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Services of Worship - 30 September 2018

9.30am All-Age Worship -Revd Dr Scott McKenna
10.45am Traditional Worship - Revd Dr Scott McKenna

7.00pm Youth Worship Night - Hillary Leslie

Further information is available here



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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.   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 take you there.
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.     EVENING SERVICE   Our evening service at 7.00pm is one of song, reflection, meditation through music and silence.   All welcome (Kay McIntosh DCS)
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.     THE BILL MCDONALD LECTURE    The inaugural lecture of the Bill McDonald Lectureship will be delivered by Allan Little, former researcher, reporter and special correspondent with the BBC, on Sunday 7 October, 2018 in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church at 7.00pm.   During his career, Allan reported from Baghdad on the 1991 Gulf War; on the break-up of Yugoslavia; became the BBC correspondent in South Africa and reported on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.   He also served as the BBC's Moscow correspondent.   Since 2015, Allan has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.   All welcome.
7.     YOUTH CLUB   On Sunday 9 September from 6-8 PM we will be making our own pizzas and helping to finish designing the youth room! P6-S1 from 6-7 PM; S2-S6 from 7-8 PM.  Meet in the Youth Room (formerly the Quiet Room). Please note that Youth Club will now run from 6-8 PM on Sunday evenings. For more info contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
FILM NIGHT   Where can you find faith on screen? S1-S6 youth are invited to our first Film Night on Saturday 22 September from 6.00-8:30 PM.  We will meet in the Youth Room for a screening of a secular film and afterwards, discuss where we see God in the story and characters. Film snacks will be provided! For more info, contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  HOLIDAY   Hillary will be on holiday on Sunday 16 September.
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 1.00pm – 4.00pm This year we will be holding a spectacular Harvest Festival and Crafternoon with afternoon teas, craft stalls, activities, exhibitions, jam and preserve stalls, bake stalls and music - and of course delicious afternoon teas!  The whole Church will be full of fun and interest, from the Garden to the Sanctuary.
 The Christian Aid Team
9.   MAYFIELD MILERS   Wednesday 19 September Mayfield Milers Planning Meeting at 7.30pm - Church House.   Any member of the Milers and members interested in walking are welcome.  If you have suggestions or ideas for walks, but are unable to attend, please send these to Jenny McCallum 667,2888/ 07587028280 or Bob McNie 667 9391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
10.   INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: CREATE MORE PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY   St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place on Thursday 20 September 2018: 19.00 – 20.00.
  Edinburgh Interfaith Association (EIFA) is pleased to announce our annual Peace Service to commemorate the International Day of Peace.
There will be reflections from various faith communities.  Join us as we come together and pray for those who have been affected by wars and terrorism and join our call for peace in the world today.
  The service will be followed by light refreshments.   All welcome.
11.   AFTERNOON SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION - Tuesday 11 September 2.30pm - 3.45 pm - with  Rev Dr Scott McKenna and Kay McIntosh DCS.   To be held in the Bill McDonald Hall via West Mayfield doors and level access with Tea and Fellowship to follow. 
  Everyone always made most welcome - if you would appreciate further information or extra assistance please ask Kay McIntosh, or your Pastoral Visitor (PV), or Anne Sturrock.   Help from available drivers especially welcome.
12.  NEW OR RETURNING STUDENT?  Edinburgh University Campus Ministry (EUCAM) is the Church of Scotland's presence at the University of Edinburgh, and we'd love to meet you! We have free food, socials, worship, and excursions for you to join in with. Find us on Facebook, or email Campus Minister Liam Fraser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     
13.  THURSDAY CLUBat Mayfield Salisbury starts back on the 4 October.  We look forward to welcoming back dear friends and also any new members who wish to join us.  We start at 2.00pm by enjoying a varied programme of entertainment.  Then we have tea and cakes finishing at around 4.00pm.    Our guest entertainers on 4 October are The Second Row Singers. Anyone wishing more information about the club should contact Deirdre Eustace on 07785301182 or any committee member.

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……

Ian Bradley                       Following the Celtic Way:
                                          A New Assessment of Celtic Christianity
Paula Gooder                    Phoebe
Richard Holloway            Waiting for the Last Bus
Lawrence Kushner           Jewish Spirituality: 
                                          An Introduction for Christians
James McCaffrey             The Way of the Carmelites:
                                          A Prayer Journey through Lent 

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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  • 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

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    Thomas Mann

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.

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  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
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  • 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

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  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
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  • 'God' is a one word poem
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  • What is today? Today is eternity.
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    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.
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