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

 
 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sunday 25 April 2021

 

 

 
  

 

Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth & Hillary Leslie and Heather and Freya Mole, Kate Pearson, Walter Thomson, Louise Thomson, Mayfield Salisbury Youth, and the congregation in church and online

 

 A downloadable PDF order of service based on the PowerPoint presentation is available here

 

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

 

Call to Worship
From Psalm 23

Leader: Come, lie down in green pastures.
All: We trust the Shepherd.
Come, walk beside the still waters
We follow the Shepherd.
Come, do not fear even the darkness.
We are protected by the Shepherd.
Come, let goodness and mercy be with you.
We live in the Shepherd’s care.

 

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.

Music: Fijian traditional melody, arr. John L. Bell (b. 1949)
Instrumental arrangement by Eilie Blackwood
Sung and played by Mayfield Salisbury Youth

Old Testament Reading – Psalm 23      Heather Mole

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.


5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

 

New Testament Reading - John 10:11-18   Freya Mole

Jesus said: 11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’

 

Reflection with Hillary Leslie
Jesus the Good Shepherd

 

Repeated Prayer

 

Craft and Prayer Activity

 

Hymn  The Lord's My Shepherd

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want.
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in You alone.
And I will trust in You alone,
For Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.

He guides my ways in righteousness,
And he anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on his pure delights.

And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For you are with me, and your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know.

From Complete Mission Praise 25th Anniversary Music Edition, 2009)
Words: Psalm 23, adapted Stuart Townend
Music: Stuart Townend
Sung by Louise Thomson

 

Reflection with Sandy Forsyth
Jesus the Good Shepherd

 

Hymn   My God is So Big
Sung three times, with actions!

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,
There's nothing that he cannot do.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,
There's nothing that he cannot do.

The rivers are his, the mountains are his,
The stars are his handiwork too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,
There's nothing that he cannot do.

From Junior Praise (c) 1986,
Compiled by Peter Horrobin and Greg Leavers, arr. Phil Burt
Sung by Walter Thomson

 

Prayer with 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.

 

Closing Responses
Adapted from a prayer by Mary Petrina Boyd

Leader: Loving Shepherd, you know each of our names,
All: You care for us.
When we face darkness and pain,
You walk beside us.
When we hunger for your love,
You feed us at your table.
When we are lonely,
You fill us with your presence.
Our cup overflows with your grace,
May your goodness and mercy follow us
all the days of our lives.

 

Blessing and Amen

 

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INTIMATIONS

 

 

 

CHANGE TO WORSHIP PATTERNS – IMPORTANT NOTICE   The service next week (2nd May) will be at 10:45am and will be a more traditional format.  Thereafter, the services will alternate week by week between 9:30 and 10:45.

We understand that this may be confusing at times so please do call the church office (0780 801 1234) at any time or check the website www.mayfieldsalisbury.org for further information.

To begin with, the dates and times are:

Sunday 2nd May 45am Traditional Service

Sunday 9th May 30am All Age Worship

Sunday 16th May 45am Traditional Service

 

 

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 telephone 0131 667 1286  or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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

 

ANNUAL LEAVE  The Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh, from 25 April - 1 May inclusive.

 

CALLING 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 28 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 HAS BEGUN! 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 normally 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 on a Monday 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. As Kay is on holiday this week, any prayer requests this week should be sent to the minister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

 

YOUTH WORSHIP Tonight, 25 April, we will meet on Zoom for a Youth Worship service at 7pm. Please bring some art supplies (anything you like to use. . .colouring pens, paint, collage materials etc) as we gather together with music, prayer and time for reflection! For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.

 

PASTORAL CARE It is indeed good news that we are now allowed to visit friends outside in the garden. If you are a pastoral visitor, please abide by the official guidelines and remember to record where and when you visited, just in case. If you know of anyone who is ill or going into hospital, please notify Sandy, our Minister.                             Kay McIntosh - Pastoral Assistant

 

  

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 25 June at 6.00pm.

Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.

Phone: 0780 801 1234 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Copyright Notices

SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS     

Scripture quotations marked (TLB) are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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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