Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Remembrance                         Sunday 14 November 2021

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Remembrance

Sunday 14 November 2021

 

 

War: first, one hopes to win; then one
expects the enemy to lose; then, one is
satisfied that he too is suffering; in the
end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
Karl Kraus

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

 

 

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

 

Organ Voluntary
Impromptu, Op. 5.       Francis Jackson (b. 1917)

 

Welcome & Church News

 

The Grace

 

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

Introit - For the Fallen
Words; Laurence Binyon (1869 to 1943)
Music: Douglas Guest (1916 to 1996)

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

 

Call to Worship - Based on Psalm 122
Leader: I was glad when they said to me:
All: Let us go to the house of the Lord.
Leader: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
All: May those who love our land be blessed.
Leader: May there be peace in our homes:
All: And safety for our families.
Leader: For the sake of those we love we say:
All: Let there be peace

 

Hymn 715    Behold! the Mountain of the Lord
(t. Glasgow) Paraphrase 18

Behold! The mountain of the Lord
in latter days shall rise
on mountain tops above the hills,
and draw the wondering eyes.

To this the joyful nations round,
all tribes and tongues, shall flow;
up to the hill of God, they’ll say,
and to his house we’ll go.

The beam that shines from Zion hill
shall lighten every land;
the King who reigns in Salem’s towers
shall all the world command.

Among the nations he shall judge;
his judgements truth shall guide;
his sceptre shall protect the just,
and quell the sinner’s pride.

No strife shall rage, nor hostile feuds
disturb those peaceful years;
to ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
to pruning-hooks their spears.

No longer hosts, encountering hosts,
shall crowds of slain deplore:
they hang the trumpet in the hall,
and study war no more.

Come then, O house of Jacob! Come
to worship at his shrine;
and, walking in the light of God,
with holy beauties shine.

 

Poem - Anthem for Doomed Youth (1917)
By Wilfred Owen, Written at Craiglockhart Hospital
Read by Reuben Addis

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

 

Call to Remembrance

 

The Tryst - They Shall Not Grow Old
By Laurence Binyon

 

The Last Post

 

The Silence - Two minutes

 

The Rouse

 

The Kohima Epitaph

 

Prayer of Approach 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 259   Beauty for Brokenness
(t. God of the Poor)

Beauty for brokenness,
hope for despair,
Lord, in the suffering
this is our prayer.
Bread for the children,
justice, joy, peace,
sunrise to sunset
your kingdom increase.

Shelter for fragile lives,
cures for their ills,
work for the craftsmen,
trade for their skills.
Land for the dispossessed,
rights for the weak,
voices to plead the cause
of those who can't speak.

God of the poor,
friend of the weak,
give us compassion, we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

Refuge from cruel wars,
havens from fear,
cities for sanctuary,
freedoms to share.
Peace to the killing fields,
scorched earth to green,
Christ for the bitterness,
his cross for the pain.

Rest for the ravaged earth,
oceans and streams,
plundered and poisoned,
our future, our dreams.
Lord, end our madness,
carelessness, greed;
make us content with
the things that we need.

God of the poor,
friend of the weak,
give us compassion, we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

Lighten our darkness,
breathe on this flame,
until your justice
burns brightly again;
until the nations
learn of your ways,
seek your salvation
and bring you their praise.

God of the poor,
friend of the weak,
give us compassion, we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

Graham Kendrick (b.1950)

 

 

Reading   Micah 4:1 - 4 
Read by Kay McIntosh DCS

4 In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised up above the hills.

Peoples shall stream to it,
2 and many nations shall come and say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.’
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

3 He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more;

4 but they shall all sit under their own vines and under
their own fig trees and no one shall make them afraid;
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

 

Anthem So They Gave Their Bodies
Words: Pericles’ Funeral Oration (Athens 431BC)
Translated by Alfred Zimmern
Music: Peter Aston (1938 to 2013)

So they gave their bodies to the commonwealth, and
received praise that will never die, and a home in the
minds of men. Their story lives on without visible symbol,
woven into the stuff of other men’s lives

Reading  Matthew 5: 43 - 48
Read by Kay McIntosh DCS

Love for Enemies

43 ’You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your
neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you,
love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in
heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the
good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the
unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you,
what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors
do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and
sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not
even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore,
as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Hymn 161  O God Our Help in Ages Past
(t. St Anne)

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home!

Under the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

 

Sermon - Peace and Reconciliation
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Hymn 528 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
(t. Prayer of St Francis)

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your love;
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
And where thereís doubt, true faith in you.

Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved, as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where thereís despair in life let me bring hope;
where there is darkness, only light;
and where thereís sadness, ever joy.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that weíre born to eternal life. 

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Others

 

Ceasefire
By Michael Longley (1995) - Read by Christine de Luca

I
Put in mind of his own father and moved to tears
Achilles took him by the hand and pushed the old king
Gently away, but Priam curled up at his feet and
Wept with him until their sadness filled the building.

II
Taking Hector's corpse into his own hands Achilles
Made sure it was washed and, for the old king's sake,
Laid out in uniform, ready for Priam to carry
Wrapped like a present home to Troy at daybreak.

III
When they had eaten together, it pleased them both
To stare at each other's beauty as lovers might,
Achilles built like a god, Priam good-looking still
And full of conversation, who earlier had sighed:

IV
'I get down on my knees and do what must be done
And kiss Achilles' hand, the killer of my son.'

 

Hymn 710   ‘I Have a Dream’, a Man Once Said
(t. Repton)

'I have a dream', a man once said,
'where all is perfect peace;
where men and women, black and white,
stand hand in hand, and all unite
in freedom and in love.'
in freedom and in love.'

But in this world of bitter strife
the dream can often fade;
reality seems dark as night,
we catch but glimpses of the light
Christ sheds on humankind.
Christ sheds on humankind.

Fierce persecution, war, and hate
are raging everywhere;
God calls us now to pay the price
through struggles and through sacrifice
of standing for the right.
of standing for the right.

So dream the dreams and sing the songs,
but never be content;
for thoughts and words don't ease the pain:
unless there's action, all is vain;
faith proves itself in deeds.
faith proves itself in deeds.

Lord, give us vision, make us strong,
help us to do your will;
don't let us rest until we see
your love throughout humanity
uniting us in peace.
uniting us in peace.

The National Anthem
God save our gracious Queen,
long live our noble Queen;
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

 

Closing Responses
Act of Commitment

Leader: Remembering the past, let us commit ourselves to a future of peaceful living and reconciliation.

Leader: Will we strive for all that brings peace to our world? All: We will

Leader: Will we seek to heal the wounds of war? All: We will

Leader: Will we work for a just future for all humanity? We will

Benediction
Let us go in peace into all the world; as we
are reconciled with God and with one another,
let us too be the people of peace and reconciliation
for others, and may the grace…

Threefold Amen

Organ Voluntary
Sortie on 'The Strife is O'er'       Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

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Notes on Francis Jackson's Impromptu
Francis Jackson (b. 1917), CBE, is a British organist
and composer, who studied under his predecessor
Sir Edward Bairstow at York Minster, before serving
as organist and director of music at the cathedral
from 1946 - 1982. His Impromptu was written while
in the army, stationed near Bari, Italy, in 1944, and
dedicated to his teacher on the occasion of his 70th
birthday.

Jackson once wrote this note for Robert Gower: This,
Jackson's first published composition, was written on
the seashore at San Vito, near Bari, Italy, on July 10-12
1944, just a month before Bairstow's seventieth birthday
and during the composer's spell in the army. It contains
a quotation from the Communion Service in D written
by Bairstow in 1913, at the point where the initial theme
makes its return, when it is seen to be the basis of the
initial bar. A significant role is given to the famous Tuba
Mirabilis which was installed in 1916; it plays the fanfare
motif which appears earlier in the piece, but in notes of
double length.

 

This Morning’s Music by the Chamber Group
Douglas Guest wrote his setting of the iconic verse of Binyon’s
poem for Westminster Abbey where he was organist and
choirmaster. Deceptively simple, it is a masterly piece of word
painting particularly in the flattened chord for ‘old,’ the
descending bass for the setting sun, and the rising sopranos
for dawn.

Aston was appointed by Benjamin Britten as the founding
conductor of The Aldeburgh Singers. His poignant Remembrance
anthem ‘So they gave their bodies’ (1976) was commissioned by
the Royal School of Church Music for one of its Service Books.
The text is taken from Pericles’ famous Funeral Oration of 431BC,
as it appears in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.
The music, quite subdued, is sung over a rocking accompaniment.
It shows great sympathy with the text, with a later repetition of the
first phrase. It explores dissonant but attractive harmonies.

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NEWS AND INTIMATIONS

 

NEWINGTON CHURCHES TOGETHER

Advent Studies An Advent discussion group of up to 8 participants
will meet in the session room at Craigmillar Park church, weekly during
the 4 weeks of Advent, on Tuesday 30 Nov, Wed 8 Dec, Wed 15 Dec
and Wed 22 Dec. All meetings will be at 2pm. There will be tea and
coffee available. The discussion will be based on 'Long Expected', a
study guide newly produced for Advent 2021 by John Birch (see
www.faithandworship.com).

Anyone from the Newington area is welcome to participate; if
numbers exceed 8, or if anyone prefers to meet using Zoom, further
groups can be formed. To register interest, and to get a copy of the
study material, please contact Ann Thanisch (email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; mobile 0781 494 9468).

Carol singing in the community Please join singers from
up to 9 Newington churches singing carols at the entrance
to Cameron Toll shopping centre on Sunday December 5,
at 1.30pm. Just turn up anytime till around 2.30pm.

GIFT SERVICES SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2021

Salvation Army in North Edinburgh Toys and gifts suitable for
children from babyhood to teens are most welcome. Headphones,
footballs, football accessories, toiletries, age-appropriate tee-shirts
or other clothing, stationery items, 10+ lego and graphic novels
make suitable presents for the older children.

HMP Edinburgh for the children of prisoners Items as above are
also suitable for this recipient. Cash is useful to this recipient enabling
the officer in charge to buy items to fill gaps that become evident
during sorting.

Gifts should be unwrapped, please, although wrapping paper, Sellotape and
gift cards are appreciated by the recipients. With thanks, but alcohol,
second-hand items or second-hand clothing cannot be placed. As we
offered last year, I or one of the team will happily uplift your donation
should you be unable to bring it to church.

Anne Graham - 0131 667 6331

 

SHORT AFTERNOON SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
Tuesday 16 November at 2.30pm The service will take
place in the level-access Bill McDonald Hall (via West
Mayfield doors) and with light Refreshments and Fellowship
afterwards until around 3.45pm. Everyone always made most
welcome.

This less formal act of Worship is appreciated by many and
might well suit those who have never before attended. We
stay seated throughout and help is given on arrival and
departure. Please mention to those you know who might
feel less confident about returning to Sunday services
after the isolating lockdown experience.

Please indicate in advance if you intend to come on Tuesday
by contacting Kay McIntosh (07903 266 307) - or Anne Sturrock
as soon as possible. The Afternoon Service Team members
all look forward to welcoming you - and keeping you safe.

 

SERVICE TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES Sunday 5 December at
7.00pm. If in the run up to Christmas you are feeling the loss
of a much-loved family member or friend, and perhaps have
not had the opportunity to have a service of thanksgiving
due to the pandemic, do join us in the church on the evening
of Sunday 5 December to remember, reflect and give thanks
for their lives. It will be a quiet, contemplative service for peace
and healing, to which all are welcome.

 

TOUCH THE EARTH LIGHTLY – A BOOKLET BY PETER MILLAR
As COP26 draws to a close, a good friend of the congregation,
the writer Peter Millar, has kindly made available for us free
copies of his booklet Touch the Earth Lightly, quotes and
readings for the healing of the planet. Please take one at the
rear door of the church (whilst stocks last!).

 

POPPIES FOR REMEMBRANCE Poppy Scotland lapel poppies
with collecting tins for donations are available at the main
door of the Sanctuary today and also on Remembrance Sunday
next week. They will again be out at the Afternoon Remembrance
Service on Tuesday 16 November.

A BOOK FESTIVAL OF 'LITERATURE, RELIGION AND IMAGINATION'
is being held from 3 - 5 December at New College, to celebrate its
175th anniversary, with a stellar line up including Robert Harris, Sally
Magnusson, Val McDermid, Miles Jupp and many others. Sandy
Forsyth will be hosting the Iona Community part of the event on
the Friday afternoon - please take a flyer at the rear door of the church.
For programme and tickets, please visit - https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/wintertales/

 

EXPLORING PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION – WEDNESDAYS
AT 7.00PM DURING DECEMBER In the dark of winter, Christians
traditionally use prayer and contemplation to open themselves up to
the coming of God in Advent. Join us as we explore a range of Advent
prayer practices that help us to become more aware of God with us.
Practices that also connect us to a community of people, past and
present, who have prayed in these ways. The informal sessions, led by
our student minister, Reuben Addis, will start with lighting an advent
candle, a stilling exercise, and then several different styles of
contemplative prayer often drawing on different senses and on our
imagination. It would be helpful if you could book in advance
(numbers limited to fifteen), by mailing Reuben
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by text/phone – 0786 791 5022.

 

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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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
07906871392

STAFF HOLIDAYS  The minister is on annual leave from Wednesday
17 November to Wednesday 24 November inclusive. Next week we
welcome Revd Helen Alexander to lead both Sunday services.

 

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

 

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 today 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.

 

CROSSREACH PERINATAL SERVICES – NOVEMBER GIVING
Mayfield Salisbury’s ‘local’ charity, continue to offer online support to
families and are pleased to be also welcoming families into the building
at Simpson House in Queen Street for face-to-face counselling which
comes with creche support. They are also offering infant massage
and a new prenatal group for the pregnant mums on their waiting list.

CrossReach PNS would appreciate our help now, more than ever.
Instead of our usual bucket collection, we are asking you to help by
giving direct to CrossReach Perinatal Services in one of the following
ways:

 

· Online giving. Visit the crossreach.org.uk page and click the purple
‘Donate’ button at the top right of the page. This takes you to a Just
Giving page which is for general CrossReach donations but there is a
box in which you can ‘Add a message of support’ and please would
you type in there that the donation is for Perinatal Services (or PNS)
which will ensure funds are routed to PNS. Please note that Just
Giving automatically adds a platform fee but this can be changed to zero if
preferred (with no reduction in the amount that is then routed to PNS).
There is also the opportunity to gift aid your donation.

· Postal giving. CrossReach would be happy to receive any cheques
by post which should be payable to ‘CrossReach’ and sent to Supporter
Development, CrossReach, Charis House, 47 Milton Road East,
Edinburgh, EH15 2SR. If you could send cheques with a covering letter
to let CrossReach know that the donation is for perinatal services, and if
you wish to gift aid then please note that in your letter. In order to gift
aid, CrossReach needs a note of your name and address.

If you have any questions, please contact Ailsa Garland (Committee
co-ordinator) on 07793 197858 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

PRAYER CHAIN Would you or someone you know appreciate being
held in prayer by our small group of prayer chain members. Once a
week we receive an email with a list of names of people who have
asked for specific prayers. We continue to pray for those people throughout
the week. If you would like to join our confidential,
committed group or have a request for a prayer, contact Kay McIntosh.

 

PASTORAL CARE As winter approaches perhaps you would now like to
have a visitor assigned to you or receive regular phone calls. Do you
know of anyone who is ill or going into hospital and would benefit
from a visit from our pastoral care team? Please contact Kay on 07903
266 307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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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.
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