Welcome to this Service of Worship
First Sunday in Advent
Sunday 27 November 2022 at 10.45am
AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS
TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD
Welcome & Church News
Introduction to Gifts and the People Supported
Preparatory Silence for Worship
Introit - Benedictus from Missa Aeterna Christi Munera
Words: from the Mass Ordinary
Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594)
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini; Hosanna in excelsis
[Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest]
Call to Worship
From Isaiah 40:3 – 5
Leader: Prepare a road for the Lord!
All: Clear the way in the desert for our God
Leader: Fill every valley
All: Level every mountain
Leader: The hills will become a plain
All: The rough country will be made smooth
Leader: Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
All: All people shall see it together.
Leader: This is the promise of the Lord;
All: God’s promise will be fulfilled. Christ is coming!
Hymn 277 Hark the Glad Sound! the Saviour Comes
Prayer of Approach, Praise, Confession and 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, the
power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Hymn Light A Candle Bright and Tall
(t. 326 - Dix)
Light a candle bright and tall
For the Hope within our world.
Hope that heard the ages’ call
As the stars and planets whirled.
Shine within our hearts today
Come, O Hope, to us, we pray.
Tune: Conrad Kocher, 1838; Words David Wood, 2012
Reading Matthew 24:1 - 8 & 36 - 44
Read by Catherine Booth (NT p25)
The Destruction of the Temple Foretold 24 As Jesus came out of the
temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the
buildings of the temple. 2 Then he asked them, ‘You see all these, do you
not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be
Signs of the End of the Age 3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives,
the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and
what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ 4 Jesus
answered them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will
come in my name, saying, “I am the Messiah!” and they will lead many
astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are
not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be
famines and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of
the birth pangs…
The Necessity for Watchfulness 36 ‘But about that day and hour no one
knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37
For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39
and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so
too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field;
one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal
together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore,
for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But understand
this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the
thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his
house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of
Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
Anthem People look East
Words: Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)
Music: arranged Malcolm Archer (b 1952)
People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.
Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.
Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.
Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.
Reading Revelation 22:1 - 6 & 12 - 13
Read by Catherine Booth (NT p258)
The River of Life 22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life,
bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2
through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is
the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month;
and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 Nothing
accursed will be found there anymore. But the throne of God and of the
Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4 they will see his face,
and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no more night;
they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and
they will reign for ever and ever. 6 And he said to me, ‘These words are
trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets,
has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.’… 12
‘See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to
everyone’s work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,
the beginning and the end.’
For the Word of God through Scripture.
For the Word of God among us.
For the Word of God within us.
Thanks be to God.
Hymn 472 Come, Thou Long- Expected Jesus
Sermon ‘Hope in the Coming of Christ’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Hymn 360 Jesus Christ is Waiting
(t. Noel Nouvelet)
Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Others
Hymn 273 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
(t. Veni Emmanuel)
Leader: From what we know, to what you will reveal
All: Jesus, now lead on
Leader: From where we are, to where you need us
All: Jesus, now lead on
Leader: From the world as it is, to a world as it should be
All: Jesus, now lead on.
Benediction and Threefold Amen
THIS MORNING’S CHOIR MUSIC Palestrina was the leading composer of
the Roman School of musical composition of the Italian Renaissance. The
melodic basis for the Mass was the tune of the hymn for Matins and
Apostles which gives it its name . The serene Benedictus is set for three
upper voices, the bass being added in the more lively “Hosanna”. The
anthem is an arrangement by Malcolm Archer of a traditional Besançon
carol melody. The four verses are in unison except for an unaccompanied
third verse in harmony and with descant added to the last verse.
NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
1. GIVING – QR CODE Our Quick Response code is a handy way of
using your smart ‘phone or tablet’s QR app to link you to our Giving Page.
Once you have joined the Giving Page safeguards are still operative.
PLATES: Those who would have wished to use it may make use of the
offering plates situated in the vestibule and halls entrance, at the close of
the service. Regular and one-off donations are possible online at
www.give.net/20311853 (scan the QR code) or please contact our Freewill
Offerings Treasurer, Hugh Somerville on 0131 466 2446 or
2. OPEN TO ALL Coffee and tea will be served in the McDonald Hall at
the close of the Sunday morning services. Everyone is very welcome.
3. GIFT SERVICES Today is Advent Sunday when our Annual Gift Services
take place. Thank you to all those who have already donated and to those
of you bringing items along this morning. The need is huge, and our
recipients are always grateful for the efforts made. If you've forgotten to
bring your donation along this morning, please feel free to give me a ring.
Anne Graham - 0131 667 6331.
4. SERVICE TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES - TONIGHT AT 7.00PM If you
are feeling the loss of a much-loved family member or friend, do join us
tonight at Priestfield Church to remember, reflect and give thanks for their
lives. It will be a quiet contemplative service for peace and healing to which
all are welcome.
If you would benefit from a lift to Priestfield Church, please meet in the
Mayfield Salisbury Church car park at 6.15pm.
5. YOUTH GROUP Youth Worship - Tonight - Sunday 27 November: We
will be meeting in the Bill McDonald Hall at 7.00pm for a night of praise,
prayer and reflection as we celebrate the start of Advent together. All ages invited!
Youth Group Sunday 4 December: We will be having our annual Amnesty
Write for Rights night, as well as decorating the Youth Room for Christmas!
P6-S1 from 6:15-7:15pm, and S2-S6 from 7:15-8:30pm in the Youth Room.
6. TRAIDCRAFT STALL TODAY! In addition to the usual products there are
Christmas Cards,gifts, cake, chocolate, Advent calendars and even some
7. CELEBRATORY SERVICE FOR BOB MAIDEN – our good friend Bob, husband
of Pamela Molyneaux, passed away a few weeks ago. A
celebratory, thanksgiving service for his life will be held at Bob’s home
church, Colinton Parish Church, on Saturday 10 December at 2.30pm,
followed by refreshments. Pamela would like to extend an open invitation
to friends from Mayfield Salisbury to be there – you’d be very welcome.
Please wear bright colours.
8. MIDWEEK PRAYERS You are most welcome to attend a time of
peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this Tuesday at 10.00am.
9. SERVICES NEXT WEEK - IMPORTANT! A reminder that next week, on
Sunday 4 December, the morning service will be held at Craigmillar Park
when we will also be joining our friends from Priestfield congregation. The
service will be at 10:30 and communion will be celebrated. If you are able
to, please support this service. We return to Mayfield Salisbury on Sunday
11 December at 9.30am and 10.45am.
10. ANNUAL LEAVE The Minister, Revd Dr Sandy Foryth, will be on annual
leave from 28 November to 5 December inclusive. The Church Manager,
William Mearns, will also be on annual leave during these dates.
11. PARISH CHRISTMAS LEAFLET – Now Ready! Are you able to assist with
the distribution of the parish Christmas leaflet? It contains information
regarding our forthcoming Christmas services and will be put through
every door in the parish area (street lists are available to avoid
duplication).. If you can help, please collect a street list and some cards
from the entrance vestibule. Your help is greatly appreciated! William Mearns
12. PASTORAL CARE If you would like to have a regular home visit or
telephone call from one of our pastoral care team, please contact me and I
will arrange that for you. If you would like to be held in prayer, or would
like us to pray for someone you know, please make your request to Kay. If
you would like to participate in our confidential prayer chain praying for
these requests, please get in touch; prayer chain emails are sent out once a
week. You can email Kay on 07587 043 191 or
13. KILOMBERO RICE Buy Kilombero Rice, £3 per bag, and help Malawian
farmers send their children to secondary school. Happy to deliver! Contact
14. THURSDAY CLUB Takes place on Thursdays at 2.00pm. This week,
Graeme Cruikshank will give a talk titled ‘The Mystery of the Picts’. The talk
will be followed by tea and fellowship. All are very welcome!
15. MUSICAL CONCERT FOR ADVENT ON 11 DECEMBER Our Choir and
Chamber Group will present a concert of Advent and Christmas music on
Sunday 11 December at 7.30pm at Mayfield Salisbury. The Choir and
Chamber Group will be augmented with further singers from Mayfield
Salisbury, Priestfield and Craigmillar Park and accompanied by our organist
and a string quartet. Admission is free and all are welcome, so please do
come along on the night for a musical celebration in Advent .
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subscription to Life and Work, for a year of news, features and opinions
within the church and beyond. A special offer of 12 issues for the price of
10 is currently available, delivered directly to your address. To subscribe,
phone 0131 460 7487 or visit www.lifeandwork.org quoting the promotion
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