
Thank you all for your generous financial support year by year.    The Christian Aid Committee
14. THURSDAY CLUB   The Club next meets on Thursday 26 April in the Upper Hall at 2.00pm.   Bob Lees will speak on Arran as seen by Dali, Modigliani and others.  All welcome.
15. EDINBURGH INTER FAITH ASSOCIATION   The third of the talks in the series ‘Unsung Women of Faith in the Present Day with a Community Meal, will take place on Monday 23April, at the Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square EH8 9BX, from 6.30pm – 8pm.  All warmly invited.  Kindly RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
16. OUR STORY:  EXHIBITION TODAY   The Our Story Project has collected together people’s memories and stories from the many faith communities in Edinburgh through oral histories and interviews. This exhibition celebrates the city’s rich diversity through the stories of people who live here.  Some settled here, many were born here, but all of their stories together tell the history of Edinburgh: Our Story.
This dynamic exhibition aims to raise knowledge and awareness of the many religious groups existing in Edinburgh today.  It showcases the interconnectedness of communities' histories and celebrates the diversity of this city.  The exhibition is presented through a series of photographs taken by local photographers who have volunteered their talent to take portraits of local people and images of religious buildings.  The Our Story exhibition will be in the Upper Hall next Sunday morning.   Come and take a look!

Further details of individual events can be found on the 'What's On' page
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Visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, lower level, below St John's Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh.  EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey……

Elizabeth A Johnson   Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Diarmaid  MacCulloch   All things Made New:  Writings on the Reformation
Finlay Macdonald       From Reform to Renewal:  Scotland’s Kirk Century by Century
Mark Oakley       The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr     The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see
Heinz Schilling    Martin Luther:  Rebel in an Age of Upheaval

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


Occasional e-letters are sent out to our worshippers. If you would like to receive these please contact the Church Manager, William Mearns, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private.


The construction of step free access to the Church front door on Mayfield Road, being one of the objectives agreed upon at our Congregational Gathering and in the subsequent Congregational Conversations, is a special project due to begin soon.  If you are able to support this work, please pick up a leaflet at one of the church entrances or email the Church Manger for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Your help is very much appreciated!   Thank you!



'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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