Welcome to this Service of Worship 

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Christian Aid Sunday

 14 May 2023 at 10.45am

   Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, Bettina Hather and members of the Christian Aid Group
with the congregation in the sanctuary and online



  • PDF Order of Service Download HERE

• Direct YouTube Link HERE

• Past Service Archive HERE

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WELCOME! 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 or email
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  Organ Voluntary



Church News


The Peace


Preparatory Silence for Worship


Introit: Give almes of thy goods
Words: from the Book of Common Prayer
Music: Christopher Tye (1500 to 1572)

Gives almes of thy goods and turn never thy
face from any poor man, and then the face
of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee


Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 47

Leader: Clap your hands for joy, all people!
All: Praise God with loud songs!
Leader: Sing praise to God;
All: sing praise to our king!
Leader: For God is king over all the world;
All: So we worship God with all our heart.



Hymn 63  All People Who on Earth Do Dwell
(t. Old 100th)



Prayer of Approach & 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.

First Reflection ‘Esther’s Story’ Bettina Hather


Christian Aid Video


Hymn 543 Longing for Light
(t. Christ Be Our Light)

Reading Joel 1:10-12; 2:18-19, 21-29
Aileen Nimmo (OT p860)


Anthem Come down, O Love divine
Text: Bianco da Sienna (d 1434)
Translated by R F Littlesdale
Music’ William Harris (1883 to 1973)


Reading Matthew 13:1-9, 31-32
Read by Aileen Nimmo (NT p.13)


Hymn 685 For Everyone Born a Place at the Table
(t. A Place at the Table)



Second Reflection ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Pause for Reflection



Hymn 360 Jesus Christ is Waiting
(t. Noel Nouvelet)

Christian Aid Prayer of Dedication and for Others
Catriona Stewart

Prayer Activity



Hymn 624 In Christ there is No East and West
(t. St Stephen Newington)



Closing Responses

Leader: We go into the world, working together for change;
All: So that everyone can be glad,
and share life in its fullness.
Leader: Let us stand up for equality.
All: To show the love of Jesus.
Leader: Let us work for justice.
All: To show the love of Jesus.
Leader: Let us treat everyone with dignity.
All: To show the love of Jesus.




Threefold Amen


Organ Voluntary



a contemporary of Thomas Tallis, became prominent
in the reign of Edward VI to whom he taught music.
He was a member of the Chapel Royal and was
organist and choirmaster at Ely Cathedral.
The introit is for the most part ‘polyphonic’ with
parts layered over each other, but at times it is
‘antiphonal’ with two voices together answering
the other two to emphasise particular text such
as the word ‘never.’ William Harris was from 1933
organist at the Chapel Royal, Windsor, and a is
renowned as a composer of Anglican Church
music. He arranged his own hymn tune ‘North
Pemberton’ into an anthem. The first and third
verses are in unison, for women’s and men’s
voices respectively. The second and fourth are
in four parts , the last having a soprano descant.



We welcome Bettina Hather who has been
appointed to the post of Children and Young
Adult Worker meantime until the end of 2023.
Her contact details are as follows -
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Phone number: 0778 319 0114


is the principal contact point for pastoral matters
until such time as a replacement is appointed for
Kay. The contact details remain the same as before

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (phone 07587 043 191).
Please contact Anne if you have any pastoral issues
or concerns and/or if you wish anyone to be
remembered in the confidential prayer chain or
wish to be added to the email circulation list.


3. OPEN TO ALL Coffee and tea will be served
in the Bill McDonald Hall at the close of the
Sunday services. Everyone is very welcome.



HOLY COMMUNION will be held on Tuesday, 16th
May at 2.30pm followed by refreshments and chat
- until around 3.45pm. The Service will be conducted
by our Minister, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth and is during
Christian Aid Week. Please join us in the Bill
McDonald Hall via West Mayfield entrance – all are
very welcome! Names would be appreciated in
advance (nearer the time) so that we can set up
tables allowing plenty of space, and to allow us to
cater for all. Please ring 0793 215 9964 if you are
coming or for further information. Christian Aid
envelopes will be available for donations.



WALK All are welcome for the final walk on the Forth
to Farne Way. Saturday 10 June Beal Farm Cafe to
Lindisfarne (approx 5 miles across the sands) Please
sign up for this walk by emailing Pennie McIntyre at

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coach to Lindisfarne. Please let me know by Sunday
21 May if you wish to join the coach as I have to decide
that week whether to hire one or two coaches. If you
do not wish to walk across the sands you are welcome
to walk across the causeway , or to stay on the coach
and drive across the causeway. We can then all meet
up in Lindisfarne and particularly for the service of
communion which we are hoping to hold on the island.
If you wish to travel by car and not walk across the
sands please let me know so that I can give you our
time of arrival and the safe time to cross the causeway.’



several times in talks and sermons of an inspirational
visit last June to the Tent of Nations farm outside
Bethlehem, run by a Palestinian Christian family,
headed by Daoud Nassar. Motivated by his faith,
Daoud refuses to fan the flames of division and
hatred in Israel/Palestine, but instead seeks peace
and co-operation. To read more of the story, see
www.tentofnations.com Daoud’s project is supported
by the Church of Scotland. He will be a guest at the
upcoming General Assembly. As part of his visit,
Daoud is speaking at the AGM of the charity Friends
of St Andrews Jersualem and Tiberias, who support
the churches and guesthouses run by the Church of
Scotland in the Holy Land. We are now mission
partners with Revd Dr Stewart Gillan, the minister at
St Andrews, Jerusalem. Everyone is very welcome to
come along to hear Daoud, and to learn more of his
work and that of the Friends charity. The meeting is
on Friday 19 May at 11.30am at St Cuthbert’s Church,
5 Lothian Road.

tea, biscuits, lots of chocolate, marmalade, honey,
gifts and of course Kilombero Rice! Recyclable
money only no plastic!



8. DEATH OF MR BRUCE SCOTT It is with sadness
that we let the congregation know of the death of
our member, Bruce Scott, on 26 April at the age of
93. Bruce's funeral service will be on Tuesday 16 May
at 11.30am at Mortonhall Crematorium, Pentland
Chapel, followed by a burial at Mortonhall Cemetery.
All those in the congregation who knew Bruce are
very welcome. The service will be led by Anne
Mulligan DCS, who has a longstanding connection
to the family. Please keep Bruce's daughter Helen
and the broader family in your prayers.



9. CHRISTIAN AID BOOK SALE 2023 We are glad
to publicise and support the annual book sale in aid
of Christian Aid which will take place at St Andrew’s
& St George’s West Church from Saturday 13th May
to Friday 19th May 2023 (not the 14th). Flyers
available in the hall vestibule with full information.



morning’s services will be followed by a bucket
collection for Christian Aid. If you’d like to donate
and are able to gift aid, please make use of the special
envelopes you will find in the pews. If you would
prefer to return your envelope next week, please put
it in the collection plate in the main entrance, or hand
it to a member of the Christian Aid team. Alternatively,
you can donate online at www.christianaid.org.uk

The impact of the recent Cyclone Freddy in Malawi has
been devastating. Floods have washed away crops,
over 500,000 people have been displaced and hundreds
have lost their lives. Christian Aid Week is at its most
powerful when a disaster happens. Through you, they
will be there long after the flood waters recede, helping
families build back. Your gifts this May will continue to
support this and other vital work around the world.
Thank you! The Christian Aid Team



11. GIVING – QR CODE Our Quick Response code
is a handy way of using your smart ‘phone or tablet’s
QR app to link you to our Giving Page. Once you have
joined the Giving Page safeguards are still operative.
PLATES: Those who would have wished to use it may
make use of the offering plates 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  (scan the QR code) or
please contact our Freewill Offerings Treasurer,
Hugh Somerville on 0131 466 2446 or
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who supported her ‘Open Garden’ on Sunday 7th
May under Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. She is
delighted to share the news that over £1,000 was
raised towards Alzheimer Scotland’s contribution
to research and she thanks you all for your donations.
We all thank Alison for her generous invitation to
her beautiful garden in Church Hill -
it really looked wonderful.



13. THY KINGDOM COME (TKC) is a global
ecumenical prayer movement that invites Christians
around the world to pray from Ascension to
Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Please consider joining in. Specifically, we again
invite each and every Christian across the globe to
pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of
five people who have not responded with their ‘Yes’
to God’s call. If you look at this website there is a
lot of information. However, please consider taking
part in these three ways.

A) Please pray for five people as explained above.

B) There will be a half day of prayer at Priestfield
Church on Thursday 25th May between 9am and 9pm.
Please sign up for an hour to pray for your five
people and whatever else is on your heart or in
your mind. We can also pray for the future of
Newington Trinity and the desire from the Church
of Scotland for more people to come to know Jesus.
Please sign up on this link:
If you cannot come to Priestfield, please pray at
home during this day.

C) Use one of the available Novena booklets
which to help focus on the themes and encourage
you to pray. This is looking at the early Church
in 1 John.

Further Information is available at:
www.thykingdomcome.global  and also
Please do join in. If you have difficulty signing
up or would like one of the Novena booklets,
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Thank you again. Best wishes from Diane Cross,
Priestfield Church, Praise and Prayer



Blethers was a new venture started a few years ago
to cover the summer period when the Thursday Club
is on holiday. It is a friendship group open to the
whole community, especially those who might feel
lonely or isolated and in need of companionship.
We meet in the Bill McDonald Hall on the 2nd and
4th Thursdays during the months of June, July and
August from 2.00pm to 3.30pm starting on 8 June.
You don’t have to stay all the time, just pop in when
you feel like it, stay as long as you wish and enjoy
tea or juice and of course a blether. We do hope to
see you there. If you would like more details please
contact Christina Somerville, Deirdre Eustace or the
church office (0131 667 1522).



are looking for volunteers to help run the Coffee
and Blethers group over the 2nd and 4th Thursdays
in the month from 2.00pm to 3.30pm (June, July
and August.) We will make up a rota so that support
is available for welcome etc. Please contact Christina
Somerville, Deirdre Eustace or the church office
(0131 667 1522) if you are able to help.


Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm
Next parish magazine Grapevine: Friday 7 July at 6.00pm


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