Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Second Sunday of Advent                         Sunday 5 December 2021

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Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday 5 December 2021



The Lord is coming, always coming. When you
have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize
him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent;
life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.

Henri Nouwen


Led by Revd Sandy Forsyth 
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 Voluntaries
The Lord will come and not be slow
arr. David Blackwell (b. 1961)

Hark! A herald voice is calling
arr. David Thorne (b. 1950)


Welcome and Church News


The Grace


Preparatory Silence for Worship


Introit Adam lay ybounden
Words: 15th Century (anonymous)
Music: Boris Ord (1897 to 1961)

Adam lay ybounden, bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter thought he not too long.
And all was for an apple, an apple that he
took, As clerkës finden writte In their book.
Ne had the apple taken been, the apple taken
been, then had never Our Lady a-been heavené
queen. Blessed be the time that apple taken
was. Therefore we moun singen ‘Deo gratias!’


Call to Worship
Leader: From Bethlehem to Nazareth
From Jordan to Jericho
From Bethany to Jerusalem
From Golgotha to the world

Leader: To heal the sick
To mend the broken-hearted
To comfort the disturbed
To disturb the comfortable

Leader: To lead the way
To carry the cross,
To shoulder the suffering of the world
To liberate the faith

Leader: Today,
In this time,
To us now


Hymn 130  Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
(t. Laudate Dominum)

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
his kingdom is glorious, and rules over all.

God ruleth on high, almighty to save;
and still he is nigh, his presence we have;
the great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus our king.

'Salvation to God who sits on the throne!'
let all cry aloud, and honour the Son:
the praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore, and give him his right:
all glory and power, all wisdom and might,
all honour and blessing, with angels above,
and thanks never-ceasing, and infinite love.  (Amen, amen.)



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.


Hymn 472   Come, thou long-expected Jesus
(t. Stuttgart)

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art,
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child, and yet a King,
born to reign in us for ever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.


Reading Malachi 3: 1 - 4
Read by Pennie McIntyre

The Coming Messenger
3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way
before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly
come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in
whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord
of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming,
and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he
will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will
purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like
gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord
in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and
Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days
of old and as in former years.


Anthem People look East
Words: Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)
Music arrangement: Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.


Reading St Luke 3:1 - 6
Read by Pennie McIntyre

The Proclamation of John the Baptist
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod
was ruler of Galilee…2 during the high-priesthood of
Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son
of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the
region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of
repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written
in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made
low, and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”’


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.

The second is for the Prophet
Who said that Christ would come.
With good news for many
And angry words for some.

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


Sermon – ‘Waiting’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Hymn 555  Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
(t. New Britain)

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come;
'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.


Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Others
Reuben Addis


Hymn 475 Christ is coming! let creation
(t. Neander)

Christ is coming! let creation
from her groans and travail cease;
let the glorious proclamation
hope restore and faith increase:
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Come now, blessed Prince of Peace.

Earth can now but tell the story
of your bitter cross and pain;
she shall yet behold your glory,
Lord, when you return to reign:
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
'Come, Lord Jesus, come again!'

Long your exiles have been pining,
far from you, and rest, and home:
but, in heavenly glory shining,
soon their loving Lord shall come:
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Haste the joyous jubilee.

With that blessed hope before us,
harps be played and songs be sung;
let the mighty advent chorus
onward roll from tongue to tongue:
'Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!'




Closing Responses

Leader: In power and glory,
All: Come, Lord Jesus.

Leader: In wisdom and truth,
All: Come, Lord Jesus.

Leader: With judgement and mercy,
All: Come, Lord Jesus.

Leader: With love and compassion,
All: Come, Lord Jesus.




Threefold Amen


Organ Voluntary
Carol of the Advent
arr. Rebecca Groom te Velde (b. 1956)




Today’s Music By The Chamber Group Boris Ord
was organist and choirmaster of King’s College
Cambridge from 1929 to 1957 except for a period
of service in the RAF during World War II.

The traditional Advent words from the Fifteenth
Century have been set by many composers but
this short introit is one of the most simple yet
effective, building to the exclamation of thanks
at the conclusion.

The anthem is an arrangement by Malcolm Archer
of a traditional Besançon carol melody. The four
verses are in unison except for an unaccompanied
third verse in harmony and with descant added
to the last verse.





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.


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, www.mayfieldsalisbury.org 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 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


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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0786 791 5022.


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.



to help with the distribution of the parish Christmas
card? It contains information regarding our forthcoming
Christmas services and will be put through every door
in our parish area (street lists will be available to avoid
duplication). We hope to distribute it this week on
Wednesday or Thursday. If you can help, please
contact William Mearns, the Church Manager, on
0780 801 1234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Many thanks!

7.30PM Christmas old and New, a concert of a cappella
Christmas music through the ages from Renaissance
composers to contemporary choral works and favourite
carols for all. This highly regarded choir includes some
members of our Chamber Group. Tickets are limited so
book early through Ticketsource.



Youth Group Sunday 5 December 6.00 – 8.30pm (P6 to S1
from 6.00 -7.00pm; S2 to S6 from 7.15-8.30pm) are invited
to the Youth Room for our 5th year joining in Amnesty
International's 'Write For Rights' campaign! We will also
be decorating the Youth Room for Christmas! Please bring
along a few pound coins to contribute to postage for the letters.


Youth Group Sunday 12 December 6.00-8.00pm (ALL AGES!):
Everyone will meet at 6pm in the Bill McDonald Hall for a fun
night of Christmas activities during our annual Christmas
Party! Bring a friend with you!


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!

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: www.give.net/20311853 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

Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.

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


www.mayfieldsalisbury.org     Scottish Charity Number SC000785