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24 Sep 09:30 -All Age Worship

24 Sep 10:45 -Morning Worship

24 Sep 19:00 -Evening 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.


INTIMATIONS FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17

 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 Scott McKenna, may be contacted on 667 1286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
3.         EVENING SERVICE   Our Service this evening is one of song, silence and meditation. All welcome. (SB)
 
4.         TODAY   We welcome the Revd Dr Anne Logan, formerly of Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh.   Scott is preaching at Glenalmond College this morning.
 
5.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
 
6.         CONTACT DETAILS   Our Youth Worker, Hillary Leslie, can be contacted on 07453722224 and
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7.        THE CHAPEL ROYAL IN SCOTLAND   Marion Fraser Memorial Lecture by the Very Revd Professor Iain Torrance FRSE in the Canongate Kirk on Thursday 12 October at 7.00pm.  All welcome: light refreshments afterwards.
 
8.         At the EDINBURGH SOUTH AMNESTY GROUP meeting at 6.00pm on Sunday 1 October, the speaker will be Alex Jackson who will report on the human rights situation in Eritrea.  Alex lived and worked in Eritrea for nine years and is well placed to describe recent events in this troubled country.  All are welcome to attend.
 
9.         REFLECTION & CONTEMPLATION   Would you like time to reflect on, listen to and contemplate God in your life? On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month beginning on 28 September from 8.00pm – 9.00pm you can join Heather Mole and a small group of people in the Quiet Room for an hour of peaceful reflection.  We use audio guides to explore imaginative prayer using Bible stories, leave time for quiet reflection and share briefly at the end.  All are welcome.  If you have any concerns or questions please email Heather on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0131 662 6567, otherwise please simply attend when you are able.  Bring a journal and pen if you like.
 
10.       EDINBURGH INTER FAITH ASSOCIATION    Annual Interfaith Peace Service for International Day of Peace   Our Peace Service this year will be hosted by the Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre at the Edinburgh Hindu Mandir, St Andrew Place, EH6 7EG, on Tuesday 19 September at 7.00pm.  The Service will include reflective input from a number of faiths and is always a positive and uplifting event.  Just come along.
 
11.       INTERFAITH BEFRIENDING SERVICE  Edinburgh Interfaith Association (EIFA) has launched a befriending initiative open to all faith groups. The aim is that volunteer befrienders will build meaningful relationships with people facing loneliness and isolation in our communities.  Two training sessions are planned on 24 and 31 October, 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Punjabi Junction, 122-124 Leith Walk.
There is an information poster giving booking details for this training on the Notice Board in Halls Entrance.
 
12.       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).   It will be good to have your name on the congregational roll.   You can be assured of a very warm reception.      Scott S McKenna

13.       CHURCH FLOWERS   The distributors would welcome hearing from anyone who can suggest recipients for some flowers after morning service each Sunday.  We will be happy to pass on the information.     
                                      Jane Main 0131 667 1711       Chrystine Paterson  0131 662 4506
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GRAPEVINE REMINDER    Contributors are reminded that the copy deadline for the October/November  issue  is 7.00pm on Friday 22 September.   The next opportunity for articles to be included will be the December/January issue.
  

 CORNERSTONE BOOKSHOP

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……

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
Alastair McIntosh      Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Sara Maitland      A Joyful Theology:  Creation, Commitment and an Awesome God
Barry Morgan      Strangely Orthodox:  R S Thomas and his Poetry of Faith
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
David Foster       Deep Calls to Deep
Matthew Fox     A Way into God
 

Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org       


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).   It will be good to have your name on the congregational roll.   You can be assured of a very warm reception.      Scott S McKenna

 
E-MAIL DATABASE

Occasional e-letters are sent out to our worshippers. If you would like to receive these please contact the church manager William Mearns This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating whether you would also be interested in receiving the e-letters which go out solely to 9.30 worshippers. All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private.

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  • 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.
    Origen

  • 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.
    Wittgenstein

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

  • 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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