Next Services

02 Jul 09:30 -All Age Worship

02 Jul 10:45 -Morning Worship

02 Jul 19:00 -Evening Service


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

Sunday Intimations - Contributors are reminded that intimations need to be with the minister by Thursday noon to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday.


 1.         OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Upper Hall at the close of this service.   The hall is on the same level as the church sanctuary.   Everyone is very welcome.   If you are a visitor and would like to be accompanied to coffee, a member of the welcome team will be in the vestibule at the end of the service to take you there.
2.         DORIEN SCHOUTEN  Today is Dorien’s last Sunday.   It has been extremely good to have Dorien with us; she has enriched our worship throughout her time here.   We wish her well.
3.         PASTORAL CARE   The Minister, Revd Scott McKenna, may be contacted on 667 1286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
4.         COMMUNION ROUND THE TABLE   Our Service this evening is one of song, silence, meditation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.   All welcome. (SSM)
5.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
6.         LEAVE  Our Pastoral Assistant, Sheila Bryer, is unwell and on leave.
7.         SUMMER SERVICES   During the months of July and August we have one morning diet of worship only at 10.00am.   Our evening service continues at 7.00pm.   
Uniting for Peace: a peace event on 4July, 2017 at 7.00pm. in
St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, EH1 2DP
‘Inspirations for Peace-Making’:  Speakers will talk about aspects of peace in the Zoroastrian faith, Early Celtic tradition, and in Islam.    A peace meditation will be led by a member of the Brahma Kumaris, followed by prayers from the Hindu religion, with music by Leslie Hartley.
All are most welcome.
9.       AFTERNOON SERVICE   Our Afternoon Service on Tuesday 11 JULY will take the form of a Summer Afternoon Gathering sharing in hymn singing and memories of
summers past over afternoon tea.
Everyone welcome - usual time 2.30pm to around 4.00pm.   Level access Upper Hall [via West Mayfield].
We appreciate that summer time is when many people living alone miss family, friends and neighbours while they are away – and so it will be good to meet up together for a special afternoon.   If you would like to bring a summer poem to share we hope you will do so.
If you need further information or just cannot arrange your own lift please ask your Pastoral Visitor (PV) or any Elder who will liaise with Anne Sturrock.
Offers from drivers (to Anne) really appreciated to make it possible for those who require extra support to come on 11th July.  
10.       SALVATION ARMY REGENR8+     Thanks to all contributors, we have made substantial collections for the Salvation Army REGENR8+ project over the past months.  These donations of food, toiletries and clothing have been much appreciated as has the cash which is used to fund things such as trips and shopping expeditions for the users.   As normal, we will take a break from collections over the summer months of July and August and will resume again on Sunday 9 September.  Please keep your contributions till then! Thank you.   
                                                 Salvation Army Support Group


Visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (usually under St John's Episcopal Church, at present in temporary accomodation at street level), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey……  

David Foster             Deep Calls to Deep
Matthew Fox            A Way into God
Elizabeth A Johnson   Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Alastair McIntosh     Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Sara Maitland           A Joyful Theology: Creation, Commitment and an Awesome God
Mark Oakley             The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr             The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see
Rowan Williams        Being Christian


Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at       


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating whether you would also be interested in receiving the e-letters which go out solely to 9.30 worshippers. All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private.

News Flash


'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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Level access to the church is provided at the West Mayfield (halls) entrance. Access for All