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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


  THIS WEEK'S NEWS: 19.05.19

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. 
        PASTORAL VISITOR CARDSare available from the church office for anyone wishing to collect them.
3.     COMMUNION ROUND THE TABLE   The evening service at 7.00pm is one of song, silence, prayers, meditation and Holy Communion   All welcome.   (SSM)
4.     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
5.     FIVE MINUTES’ PEACE sees thesanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service - on Tuesdays from 6.00pm - 7.30pm and Saturdays from 10.00am -11.30am.  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.
6.     MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.  
7.     SAVE THE DATE   ‘Superhero Summer Holiday Club’: Monday 5 to Friday 9 August 2019.    Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church and Marchmont St. Giles Parish Church are partnering to run a holiday club for Primary School ages from 9.30am to 12 noon at the Marchmont St Giles Church Centre this summer.  Bookings open soon!  Have questions or keen to volunteer? Get in touch with Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      YOUTH CLUB   Tonight all ages will meet from 6.00 – 8.00pm in the Youth Room as we learn about CrossReach, and design signs and posters for the upcoming fundraiser!
     I will also be on holiday from 21 - 30 May.    Hillary
8.    INDUCTION   The Revd Alex McAspurren will be inducted to
the linked charge of Craigmillar Park with Reid Memorial on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7.00pm in Craigmillar Park Church.  The congregation of Mayfield Salisbury is invited to attend.
9.    SAVE THE DATE:   Saturday 1 June from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.  
CrossReach Fundraising Event  An afternoon of book readings, poetry and storytelling for adults, teens and children, a chance to buy a once loved book and refreshments.  In aid of CrossReach Perinatal Services.  Tickets available soon.  Offers of help with home baking etc gratefully received (please speak to Ailsa Garland, Barbara Mole, the Minister or a member of the CR committee).
10.   CHURCH MANAGER    As Assembly Officer to the General Assembly, the Church Manager, William Mearns, will be out of the Mayfield Salisbury office from Wednesday 15 May to Saturday 25 May inclusive.  He will respond to emails during this period.  Stewart Houston will cover at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church. 
Jesus said, ‘Follow Me!  and I will make you fish for people.’ 
Heart & Soultakes place TODAY from 1:00pm to 5:45pm in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.   Open to all, you are welcome to walk around and experience the many displays and activities taking place.   Join thousands from across Scotland or join from 1:30pm online at www.heartandsoul.org.uk for an afternoon of inspirational interviews, musical acts, talks and worship.
Heart and Soul Live and Local...celebrate the life of the Church wherever you are:  www.facebook.com/churchofscotland or on twitter @churchscotland
12.   MAYFIELD RADIO RECORDINGS   Please note that no audio cassette tapes of the Sunday morning service will be available from Sunday 28 April to 2 June inclusive.                           Dilys & John1.     

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

Marcus Borg             Days of Awe and Wonder
Harold Kushner        When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough
                                  When Bad Things Happen To Good People
 Ron Miller & Laura Bernstein        Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift
Peter Stanford          Judas:  the troubling history of the renegade apostle
Sheila Upjohn           In Search of Julian of Norwi 
Patrick Woodhouse  Etty Hillesum:  A Life Transformed

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


Occasional e-letters are sent out to our worshippers. If you would like to receive these please contact the Church Manager, William Mearns, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private.


'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

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe

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