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Sunday 14 June 2020


First Sunday after Trinity


Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the LORD,
all the earth.Worship the LORD
with gladness; come into his
presence with singing.Know that
the LORD is God.It is he that
made us, and we are his; we are
his people, and the sheep of his
pasture. Enter his gates with
thanksgiving,and his courts with
praise. Give thanks to him, bless
his name. For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.




 Welcome and Introduction - Revd Helen Alexander 

Good morning to the members and friends of the congregation of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, and welcome to this worship online for the 1st Sunday after Trinity.

W e’ve now entered into what’s known as Ordinary Time in the church’s calendar. Having focussed on the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ and celebrated Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, we’re now embarked on a significant number of weeks when the church traditionally reflects on her life, before entering the Season of Advent and beginning the annual cycle all over again. The Christian season that stretches ahead is devoid of particular sense of occasion, for most Presbyterians certainly, and when you add in the continued restriction of lockdown it may feel even more of a long haul than usual.

In all this, it might help to remember that the liturgical colour for the next few months is green. While we’re not currently in a position to see this in the vestments and hangings in church, the colour green is all around us in nature, reminding us of growth and goodness, promise and hope. May these blessings be ours, whatever our circumstances today and in the weeks that lie ahead.

I invite you now to join me in a short period of silence in preparation for worship…..

Scripture Sentences

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God…

When we cry Abba! Father! it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God…..

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit........

Let us pray

Teach us to pray, good Lord.

When our words grow stale and meaningless, help us to discover anew the grace of silence and simple openness of heart.

When our hearts remain closed by intention or because we seem to have lost the key, help us to know that you search for us even in darkness, for darkness is as light to you.

When we are burdened with guilt, or worry about its absence in our hearts, hear our thanksgiving that you know our hearts better than we do ourselves, and that your grace is sufficient for us.

When we have lost courage or comfort or hope, help us not to recoil from these realities but to trust that no feeling is final and that the Spirit that breathed the world to be is active even now and holds us ever in the eternal arms.

And when we experience the release of happiness, gratitude and awareness of solid goodness, help us to rest in these blessings as gift and grace; for your love’s sake.

The Collect

Almighty God, without whose grace we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Children’s Reflection - Hillary Leslie 

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re doing well today.

Has anyone ever seen the movie ‘Peter Pan’? They play a game in that film called ‘follow the leader,’ which I’m sure many of you have played yourselves. They even sang a song that goes like this:

Following the leader, the leader, the leader
We're following the leader wherever he may go!’

I remember playing the game with my friends when I was growing up. The rules are very simple. You choose a leader and you follow them wherever they go and do whatever they do. You might end up jumping through puddles, climbing trees, or running around in circles - all to stay in the game because nobody wanted to lose or give up!

I n each of our lives, we have many people who we follow – our teachers, our parents, our friends, our minister, and leaders of our sports and clubs. As Christians, we follow Jesus, too, just as the disciples are hearing the call to follow Jesus in our Bible reading today.

But what does it look like for us to follow Jesus? This morning we’re going to be singing another song that has us thinking what it means to follow Jesus; it’s called ‘The Summons’ or ‘Will You Come and Follow Me?’

In the Bible, we hear many wonderful stories about Jesus, and all of the amazing things that he did for the people around him. These stories that we hear about Jesus in church and our Sunday School groups set examples for us to follow in our own lives.

One of the lines in today’s song shows us that following Jesus means that our lives will be changed as we grow in our understanding of Jesus’ lessons, and begin to live them out in our own lives. It says:

‘Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same
In your company I’ll go
Where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
In you and you in me.’

Jesus teaches us many things in his stories, but I think the most important message he teaches us is to love. Jesus teaches us what it means to let our faith move, and live, and grow within each one of us, so that we can learn how to love as best as possible.

In his time on earth, Jesus cared for the people that most others forgot about, or who were pushed to the side. Jesus sets an example for us to follow by showing us that everyone is welcome into the house of God, and no one is apart from, or undeserving of the love of God.

Jesus teaches us how to love God, and how to love our neighbours (friends, family, strangers); how to share God’s love not just through our words, but also through our actions; how to come alongside people when they are hurting or suffering; how to listen to the stories of those who are different to us so that we can understand our neighbours better, and learn to love them better.

When we play follow the leader with Jesus, we grow in our faith, and learn how to share love with those around us. Maybe this week we can learn how to love the people around us better by playing a game of follow the leader with Jesus.

Let’s close our eyes, put our hands together and close our time with a prayer – please repeat after me:

Holy God, thank you for this beautiful day.
Thank you, Jesus, for calling our names.
May we follow in your footsteps,
Learning how to live and grow in you,
And learn to love those around us better.
Please be with those who are sad or hurting today,
That they may feel your peaceful presence.

HYMN  Will you come and follow me - Played by Kate Pearson -  Sung by Stuart Mitchell

Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

Will you love the 'you' you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found
to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I'll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

John L. Bell (b.1949) and Graham Maule (b.1958)
Words and Music: (c) Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community, 4th Floor, Savoy Centre, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH





First Reading  Genesis 18:1 – 15  Read by Andrew Cubie

A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah   NRSVA

18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ 10 Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?’ 13 The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” 14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.’ 15 But Sarah denied, saying, ‘I did not laugh’; for she was afraid. He said, ‘Oh yes, you did laugh.’


Second Reading St Matthew 9:35 – 10:8  Read by Kay McIntosh DCS

 The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

The Twelve Apostles

10 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.


Reflection -  Revd Helen Alexander 

Hebrew narrative art at its best’: this is how one Biblical commentator sums up the story from the Book of Genesis that we’ve heard this morning. (1) One can see why, for the story runs like a series of skilfully edited film shots: Abraham, the patriarch to be, dozing off at midday in the entrance of his tent beneath the oak trees, the emergence of three strangers, the old man’s somewhat over-the-top welcome, his demand for fresh baking from his longsuffering wife, his crazy rush in the heat of the noonday sun from his tent to his herd for a calf to be slaughtered, and back to his tent again, his respectful waiting at the visitors’ table, the repetition of the seemingly ridiculous promise of a son, the elderly Sarah’s disbelieving laugh, not dissimilar to Abraham’s own just a few verses before; and the final scene’s dramatic change from amicable courtesy to accusation and denial: ‘she laughed.’ ‘I didn’t!’ ‘Oh, but I know that you did.’ The story is comical, graphically human and spiritually profound.

Who were the desert strangers? The writer of the story employs artful ambiguity whereby the visitors metamorphose from God to men, to God and back to men, two of them becoming angels as they leave. Tales of appearances of gods disguised as human beings were common in antiquity, and this may be an example of skilful adaptation whereby the devout monotheistic author of this story conveys his belief that God’s ways can appear strange and sometimes seemingly impossible to mere human beings.

This being so, rather than ruminating on the precise identity of the strangers it might be more helpful to ask what message or messages their story conveys. Aside from taking account of the mysterious nature of the purposes of God, all three monotheistic faiths agree that the story highlights the central importance of the practice of hospitality.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes this: ‘Abraham, father of monotheism, knew the paradoxical truth that to live the life of faith is to see the trace of God in the face of the stranger…….He knew that serving God and offering hospitality to strangers were not two things but one.’ (2)

St Matthew’s Jesus pursued the same line in what’s often called the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…….Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ (3)

And it’s pretty likely that the unknown author of the New Testament Letter to the Hebrews had the story of Abraham and Sarah in mind when he wrote: ‘Be not neglectful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’ (4)

Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh in her very informative book on Islam points out that the Qur’anic version of the story is also interpreted by Muslims as one of welcome to the stranger or traveller, and she quotes the celebrated Medieval Muslim theologian and mystic Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali in what seems an interesting turnaround of the text in Hebrews: A house that is not entered by guests is not entered by angels.’ (5)

Of course, it’s hardly surprising that the three monotheistic faiths with their roots in the desert lands of the Middle East should emphasise the importance of hospitality when the promise or the lack of it might prove a matter of life or death for the traveller.

But the focus of the story in Genesis is on the blessing that is offered to, rather than given by Abraham and Sarah. For all the lavish hospitality, the visitors were there to confirm the momentous promise.

The suggestion is that if you open the doors of your home or your heart (the heart being foremost as we are learning now when of necessity our homes are mostly closed to others) you might just find yourself in the presence of angels or God.

Stay awake for new surprises,
Angels come in strange disguises.

That’s not a text from the Bible or the Qur’an, but it contains scriptural truth. In fact, the Biblical witness tends to favour the least likely candidates as the ones most likely to convey blessing.

This topsy-turvy reversal of expectation is applicable to every time and circumstance. That weird wee buddy down the road, that unpleasant-sounding character who gets on everyone’s nerves at a meeting; those people who look different, dress differently, don’t speak the same language, worship in a different way: we’re invited to be open to the possibility that all may be bearers of light for us if we’re prepared to draw close enough to see them, and may speak words of truth to us if we stop long enough to listen. This may go for a community and a nation as well as for any individual.

All this is easy enough to say, but much more difficult to put into practice. And of course, not everyone is a light-bearer or truth-speaker. We’re not asked to leave our discernment behind when we interact with other people. Yet we are invited to be open to the possibility that they may have something important to offer us, even if we don’t much like them, especially perhaps if we don’t much like them.

This may have been something that Jesus himself had to learn in practice. In the passage from St Matthew’s Gospel that we’ve heard today, he forbade his disciples to go among the Gentiles, instructing them to focus their attentions solely on their fellow Jews.

Nonetheless, at the end of the Gospel Jesus sends them out to the ends of the known world. Whether this development reflects his gradual self-understanding or that of the early church doesn’t really matter, as long as we’re encouraged to take seriously the blessed opportunity of hospitality of heart, and to be prepared to experiment with its truth.

1. R.N. Whybray Genesis, The Oxford Bible Commentary Ed John Barton and John Muddiman OUP 2001
2. Jonathan Sacks God and Strangers (Vayera 5779) Covenant and Conversation
3. St Matthew 25: 35, 40
4. Hebrews 13: 2
5. Mona Siddiqui 50 Ideas You Really Need To Know: Islam Quercus Edition Ltd 2016 pp104,105




Auf meinen lieben Gott: Allemande and Gigue:  Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) - Played by Kate Pearson



Thanksgiving and Intercession - Revd Helen Alexander

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for the gift of life itself; for sunshine and rain; for the birds of the air and the fruits of the field; for the wind that blows and the swell of the sea.

Blessed be God for the company of friends near and far, for their warm remembrances and for ours of them; for whispers of mercy and glimpses of glory that permeate our minds and hearts with the eternal promise that all shall be well.

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit for our commission to care and to pray for all in need today and every day.

Our prayers rise to God for the state of the earth: for beaches cluttered with detritus, for vast islands of plastic in the oceans, for holes in the ozone layer, and for onetime forests and meadows now denuded and bare.

And our thanks rise to God for signs of hope and healing: for cleaning and planting, for the harnessing of the energy of nature to meet the needs of humankind; for the call that grows ever louder for the transformation of human thoughtlessness and greed toward a better future for all.

Our prayers rise to God for the nations of the world: for leaders confronted by crises and overwhelming need; for their people who are restless and afraid; for nations brought together in the common search for lasting solutions of the problems of our time, at the same time threatened by rivalry and economic loss.

Our prayers rise to God for all who are disadvantaged and dispossessed and who are cast adrift on the seas of anger, turbulence and fear.

Our prayers rise to God for all humanity: black, coloured and white whose lives are haunted by past wrongs and who carry the consequences in behaviour and attitude to the present day. And our prayers rise to God for the recovery of conscience, the spirit of sanity and ongoing work for equality for all.

Our prayers rise to God for all those suffering great trials of body and soul: for people in hospitals and those who desperately need to get there; for anxieties and mental pain; for people without shelter and those who feel they’ve been sheltered too long. And our thanks rise to God for all who reach out hand and heart to do the work of good in the world, in whosoever’s name they do it.

Our prayers rise to God for those we know and love; for particular people and situations we pray for now in silence……….

Even as our thanks rise to God for those we have loved and lost and love still who are held with us in the everlasting arms of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit to whom be glory now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which 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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. For ever and ever. Amen.


HYMN  The God of Abraham praise - Played by Kate Pearson -  Sung by Stuart Mitchell

The God of Abraham praise,
who reigns enthroned above,
Ancient of everlasting days,
and God of love.
Jehovah, Great I AM!
by earth and heaven confessed,
I bow, and bless the sacred name
for ever blest.

The God of Abraham praise,
at whose supreme command
from earth I rise, and seek the joys
at his right hand.
I all on earth forsake,
its wisdom, fame and power,
and him my only portion make,
my shield and tower.

He by himself has sworn,
I on his oath depend:
I shall, on eagle's wings upborne,
to heaven ascend;
I shall behold his face,
I shall his power adore
and sing the wonders of his grace
for evermore.

The whole triumphant host
give thanks to God on high;
'Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!'
they ever cry.
Hail, Abraham's God, and mine! --
I join the heavenly praise --
all might and majesty are thine,
through endless days.

Thomas Olivers (1725-1799) (alt.)
based on the Jewish Yigdal



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.




NEXT SUNDAY’S READINGS: Genesis 21: 8- 21 and St Matthew10: 24 - 39


KILOMBERO RICE FROM MALAWI. I have new stocks of brown and white rice costing £3 /kg bag. For Malawian children ‘a bag of rice can change a life’ To request your rice contact Jean on 0131 477 6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Happy to deliver to your doorstep by bike or on foot!



Donations to the Bethany Care Shelter. Bethany are very thankful for all the donations they have received to date. They are no longer in need of food or games but still need the following items if you would like to donate: sleeping bags, men's roll on deodorant and men's razors. Donations have to be taken to the Diadem Centre on Gorgie Road. I can give you the door code if you're planning on taking a donation. Please contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Update on the Bethany Care Van and Care Shelter. Throughout the Covid 19 lockdown, the Bethany Care Van has continued its work of providing food to the most vulnerable people on Edinburgh's streets every evening and five lunchtimes a week. Whilst it hasn't been possible for many of our church volunteers to be part of the teams because of government restrictions, as a church we have still been able to play our part.

Our scheduled runs in the van have continued, thanks to the dedication of Daphne Green who has driven the van and a handful of volunteers 'of suitable age', several of whom Daphne has recruited to our teams and had officially approved by the Bethany Christian Trust. Many of our regular volunteers have also generously donated food and money to Bethany for their work in the Care Shelter at the Old Waverley Hotel. Not only has the Trust provided hot meals and shelter but, in partnership with Edinburgh Council, have worked to move people on to alternative accommodation.

This shelter will remain open until 15 July. Also, on behalf of the whole church, the Kirk Session has approved a substantial donation to Bethany's work in the city, especially at this time of crisis. Finally, I'd like to pass on to you all a massive thank you from the Bethany Team who greatly appreciate the donations, volunteering and prayers of all who support them in their work.

More details in the next edition of Grapevine. Tricia Stevenson


GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE The deadline for the forthcoming Grapevine magazine is Friday 26 June at 6.00pm. Please send submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. William Mearns


JOIN SCOTTISH CHURCHES IN PRAYER THIS SUNDAY This Sunday (14 June), Christians across Scotland will once again join together in prayer at 7.00pm in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As with previous weeks during lockdown and the phased easing of restrictions, Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer.

Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been taking part alongside them.

‘I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months online searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically,’ Dr Fair said. ‘But reading about what prayer is and how to do it is only the start of it. After that it’s time to actually pray. ‘And what better than to join with brothers and sisters from across the nation at 7pm on Sunday to pray our way through this ongoing crisis. I commend it to you and look forward to being with you, in Spirit, on Sunday evening.’

This week's letter accompanying the prayer, which is also available in Gaelic, states:

‘The experience of being powerless is one that will resonate with many of us. ‘There are times throughout our experience when we sense that we are not in control of what is happening in our own world. Indeed, there will be occasions when we sense that the wider world is afflicted by the seeming absence of a guiding hand.

‘The Apostle Paul expresses the reality that God acts through Jesus Christ, for us and our salvation, at the very moment in time when we are unable to act on our own behalf and we are powerless.

‘The action of God in Jesus Christ is a demonstration of the love of God (Romans 5: 1-8, NIV). As we know ourselves to be powerless and, at the same time, to be those who have received the renewing and empowering love of God poured ‘into our hearts by the Holy Spirit’, we turn to God, and we pray:’

We pray:

Living God, you demonstrate your love for us
Though our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we are powerless,
Stand with us in our weakness.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you demonstrate your love for the world
Through the self-giving of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We remember those who are powerless in our world
And stand with them in their weakness.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, as we stand with others
May we understand more fully the life we share in common.
In understanding more fully
May we embrace the richness of the life you gift us.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, your Holy Spirit
Is the Lord and Giver of Life.
May your love be poured into our hearts
And our lives renewed.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer,
Embrace us, and all Creation,
In the love you demonstrate through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.



Virtual Youth Programming: The *virtual* youth schedule for the month of June can be accessed on the church website under the 'Young People' tab. Please note the time and age group changes for various activities. All youth programming will be held over Zoom. New virtual youth consent forms must be sent to Hillary before attending a session. For log-in access to the Zoom sessions, or to get a copy of the consent forms, please contact Hillary!

Youth Group: Tonight, Sunday 14 June we will be playing Family Fortunes together over Zoom! All ages will meet from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Questions? Contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young People Art Request!! Hillary is looking for some of our children and young people to create a piece of artwork using the word 'Amen!' - drawings, paintings...anything crafty encouraged! These will be used in our online service on 21 June. All artwork will be shared anonymously. By submitting your child's artwork, you consent to it being used on our website for our online service. Please email pictures of the art to Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline is Wednesday 17 June at 5.00pm.


CHRISTIAN AID DEBT JUBILEE PETITION A huge thank-you to everyone who donated to the recent Christian Aid Week and Coronavirus appeals. Because of the way donations were collected this year, we won't know exactly how much money was contributed by our congregation, but we’re sure members will have been as generous as ever. Many of you perhaps felt frustrated at being unable to support the charity in the usual way, so you may be interested to hear of another very worthwhile action you can take.

The coronavirus pandemic is spreading into the poorest countries in the world, where the most vulnerable are falling ill and the economic impacts are leaving people who were already struggling, without a way to feed their families and survive this crisis.

You can help by supporting calls for a debt ‘jubilee’ – requested by governments of poor and vulnerable countries. This would mean cancelling their debt repayments during this crisis.

Will you call on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to broker a debt relief deal for the poorest countries? To take part, go to the Christian Aid website and follow the links to

Thank you! The Christian Aid Team


Forthcoming Deadlines

Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.

Next Grapevine: Friday 26 June 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.


Books for the Journey

My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul by Mark Oakley.

Luminaries: Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian Way by Rowan Williams.


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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  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe