Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.  

 

 

Note: Zoom Coffee and Chat after the Service 11:30 am every week on Sundays. The link is:
  https://zoom.us/j/91620889282?pwd=SWVlZmQzMk9YZ2lBaTRCVlUvZ215dz09  
Bring your own coffee (or tea/juice!) If you prefer to phone in, the number to call is 0131 460 1196.

 

Easter Sunday

Sunday 4 April  2021

 

 

 
 

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Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth and Kate Pearson, Hillary Leslie, Charles Garland, Kay McIntosh, the Mayfield Salisbury Parish Choir & the Chamber Group, and the congregation in church and online

 

 A downloadable PDF order of service is available here

 

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

 

Organ Voluntary

 

Welcome & Intimations

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

Call to Worship 

Leader: This is the Good News:
the light now shines in the darkness
and the darkness can never put it out,
All: HALLELUJAH!

Leader: This is the Good News:
the stone is rolled away,
Jesus is our saviour,
All: HALLELUJAH!

Leader: This is the Good News:
the grave is empty
and He is risen,
All: HE IS RISEN INDEED!

 

Hymn 411          Christ the Lord is risen today      (St George's Windsor)

 

Prayer of Approach, Praise and Confession & Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

  

All-Age Talk  Led by Hillary Leslie

 

The Collect for Easter Sunday – said by all
God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Old Testament   Isaiah 25:6 – 9  Charles Garland

6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
    of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain
    the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
    the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8 he will swallow up death for ever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
    and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
    let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

 

Anthem    The strife is o’er

Words: Latin 17th c. translated by Francis Potts (1832 – 1909)
Music: 17th c. melody (Melchior Vulpius’s Gesangbuch) Harmonised Henry Ley (1887 – 1962)

The strife is o’er, the battle done:
Now is the victor’s triumph won:
O let the song of praise be sung
Alleluia!

Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus has his foes dispersed:
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst:
Alleluia!

On the third morn he rose again,
Glorious in majesty to reign;
O let us swell the joyful strain:
Alleluia!

Lord, by thy stripes which wounded thee
From death’s dread sting thy servants free,
That we may live and sing to thee
Alleluia!

Amen

 

New Testament               John 20:1 - 18          Kay McIntosh, DCS

The Resurrection of Jesus  

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 14 When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher) . 17 Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

Sermon ‘Life Never Ends and Love Never Dies’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Hymn 410   Jesus Christ is risen today    (t.  Easter Hymn)

 

 

Prayer of Dedication and Intercession

 

 

Hymn 419    Thine be the glory   (t. Maccabaeus)

 

                           

Closing Responses

Leader:  For the rulers and the powerful,
the weak and the lowly,
ALL: CHRIST IS RISEN

Leader:  For the joyful and the broken,
for the sinned against and the sinner,
ALL: CHRIST IS RISEN.

Leader: For our life together as a church,
and for the quiet corners of our hearts,
ALL: CHRIST IS RISEN.

Leader:  For life and death,
and life beyond death,
ALL: CHRIST IS RISEN.

Leader:   JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY!
ALL: HE IS RISEN INDEED. HALLELUJAH!

 

Benediction

 

Organ Voluntary

 

 

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INTIMATIONS

 

Note: Zoom Coffee and Chat after the Service
  
11:30 am every week on Sundays. The link is:
  https://zoom.us/j/91620889282?pwd=SWVlZmQzMk9YZ2lBaTRCVlUvZ215dz09  
Bring your own coffee (or tea/juice!) If you prefer to phone in, the number to call is 0131 460 1196.

 

TODAY’S ANTHEM MUSIC   The anthem is an arrangement of the seventeenth century Easter hymn The strife is o’er by Henry Ley who was organist at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford and then Precentor (that is, in charge of the College Chapel music) at Eton College. Largely unison verses are interspersed with vigorous ‘Hallelluiahs’ in harmony and accompanied by a fine organ part.

PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, the Minister, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. Please feel free to be in contact by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 0131 667 1286. Please do not congregate in the car park at close of worship. Many thanks.

EASTER RIBBONS Look out for our ribbons on Easter Sunday morning! They will be flying until after the service on Sunday 18th April, and we'll be happy to receive new messages throughout that time - it's not too late to take part! Thanks to everyone who has already done so.       Easter is a time of joy and thanksgiving, so we’d like to invite you to write messages reflecting the things you’re grateful for: from the beauty of the natural world, to the support of friends and neighbours during difficult times, and of course the great gift of Easter itself.

Please send your messages by email or phone, and we’ll transcribe them on to ribbons for you and attach them to the church railings. Short phrases - ten words or so - would be ideal, but you can have as many ribbons as you want!  Either email your message to Kate O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively phone Kate on 0131 667 4362 or Deirdre Eustace on 07785 301182. Add your name if you wish, but first names only please, for security reasons. Thank you!    The Christian Aid Team

SUPPORT MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH  Regular and one-off donations, now possible through: give.net/20311853  

PASTORAL CARE AND PRAYERS   Thank you to all of you who are continuing with your phone chains. They are still very much appreciated by those receiving them. We are still not able to visit you in your home, but we have hope that change is on the horizon. Remember to inform the Ministry team if you are due to go into hospital or you know of anyone who would value us being in contact with them. Maybe you would like us to hold you in prayer? Please contact Kay with your details on 07903 266 307.

 

YOUTH GROUP There will be no Youth Group on 4 and 11 April - enjoy your Easter break! The youth programme for the month of April can be found on the 'Young People' page on our website.

  

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

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 please support our local bookshop Cornerstone Books.

The physical store is closed during Level 4 restrictions, but purchases can be made at  www.bookshop.org - nominating Cornerstone for all your book buying needs.  More information at: www.cornerstonebooks.org.uk  

  


Books for the Journey

Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith, (2020)

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church, (2020)

Jonny Baker & Cathy Ross, Imagining Mission with John V. Taylor (2020)

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Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine: Friday 23 April 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     

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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