Weekly News


  • Mark 10:17-31
    October 14, 2018
    Revd Dr Scott S McKenna

Services of Worship - 21 October 2018

9.30am All-Age Worship - Revd Seth Lovell
10.45am Traditional Worship - Revd Seth Lovell

7.00pm Evening Service - Kay McIntosh DCS

Further information is available here



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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.     INTERFAITHCOMMUNITY MEAL TONIGHT in Mayfield Salisbury at 7.00pm, Mayfield Salisbury is hosting an interfaith buffet meal.   The evening will begin with Scott delivering a short talk on the essentials of Christianity.   There will then be an opportunity to share food and conversation with people of other faiths.   It will be very good to see you there.   Places are free but it is helpful for catering purposes that you let Scott know you will be there or book online:  EIFA website (https://www.edinburghinterfaith.com/events) or directly through Eventbrite:  http://bit.ly/TasteofFaith_Oct14
4.     MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5.     SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE A short service of reflection and remembrance will be held in the church on Sunday 4 of November at 7.00pm for anyone who has had a bereavement. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
6.     HOLIDAYS  Revd Dr Scott S. McKenna will be on holiday from  15to 22 of October inclusive. Any urgent pastoral matters please contact Kay McIntosh.
        Hillary Leslie will be on holiday from 16 to 21 October.
7.     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

8.     5 MINUTES’ PEACE   We are planning to open the sanctuary to the public for a short time each week as a place of peace, contemplation and meditation.  If anyone is interested in helping plan this initiative, please contact Alastair MacGilchrist, either in person after the service, by phone (07931730805) or by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
9.     YOUTH CLUB: TONIGHT  Tonight we will be joining with EIFA for the Interfaith Community Meal hosted by the church. All ages will meet at 6 in the youth room, and then we will head over to the dinner shortly afterwards! Please note that there will be NO Youth Club on 21 October. For more info contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
YOUTH DAY OUTING:Our youth day outing for P6-S6 youth will be on Saturday 1 December from 10.30am – 5.30pm.  We will meet in the youth room for morning programming followed by lunch, and a Christmas film. We will then end the day at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in the late afternoon for a clip 'n climb session from 4.30am – 5.30pm. Cost is £5 for those joining the clip 'n climb.  Unfortunately, spots for the clip 'n climb are limited, so sign ups for the clip 'n climb portion of the day will operate on a first come, first serve basis. Those unable to attend the entire day are welcome to join whenever feasible! Additionally, please let Hillary know if you are able to assist with lifts to and/or from the church and EICA. Please contact Hillary for sign-ups by 24 November at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07453 722 224. Informational flyers can be located online and in the church. 
10.   NEW OR RETURNING STUDENT?   Edinburgh University Campus Ministry (EUCAM) is the Church of Scotland's presence at the University of Edinburgh, and we'd love to meet you! We have free food, socials, worship, and excursions for you to join in with. Find us on Facebook, or email Campus Minister Liam Fraser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11.   CHRISTIAN AID UPDATE The Harvest Festival and Thanksgiving was a huge success.  Thank you all for supporting us. Our next event is the St Andrews Early Evening Dinner on Saturday 1 December 2018.  Further details to follow.                The Christian Aid Committee.

12.   THURSDAY CLUBThe Thursday Club meets on Thursday 18 October in the Bill McDonald Hall at 2.00pm.   This week Catherine Steya will discuss Hearing Dog.s All welcome.
13.  FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD:  MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP     MAF’s Week of Prayer 2018, 4 - 11 November is for the first time to be a global event.  Information is available on the MAF Display in the corridor by the church office.  Morley Sewell has a few copies of the associated Prayer Diary available and would be delighted to get more on request.
14.  PUBLIC LECTURE‘The Old and New Testaments through Muslim Eyes’ by Professor Robert Hillenbrand   Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, is a faith in one God, and, unlike Judaism, it also reserves a special place of honour for Jesus and for Mary.  Many chapters of the Qur’an, like several books of the Old Testament, deal with matters of law, but there is also a constant emphasis on the importance of the Old Testament prophets and their teachings.  A common misconception is that Islam forbids the use of images, especially in a religious context.  This talk will show how that belief is not entirely accurate, for it will explore how medieval Muslim artists did occasionally depict such figures as Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Jesus and Mary, and imagined such key events as the near-sacrifice of Isaac, the Egyptians drowning in the Red Sea, the Annunciation and the Baptism. Familiar stories, yes, but in strikingly unexpected garb.    This lecture will be delivered in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on Sunday 18 November at 7.00pm.   All welcome.
15.  ASSISI 2019   Tom Cuthell is planning to take another group to Assisi in 2019.  There are 30 places available.  Considerable interest has already been shown,  and delaying a decision to sign up is not recommended!!!!   The dates are Monday 26 August to Friday 6 September.   For information contact Tom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 0131 476 3864.
16.  ‘Mysticism & Abrahamic Faiths’ by Scott McKenna   Organised by St Columba’s Catholic Church and St Peter’s Episcopal Church Lutton Place, the Minister will deliver a talk on Saturday 27 October 2018 (10.00am coffee/10.30am talk) in St Columba’s Middle Hall, Upper Gray Street.   All welcome.
17.  The new INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS Leaflet is ready for collection at the West Mayfield halls’ entrance.  It gives details of church services, activities, and Pastoral Care.  Make sure you get your copy today!
18.  The latest edition of GRAPEVINE is now available.  Those who kindly deliver Grapevine will also find in their folders envelopes containing the Information for Members leaflet for delivery at the same time as Grapevine.  Thank you in advance.
19.  FIRE DRILL TODAY We will hold our annual fire drill today.   The alarm will sound at the close of both morning services.   You are asked to leave as safely and quickly as possible via the nearest exit and not to return to the building until it has been declared safe to do so by the Church Manager.

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……

Ian Bradley                       Following the Celtic Way:
                                          A New Assessment of Celtic Christianity
Paula Gooder                    Phoebe
Richard Holloway            Waiting for the Last Bus
Lawrence Kushner           Jewish Spirituality: 
                                          An Introduction for Christians
James McCaffrey             The Way of the Carmelites:
                                          A Prayer Journey through Lent 

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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'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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

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  • 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.
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