Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.  View the video below or alternatively directly on YouTube HERE

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday 11 April  2021

 

 

 
 

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Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth and Kate Pearson, Christine de Luca, the 28th Braid Scout Group, 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 Voluntaries
Jesus Christ, our Saviour, who conquered death     Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Reflection on Savannah/Herrnhut     David Blackwell (b. 1961)
Victory     Alan Bullard (b. 1947)

 

Welcome & Intimations

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

Call to Worship 

Leader: In the joy of Easter mornings and in the fear of the night
All: The risen Christ is amongst us
Leader: Behind closed doors and in public streets
All: The risen Christ is amongst us
Leader: When all alone and in community
All: The risen Christ is amongst us
Leader: In deepest faith and in the questioning of doubt
All: The risen Christ is amongst us
Leader: On this day and with us all now
All: The risen Christ is amongst us,
So let us be beside Him in our worship and praise

 

 

 

Hymn 425  - The Saviour Died but Rose Again     (t. St Andrew)
(Paraphrase 19)

The Saviour died, but rose again
triumphant from the grave;
and pleads our cause at God's right hand,
omnipotent to save.

Who then can e'er divide us more
from Jesus and his love,
or break the sacred chain that binds
the earth to heaven above?

Let troubles rise, and terrors frown,
and days of darkness fall;
through him all dangers we'll defy,
and more than conquer all.

Nor death nor life, nor earth nor hell,
nor time's destroying sway,
can e'er efface us from his heart,
or make his love decay.

Each future period that will bless,
as it has blessed the past;
he loved us from the first of time,
he loves us to the last.

 

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.

  

Scout Video
Thanks to Mayfield Salisbury by the 28th Braid Scout Group on their centenary, by Scout Leader Alan Dickson and scouts past and present

 

The Collect for Easter Sunday – said by all
Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.

 

Old Testament     Psalm 133    Christine de Luca

The Blessedness of Unity. A Song of Ascents.
1 How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
   on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
   For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.

 

New Testament   St John 20:19 - 31

Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’


Jesus and Thomas
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27 Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28 Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29 Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

The Purpose of This Book
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

Sermon    Faith and doubt: life together after Easter Sunday
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Anthem Cantata Domino

Text: From Psalm 149
Music: Guipeppi Pitoni (1657 to 1743)

Cantate Domino canticum novum;
laus ejus in ecclesia sanctorum.
Laetetur Israël in eo qui fecit eum,
et filii Sion exsultent in rege suo.

[O sing unto the Lord a new song:
let the congregation of saints praise him.
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him:
and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.]

 

 

Prayer of Dedication and Intercession

 

 

Hymn 417   Now the Green Blade Riseth   (t. Noël Nouvelet)

Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid Him, Love who had been slain,
Thinking that He never would awake again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,
Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;
Quick from the dead the risen One is seen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Jesus' touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green

 

                           

Closing Responses

Leader: In our coming and going
All: The peace of God
Leader: In our doubt and believing
All: The love of God
Leader: Upon our heads and in our hearts
All: The blessing of God

 

Benediction

 

Organ Voluntary

Easter Carol                 Alan Bullard

 

 

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INTIMATIONS

 

 

 

TODAY’S ANTHEM MUSIC   Guiseppi Ottavio Pitoni was a prolific Italian choral composer of the Baroque period. From the age of twenty until his death sixty six years later he was the Maestro di Cappella at the Basilica of San Marco in Rome. This psalm setting, and another of Psalm 150, are examples of the few of his works now heard. The piece is in a brisk dance rhythm in triple time interrupted by occasional bars where the time is doubled to emphasise the text.

 

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

 

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.

 

CALLING ALL THOSE WITH AN INTEREST IN DEVELOPING THE CHURCH’S ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE! We’re delighted to be hosting a Zoom session to explore how we can better express our faith and our church through our website and social media, particularly in these times as we emerge from the pandemic. We would love you to be there. It will be on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm and will be led by Dr Pete Phillips. Pete is Research Fellow in Digital Theology at Durham University and Head of Digital Theology at Premier Radio. He advises the Scottish online church, Sanctuary First, and local churches and denominations in England on their digital presence. All very welcome – please contact Sandy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be part of it.

OUR E-MAIL PRAYER CHAIN IS BEGINNING! From this week, if you or anyone that you know would like prayers to be offered to God for a particular person or situation, there is a group of members waiting to do so. Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh, has kindly agreed to be the initial co-ordinator, and all prayer requests should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or handwritten and placed in the prayer box at the church door. An email will go out from Kay once a week with the prayer requests set out. If you would like to receive the weekly email and to pray for those situations, please also get in touch with Kay.

The prayer request that you send could either be confidential (e.g. ‘please pray for a woman who…’), or it could name the person if you have their permission for that to be so. It could also be for a local or world situation. Praying for others within and beyond Mayfield Salisbury via the prayer chain will be a powerful way to build relationships of care within our church and in the wider community, and to see prayer answered. It would be wonderful to see the prayer chain flourish, so please do engage with it as much as possible.

 

PASTORAL CARE The pastoral care team would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. We are still not able to visit you, but you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are maintaining contact by telephone, video calls and letters. Hopefully we will see many of you in the church soon. Please contact Kay if you are due to go into hospital or would now like to be allocated your own pastoral visitor. 07903 266 309

 

YOUTH GROUP There will be no Youth Group on11 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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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