Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost                         Sunday 24 October 2021

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Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday 24 October 2021

 

‘It seems to me now that we never
looked up from the trouble we had
in just getting by to put the obvious
question…what it was the Lord was
trying to make us understand…
So the question was taken away from
us, and we became like people
[who were] just stranded there.’

Revd John Ames
In the novel 'Gilead’
by Marilynne Robinson

 

Led by Reuben Addis and Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
with the congregation in church and online

 

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AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH
GATHERS TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD

 

Organ Voluntary
Trio on ‘All Glory be to God on High’.
BWV 676, J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

 

Welcome & Church News

 

The Grace

 

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

Introit Blest are the pure in heart
Words: John Keble(1792 – 1866)
Music: H Walford Davies (1869 – 1941)

Blest are the pure in heart, for they shall see our God.
The secret of the Lord is theirs, Their soul is Christ’s abode.
Still to the lowly soul he doth himself impart,
And for His dwelling and His throne chooseth the pure in heart.

 

Call to Worship - Based on Ecclesiasticus 50:22 - 24
Leader: And now we come to worship.
All: Now we are gathered as one
Leader: Now we turn our hearts.
All: And now we bless the God of all
Leader: God, who everywhere works great wonders
All: We long for your hope
Leader: Deliver us from this world's sorrows and troubles:
All: in your mercy, bring us gladness and peace

 

Hymn 159   Lord, for the years your love
(t. Lord of the years)

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the Word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,
Lord of the word, receive your people's praise.

Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord, for ourselves; in living power remake us,
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

 

Prayer of Approach, Praise and Confession
& 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 127   O Worship the King, All Glorious Above
(t. Hanover) Psalm 104

O worship the King, all glorious above;
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
his chariots of wrath the deep thunder-clouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old;
hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills; it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend!

O measureless might, ineffable love!
While angels delight to hymn thee above,
the humbler creation, in lowlier ways,
with true adoration shall sing to thy praise.

 

Reading Hebrews 7:23-28
Read by John Graham

23 Furthermore, the former priests were many in
number, because they were prevented by death
from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his
priesthood permanently, because he continues for
ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save
those who approach God through him, since he always
lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high
priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from
sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike
the other high priests, he has no need to offer
sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and
then for those of the people; this he did once for all
when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as
high priests those who are subject to weakness,
but the word of the oath, which came later than the
law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.

 

Anthem Praise the Lord, ye servants
Words: Psalm 113 vs 1 and 2
Music: John Blow (1649 to 1708)

Praise the Lord, ye servants;
O praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord
from this time forth for evermore

 

Reading Mark 10:46-52
Read by John Graham

The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus
46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large
crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind
beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it
was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus,
Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48 Many sternly ordered him
to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David,
have mercy on me!’ 49 Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him
here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take
heart; get up, he is calling you.’ 50 So throwing off his cloak,
he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him,
‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to
him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ 52 Jesus said to him, ‘Go;
your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his
sight and followed him on the way.

 

Hymn 147 All Creatures of our God and King
(t. Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Bright brother sun with golden beam,
clear sister moon with softer gleam:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Swift rushing wind, so wild and strong,
high clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
New-breaking dawn, in praise rejoice,
and lights of evening, find a voice:

Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Fire, with your flames so fierce and bright,
giving to all both warmth and light:

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds God's blessings on our way,
O praise him, alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that in you grow,
let them his glory also show:

And all who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O praise him, alleluia!
All who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and cast on him your care:

And you, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our fading breath,
O praise him, alleluia!
You homeward lead the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way has trod:

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:

 

Sermon
Reuben Addis

 

Hymn 727 In the Bulb There is a Flower
(t. Hymn of promise)

In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there's a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody.
There's a dawn in every darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future,
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

 


Prayer of Dedication
and for Others

 

Hymn 511 Your Hand, O God, Has Guided
(t. Thornbury)

Your hand, O God, has guided
your flock, from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear, on every page;
your people owned your goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest as to least;
they summoned all to hasten
and share the great King's feast;
and this was all their teaching,
in every deed and word,
to all alike proclaiming:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely
to guard the nation's life.
Their Gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, life restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your mercy will not fail us,
nor leave your work undone;
with your right hand to help us,
your victory shall be won;
by mortals and by angels
your name shall be adored,
and this shall be their anthem:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

 

Closing Responses
Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, you have put your life into our hands
All: Now we put our lives into yours
Leader: Lead us, take us
All: Renew and remake us
Leader: What we have been is past us
All: What we will be, through you, now awaits us

 

Benediction

 

Threefold Amen

 

Organ Voluntary
Fantasy for 4 voices, on the 6th tone
António Carreira (ca. 1520-30 - c. 1597)

 

This morning’s music by the Chamber Group
Sir Henry Walford Davies (of ‘Solemn melody’ and the ‘RAF March
Past’ fame) succeeded Edward Elgar as Master of the King’s Music.
He was music advisor to the BBC and a renowned broadcaster and
held various professorships. The short motet, to a poem of two
verses based on the Beatitudes, is a concise yet effective setting of
the text John Blow, a teacher of Purcell, preceded his more famous
pupil as organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey.
Thereafter he was Master of the Choristers, and latterly composer to,
the Chapel Royal after the Restoration. The energetic Psalm setting
begins with two bold statements before breaking into a fugal style.,
which is extended appropriately for the words ‘ from this time forth
for evermore.’

 

News and Intimations

 

CHRISTIAN AID SALE OF AUTUMN PRESERVES Don’t miss our popular
Sale of Autumn Preserves, taking place after both services TODAY! Lots
of delicious jams, chutneys and marmalade will be on offer, every jar
helping to raise vital funds for Christian Aid. We’ll be in the Lower Hall,
with Covid-compliant measures in place for your safety. This includes a
one-way system, exiting via the west door of the hall after making your
purchases. We look forward to seeing you there - thank you for all
your support!

 

DIGITAL CHURCH 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!

 

YOUTH GROUP There will be no Youth Group tonight (24) -
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.

 

 

BIG SING FOR COP26 SATURDAY 6 NOV 2021 @ 2.00PM
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT The Big Sing is being organised by
the Iona Community, as part of the Global Day of Action on 6
November. Members of Mayfield Salisbury’s Christian Aid and
Eco groups will be there – why not join us? We’ll meet outside
the entrance to the Queen’s Gallery at 1.45, ready to join the
singing outside Parliament at 2.00pm. Please contact Kate
O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.

The Iona Community is a dispersed Christian ecumenical
community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of
community and the renewal of worship. Sharing deep concerns
about the effects of climate change, and fears/hopes for the forthcoming
COP26 in Glasgow, the Iona Community asks, ‘How can we speak truth
to power on this issue, given the constraints on protestors gathering in
Glasgow? As individuals we feel powerless but our greatest strength
comes when we connect together as a community. And it feels important,
essential even, for the future of our environment affects the whole of
humanity.’ Their planned action is a simple one – to gather, under the Iona
Community banner, in front of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, and
hold a BIG SING. Permission has already been given.

(NB other organisations are asked not to bring their own banners)

https://iona.org.uk/2021/08/26/big-sing-for-cop26-saturday-6th-nov-2021-2-00pm-scottish-parliament-2-2/

 

 

STAFF HOLIDAYS 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.

 

 

DONATIONS  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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A FEW QUESTIONS..... Can you drive and do you have a current driving
icence? 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 07906871392

 

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 Producing a pizza results in
0.5, 1.0, 1.5kg emissions

2 In the UK tyre wear particles amount to
1,000 tonnes, 63,000 tonnes, 575,000 tonnes per year

3 This is equivalent to
10%, 15%, 30% of particles released in the UK waters

4 Producing a pair of jeans requires
10, 150, 1500 gallons of water, growing 1, 1.5, 3 pounds of cotton

 

 

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 McIntosh on
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Books for the Journey
Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)
John Bell, Living with the Psalms (2020)
Alistair McIntosh, Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis
and the Survival of Being (2nd Ed., 2021)

 

 

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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