Note: Tonight's Lecture by Alastair McIntosh is HERE


Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Gift Service - Advent 1                         Sunday 28 November 2021

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Gift Service - Advent 1

Sunday 28 November 2021



‘Hope in the face of difficulty.
Hope in the face of uncertainty.
The audacity of hope!
In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us...
A belief in things not seen.
A belief that there are better days ahead.’

Barack Obama

Led by Revd Sandy Forsyth & Reuben Addis
with the congregation in church and online



This congregation is part of the Church of Scotland:
we are Reformed in our understanding of Christian faith,
Presbyterian in how we form our community, and a member
of the worldwide family of the Christian Church. Whether
you are in regular attendance at worship or this is one of
your first visits, you are very welcome as part of this
community and today’s service of worship. God bless you.
If you would like to keep in touch, please complete the
Connection Card on the back page of the printed order
of service or send us an email! 




Organ Voluntary

Church News
Including Induction Gift to Minister

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

Introit O Radiant Dawn
Words: Antiphon for 21 December
Music: James Macmillan (born 1959)

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, Sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow
of death. The people who walk in darkness have seen a
great light for those who dwell in the land of gloom, a
light has come Come, shine on those who dwell in
darkness and the shadow of death. Amen, amen, amen

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
(t. Crediton)      Scottish Paraphrases (39) 1781      St Luke 4: 18 - 19

Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long;
let every heart exult with joy,
and every voice with song!

He comes, the prisoners to relieve,
in Satan's bondage held;
the gates of brass before him burst,
the iron fetters yield.

He comes the broken hearts to bind,
the bleeding souls to cure;
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.

The sacred year has now revolved,
accepted of the Lord,
when heaven's high promise is fulfilled,
and Israel is restored.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
thy welcome shall proclaim;
and heaven's exalted arches ring
with thy most honoured name.

Prayer of Approach, 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.

Introduction to Gifts and
the People Supported

Hymn 182    Now Thank We All our God
(t. Nun Danket)

Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers' arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever-joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
and keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
who reigns in highest heaven --
the Father and the Son
and Spirit -- now be given:
the one, eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Reading St Luke 21:25 - 36
Read by Anette Hagan

The Coming of the Son of Man
‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on the earth distress among nations confused by the
roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from
fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they
will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power
and great glory. Now when these things begin to take
place, stand up and raise your heads, because your
redemption is drawing near.’

The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and
all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can
see for yourselves and know that summer is already
near. So also, when you see these things taking place,
you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I
tell you, this generation will not pass away until all
things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass
away, but my words will not pass away.

Exhortation to Watch
‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down
with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this
life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a
trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the
whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may
have the strength to escape all these things that will take
place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

Anthem   E’en so Lord Jesus, quickly come
Words: Revelation 22
Arranged: Paul Manz and Ruth Manz

Peace be to you, and grace from Him, Who freed us from our
sins, Who loved us all, and shed his blood, That we might savèd
be. Sing holy, holy to our Lord, The Lord, Almighty God! Who
was and is, and is to come, Sing holy, holy Lord. Rejoice in Heaven,
all ye that dwell therein, Rejoice on earth, ye saints below, For
Christ is coming, is coming soon, For Christ is coming soon.
E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, And night shall be no more;
They need no light, nor lamp, nor sun, For Christ will be their All!

Reading     1 Thessalonians 3:9 - 13
Read by Anette Hagan

9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy
that we feel before our God because of you? 10 Night and day
we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and
restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct
our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and
abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in
love for you. 13 And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness
that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the
coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Hymn 282    Christmas is Coming
(t. Advent Ring)

Christmas is coming
the Church is glad to sing
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

The first is for God's promise
to put the wrong things right,
and bring to earth's darkness
the hope of love and light.

Christmas is coming
the Church is glad to sing
and let the advent candles
brightly burn in a ring.

Reuben Addis

Hymn 273    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
(t. Veni Emmanuel)

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come
to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
in ancient times didst give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe:

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
from depths of hell thy people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave:

O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery:

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight:

18th century, based on the ancient Advent Antiphons
Translated by John Mason Neale (1818–1866)

Prayer of Thanksgiving
and for Others

Hymn 512 To God be the Glory
(t. To God be the Glory)

To God be the glory,
great things he has done!
So loved he the world that
he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an
atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate
that all may go in.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father,
through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory!
Great things he has done!

O perfect redemption,
the purchase of blood,
to every believer the
promise of God;
for every offender who
truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a
pardon receives.

Great things he has taught us,
great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through
Jesus the Son:
but purer, and higher,
and greater will be
our joy and our wonder, when
Jesus we see.

Closing Responses
Leader: God of the watching ones, the waiting ones,
the slow and suffering ones, the angels in heaven
and the child in the womb
All: Send us with your advent blessing, your good
word for our souls that we might find hope in the
kindness of your company


Threefold Amen

Organ Voluntary


Today’s Music For Advent By The Chamber Group   ‘O Radiant
dawn’ is one of the ‘Strathclyde Motets,’ contemporary but
accessible communion liturgical motets written by James
MacMillan for the Strathclyde University Chamber Choir. This
particular Advent motet is for four-part voices with a central
section for female voices. It is harmonically fairly straightforward,
forthright with dramatic moments especially the repeated word
‘Come.’ The ‘Scotch snap’ decoration gives it a particular Scottish
flavour. The anthem is a setting of a free adaptation of a text from
Revelations. It was composed as an act of prayer by Paul and Ruth
Manz for the recovery from illness of their three year old son, John,
to whom the piece is dedicated. It is regarded as a classic of
American church music and became popular here after it was
sung at the King’s College Chapel Service of Nine Lessons and
Carols. Two contemplative outer sections flank a more powerful
middle section.


OPEN TO ALL Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall
at the close of this service. Everyone is very welcome. If you
are new to Mayfield Salisbury, you’re welcome to ask a member
of the welcome team in the vestibule to walk through with you.

GIFT SERVICES – TODAY!!! Today is our Gift Services' Sunday.
Many thanks to those who have brought something along today
or who have donated cash, gift vouchers or presents in advance.
They are hugely appreciated by the recipients and never more
so than in this time of pandemic losses and deprivations.
Anne Graham 0131 667 6331.

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

COP26: What now for people of faith? A lecture at Mayfield
Salisbury Church tonight at 7.00pm by Alastair McIntosh,
renowned spiritual thinker and climate activist, author of the
highly acclaimed book ‘Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis
and the Survival of Being’. All welcome. For those unable to
attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed: details
on the church website.

SERVICES IN DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022   Details of the
forthcoming services are noted below. We would like to draw your
attention to the arrangements for the Christingle and Watchnight
services. Due to current Covid restrictions and the anticipated high
demand for spaces, we must limit the numbers attending to allow
for, as much as we are able to, sufficient distancing between

To attend either of these services, please book a space by either:

i) Visiting the church website from Wednesday 1 December
onwards, and following the
Eventbrite link posted there or:

ii) Phoning the church office 0131 667 1522 on either Wednesday
1 or Wednesday 8 December between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.


Sunday  5
9:30am All-Age Worship - No Booking needed
10.45am Service of Worship - No Booking needed
7.00pm Service of Remembrance (Intimation 6) - No Booking needed

Sunday 12
9:30am All-Age Worship: Holy Communion - No Booking needed
10.45am Service of Worship: Holy Communion - No Booking needed

Sunday 19
10.30am Joint Morning Service - No Booking needed
6.30pm Christingle Service - Booking Required!

Friday 24
11.30pm Watchnight Service - Booking Required!

Saturday 25
10.30am Christmas Day Service - No Booking needed

Sunday 26
10.30am Joint Morning Service - No Booking needed


January 2022

Sunday 2
10.30am Joint Morning Service - Nine Lessons & Carols - No Booking needed


SERVICE TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES Sunday 5 December at 7.00pm.
If in the run up to Christmas you are feeling the loss of a much-loved
family member or friend, and perhaps have not had the opportunity
to have a service of thanksgiving due to the pandemic, do join us in
the church on the evening of Sunday 5 December 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.

AT 7.00PM DURING DECEMBER In the dark of winter, Christians
traditionally use prayer and contemplation to open themselves up
to the coming of God in Advent. Join us as we explore a range of
Advent prayer practices that help us to become more aware of God
with us. Practices that also connect us to a community of people,
past and present, who have prayed in these ways. The informal sessions,
led by our student minister, Reuben Addis, will start with lighting an
advent candle, a stilling exercise, and then several different styles of
contemplative prayer often drawing on different senses and on our
imagination. It would be helpful if you could book in advance
(numbers limited to fifteen), by mailing Reuben
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Advent Studies An Advent discussion group of up to 8 participants
will meet in the session room at Craigmillar Park church, weekly
during the 4 weeks of Advent, on Tuesday 30 Nov, Wed 8 Dec,
Wed 15 Dec and Wed 22 Dec. All meetings will be at 2pm. There
will be tea and coffee available. The discussion will be based on
'Long Expected', a study guide newly produced for Advent 2021
by John Birch see

Anyone from the Newington area is welcome to participate; if
numbers exceed 8, or if anyone prefers to meet using Zoom,
further groups can be formed. To register interest, and to get a
copy of the study material, please contact Ann Thanisch (email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; mobile 0781 494 9468).

Carol singing in the community Please join singers from up to
9 Newington churches singing carols at the entrance to Cameron
Toll shopping centre on Sun Dec 5, at 1.30pm. Just turn up anytime
till around 2.30pm.

being held from 3 - 5 December at New College, to celebrate its 175th
anniversary, with a stellar line up including Robert Harris, Sally
Magnusson, Val McDermid, Miles Jupp and many others. Sandy
Forsyth will be hosting the Iona Community part of the event on
the Friday afternoon - please take a flyer at the rear door of the
church. For programme and tickets, please visit -

Christmas Colouring & Art wanted! We are asking all children and
young people to help us decorate our orders of service and church
website throughout the Christmas season! From Sunday 14
November, there will be Christmas colouring pages available for
children and young people to take home with them after church,
which can be coloured-in and emailed to Hillary between now
and 16 December. Please feel free to also create your own designs!

Readings of Faith - After many months on Zoom, the Readings of
Faith group will be resuming in person on Tuesday 30 November
from 7:30-9 PM in the Youth Room of Church House. We are looking
to grow our group numbers - all adults are welcome! At each
meeting you can expect chat over tea and coffee to begin, followed
by discussion about short readings developing our faith and
spirituality. For the meeting on the 30th, the group will be discussing
the first chapter of Paula Gooder's Advent book ‘The Meaning is in
the Waiting.’ Meetings will happen every 4-6 weeks. All adults welcome!
To find out more, please speak with our youth worker Hillary Leslie at
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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: or by
contacting our Freewill Offerings Treasurer, Hugh Somerville on
0131 466 2446 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COFFEE AND BLETHERS has resumed: every Thursday at 2.00pm to
3.30pm in the Bill McDonald hall. If you would like to join in please
contact Kay on 07903 266 307 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (For covid
reasons you do need to register if you want to attend).

PASTORAL CARE   As winter approaches perhaps you would now
like to have a visitor assigned to you or receive regular phone calls.
Do you know of anyone who is ill or going into hospital and would
benefit from a visit from our pastoral care team? Please contact
Kay on 07903 266 307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GUILD   The next meeting of Edinburgh Southside Guild is on 7
December at 2.00pm at Craigmillar Park Church. We are having a
Christmas party! Please bring along a small wrapped gift.
Everyone is welcome!

Books for the Journey
Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)
John Bell, Living with the Psalms (2020)
Alistair McIntosh, Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis
and the Survival of Being (2nd Ed., 2021)

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

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Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine: Friday 21 January at 6.00pm.     Scottish Charity Number SC000785