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Contributors to 'This Week's News'  are reminded that entries need to be with the minister by Thursday 9.30am to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday


1.         OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall at the close of this service.   The Hall is best accessed through the door to the left of the pulpit.   Everyone is very welcome.   If you are a visitor and would like to be accompanied to coffee, the welcome team will be in the vestibule at the end of the service to assist you.
2.         PASTORAL CARE   Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh DCS may be contacted on 07903 266 307 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3.         A MODERATOR’S YEAR   The former Moderator, the Very Revd Derek Browning DMin will give us an illustrated talk on his eventful year as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2017 in the sanctuary TONIGHT at 7.00pm.  Tea and biscuits to follow.   All welcome.
4.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5.         MEMBERSHIP   If you would like to become a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (0131 667 1286).    You
can be assured of a very warm reception.                Scott S McKenna
6.         POPPIES FOR REMEMBRANCE:  1918-2018  Poppies are available in the main Mayfield Road entrance vestibule and inside near the front of the Sanctuary today and will also be at the Afternoon Service on Tuesday 13November.
7.         CROSSREACH COLLECTION   At the Collection supporting the work of CrossReach’s Perinatal Services last Sunday, 4 November, your generosity made over £1070.  The final total will be intimated after any further Gift Aid envelopes are left in the offering plates this morning.  We are very grateful!
CrossReach Committee
8.         YOUTH CLUB:  Tonight we will be meeting in the Youth Room for some games and activities! P6-S1 from 6-7 PM, S2-S6 from 7-8 PM. Please note that we have rescheduled the originally planned discussion night. For more info contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
9.         YOUTH DAY OUTING  Our youth day outing for P6-S6 youth will be on Saturday 1 December from 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM.  We will meet in the youth room for morning programming followed by lunch, and a Christmas film. We will then end the day at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in the late afternoon for a clip 'n climb session from 4:30-5:30 PM.  Cost is £5 for those joining the clip 'n climb.  Spots for the clip 'n climb are limited, so sign ups for the clip 'n climb portion of the day will operate on a first come, first serve basis. Those unable to attend the entire day are welcome to join whenever feasible!  Additionally, please let Hillary know if you are able to assist with lifts to and/or from the church and EICA. Please contact Hillary for sign-ups by 24November at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  07453722224.   Flyers can be located online and in the church.  
10.       HOLIDAYS    William Mearns will be on holiday from 12 to 25 November inclusive.   Stewart Houston is providing cover.
11.       AFTERNOON SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE   The service will be held on Tuesday 13November 2018 at 2.30pm until around 3.45pm in the level access Bill McDonald Hall  [via West Mayfield].   Everyone most welcome as usual.   Please see Oct/Nov Grapevine.   If you need any further help or information please ask Kay McIntosh, or your Pastoral Visitor (PV) or Anne Sturrock.
12.       THURSDAY CLUB   The Thursday Club meets on Thursday 1 November in the Bill McDonald Hall at 2.00pm.   We welcome Peter MacDougall of Saughton Park/RG.  
13.       EDINBURGH INTER FAITH ASSOCIATION: INTERFAITH WEEK (11 to 18 NOVEMBER)   EIFA invites you to join us for various events celebrating Interfaith Week.  There will be another of the excellent series ‘Breaking Barriers’, a Big Interfaith Quiz, a film ‘Of Gods and Men’, and at this church, ‘The Old and New Testaments through Muslim Eyes’, a public lecture by Professor Robert Hillenbrand.  For details visit eifa.org.uk and lookout for leaflets in the church.
14.       PUBLIC LECTURE‘The Old and New Testaments through Muslim Eyes’ by Professor Robert Hillenbrand   Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, is a faith in one God, and, unlike Judaism, it also reserves a special place of honour for Jesus and for Mary.  Many chapters of the Qur’an, like several books of the Old Testament, deal with matters of law, but there is also a constant emphasis on the importance of the Old Testament prophets and their teachings.  A common misconception is that Islam forbids the use of images, especially in a religious context.  This talk will show how that belief is not entirely accurate, for it will explore how medieval Muslim artists did occasionally depict such figures as Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Jesus and Mary, and imagined such key events as the near-sacrifice of Isaac, the Egyptians drowning in the Red Sea, the Annunciation and the Baptism.  This lecture will be delivered in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on Sunday 18 November at 7.00pm.   All welcome.
15.       BBC RADIO SCOTLAND:  ‘New Every Morning’   On Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December, the Advent Services on BBC Radio Scotland will be led by the Minister.   The programme begins at 6.30am.
16.       CHRISTIAN AID UPDATEThe Harvest Festival and Thanksgiving was a huge success.  Thank you all for supporting us. Our next event is the St Andrews Early Evening Dinner on Saturday 1 December 2018.  Further details to follow.               The Christian Aid Committee
17.       ST. ANDREWS DAY CELEBRATION:  INTERFAITH SERVICE AND FUNDRAISING DINNER in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on Sunday 2 December at 7.00pm.   Every faith tradition has the story of someone who was prepared to make a great sacrifice for what they believed in.  At this event we remember the sacrifice made by St Andrew and other figures within the historical religious traditions who were also prepared to make an immense sacrifice for the good of others.   The evening will offer a community meal, concert and silent auction.    Register through EventBrite or speak to Scott.   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-andrews-interfaith-service-tickets-50784100612
18.       MAYFIELD SALISBURY SOUND DESK   Additional volunteers are required to operate the Sound Desk at the 10.45am service on Sunday mornings.  We are fortunate to have a willing group of helpers, who are on duty for one calendar month each year, but would be delighted to welcome a few more recruits.   If interested, please contact John Lunn, 667 7966 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for further information.   Many thanks.
19.       ASSISI 'RELIEF GROUP' 2019   Tom Cuthell's 2019 Assisi group is full, and now has  a waiting list. This has led Tom to explore the possibility of organizing a second group - a so-called 'relief group' limited to 16 people. Lasting a week, the stay in Assisi will be from 14th to  21st September. The group will travel BA from Edinburgh to Florence direct, with very attractive flight schedules(no getting up in the middle of the night!!) For further information contact Tom on:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0131 476 386420.       
20.       CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW   Members of Mayfield Salisbury Parish are invited to share in Evening Prayer, a Celebration of the Feast of St Andrew, in St. Columba’s Catholic Church, Upper Gray Street, on Friday 30 November at 6.30pm.   Light refreshments will be served after the service.   All welcome.  

Further details of individual events, where available, can be found on the 'What's On' page.


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f you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (under St John's Episcopal Church), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey……

Crane, Tim                              The Meaning of Belief:  Religion from An Atheist’s Point of View
McGrath, Alister                     Darwinism and the Divine
Oakley, Mark                          The Collage of God
O’Loughlin, Thomas              The Eucharist:  Origins and Contemporary Understandings

Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org       


If you would like to become a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (0131 667 1286).   It will be good to have your name on the congregational roll.   You can be assured of a very warm reception.      Scott S McKenna


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Mayfield Salisbury Church Memorials 1914-1918


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'Amazed by Science, illumined by Religion' This booklet is available free of charge.  Details HERE

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

  • 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

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