Online Worship Archive

Please note: last week's service led by Revd Sandy Forsyth preaching as Sole Nominee may be found HERE.

Welcome to the online service of worship for The Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity 2020   

The YouTube playlist may be found here    Or view below.....

  

MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH

EDINBURGH

Sunday Services of Public Worship: 10.00am
Worship Online from 8.00am Every Sunday

Sunday 11 October 2020

 

Eighteenth after Trinity
HARVEST COVENANT SUNDAY

Since once again, Lord - though this time not
in the forests of the Aisne but in the steppes
of Asia - I have neither bread, nor wine, nor
altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols,
up to the pure majesty of the Real itself; I,
your priest, will make the whole earth my altar
and on it will offer you all the labours and
sufferings of the world….. Over every living
thing which is to spring up, to grow, to flower,
to ripen during this day say again the words:
'This is my Body'. And over every death-force
which waits in readiness to corrode, to wither,
to cut down, speak again your commanding words
which express the supreme mystery of faith:
'This is my Blood.'

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The Divine Millieu


 

         

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

 

 Welcome  The Revd Helen Alexander 

Good morning to the members and friends of the congregation of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church and welcome to all who are joining in this worship online for the 18th Sunday after Trinity.

Today we mark the indisputable arrival of autumn with a celebration of the harvest and an opportunity to covenant or pledge our lives in service and in hope for the future. In our prayers we shall specially remember the work of Christian Aid which is regularly supported by the congregation of Mayfield Salisbury. The online children’s talk and the Scripture readings online and in church will be given by members of our Christian Aid Committee.

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

Scripture Sentences

Jesus said: Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?....

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness….

Let us pray

For the wonder of the heavens and the earth, we praise your name, almighty God.
For the beauty of the lilies and the bounty of the earth;
For life and help and hope;
For minds that scan creation’s plan and hearts that open to the world;
For resonance and harmony with the hidden depths of all that is most truly real:
For all these gifts and graces, we praise your holy name.
We bring to you the offerings of our hearts:
Our work, our service and our recreation;
Our gratitude, our unreserved acknowledgment of the gift and glory of our human lives;
And with these also, we offer all the ways we compromise that glory with lack of generosity; self-obsession and slender faith.
Help us to leave such poor and shameful offerings on the altar of your forgiving love.
And set us free to live more trustingly, more gracefully like the birds of the air.
Remind us of our kinship with the earth and all her creatures;
Free us from unnecessary preoccupation that we may practice mercy and the recovery of kindness.
By your gracious spirit, garner the harvest of our lives for our good, for the benefit of those with whom we have to do, and for your glory.

The CollectSaid by all

Almighty God, by whose goodness and care the fruits of the earth are given to us in their season, grant us grace to use them rightly to your glory, for the relief of those in need, and for our own well-being and thankfulness; through Jesus Christ, the living bread, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  

 

Children’s Address Deirdre Eustace 

 

HYMN 180   Give thanks with a grateful heart  Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he's given
Jesus Christ, his Son.
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he's given
Jesus Christ, his Son.

And now let the weak say, 'I am strong!'
Let the poor say, 'I am rich
because of what the Lord has done for us!'
And now let the weak say, 'I am strong!'
Let the poor say, 'I am rich
because of what the Lord has done for us!'

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he's given
Jesus Christ, his Son.
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he's given
Jesus Christ, his Son.

Coda:
Give thanks.

Henry Smith (b.1952)
Words and Music: (c) 1978 Integrity's Hosanna! Music


  

WE LISTEN FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE

   

Reading  Deuteronomy 26: 1 – 11   NRSVA    Catriona Spratt

  

Reading  Philippians 4: 1 – 9   NRSVA   Robin Cavaghan

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntycheto be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Reflection   Revd Helen Alexander

Today’s reading from the Book of Deuteronomy records a harvest ritual that probably dates back to the 7th Century BC, though of course the Hebrew people held celebrations of the harvest long before that.

The distinctive feature of this one is a sort of confession of faith, also possibly dating back further than the 7th Century that begins: A wandering Aramean was my father….” The ‘wandering Aramean’ refers to Jacob, one of the great Patriarchs of Israel, and the confession goes on to highlight the deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt to freedom and prosperity in Canaan, as recounted in the Book of Exodus.

So it seems that on this occasion, when the faithful brought their harvest baskets to the holy place, they were doing two things at the same time:

They were giving thanks for the fruits of the earth, so basic to an agricultural people for whom the land and her yield were vital; and as they did so, they were celebrating their shared history of experience, tradition and faith.

This harvest thanksgiving was an occasion to remind the people of their inheritance of belief and belonging; their identity as the people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It was this understanding that they brought with their harvest baskets when they came to give thanks for the bounty of providence.

They knew that while they were material beings in need of material sustenance, they were not to suppose that they could live by bread alone. The insight expressed in these words that are well known to us from the story of Christ’s temptation in the wilderness (1) was recorded in the Book of Deuteronomy centuries before the Gospels. (2) 

The Jews knew – and still know - that the material and the spiritual are woven together and that for a fully rounded life you can’t have one without the other.

For Jew and Christian, the ‘spiritual’ is fundamentally shared story, tradition and practice, as well as the evolution of fresh insights and new trajectories as the faith rolls onward into the future.

So today when we make our harvest thanksgiving and together covenant to commit time, effort and money to feeding and helping our neighbours nearby and throughout the world we do so within our common Judeo-Christian heritage. 

It’s a heritage that enshrines a rich story-line that has had meaning for millions, and stretches from the myths of Genesis, through the lives of the patriarchs, the desert wandering of the Hebrew people, their settlement in Canaan, the history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah to the time of Christ, and onwards to the history of Christianity over the past two thousand years. That ‘wandering Aramean’ of the ancient confession is our father too. And as well as preserving the foundational sacred story from Abraham to Christ, our sacred Scriptures bequeath to us their ancient poetry and song, tradition and practice, offering the additional insights and blessings of our specifically Christian identity to successive generations.

This is an immense and significant inheritance, not only for those of us who are committed to the church, but also for our society and more widely for the world.  

Many may fail to grasp this, or choose to ignore or even deny that today’s humanistic values of liberty and sexual and racial equality, for example, derive from Biblical claims of which one of the most striking was made by the Apostle Paul: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (3)

The detractors of religion might rightly point out that Paul made his culturally astounding declaration in the 1st Century out of his belief in Jesus Christ and his Father God, whereas today’s enlightened affirmation of human rights and efforts to promote them need have no basis in such committed belief.  

Perhaps they’re right. It’s certainly right for Christian people to be prepared to hear this and to take it seriously. 

It seems to be self-evidently true that you don’t need to be religious to be a good person. It seems equally self-evident that deep reverence for people is not necessarily central to all religious rhetoric or behaviour.    If the church is losing ground in our society, which seems to be another self-evident truth, then perhaps those of us who continue to have a commitment to it need to take a good look at how to apply and communicate our faith in a society that has largely lost touch with the roots of that faith; a society that is, in the words of the American novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson “living among the relics and using the language of the culture…. committed to a metaphysics that we don’t understand anymore.”  Incidentally Robinson thinks this applies as much to the supposedly religious United States of America as it does to the largely secular society of the British Isles.  

I heard Robinson saying this in a recent edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Start the Week’ (4) with broadcaster Andrew Marr in which she was asked about her new novel Jack  the fourth in a series that began with Gilead, and with theologian Rowan Williams talked about his recent book The Way of St Benedict. In their works, both authors explore contemporary issues in the light of their understanding of Christian faith.  

Both hold centrally to the mystery and depth of the personal with which they believe contemporary Western society has largely lost touch. “Be in awe of lives” said Robinson, lamenting that “a lot of the holiness of people has been taken away.”  

Williams agreed. We need, he said, “the responsive awareness of someone else’s history looking at you from behind their eyes…..the mysteriousness of the personal.”

It was clear that in their diagnosis of the impoverishment of contemporary society’s understanding of faith, and in their longing for a recovery of the sense of the depth of the personal neither of these profound Christian thinkers wished to impose religious conclusions on people.  As Williams observed, this hasn’t worked.

Instead, arguing for the building up of what he called a more robust’ culture Williams called on Christian people to ask this: “what it would be to present to the culture the kind of patient, comprehensive, time-taking, compassionate, emotionally intelligent picture of human selves.”

A challenge for us to ponder perhaps; and it doesn’t seem to me to be a million miles from the kind of challenge St Paul issued to the churches of the New Testament, such as we’ve heard today from the letter to the Philippians: whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

These words come to us from a different age and in their own linguistic style, but in their 1st Century way they seem to me to articulate something of the call to a compassionate, emotionally intelligent picture of human selves” that Rowan Williams encourages us to work for.  

1. St Matthew 4.4; St Luke 4.4
2. Deuteronomy 8.3
3. Galatians 3.28
4. Start the Week: Faith in the modern world BBC Radio 4 Monday 28 September 2020 9.00am, repeated 9.30pm 

 

RESPONSE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD WITHIN

 

 

Choral Anthem   We plough the fields and scatter    Wir Pflügen
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group

We plough the fields and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by God's almighty hand;
he sends the snow in winter,
the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine
and soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

He only is the Maker
of all things near and far;
he paints the wayside flower,
he lights the evening star;
the winds and waves obey him,
by him the birds are fed;
much more to us, his children,
he gives our daily bread.

We thank you then, O Father,
for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
for all your love imparts,
with what we know you long for:
our humble, thankful hearts.

Matthias Claudius (1740-1815)
Translated Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878) (alt.)
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group

 

Thanksgiving and Intercession   Revd Helen Alexander

We offer our gratitude and delight for the gifts of the earth: for taste and texture, sense and sound, and all things shining and beneficent and good; and for all motherly and fatherly care that is offered to us in a world that nourishes us and offers itself for our enjoyment.

And we make our prayer for people and places where there is want and hardship; unhappiness and difficulty, asking that the earth’s resources may be shared more honourably and wisely; that people may use their ingenuity and skill for good and not for ill; that the weapons of war may be refashioned for a gentler and more fruitful purpose; that we who have such responsibility for the earth and the creatures that share it with us may behave towards it and them with proper reverence and sympathy.

We pray that justice may prevail; that hopefulness may overtake despair, and darkness change to light so that in places where colour and fullness have faded away, there may be restoration and plenty and peace, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

We pray for all organisations dedicated to helping the earth and her creatures: the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and many more.  

We remember the work of those dedicated to helping the poor of the earth through agencies like Water Aid, Tearfund, Oxfam; thinking especially of Christian Aid and its wide-ranging projects in support of dignity, justice and equality for all people of the earth.

Today we particularly remember farmers in Nicaragua as they suffer the death-dealing effects of climate change on their essential coffee growing industry; giving thanks for Soppexcca’s cocoa project that is bringing work and welfare and hope in place of spiralling poverty and despair.

We pray for farmers everywhere, battling even in this land with unpredictable weather and an uncertain future. We remember people in jobs that the rest of us take for-granted: those who sweep the streets and keep our cities and neighbourhoods safe; those who work for our utilities; and health and care workers dedicatedly working in hospitals, care homes and in private households to care for those who are ill and vulnerable.   

We remember all affected by the cornonavirus wherever they are in the world: those who are sick, or recovering – and all who are frustrated, anxious and scared by the spectre of seemingly unending disease and restriction.       

We remember the lonely, the disposed and all who feel forgotten; those who are different from us in colour, creed, practice or personality. We pray for our brothers and sisters in families, in worshipping communities, and throughout the whole world to whom we are bound by virtue of our common humanity.    

We remember the people we love, whatever their circumstances, in silence naming those who come to our minds now: those who are with us on earth and those at rest in God.…

We pray those we find difficult to love; for those to whom we are bound by duty, by situation, by need; for those who have hurt or disappointed us and those we fail to understand, committing all to the love of God the Father in the unity of the Communion of Saints in which all past, present and to come are gathered into one through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

 HYMN 521  Great God of every shining constellation  Highwood

Children of God, reach out to one another!
Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;
to worship rightly is to love each other,
each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

For he whom Jesus loved has truly spoken:
the holier worship which God deigns to bless
restores the lost, and binds the spirit broken,
and feeds the widow and the fatherless.

Follow with reverent steps the great example
of him whose holy work was doing good;
so shall the wide earth seem our Father's temple,
each loving life a psalm of gratitude.

Then shall all shackles fall; the stormy clangour
of wild war-music o'er the earth shall cease;
love shall tread out the baleful fire of anger,
and in its ashes plant the tree of peace.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) (alt.)
Played by Kate Pearson
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group

 

BENEDICTION   Revd Helen Alexander

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you
And the blessing of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

AMEN  Children

   

INTIMATIONS

 

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS ARE  Psalm 96: 1 –9 (in church) Isaiah 45: 1 – 7, St Matthew 22: 15 – 22 (both services).

 

THANK YOU FOR OUR PRESENCE AT THE SERVICES. Today the online children’s talk and the Scriptural readings at both services are given by members of the Christian Aid Committee. The church will be open at 9.45 on Sunday mornings for those who have booked to come to the service.

Please note that there may be member(s) of the congregation who are exempt on health grounds from wearing a mask. If this applies to you, it would be helpful if you wear a lanyard or badge. If you would like to bring a cushion to place in your pew, please feel free to do so but do take it home with you. There will be a receptacle at the door as you leave the building for those who wish to make an offering.

At the close of the service, please remain in your place until stewards invite you to leave, and maintain social distancing as you leave the church premises. If you wish to speak to Helen Alexander or Kay McIntosh, you are asked to indicate this as you pass them. They will join you on the pavement once everyone else has left.

Booking system

Phone: On Wednesdays, from 11.00am to 1.00pm, you may reserve a space by phoning the Church Office (0131 667 1522).

Internet: We would encourage anyone with internet access to use the Eventbrite booking system, which will be open from 4pm on Wednesdays. The system can be accessed from our website via this link: www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/attend

 

STAFF HOLIDAYS   William Mearns, Church Manager, will be on annual leave 15 to 30 October inclusive. Hillary Leslie, Youth Worker, will be on annual leave 18 to 31 October inclusive.

 

ART SALE IN SUPPORT OF CHRISTIAN AID There will be a sale of pictures at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, George Street, on 22 to 24 October. Open from 10am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday; 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Systems will be in place to ensure a safe and welcoming environment, making it easy and pleasant to browse and buy. All proceeds will go to Christian Aid.

 

CHRISTIAN AID AUTUMN APPEAL

Today, as part of our Harvest/Creation Covenant Sunday, we will be thinking about the work of Christian Aid and its Autumn Appeal.

In Nicaragua, the farming community of Santa Rosa has grown coffee for generations. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America, and many grow coffee as their main source of income. Now, their future looks more and more uncertain. Angela Zelaya is a farmer in Santa Rosa. She explains: ‘With climate change, the coffee suffers and we’re losing more every year.’ At the same time, coffee prices have fallen globally. Angela is worried. ‘It will be a total disaster for us because as farmers, growing crops is how we survive.’ But there is hope. Facing this crisis has brought the community together to work as a local cooperative to share resources and knowledge. The cooperative is supported by Christian Aid’s local partner, Soppexcca. One of the main ways they are helping farmers protect their livelihoods is by shifting from coffee production to climate-resistant cocoa, helping people like Angela to secure a better future. Angela says: ‘With the cocoa project, we received loans and cocoa plants. The technicians visited us and told us what to do. We also received tree saplings to help shade our crops. The income from the cocoa crop means we can buy clothes, medicines and food.’

When ordinary neighbourhoods come together, they can create lasting change. Around the world, many of our global neighbours living in poverty continue to face crisis in its various forms. Love knows no distance. This autumn, Christian Aid is asking supporters to reach out to our global neighbours and help more communities overcome crisis. We are encouraged to:

  • Give to help communities around the world come together to overcome the crisis of poverty. 

  • Act by calling for the cancellation of debt repayments for low-income countries during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Pray for our global neighbours facing crisis in all its forms.

To find out how you can be involved, or to make a donation to the Autumn Appeal, please visit the website at www.christianaid.org.uk. Donations can also be made by telephone on 020 7523 2269.

The Chrisitian Aid Committee would like to thank members of the Mayfield Salisbury congregation for their consistent support and generosity.

 

YOUTH UPDATE

Virtual Youth Programming:The *virtual* youth schedule for the months of September and October can be accessed on the church website under the 'Young People' tab. 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: Sunday 11 October we will meet on Zoom for a Bob Ross painting night! Bring along your paint supplies for a fun night doing some art together!  P6-S1 from 630-730pm and S2-S6 from 730-830pm. For Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.

 

ONLINE OFFERING / DONATION The Church is very grateful to all those who give by standing order enabling us to maintain a large portion of our income through these difficult times. We now offer the ability to contribute to our work electronically through the ‘give.net’ facility which appears on the home page of the Church’s website. This provides the possibility of adding Gift Aid to donations. There is also a direct link to the new system which is: www.give.net/20311853                  With best wishes, Hugh Somerville, Free Will Offerings Treasurer

 

E-MAIL INFORMATION LISTS

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church maintains several email lists to help distribute information throughout the congregation. Stay up-to-date on news, programs, and events at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church with our email listsThe lists are as follows:

0930 Service list  Information pertaining to the Sunday 0930am All-Age Worship and related events.

Youth Newsletter Hillary Leslie, our Youth Worker, sends out a Youth Newsletter to parents of P6 - S6 youth. This keeps the parents and their kids in the loop about important youthrelated events and activities

Congregational list
General information relevant to the entire congregation. This includes general news, notices of lectures & special events and, importantly, details on the forthcoming ministerial vacancy.

Grapevine list The parish magazine, Grapevine, which is sent out seven times per year in PDF format.

If you sre interested in receiving any of these emails, please email me direct at the address supplied. If, after reflection, you change your mind I can remove your address from the list quickly - just let me know. Your information is secure and will not be shared with any third party. All emails are sent out privately to you only in a bcc’d (address not visible to others) email.  William Mearns Church Manager 0780 801 1234  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CORNERSTONE BOOKSHOP

If you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (under St John's Episcopal Church), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ www.cornerstonebooks.org.uk
 

Recommended Daily Meditations Fr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org      Also, see www.pray-as-you-go.org

 

Books for the Journey
Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being by Alastair McIntosh, Birlinn Ltd 2020
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald, Jonathan Cape 2020

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Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine: Friday 30 October at 6.00pm.

Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.

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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.

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Quotations

  • 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.
    Origen

  • 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.
    Wittgenstein

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

  • 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