Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
Second Sunday of Easter Sunday 24 April at 10.45am
‘Oh doubting Thomas, father of my faith,
You put your finger on the nub of things
We cannot love some disembodied wraith,
But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.
Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,
Feel after Him and find Him in the flesh.
From ‘Doubting Thomas’, by Malcolm Guite
WELCOME TO MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH
This congregation is part of the Church of Scotland:
we are Reformed in our understanding of Christian faith,
Presbyterian in how we form our community, and a
member of the worldwide family of the Christian Church.
Whether you are in regular attendance at worship or this
is one of your first visits, you are very welcome as part of
this community and today’s service of worship. God bless
you. If you would like to keep in touch, please complete
the Connection Card on the back page of the printed
AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS
TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD
Preparatory Silence for Worship
Introit - Surgens Jesus
Words: St John 20 vvs 19b and 20b
Music: Peter Philips (1561 – 1628)
Surgens Jesus, Dominus noster stans in
medio discipulorum suorum dixit: pax vobis.
Alleluia. Gavisi sunt discipuli viso Domino, Alleluia.
[The risen Jesus, our Lord, standing in the
midst of his disciples, said: Peace be with you.
Alleluia. The disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.]
Call to Worship
One: Behind closed doors
All: God's Spirit blows on us
One: Through closed hearts
All: God's Spirit works in us
One: In God's time
All: We come before God to worship,
to wonder and be blessed
Hymn 103 Fill your hearts with joy and gladness
(t. Rhuddlan) Psalm 147
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
sing and praise your God and mine!
Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
might and majesty divine!
He who framed the starry heavens
knows and names them as they shine.
Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
Wounded souls his comfort know;
those who fear him find his mercies,
peace for pain and joy for woe;
humble hearts are high exalted,
human pride and power laid low.
Praise the Lord for times and seasons,
cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
spring to melt the snows of winter
till the waters flow again;
grass upon the mountain pastures,
golden valleys thick with grain.
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
peace and plenty crown your days;
love his laws, declare his judgements,
walk in all his words and ways;
he the Lord and we his children --
praise the Lord, all people, praise!
Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926)
Prayer of Approach, Confession and The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the
power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Hymn 106 Bring to the Lord a glad new song
(t. Jerusalem) Psalm 149, 150
Bring to the Lord a glad new song,
children of grace extol your king;
worship and praise to God belong --
to instruments of music, sing!
Let those be warned who spurn God's name,
let rulers all obey God's word;
for justice shall bring tyrants shame:
let every creature praise the Lord!
Sing praise within these hallowed walls,
worship beneath the dome of heaven;
by cymbals' sounds and trumpets' calls
let praises fit for God be given:
with strings and brass and wind rejoice
then, join our song in full accord
all living things with breath and voice:
let every creature praise the Lord!
Michael Arnold Perry (1942-1996)
Reading Psalm 150
Read by Anne Sharp
Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Anthem - The day draws on with golden light
Words: ‘Aurora lucis rutilat’ trans Alexander Lacey
Music: Edward Bairstow (1874 to 1946)
The day draws on with golden light,
glad songs go echoing through the height,
the broad earth lifts an answering cheer,
the deep makes moan with wailing fear.
For lo, he comes, the mighty King,
to take from death his power and sting,
to trample down his gloomy reign
and break the weary prisoner's chain.
Maker of all, to thee we pray,
fulfil in us thy joy today;
when death assaults, grant, Lord, that we
may share thy Paschal victory.
Reading John 20:19 - 31
Read by Anne Sharp
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the
doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the
Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20
After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the
disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again,
‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22 When he
had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy
Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain
the sins of any, they are retained.’
Jesus and Thomas
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with
them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen
the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his
hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I
will not believe.’
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with
them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them
and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27 Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger
here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not
doubt but believe.’ 28 Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29
Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed
are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
The Purpose of This Book
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which
are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come
to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through
believing you may have life in his name.
Hymn 432 How often we, like Thomas
How often we, like Thomas,
need proof before we trust.
Lord Jesus, friend of doubters,
come, speak your truth to us.
We long to feel your presence,
and gain new faith from you,
to find, without our seeing,
the blessing Thomas knew.
You always stand among us,
no doors can lock you out.
Your presence reassures us
though we still live with doubt.
As present-day disciples,
whose lives by sin are flawed,
we want to come believing,
and cry: 'My Lord, my God!'
Edith Sinclair Downing (b.1922)
Sermon – Seeing is Believing
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Hymn The Risen Christ Who Walks on Wounded Feet
The risen Christ, who walks on wounded feet
from garden tomb through darkened city street,
unlocks the door of grief, despair, and fear,
and speaks in words of peace to all who hear.
The risen Christ, who breaks with wounded hands
the bread for those whose lives are hard to stand,
reveals himself, to them he will appear,
and soothes their hearts, despite their lingering tears.
The risen Christ, who stands with wounded side,
breathes out his Spirit, on those to abide
whose faith still wavers, who dare not believe;
new grace, new strength, new life they will receive.
May we, Christ’s body, walk and serve and stand
with those in need in this and every land,
till all are blessed and can a blessing be,
restored in Christ to true humanity.
Words adapted from hymn by Nigel Weaver
Evangelical Lutheran Worship No. 390
Prayer for Others
Hymn 512 To God be the glory
(t. To God be the glory)
To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory! Great things he has done!
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
for every offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son:
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our joy and our wonder, when Jesus we see.
Frances (Fanny) Jane Crosby (1820-1915) (alt.)
Closing Blessing - Hymn 786
May the God of peace go with us
as we travel from this place;
may the love of Jesus keep us
firm in hope and full of grace.
Ian Jamieson (b.1939)
THIS MORNING’S CHAMBER GROUP MUSIC Peter Philips, a contemporary
of Byrd and Gibbons, is perhaps undeservedly less well known possibly
because, a Catholic, he left England in 1582, and spent most of his life in
Rome, Amsterdam and Brussels. He was renowned as a keyboard virtuoso
as well as a prolific composer of sacred works. The fine five part anthem for
Eastertide starts with a largely polyphonic first section for solo voices
culminating in ‘Alleluias’ scattered among the voices. The second sentence
is set to a largely chordal passage for the whole choir leading to another
exultant ‘Alleluia’ section to close
Edward Bairstow was a Yorkshireman through and through and spent much
of his career as organist and choirmaster at York Minster. The anthem is
founded on a Church melody from Angers near Paris, set against an
inventive organ part. In the first stanza the ladies voice start us off and
hand over to the men. The second is in four part harmony except foe an
empathic unison ‘ to trample down the gloomy reign.’ An extended
flowing organ section leads to a quieter last verse
NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
OFFERINGS The Kirk Session wishes to express its continuing
gratitude to those who support the Church's work through their offerings.
Covid restrictions have prevented circulation of the ‘plate’ during services
but those who would have wished to use it may make use of the bowls
marked ‘Plate Collection’ situated in the vestibule and halls entrance, at the
close of the service . Regular and one-off donations are possible online at
www.give.net/20311853 Or please contact our Freewill Offerings Treasurer,
OPEN TO ALL Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall at the
close of the Sunday services. Everyone is very welcome. Single use bio-
compostable cups will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own cup!
FOREST CHURCH - EMMAUS WALK- TODAY!(Sunday 14 April) FROM 3-5.00pm-ish We’ll
be joining with the Penicuik churches in their Forest Church on the Sunday
after Easter to explore God in nature and walk, talk and be together – see
Further details: Start outside Penicuik South Kirk and walk to Roslin Glen –
four miles on the railway path. Finishes with a simple agape meal. Bus 37
takes you back to Penicuik. Emmaus' conversation starters & questions
provided. Suggested things to watch out for & for families to do on the
way. Do join us as we reflect and look for signs of new life in this season of
resurrection. Bring a picnic. If you would like to be part of it, please contact
MIDWEEK PRAYERS You are most welcome to attend a time of
peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this Tuesday at 10.00am.
EVENING OF PIONEER PRACTICE WITH JONNY BAKER THURSDAY 5
MAY 7.00PM Mayfield Salisbury is hosting this event for Edinburgh and the
Lothians – all are welcome. More details on Eventbrite here (cost £3 each) -
Jonny Baker is Director of Mission Education at the Church Mission Society
in Oxford, and a renowned writer and inspirer on ‘pioneering’ forms of
mission and ministry. He is touring Scotland with musician and artist Gav
Mart – and working with local pioneers – to explore key themes of ‘Pioneer
Practice’, the name of his recent book. Do we just need to do the old
things better or are we being challenged to embrace the new: creative,
innovative expressions of faith, rooted in their context, in partnership with
PILGRIMAGE TO ST ANDREWS – MAIN DATE: SATURDAY 7 MAY We’ll
be completing the Fife Pilgrim Way to St Andrews in April and May, having
walked the first leg as a congregation from North Queensferry to
Dunfermline Abbey last September. There will be another congregational
pilgrimage day on Saturday 7 May for the final leg from Ceres to St
Andrews, a pleasant walk with a full distance of 9.5 miles. There will be free
coach travel to and from St Andrews, kindly paid for from the Ian McCallum
Fund, and so a shorter walk of a couple of miles, or a trip directly to St
Andrews for a day out before we gather later, will also be possible. To sign
up, please contact David Booth by email or phone
to walk in whole or in part, or go straight to St Andrews, and whether you
would like a seat on the coach or to make your own way (possible by train
to Cupar and back from Leuchars).
In the meantime, Sandy will be walking the three middle sections in April
and would welcome any fellow pilgrims along the way! The details of those
to come are as follows: Cardenden to Markinch (11 miles) – Monday 25
April; and Markinch to Ceres (13 miles) – Wednesday 27 April.
On Monday 11 April, Sandy walked the section from Dunfermline to
Cardenden in the good company of David Booth and John Graham. You
can find on our website a short reflection and photos of that walk:
Further posts will follow after the next two sections as well.
CROSSREACH PNS – BAKE SALE: 8 MAY - SAVE THE DATE AND SHOUT
OUT FOR VOLUNTEER BAKERS. The CrossReach committee will be holding
a bake sale after the morning services on Sunday 8 May to raise funds for
CrossReach’s perinatal services (PNS). We hope to see you there. We
would be most grateful for any offers of help from keen bakers to help
stock the bake stall. If you think you might be able to help please contact
YOUR ECO GROUP NEEDS YOU! The Eco Group is an informal group
within the congregation concerned with environmental issues and climate
change. Our next meeting will be largely a brainstorming session to
consider new ideas. It is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 April in the Bill
McDonald Hall. If you were free to come along, we would be delighted to
see you. No commitment - but we do need your suggestions! Do join us
THE CHRISTIAN AID TEAM is looking for new members! Christian Aid
exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from
poverty. They work with local partners and communities to fight injustice,
respond to humanitarian emergencies, campaign for change, and help
people claim the services and rights they are entitled to. At Mayfield
Salisbury we support them in a variety of ways, including fundraising sales
and collections, raising awareness of the issues Christian Aid confronts, and
holding special services. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy working
together. If you’d like to join us, please email Kate O’Brien at
PASTORAL CARE If you now would like to have a regular visit or
phone call, please do contact me and I shall arrange that for you. If you
would like to be held in prayer or be one of the people on our confidential
prayer chain. Please do contact me with your prayer request. Please contact
YOUTH UPDATE Youth Group will be taking a break over the Easter
holidays and will return on Sunday 8 May! The youth programme schedule
for May and June will be available next week. Please get in touch with
Hillary if you have any questions.
Sunday School Picnic Saturday 14 May - Save the date! The Sunday School
families will be hosting a picnic in the church garden for all young families
and children to attend on Saturday 14 May from 2.00 - 4.00pm. More
details will be given soon. Please contact Hillary with any initial questions.
Hillary Leslie will be on holiday from 24 April - 3 May.
AFTERNOON SERVICE - We look forward to welcoming you at the
Afternoon Service on Tuesday 10 May at 2.30pm (end around 3.45 pm) in
the level access Bill McDonald Hall [via West Mayfield entrance].
Refreshments and chat will follow. Service will be led by Kay McIntosh DCS
If you would appreciate further information please ask Kay, your Pastoral
Visitor (PV), or Anne Sturrock. Those who are coming are invited to phone
Kay McIntosh (new number: 07587 043 191) so that we can plan seating
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Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine: Friday 24 June at 6.00pm.
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and hope to see you again soon.
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