Weekly News


Services - 17 June - 3rd Sunday after Trinity

9.30am All-Age Worship - Very Revd Dr Andrew McLellan 
10.45am Morning Service - V
ery Revd Dr Andrew McLellan 
7.00pm Evening Service - Kay McIntosh DCS
Further information is available here



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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   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.     TODAY   We welcome the Very Revd Dr Andrew McLellan, who is currently the Locum at Morningside Parish Church.   Andrew has swapped pulpits with Scott when, as Interim Moderator, Scott has been leading worship at Morningside Parish Church as he is today.   This is Andrew’s final Sunday with us as Locum.   We are grateful for his conduct of worship over the past 16 months.
4.     EVENING SERVICE   Our Service this evening is one of silence, music and meditation.  All welcome.   (Kay McIntosh DCS)
5.     MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome. Please note –there will be no Tuesday Morning Prayers during the month of July.

6.     SUMMER SERVICES   Throughout the months ofJULY and AUGUST, there is one morning service only at 10.00am.   Due to a lack of numbers, there is no Sunday School or crèche provision for children during the month of July.   The evening services continue as usual at 7.00pm.
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.     Edinburgh Interfaith Association: Community Meal for EDINBURGH 2050 VISION      EIFA is excited to announce a special community meal on Monday 18 June from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, focusing on the vision for our diverse city.  Please join us at the Methodist Church Nicolson Square, in welcoming the Right Honourable the Lord Provost for the City of Edinburgh, and join the conversation on how we want our city to be in 2050.  Please book in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through Eventbrite. Look forward to seeing you there!
9.   STAMP APPEAL The current World Mission Council’s Stamp Appeal is raising funds for day care centres run by the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia (Ukraine). The centres provide educational, emotional and physical support for children and young people with disabilities, helping them to live life in all its fullness, and to enjoy opportunities to participate in society and family life. You can assist the project by donating your used stamps, which will be sold to raise money for the Appeal. Please put them in the red box on the charities table in the West Mayfield entrance hall. If anyone would like to donate a whole album, or stamps which are of particular interest or value, please pop a note in my pigeonhole and I’ll be happy to collect them in person. Thank you!
10.   YOUTH FUNDRAISER: QUIZ NIGHT & BAKE SALE -Saturday 23 June 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Mark your calendars for our first youth fundraiser of the year! This all-age quiz event will help raise funds for our new youth room. Tickets are £5 per person and will be on sale starting TODAY after church. Please refer to our flyer for more info. Any questions, please contact Hillary at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07453722224. 
11.   GAME COLLECTION FOR YOUTH - Hillary is accepting board game and card game donations for the new youth room (e.g. Cluedo, Cranium, etc.) Please speak with Hillary if you have anything you'd like to give away!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07453722224.
12.   YOUTH CLUB - Youth Club is on TONIGHT from 5.30pm – 7.30pm with P6 - S6 youth in the upper and lower halls. Please note that this is our last Youth Club before the start of summer holidays.
13.   END-OF-TERM YOUTH CLUB CELEBRATION    Sunday 24 June from 5.30pm – 7.00pm. We will be having a pizza and tie-dye party before Youth Worship Night (7.00pm) to celebrate the end of the school year! P6-S6 youth are encouraged to come along and spend time together, and stay for our final youth worship night before summer holidays. Parents are welcome to join during the all-age worship service.  For more information contact Hillary at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07453722224.

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


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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.
    '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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