Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost                         Sunday 17 October 2021

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Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday 17 October 2021


The Kingdom

It's a long way off but inside it
There are quite different things going on:
Festivals at which the poor man
Is king and the consumptive is
Healed; mirrors in which the blind look
At themselves and love looks at them
Back; and industry is for mending
The bent bones and the minds fractured
By life. It's a long way off, but to get
There takes no time and admission
Is free, if you purge yourself
Of desire, and present yourself with
Your need only and the simple offering
Of your faith, green as a leaf.

R S Thomas
Poet & Priest


Led by Revd Dr George Whyte
with the congregation in church and online





Organ Voluntary

Welcome & Church News

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

Introit Almighty God, Which hast me brought
Words: Sir William Leighton (1565 to 1622)
Music: Thomas Ford (1580 to c.1648)

Almighty God, Which hast me brought
In safety to the present day,
Keep me from sin in heart and thought,
And teach me what to do and say.

Almighty Lord and God of love,
Direct mine heart and guide my ways,
Amend my miss, my mind remove
From all that from thy glory strays

Call to Worship

Hymn 160 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
(t. Praise, My Soul) Psalm 103

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him, still the same for ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Praise him! Praise him!
glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes:
Praise him! Praise him!
widely as his mercy flows.

Frail as summer's flower we flourish;
blows the wind and it is gone;
but, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the high eternal One.

Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him;
dwellers all in time and space.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Call to Prayer


Collect for the Day
God, our light and our salvation: illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on your beauty may be changed into the
likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hymn 55  Safe in the shadow of the Lord
(t. Creator God) Psalm 91

Safe in the shadow of the Lord
beneath his hand and power,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
my fortress and my tower.

My hope is set on God alone
though Satan spreads his snare;
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
to keep me in his care.

From fears and phantoms of the night,
from foes about my way,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
by darkness as by day.

His holy angels keep my feet
secure from every stone;
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
and unafraid go on.

Strong in the everlasting name,
and in my Father's care,
I trust in him,
I trust in him
who hears and answers prayer.

Safe in the shadow of the Lord,
possessed by love divine,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
and meet his love with mine.


Reading   Hebrews 5:1 - 10
Reader Valerie Holehouse

1 Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in
charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer
gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with
the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to
weakness; 3 and because of this he must offer sacrifice for
his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4 And one
does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only
when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high
priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’;

6 as he says also in another place,

‘You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and
supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was
able to save him from death, and he was heard because of
his reverent submission. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned
obedience through what he suffered; 9 and having been made
perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all
who obey him, 10 having been designated by God a high
priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Anthem Come, my way, my truth, my life
Words: George Herbert (1593 to 1633)
Music: William Harris (1883 to 1973)

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath;
such a truth as ends all strife;
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such a light as shows a feast;
such a feast as mends in length;
such a strength as makes a guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
such a joy as none can move:
such a love as none can part;
such a heart as joys in love.


A nineteenth-century
Chinese depiction of Jesus,
from St Mark

Reading St Mark 10:35 - 45
Reader Valerie Holehouse

The Request of James and John
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him
and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we
ask of you.’ 36 And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to
do for you?’ 37 And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your
right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ 38 But Jesus said
to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to
drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that
I am baptized with?’ 39 They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus
said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the
baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but
to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it
is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James
and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know
that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their
rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over
them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to
become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever
wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son
of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a
ransom for many.’

Hymn 527    Lord, make us servants of your peace
(t. O Waly Waly)

Lord, make us servants of your peace:
where there is hate, may we sow love;
where there is hurt, may we forgive.
where there is strife, may we make one.

Where all is doubt, may we sow faith;
where all is gloom, may we sow hope;
where all is night, may we sow light;
where all is tears, may we sow joy.

Jesus, our Lord, may we not seek
to be consoled, but to console,
nor look to understanding hearts,
but look for hearts to understand.

May we not look for love's return,
but seek to love unselfishly,
for in our giving we receive,
and in forgiving are forgiven.

Dying, we live, and are reborn
through death's dark night to endless day;
Lord, make us servants of your peace
to wake at last in heaven's light.


Revd Dr George Whyte


Hymn 694 Brother, sister, let me serve you
(t. Servant Song)

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together
of Christ's love and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.


Prayers of Thanksgiving, Intercession & 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 479  View the present through the promise
(t. Ar Hyd Y Nos)

View the present through the promise,
Christ will come again.
Trust despite the deepening darkness,
Christ will come again.
Lift the world above its grieving
through your watching and believing
in the hope past hope's conceiving:
Christ will come again.

Probe the present with the promise,
Christ will come again.
Let your daily actions witness,
Christ will come again.
Let your loving and your giving
and your justice and forgiving
be a sign to all the living:
Christ will come again.

Match the present to the promise,
Christ will come again.
Make this hope your guiding premise,
Christ will come again.
Pattern all your calculating
and the world you are creating
to the advent you are waiting:
Christ will come again.

Closing Words


Threefold Amen

Organ Voluntary

The text of the Introit is from ‘The teares and lamentacions
of a sorrowfull soule’ written by Sir William Leighton when
in prison for debt. It was set by Thomas Ford, (now best known
for the song ‘Since first I saw your face.’) lutenist and composer
to the Court of Charles 1. The piece has two verses the second
part of each being repeated.

George Herbert’s poem ‘The Call’ has been set by various
composers, notable Ralph Vaughan Williams. This version
of 1937 is by William Harris, organist and choirmaster at St
George’s Windsor, composer of a number of fine very
singable anthems. It is in a sumptuous late romantic style
characterised by some abrupt key changes designed to
suit the mood of the text.



How often are you online?
What kind of content do you use?
Websites or apps or blogs?

We’d love to upgrade our digital presence at Mayfield Salisbury,
so we can be an ‘online church’ as well as a ‘church online’, speaking
more clearly of our faith in ways that resonate more widely. We have
resources to do so. To help us see the right route to take, can we
have a couple of minutes of your time to fill out an easy survey? You
can find it online at the church website. We also have paper copies in
the church! If you’d prefer doing so that way, please put the completed
survey in one of the boxes at the front or rear exit of the church –
thank you!

Mayfield Salisbury may involve some significant planning about
how we achieve the eco targets set for the church. This may involve
how we upgrade our heating systems; how we wish to optimise the
use of space we have; how we integrate changes into the sanctuary
and other areas of our buildings. The Kirk Session wishes to set up
a working group on sustainable heating and development to explore
the issues so that when the way forward for Mayfield Salisbury
become more clear we are well placed to understand the options
and opportunities and can begin to make these long term investment
decisions. While some members will be drawn from elders, the
session is keen to ensure that the views and expertise of the
congregation feed into the thinking. If you are interested in this
possibility and taking part in the working group please let me know
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YOUTH GROUP   There will be no Youth Group on 17 and
24 October - enjoy your mid-term break!


MIDWEEK PRAYERS You are most welcome to attend a time of
peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this Tuesday
at 10.00am.


A FEW QUESTIONS.....   Can you drive and do you have a current
driving licence? Are you under 70 years old? Do you have a free
evening or the occasional Saturday lunchtime once every couple
of months? Would you like to join our small team of drivers for
the Bethany Van?

No special driving requirements or amendments to your ordinary
licence is required. The van is electric and automatic. We desperately
need some younger people to help in the team. Also, we are in need
of clothing, jackets, hat, gloves, warm tops and mens' underwear in
particular. Just put in box in foyer, anytime. Thanks

If you are interested in finding out more about driving or helping,
please contact me: Anne Robertson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


COP 26 - ENGAGE WITH YOUR MP    The countdown to COP26 -
the meeting of world leaders at the UN climate change talks - is
underway and it’s more important than ever that we turn up the
pressure on MPs – showing them the depth and breadth of support
for climate justice in the UK. Our brothers and sisters living in the
most marginalised communities in the world – who have done the
least to cause the climate crisis – are paying the heaviest price. Crops
are ruined, homes destroyed, and lives lost as extreme weather takes
its toll. COP26 is a decade-defining moment and an opportunity for
real, immediate, and lasting change. By calling on your MP to act,
you’re letting them know that as a community we care, and we demand
action. To make sure decision makers hear us loud and clear, Christian
Aid have created a template letter and parliamentary briefing for you
to share with your MP. You can find both on the CA website by
following the links:

Engage your MP COP26:

Download the briefing:

Hillary Leslie is on annual leave from Monday 11 to Sunday 24 October inclusive.

William Mearns is on annual leave from Friday 29 October until Friday 5 November inclusive.

PASTORAL CARE   If you or someone you know is going into hospital
then please do notify us. If you would like to receive a visit from our
pastoral care team or a regular phone call contact Kay, our pastoral
assistant, and she will safely organise this for you. Contact Kay
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COLLECTION    Most of those who attend worship support our work
through standing orders, but before the first lockdown we also had a
plate collection during the service for visitors and those who preferred
that form of offering. Covid restrictions still prevent us passing a plate
during the service. Instead we are now inviting those who would have
put offerings in the plate during the service to do so at the close of the
service. In the halls entrance and in the vestibule you will find a bowl or
plate marked ‘Plate Collection’. Regular and one-off donations, are still
possible online through: www.give.net/20311853 or by contacting our
Freewill Offerings Treasurer, Hugh Somerville on 0131 466 2446 or
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our popular Sale of Autumn Preserves returns on Sunday 24 October.
Lots of delicious jams, chutneys and marmalade will be available,
every jar helping to raise vital funds for Christian Aid. If you’re making
jam or chutney during the next week, we’d be very grateful if you could
produce a little extra for our sale. Please label your jars on the lid –
this makes it easier for customers to see what’s on offer.

PLEASE NOTE that in line with new guidelines just received from the
Church of Scotland, we are required to list the ingredients of any
packaged food offered for sale at church. This may not be strictly
necessary if the contents are clear from the label (e.g. strawberry jam),
but would be important for goods with a more complex recipe, such
as chutney. So, when labelling your jars, please include a list of
ingredients if they are not immediately obvious. The aim is to alert
people to possible allergens. We’ll be receiving donations of preserves
in the Lower Hall on Saturday 23 October, from 10.30 am -12.00 noon.
If you’re unable to hand in your contribution at that time, please phone
Kate O’Brien on 0131 667 4362 to make an alternative arrangement.
Thank you for all your support!

ECO ACTION   There are lots of plans at Mayfield Salisbury to highlight
environmental and climate change issues around the time of COP26,
including the service on October 31 and a lecture by the renowned
Christian thinker and environmentalist Alastair McIntosh, author of the
highly acclaimed book on the climate crisis ‘Riders on the Storm’, on 28
November. At a different level, there will be one or two, mainly multiple
choice, fun questions in the pew leaflets each week. No prizes! but do
check your answers on the eco part of the Mayfield Salisbury website.

Eco Quiz

1. In the UK we waste
1.8, 3.75 or 6.5 million tonnes food each year

2. A bunch of flowers from Holland uses
10, 30 or 50kg carbon on average

3. In the UK
2, 6 or 10 tons of clothing are bought every minute.

Books for the Journey
Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)
Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith (2020)

Copyright Notices
Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible:
Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
All rights reserved worldwide.
Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church holds a CCLI Streaming License: #88916
Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.

Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine: Friday 26 November at 6.00pm.
Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.
Phone: 0780 801 1234 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ecotip: Remember to turn lights off when not needed!

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