Next Services

20 Aug 10:00 -Morning Service

20 Aug 19:00 -Evening Service

27 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.
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   In our service this evening (7.00pm) there will be time for reflection, Godly Play storytelling and music.   All welcome. (EB)
4.         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.  
5.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the
            sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
6.         EDICT FOR ORDINATION OF ELDERS   Honey Ballantine, Morven Cadell, Ailsa Garland, Charles Garland, Steve Holehouse, Joyce Jackson, Jean MacGilchrist, Kate O’Brien, Anne Robertson, Anne Steele, Tricia Stevenson and Jeff Stevenson, members of this congregation have been elected to be ruling elders and they have accepted office as elders: if anyone has any objections why any of these members should not be ordained, they should state their objection at the meeting of the Kirk Session in the Newington Room, Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on 27 August 2017 at 9.45am; if no relevant objection regarding life or doctrine is made and substantiated, the Kirk Session will proceed to the ordination.
By order of the Kirk Session
Angus McIntyre, Session Clerk
7.         PHOTOGRAPHS   First World War photographs of members of The Boys’ Brigade from our archive have been uploaded to our website and can be found in the Gallery's history album, or by following the shortened (case sensitive) web address:
8.         COFFEE, CAKE AND CHAT in aid of Christian Aid (CA) 
on Saturday 26August: 10.30am to 12.30pm.  All welcome!    We hope you will bring friends and neighbours, meet friends and have a happy time while supporting Christian Aid projects.   The Committee looks forward to welcoming you into the Upper Hall.   
Tickets £5 each from members of the CA Committee after morning services today and 20 August, or at the door on the day.
9.         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
10.       DEBRILLATOR TRAINING  We would like to hear from anyone who missed the previous two defibrillator training sessions or anyone who would like a refresher.   If there is sufficient interest we may have a further training session in the Autumn.  Please contact me to register an interest without any committment.
Anne Robertson     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11.       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


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


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.

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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