Goodbye Scott

 
Sunday 6 October, 2019, was Revd Dr Scott McKenna’s last Sunday as minister of Mayfield Salisbury before he leaves to become minister of St Colomba, Ayr. Both morning services are always well attended, but in recognition of this special day, this was especially true of this Sunday.
 
At the start of each service the Session Clerk, Charles Garland, spoke on behalf of us all. He said how Scott had been with us, leading us and travelling with us, for nineteen years. For some, like his own family, this spanned the whole of their time here; others were of course already here and were able to welcome him and Shelagh when they arrived, but for all of us the changes which Scott had brought about here have been huge and hugely beneficial. After detailing some of these, such as the all-age 9.30am worship, the festivals and the pilgrimages, Charles ended by saying, ‘So today we want to say ‘’Thank you, Scott’’, for all that you have done for us and with us. We are deeply grateful for the time you have spent with us and wish you all the best for your continuing ministry in the future’. He then presented Scott, on behalf of the whole congregation, with a gift, and at the earlier 9.30am service, the young people presented their own gift and for Shelagh a bouquet of flowers.
 
In reply Scott said that he and his wife, Shelagh and son, Murdo, leave Mayfield Salisbury and the manse at Seton Place with many good, great and happy memories. He spoke of how vividly he remembered applying for the post and the excitement and thrill of being called as our minister. He went on to thank the office bearers, Kirk Session, congregation and the members of the staff team, and in particular the Church Manager, William, for all their support and encouragement. He spoke of the pleasure of worshipping in such a beautiful sanctuary, and the immense privilege it had been to lead worship and preach to this congregation each week. He finished by speaking of his indebtedness to his wife, Shelagh, both personally and professionally, and how, at the end of nineteen years, all he wanted to say to us all was ‘It’s been great – thank you’.
 
At both services hymns were sung which were Scott’s special favourites e.g. at the 9.30am ‘Who would true valour see’ as it is the only hymn which mentions hobgoblins! The readings chosen were Bible passages which hold special significance for him, and he finished his sermon with one of his favourite quotes: Thomas Mann’s ’Myth is the way things never were, but always are’. Finally, at the close of the 10.45am service, after the benediction, there was a lovely surprise. The choir sung John Rutter’s beautiful setting of the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6. 24-26) ‘The Lord bless you and keep you….’: a sentiment in all our hearts.
 
Both services were followed by a time of fellowship in the Bill McDonald Hall with coffee and special celebratory cakes.
Scott's sermon is availble in video and text here
There are more photographs of both services in the Gallery