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Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
 Sunday 31 January 2021

 

It is not the Church of God that has a mission in the world,
but the God of mission that has a Church in the world.

Tim Dearborn, (1998)

 

 epip4 1 2021

 

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

 

Welcome   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Welcome

Silence

Call to Worship (to be said together)

Leader: Out of death came life
ALL: AND GOD DEFEATED EVIL
Leader: An empty cross and an empty tomb
ALL: A NAIL MARK SHOWN AND A PRESENCE KNOWN

Leader: Out of sorrow came joy
ALL: AND GOD SENT THE SPIRIT
Leader: Coming like fire to all people and ages
ALL: COMING TO BIRTH IN THE WATER OF LIFE

Leader: Out of division came unity
ALL: AND ALL GOD’S PEOPLE WERE CALLED
leader: Called to receive him in their lives
ALL: CALLED TO BE FREED IN THE POWER OF HIS LOVE

Leader: Out of weakness came strength
ALL: AND GOD SENDS US ALL IN MISSION
Leader: To love and serve in this world
ALL: IN CHRIST’S NAME AND IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
Leader: Let us worship God…

 

Prayer of Approach, Confession and Lord’s Prayer   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

Let us join our hearts and souls together in offering our prayers of worship and of confession to God, let us pray:

Lord of all,
in awe and gratitude we offer our praise.
Today we speak of your greatness,
we remind ourselves of your might and power,
we look to learn more of your will for our lives.

Lord God, your son Jesus calls us, as he called the first disciples,
to follow Him —
not just to say we believe
and confess you as Lord,
but to keep on following wherever you lead.
Lord God, help us forward on the journey.

Help us to follow you eagerly,
faithfully,
devotedly,
seeing where you are at work
and acting in your name.

Help us to follow in Christ’s footsteps,
in the way of love,
and accepting the road ahead.

Help us to follow,
letting your presence fill our hearts,
and trusting you so completely
that your love shines through us.

Help us to follow through the life of discipleship, not allowing ourselves to become distracted, or to lose heart so that we wander away from you, but keeping faith to the end.

Lord, you call us, as you call all your people, to follow you. Teach us what that means, and by your grace help us to respond and be followers of the way.

Lord we confess though that sometimes we have stumbled on the road. We’ve tried to leave you behind and become uncertain of where we are going. We’re ashamed to ask for directions if we have been distant for a long time

But now our roads have reached your house today, a meeting point of the word and the world.

And so, standing at this crossroads, we ask you to help us to find again with the strength of your spirit the ancient path your word has travelled. To see it come to us, not just as endless words printed black on the white pages of an old book, But as a living message: lighting the way, passed down the road to us from the beginning,

Once shouted by crowds, and now carried by a thin but sturdy voice, A gift from the tradition of our ancestors, but a new discovery in every generation, in each time and place and context

A message hidden in a mist of the spirit of the world, but there to be seen with the help of the spirit of God, through the signpost of a Cross on a hill where all our roads converge…

Bind us today in our worship to the love of your son, our guide and loyal friend Jesus Christ, whose words of prayer we say together now:

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. 

Collect for the Day
God of all mercy, your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed: anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to praise you in Christ our Lord.

 

All-Age Address  Hillary Leslie

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a nice week – it’s good to be with you here this morning.

Has anyone ever tried to help you with something, but they weren’t paying attention when you asked for help? I’m reminded of a time when I was a camp counsellor and one of my campers was having trouble on her mountain bike. I thought she didn’t know how to ride her bike so I was teaching her some tips for how to switch gears, but in actual fact, she was really scared of mountain biking and needed encouragement from me and the other counsellors and campers so that she would have confidence to ride on the trail. I didn’t know what she needed, or where she was with her bike skills, because I didn’t take the time to ask. I wasn’t looking or listening.

I want you to think about the 5 senses that humans have – two of them are really important when we want to help others – can anyone think what the 5 senses are?

I’ll give you a hint: you use your nose, eyes, ears, mouth and hands for each different sense.

We use our noses to smell, our eyes to see, our ears to listen, our mouths to taste, and our hands to touch.

When I was 14, I went on my first summer mission trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans had just gone through a very bad storm, Hurricane Katrina, and the city was very badly damaged and the people who lived in New Orleans needed a lot of help. My church youth group went down to offer our help for a week, and it was a great experience getting to come alongside a community of people and do what we could to help and support them in a time of need. It was also a great chance to learn the importance of listening to someone in their time of need – in order to help them fix up their houses, and to start building back their homes and communities, we spent a lot of time listening to their stories and learning about their lives. We learned where God was already at work in New Orleans, and how we could support the people of New Orleans in the work they were already doing.

God calls us to serve other people – caring, loving and supporting people when they need help or need a friend. A really important part of helping other people is taking the time to look and listen – using our eyes and our ears. We must see their problems and their situation through their eyes, that way we can offer help that is not best for us, but help that is the best for them. We must look and listen to where God is already present in the lives and communities, and support the work that God is doing through our words, actions and prayers.

May we remember to use our eyes and our ears to look and listen, so that we may help others in the way that is best for them.

Let us pray:

Dear God,
Thank you for teaching us to serve others,
And reminding us
that you are everywhere we go.
Help us to help others
By using our senses,
To look and listen,
And see through their eyes. Amen.

 

HYMN 194   This is the day

This is the day,
this is the day that the Lord has made,
that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice,
we will rejoice and be glad in it
and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made,
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day,
this is the day that the Lord has made.

This is the day,
this is the day when he rose again,
when he rose again.
We will rejoice,
we will rejoice and be glad in it,
and be glad in it.
This is the day when he rose again,
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day,
this is the day when he rose again.

This is the day,
this is the day when the Spirit came,
when the Spirit came.
We will rejoice,
we will rejoice and be glad in it,
and be glad in it.
This is the day when the Spirit came.
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day,
this is the day when the Spirit came.

Author unknown
Played by Kate Pearson
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Youth

 

  

WE LISTEN FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE

 

 

Reading  Isaiah 6: 1 - 8
NRSVA
  
Walter Thomson


 
 

Reflection    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

One of my favourite praise songs is in CH4, but it’s not often sung. I have a version that I like from a singer called Eric Bibb, and if we were together here I would be trying to lead us all in learning it! It’s from a spiritual called ‘I Want Jesus to Walk with Me’. But you’re spared! Instead of congregational singing today, let’s go for a walk together, see if Jesus is walking alongside us, and we’ll have a chat about mission. Well, unless your Lycra shorts and helmet are nearby to go for a cycle, or unless you’ve got a pair of the designer roller skates that are currently selling out, it’s the only option just now for those of us that are getting outside. But if you’re self-isolating or housebound, or just a bit scared at the moment of what is out there, the idea of a walk must need some imagination. So let’s make it that. A walk together in our imagination.

Where will meet? Well, how about we start at the coffee van on the north side of the Meadows. We can take it from there. If it’s in our imagination, we can go any direction we like, or more than one at the same time!

Why do we have to meet out there anyway, you might be saying? It’s a bit cold, and you can come across some dodgy folk walking about in Edinburgh (says the Glaswegian). Can we not just meet somewhere cosy indoors when the weather is a bit better and this pandemic has lessened? Like the church for instance. Yes, inside at the church, familiar territory. Is that not the best place to talk about mission? After all, we’ve been planning how the church does mission for ages, holding events, handing out pamphlets, sending missionaries abroad to other places, or inviting guest speakers from America to tell us how to be saved, come forward and make a decision for Christ there and then. That’s mission, isn’t it? Tell you what, we’ll get a committee together, you can meet with them in the church to plan some events whenever things are better, and I’ll stay right here – go for your walk yourself. How’s that for a plan?

Woa. Hold on a minute. I think we need to unpack that a little before we meet. I think it might be all of us that needs to go on this walk, not just you and me. There’s a few things we’ll bring with us in the rucksack for our walk about mission that might help. We’ll take the Bible, that’s always a good start. There’s some passages in there that might surprise you about what mission is, and who is to do it. And we’ll look especially at the passages we have today, from Isaiah and the very beginning of Mark’s Gospel. We’ll take some wisdom from theologians since the Second World War who have been re-thinking what mission should be, beyond foreign adventures or manic street preachers. And we’ll take with us something that the Anglican communion calls the five marks of mission: five different aspects of how mission might be defined, five areas where we should think about acting. And then, as Ralph McTell might say, let me take you for a walk in the streets of Edinburgh, and I’ll show you some things that’ll make you change your mind. ‘Oh, all right then…’

We can’t just sit by the fire in the church, I’m afraid. Look at our first passage today from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He had a vision of God speaking to him and saying ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us? And Isaiah answered the call, he said to God, Here am I, send me’, which God did, out there in the world. Is that just for prophets, for special people that are set apart? As we were thinking about the sense of calling from God last week in the stories immediately before our passage in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus called the four fisherman, ordinary people they were, in the middle of a day’s work. Jesus calls each one of us, in a large or a small way, in our everyday existence. Think of the words of the risen Christ in John 20:21, ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’. Think of the classic text on mission, sometimes called ‘The Great Commission’ at the end of Mark’s Gospel, ‘Go therefore and makes disciples of all nations’. We are sent by the whole Trinity of God. Sent by the son Jesus, for the mission of the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

SSCCC1920‘Hmmm… For the mission of the Father, you say? What is God’s mission in the world then that we are sent to be part of?’ Well, the theologian Christopher Wright says that if we look at the whole sweep of Scripture, start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation, God’s mission on this earth that he created is to reconcile all humanity to Him and to each other, and to do so through his son Jesus in implementing the Kingdom of God in earth. The goal of mission is that vision  from Revelation 7, that we might stand one day at the spring of the water of life, where there will be no more hunger, thirst or pain, and God will wipe away every tear from every eye. And we are sent by God as part of that. We are sent to carry on the ministry of Jesus in the world, to whatever extent we can, in all of the wonder of its healing, caring, loving, forgiving, building, peacemaking, transforming. Last week, in his first noted words in ministry in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God has come near – that is the good news. It is partially completed in Jesus coming to earth, but we are called to work further towards it.

Mission is Trinitarian then, and from God. That’s the big realisation of the last seventy years I was talking about that we need to take with us on our stroll, the big light bulb moment for theologians and churches around the globe. The fancy phrase is the ‘missio Dei’, the mission of God. It is God’s mission in the world that we are sent to be part of, not our own, not the church’s, but God’s. That changes our whole view of what the church is, and what it is called to be. It’s not just about our grand plans and schemes anymore. And it is less about buildings and parish territory, or conquering new lands here or abroad in his name, or even winning people for the church congregation and preserving the church. It’s about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. As the quote from Tim Dearborn that we have on the order of service today says, ‘It is not the Church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission that has a Church in the world’. We don’t create mission, God does – he has a mission in the world and we look to find out where it is happening and join in as a church. God is first, the church comes after that.

One wise theologian, Steven Spencer, puts it this way: ‘Mission therefore is not ‘the Church going out and saving people’. Rather, it is God creating and saving the world. It is the primary fact, and the Church is secondary: the mission of God came first, and the Church was created as a response to that.’

Well,  how do we join in this mission of God then? Aah, we’ll come to that on our walk, we’ll think about God’s mission in the world, about the five marks of mission and how that points to the kinds of things God might want us to do as part of his mission, and what that might mean for each one of us in the church.

But do we really have to go out there in the cold to find out what we should do as part of God’s mission, amongst all those other people? Unfortunately, yes! We are sent by God into the world but, ironically, we are already there. It is sometimes put this way, we are each called out of the world by God to be part of his living body, the Christian community, in order to be in the world. So we must all start there – in the world where we are – not in here, in a building. In Stephen Spencer’s picture ‘Christ Carrying the Cross’, painted just after the horrors of the first war and the Spanish flu pandemic, he sees Christ carrying the cross amongst the everyday people of his home town of Cookham. This church building is our sanctuary, our gathering place, our re-fuelling centre, our launchpad. Mission can be fuelled from here in our worship, our togetherness, our community caring for each other. The church is formed from mission – at its best, it can be a fine example of what mission can bring. But we live and breathe in the world. And that means we’re going to have to take one last thing with us on our walk if we’re ever going to discover what we can do as part of God’s mission in the world. And that’s our senses, our eyes to see, our ears to listen to other people, our reason and conscience, our emotion. Listening to and looking our for people, and for God. Because all of this happens in a context. Here is different to the Outer Hebrides, is different to China. God moves and works in different ways, God is understood in different ways in every context. Mission will be different in every context, and so should the church.

Think of our passage from Mark’s Gospel. This is the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, straight after his baptism and temptation in the desert, this is the start. And what does he do? Is he a wise sage that writes prophetic words in his hermit’s cell, and slides them under the door to his waiting servant? Or stay in a building and ask people to come and see him. No, he is on the move straight away. Encountering people. In ordinary places with ordinary people, dealing with very real problems . Meeting with them – the fisherman last week at the Sea of Galilee. This week, he heals a man who is suffering mentally, Simon’s mother in law from a fever, the sick of Caperneum come before him, a leper is made well, and Jesus proclaims the word of God around the local towns. And this isn’t one way traffic. There is always dialogue in the encounter, always an exchange – words back and forth or a hand held. There’s some early principles for us to bear in mind. Mission is about context, encounter, listening, dialogue, exchange, engagement and respect. It’s about being with people in relationship, like Jesus did with his companions on the Emmaus Road, like Philip did when the Ethoipian official invited him over to talk about the meaning of Scripture. Mission is not invasive and hectoring. Like Jesus or Phillip, it is coming alongside.

We can look at so many parts of Scripture to try to see what mission can be for us. Maybe particular books like Acts, where we see the early missionary journeys of Paul and the way he engaged with other peoples and cultures, and the way churches sprang up. Or striking stories and passages that speak to us of mission. Let’s think of some more of them on the way, as well as how Jesus acted around Galilee right at the beginning in our passage today.

OK – I’m reluctantly setting off with you from the Meadows on our stroll of the imagination to think about mission. Let’s go and stop talking about it! Where to! All right, for the first mark of mission from the Anglican communion, we’re going straight up in the air in our hoverboards, like Back to the Future. You’re rising above the trees, the dog walkers and the joggers, it’s a fine day, the Castle and St Giles are to the north, and we swivel to look south and what do we see? We see church spires, everywhere! Some very much still churches, others concert halls or restaurants or commercial premises. For hundreds of years, they have been looking to meet the first two marks of mission. The first is: ‘To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom’’. This might be from texts like the Great Commission we’ve mentioned, go and make disciples. But is ‘proclaiming the good news’ just about speaking, words, preaching, the buildings. Let’s come back down to earth and look at the people walking around. How can we ‘proclaim’ to them, there not going to be dashing into all these churches any time soon?

Yes, of course, in its regular acts of worship, the church proclaims the good news of the kingdom. Worship should be meaningful and relevant to the world around us. But it’s also about our witness.

Witness is expressed in different ways: through a life of ethical integrity, faith in the midst of suffering, attentiveness to the needs of others, commitment in relationships, through being who we can be as Christians sharing our faith in the workplace, with friends, and in the neighbourhood, in what we say and what we do. Witness is about communicating what the local church stands for and its activities through magazines, leaflet drops, internet presence, signage, etc.

Look at all these spires, they’re not all CofS. We witness in engagement with other Christians and in inter-faith encounters that serve to build community, respect difference, and invite common action for the good, whilst being a witness to Christian faith.

Let’s stroll now through the Meadows and look at all the people in small social bubbles, family groups, friends that live together in flats. The second mark of mission is about building a community of God for life together: ‘to teach, baptise and nurture new believers’. That is part of God’s mission. When a Christian community forms, it provides opportunities to learn about Christian faith; welcome to newcomers and to deepen fellowship for everyone; a supportive environment for children and families; values the participation and voice of young people; and gives opportunities to deepen Christian life through prayer and spirituality and education

Nurturing and caring and holding each other in prayer, for as we have found out over the last nine months, community is not just about buildings, that’s about each of us together as a gathered people.

Now let’s walk towards where I know you wanted to be Mayfield Salisbury! Off the Meadows to the south east, past the Dick Vet now Summerhall, onto Causewayside. We’re walking past people, socially distanced, of course. In each one of them there will be challenges, troubles, brokenness from the past. Outside Sainsbury’s there a man begging, looking freezing in the sleet in his sleeping bag. There’s another further down out side Tesco. If we’d walked the other way, we could have visited to the Grassmarket Communit project, the Bethany Care Van, night shelters, temporary B&Bs, we could have seen the ERI or Astley Ainslie or Sick Kids. We might see people looking out their windows, alone. The third mark of mission is ‘to respond to human need by loving service’. We can look to scripture to passages such as Luke 4: 18-30, the beginning in Luke’s Gospel of Jesus’ mission, where Jesus quotes Isaiah and says he ahs been anointed to bring good news to the poor, to release the captives, to recover the sight of the blind and help the oppressed go free. As we see from today’s passage in Mark, healing of the sick and care of the poor were central to the ministry of Jesus. Much of his time, energy and focus were taken up with it. We have, and must maintain a strong ministry that seeks physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and care, all of human flourishing.

Walk with me a bit more down the street. Can you see the divides in society before us? Separation of people. If we listen carefully, maybe we can hear a racist or homophobic or sectarian slur being used as a so-called joke. A husband shouting at a wife in a flat, or even hitting her. At night, a couple of guys pushing and shoving in the street, swearing at each other. Or we could nip off the street into Sciennes House Place and visit the old Jewish burial ground, and think of the ways our society has victimised those who are different, created ‘the other’. The fourth mark of mission is ‘To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation’. We can think of the Exodus, the parting of the red sea and journey of liberation out of bondage to freedom for the people of God, a common Christian motif for all oppressed peoples, from American slaves, to black South Africa under apartheid. A Christian concern goes beyond relief, and is concerned with justice, peace, and offering hope for a better future. We can engage in the fourth mark through

  • Supporting concerns of justice and peace in the local community and in the wider world (e.g. issues of migration and asylum)
  • Promoting Fairtrade products and a living wage
  • Supporting development projects (e.g. through Christian Aid)
  • Exploring and working on the causes of violence and injustice (e.g. fundamentalism, sexism, racism, homophobia)

Last, but not least, let’s keep going down towards MSPC. We’ll pass by 5 Sciennes House Place where Walter Scott and Robert Burns met, and the house nearby where Arthur Conan Doyle grew up. Let’s keep thinking about creativity in all of this, the kind they showed in abundance. New ways of thinking, of interpreting life with God, of showing up its good and bad side. There will be new ways of church too – ways in mission where the Gospel might resonate more clearly with these people we are encountering.

And we’re not just looking down but looking up. Towards the sky, the climate, the whole eco-system we are part of. The fifth and final mark of mission is ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.

We can think of Genesis 1:26, God gave humanity dominion over the earth he created, but dominion to care, to tend, to cultivate wisely for the good of all, not to tear down, pollute and destroy.We maintain our focus as an eco-congregation, consider our carbon footprint, energy use and investments, and keep environmental concerns front and centre in the run up to the Glasgow conference late this year.

Aaah, we’re back now from our walk. Home safe. We’re here at Mayfield Salisbury. Where I’m sure, we would all like to be again, together, We’ve thought about God’s mission in the world, and how the five marks might help us think of how we can be part of that. But what might mean for each of us.

It’s the whole church, it’s each one of us in our daily lives, no matter what we are able to do, and however great or small we might think it is. We engage then in the world, as David Bosch put it, with a “…a bold humility – or a humble boldness. …not as judges or lawyers, but as witnesses; not as soldiers, but as envoys of peace; not as high-pressure salespersons, but as ambassadors of the Servant Lord.”

We walk with Jesus through Galilee, as he did in Mark’s Gospel at the start of his ministry, in a mission out of the wilderness, with ‘contemplative listening’; mission which was often ‘vulnerable’, powerless, without status; it was ‘shared or collaborative’ with others in the wide community; which went where people were; not just preaching and teaching, but giving signs; not all pre-planned but open to context and the Spirit; Varied and all-inclusive, looking to transform lives.

I think we’ve walked far enough for today. Let’s take our boots off, put the kettle on, sit down to be warmed by the fire and rest our weary legs. After all, we need our daily exercise - there’ll be plenty more walking to do tomorrow. Amen.

 

 

RESPONSE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD WITHIN

 

  

Voluntary   Kate Pearson       

Menuet in G, Georg Böhm (1661-1733) from the Anna Magdalena Bach Book of 1725

 

 

Prayer for Others    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

Living God,
who lives in heaven and earth, you are the holy one amongst us.
Your love is our peace;
your peace is our hope.

Use what we can offer of ourselves to feed your people in body and soul Make our hands, your hands, our hearts, your heart; our lives, your life!

Help us to bring food for the hungry to share, and hope to pour for this world through your presence, your Kingdom come, your will be done
Receive our gifts and ourselves as our praise and dedication to you in our lives.

Living God,
teach us to see with your eyes.
Where we see no future
your promise of hope through Christ is alive,
where we see only obstacles
you have planned the way through,
where we see only our limitations
you see opportunities,
Where we see sorrow and despair
you are longing to bring joy.

Mysterious and loving God, you are found everywhere, and you call us to meet you in the need of the other, to see your face

- in the worn faces of the sick
- in the sad faces of the lonely
- in the fearful faces of the hungry
- in the fresh faces of children
- in the kindly faces of the old
- in the smiling faces of loved ones
- in the unknown faces of strangers.

And as we see you in them, may we welcome them,
As we meet you in them, may we respond to them,
As we know you in them, may we bless them in your name.

Loving and living God,
we rejoice that this is your world,
created by your hand,
sustained by your power,
guided by your purpose.
So now we bring it to you,
seeking your blessing upon all its affairs.

We pray for healing; lamenting and weeping that over 100,000 people have now died from COVID-19. Bring healing to the ill, peace and comfort and at strength to their families, and those who are now bereaved, energy and perseverance to the many brave frontline workers who we thank deeply and applaud . We do not just pray for the big things in life but also the little, rejoicing that all situations are important to you,  all people matter in your sight.
So we bring the business of each day,  small in the eyes of the world, but important to us:  the responsibilities of home or work in these times of lockdown;
the joys and sorrows of relationships; the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones. We name for you now the people and situations which we are concerned for…

We put these into your hands,
knowing that they matter to you as much as they matter to us.

Gratefully we put our trust in you.
We pray that in your mercy, you might hear us, and in love, respond.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

HYMN 259   Beauty for brokenness

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)
Words and Music: (c) 1993 Make Way Music www.grahamkendrick.co.uk
International copyright secured. All rights reserved.

 

 

Closing Responses & Benediction  Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

To be said together: 

Leader: Lord God, we have worshipped;
All: Now help us to serve.
Leader: We have thought;
All: Now help us to act.
Leader: We have heard your word;
All: Now help us to make it known.
Leader: We have rejoiced in your love;
All: Now help us to share it with others.
Leader: Use us for your will and your Kingdom
All: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with each one of us, and everyone whom we love, this day and for evermore. Amen.

  

HYMN 825   Amen

Amen! Amen! Amen.

 

 
 

INTIMATIONS

  

ECO UPDATES.  Please check our Eco Group page on the church website here: www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/eco

Newington Churches Together   Ecumenical discussion groups by Zoom - Lent 2021

This year’s NCT Lent groups will meet using Zoom. You can participate either on screen using a laptop, tablet or mobile phone, or with sound only, using a mainline phone.

Groups will meet weekly on Mon & Wed evenings for 5 weeks starting Mon 22nd Feb.

There will be a choice of discussion material available:

  • Not A Tame Lion’ – looking at Christianity through the works of CS Lewis. This was the material used by the groups in 2020, which were abruptly curtailed by the coronavirus lockdown; some were keen to complete the course this year.
  • One of the guides from the ‘Faith and Worship’ series produced by John Birch.

See www.faithandworship.com/shop.htm#lent 

Material from this series was well received by Advent 2020 groups in 2020.

If you would like to take part, please email or phone Ann Thanisch by Wed 17 Feb (Ash Wednesday), confirming your preference for Mon or Wed, and for discussion material (‘Not A Tame Lion’ or ‘Faith and Worship’)

If you have not taken part in these groups before, why not give them a try this year? Using Zoom means you don’t have to leave home, you can opt out at any time, & you don’t have to use internet. And typically participants find them very interesting & friendly!

Ann Thanisch,   Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 0781 494 9468

YOUTH WORSHIP  Tonight, 31 January we will meet on Zoom for a Youth Worship service at 7pm. Please bring some colouring and writing supplies as we gather together with music, prayer and time for reflection! For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.

CHRISTIAN AID - MARMALADE!    No, not an example of rhyming slang, but a request. Our annual marmalade sale, normally held at the beginning of the year, is always popular both within the congregation and beyond! We have already received enquiries about whether it will go ahead in 2021, but sadly we won’t be able to hold it at the usual time because of Covid restrictions.

However, marmalade does keep wonderfully well! Seville oranges have arrived in the shops so if you’re getting the preserving pans out, please consider making a few extra jars for Christian Aid. We hope to be able to have our Jam and Jelly Sale in the autumn, and marmalade would be a very welcome addition. Thank you!   The Christian Aid Team.

 

PASTORAL CARE   A new year and new beginnings and if you would like to have a pastoral visitor or be added on to the telephone calls list, then do please contact me. For those of you involved in the various phone chains, thank you, and I would be grateful if you could keep them going during the current lockdown. Please remember to notify me if someone is ill so that the ministry team can respond appropriately. Kay. 07903 266 307.

FORTHCOMING SERVICES AT MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH 

Sunday 7 February -  Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
8.00am onwards Online Worship: Website
8.00am onwards Phone Worship: Dial-a-Sermon
Note: No Services in the Sanctuary

MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS  Midweek peace and prayers will not take place until further notice.

OFFERING  The Church is very grateful to all those who continue to support it through their regular and one-off donations, now possible through standing order or the ‘give.net’ facility on the website give.net/20311853 So many members have kindly changed from Freewill Offering Envelopes to standing order that envelopes will not be distributed in future. Because of ongoing concerns regarding Covid19 it is not known when open plate offerings will recommence. If you wish to discuss the manner of your future offerings please feel free to contact me using the details shown on the last page of the Grapevine parish magazine.  Hugh Somerville

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 MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org      Also, see www.pray-as-you-go.org

Books for the Journey

A Literary Christmas  British Library Publishing 2018 and 
The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel by Helen K Bond  WB Eerdmans Publishing 2020

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Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine: Friday 25 February 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.

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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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Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1TQ

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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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