Online Worship

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Seventeenth Sunday
after Pentecost

Sunday 19 September 2021



‘Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight:
I will put my spirit on him.’
Isaiah 42:1

‘Everybody can be great. Because
anybody can serve…You only need a
heart full of grace. A soul generated
by love’.
Martin Luther King

Led by the Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, 
and the congregation in church and online





Organ Voluntary
Tiento de tono de mano derecha       Pablo Bruna (1611-1679)

Welcome & Church News

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

Jesu, the very thought of thee
Words: St Bernard, translated by Edward Caswell
Music: Edward Bairstow (1874 to 1946)

Jesu, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Call to Worship
Leader: Let us praise God the Creator
All: who breathes life into being.
Leader: Let us praise God the Redeemer
All: who saves and forgives us.
Leader: Let us praise God the Sustainer
All: who binds us together as one body.
Let all that has breath and life worship our wonderful Maker.

Hymn 352   O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise
The glories of my God and King
The triumphs of His grace

Jesus! the name that charms our fears
That bids our sorrows cease
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears
’Tis life and health and peace

He breaks the power of cancelled sin
He sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean
His blood availed for me

He speaks and listening to His voice
New life the dead receive
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice
The humble poor believe

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb
Your loosened tongues employ
Ye blind, behold your Savior come
And leap, ye lame, for joy

My gracious Master and my God
Assist me to proclaim
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of Thy name

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

Hymn 1   How Blest are Those Who Do Not Stray
(t.St Botplph)   Psalm 1

How blest are those who do not stray,
led by the wicked's talk;
who will not with the sinful stand,
nor sit where scoffers mock.

The teaching of the Lord their God
they follow with delight,
and meditate upon his word
with gladness day and night.

They flourish like well-watered trees
set by a riverside,
whose fruit matures, whose leaves remain --
they prosper and abide.

The wicked, like the straw and chaff
by wind blown far away,
can have no place among the just
nor stand on judgement day.

The Lord will guard the righteous well,
he knows the way they take;
but doomed to perish is the way
the wicked undertake.

Charles Robertson (b.1940)
Words: (c) Church Hymnary Trust

Reading   Psalm 1
Read by Kate O’Brien

The Two Ways
1 Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Anthem   Praise ye the Lord
Words: Psalm 148 Vs 1 – 5
Music; Michael Hurd (1928 to 2006)

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens:
praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels:
praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon:
praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of
heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
for he commanded, and they were created.

Reading St Mark 9:30-37
Read by Kate O’Brien

Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee.
He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching
his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be
betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three
days after being killed, he will rise again.’ 32 But they did not
understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?
33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the
house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on
the way?’ 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had
argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35
He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever
wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’

36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and
taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 ‘Whoever welcomes
one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever
welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’


Hymn 550   As the Deer Pants for the Water
(t. As the Deer Pants)

As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after You
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship You.

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship You.

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye.

You're my friend and You are my brother
Even though You are a King.
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything.

Sermon – The Servant King’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Hymn 694   Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You
(t. Servant Song)

Brother, sister let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together
of Christ's love and agony.

Brother, sister let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.


Prayer of Dedication and for Others


Hymn 682 Go in Grace and Make Disciples
(t. Abbot’s Leigh)

Go in grace and make disciples,
baptize in God's holy name;
tell of death and resurrection,
Easter's victory now proclaim.
Christ's commission sends us forth
to the nations of the earth.
Go in grace and make disciples,
midwives for the world's rebirth.

Go and follow Christ's example,
not to vanquish, but to heal;
mend the wounds of sin's divisions,
servant love to all reveal.
Roles and ranks shall be reversed,
justice flow for all who thirst.
Go and follow Christ's example,
forge a world of last made first.

Go in Pentecostal spirit,
many tongues and many gifts;
feed the hearts of hungry people,
spread the gospel that uplifts.
As disciples, teach and learn,
till the day of Christ's return.
Go in Pentecostal spirit,
let God's flame of witness burn.


Closing Responses
Leader: God in our thinking, God in our speaking
All: God in our acting, God in our resting
Leader: God in our waking, God in our sleeping
All: God in our meeting, God in our leaving
Let us go to love and to serve God…

Benediction & Threefold Amen

Organ Voluntary
Sonata Marcos      Portugal (1762-1830)


THIS MORNING’S ANTHEM     Edward Bairstow was organist
at York Minster from 1913 until his death in 1946. He led a
hugely energetic and varied musical life with little time for
composition but left a number of anthems of high quality
in a late romantic style, notable for imaginative word pictures.

The introit is a fluid anthem, starting gently, which rises to
a sonorous climax before settling to a contemplative assurance
in “and in thy presence rest.”

The anthem was commissioned in 1966 by the Choir of St
Lawrence, Alston, to celebrate the rebuilding of their organ.
The composer and musicologist, Michael Hurd, is best
known for film scores and the pop cantata “Jonah-man Jazz.”

His enthusiasm for rhythmic writing is exemplified in the
exuberant middle section which is framed by a slower outer
sections noted for the dissonant wandering organ interludes


DIGITAL CHURCH  How often are you online? What kind of
content do you use? Websites or apps or blogs? We’d love
to upgrade our digital presence at Mayfield Salisbury, so we
can be an ‘online church’ as well as a ‘church online’, speaking
more clearly of our faith in ways that resonate more widely.
We have resources to do so. To help us see the right route
to take, can we have a couple of minutes of your time to fill
out an easy survey? You can find it online at:
HERE, or via our website.

Ironically, we’ve also got paper copies in the church! If
you’d prefer doing so that way, please put the completed
survey in one of the boxes at the front or rear exit of the
church – thank you!

COLLECTION   Most of those who attend worship support our
work through standing orders, but before the first lockdown
we also had a plate collection during the service for visitors
and those who preferred that form of offering. Covid
restrictions still prevent us passing a plate during the service.
Instead we are now inviting those who would have put
offerings in the plate during the service to do so at the close
of the service. In the halls entrance and in the vestibule you
will find a bowl or plate marked ‘Plate Collection’.

Regular and one-off donations, are still possible online through:

AFTERNOON SERVICE   this Tuesday 21 September at 2.30pm in
the Bill McDonald Hall, West Mayfield entrance. This Service
will be led by our Minister, Sandy Forsyth, and we will be
seated around tables as usual. This form of Afternoon
Worship is appreciated by many and might well suit those
who have never before attended. A short service followed by
simple refreshments afterwards – we all stay seated throughout
and we aim to finish around 3.45pm. We will all wear our
masks on arrival.

Please indicate in advance if you intend to come on Tuesday
by contacting Anne Sturrock (0131 668 3524). The Afternoon
Service Team members all look forward to welcoming you -
and safely!

MIDWEEK PRAYERS   You are most welcome to attend a time
of peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this
Tuesday at 10.00am.


for Mayfield Salisbury may involve some significant planning
about how we achieve the eco targets set for the church. This
may involve how we upgrade our heating systems; how we wish
to optimise the use of space we have; how we integrate changes
into the sanctuary and other areas of our buildings.

The Kirk Session wishes to set up a working group on sustainable
heating and development to explore the issues so that when
the way forward for Mayfield Salisbury become more clear we
are well placed to understand the options and opportunities and
can begin to make these long term investment decisions. While
some members will be drawn from elders, the session is keen to
ensure that the views and expertise of the congregation feed
into the thinking. If you are interested in this possibility and
taking part in the working group please let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FORTHCOMING SERVICES   Our services take place each week at
9.30am and 10.45am. Please enter the sanctuary by the West Door
on Mayfield Road – this is to enable us to proper maintain track
and trace records. Please do call the church office (0780 801 1234)
or check the website for further information:

YOUTH NEWS Sunday 19 September (P6 - S1 from 6.00 -7.00pm;
S2 - S6 from 7.15pm - 8.30pm in the Bill McDonald Hall): Creative
Prayer Journaling Night - Tonight we will be getting creative as
we do some relaxing and creative journaling together! Bring
along any craft supplies you may want to use as we reflect
on scripture together. For more information, please contact
Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Worship 26 September at 7.00pm: We will meet on
Zoom for an evening of praise, prayer and reflection.
ALL AGES are welcome to join in! We are aiming to be back
in the building for our October service! For the Zoom
log-in information, please email Hillary.


PASTORAL CARE If you or someone you know is going into
hospital then please do notify us. If you would like to receive
a visit from our pastoral care team or a regular phone call
contact Kay, our pastoral assistant, and she will safely
organise this for you. Contact Kay McIntosh on
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• Sunday 19 September: Newington Churches Together:
concert for Amnesty: St Columba’s by the Castle 19:30 – 21:15.
• Tuesday 21 September: Afternoon Service.
• Sunday 26 September: Communion (both services) the
arrangements will be as at our previous communion under
covid – details next week.
• Sunday 3 October: the second Bill McDonald lecture.
Dr Rutovitz, founder of the Edinburgh Direct Aid. The lecture
will be at 7pm in the Sanctuary and we plan to live stream and
record it for those who cannot attend.



Books for the Journey

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)

Richard Frazer, Travels With a Stick: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela (2019)

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


Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine:  Friday 1 October 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.


Copyright Notices

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.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church holds a CCLI Streaming License: #88916

Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.


Ecotip: Take up walking and cycling


Social Media

Youth Instagram: the.msyg

Scottish Charity Number SC000785

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How often are you online? What kind of content do you use? Websites or apps or blogs? We’d love to upgrade our digital presence at Mayfield Salisbury, so we can be an ‘online church’ as well as a ‘church online’, speaking more clearly of our faith in ways that resonate more widely. We have resources to do so. To help us see the right route to take, can we have a couple of minutes of your time to fill out an easy survey? You can find it online HERE, or via our website. Ironically, we’ve also got paper copies in the church! If you’d prefer doing so that way, please put the completed survey in one of the boxes at the front or rear exit of the church – thank you!

Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


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