Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Third Sunday of Advent                         Sunday 12 December 2021

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Third Sunday of Advent
Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

Sunday 12 December 2021

 

Advent is a journey towards
Bethlehem. May we let ourselves
be drawn by the light of God made man.

Pope Francis

This is the place of Christology 1.
It does not stand within the mystery.
It can and must adore with Mary and
point with the Baptist. It cannot and
must not do more than this. But it can
and must do this.

Karl Barth

 1 Theology which looks to understand the nature and
purpose of the human incarnation of Jesus Christ

Led by Revd Sandy Forsyth 
with the congregation in church and online

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WELCOME TO MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH
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! 

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AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS
TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD

 

 

 

Organ Voluntaries
Comfort, Comfort Ye My People     arr. Timothy Albrecht (b. 1950)
Still, Still, Still      arr. Christopher Tambling (1964-2015)

 

Welcome and Church News

 

The Grace

 

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

Introit Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Words: Joshua Smith (1784)
Music: Elizabeth Poston (1905 – 1987)

The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit, and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.

His beauty doth all things excel:
By faith I know, but ne'er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

For happiness I long have sought,
And pleasure dearly I have bought:
I missed of all; but now I see
'Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

I'm weary with my former toil,
Here I will sit and rest awhile:
Under the shadow I will be
of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

 

Call to Worship
From Isaiah 35:1 - 10

One: Can you hear it? Listen–the wilderness and the
desert are breaking out in song
All: Say to those who are afraid, ‘be strong, do not fear!’
One: Can you hear it? Listen–all creation rejoices
All: For God is coming to make all things new
One: Can you hear it? Listen– God’s people are returning
All: They are singing with joy and gladness
One: Can you hear it? Listen…
All: We join our voices in hope, for the coming of Christ.

 

Hymn 303   It came upon the midnight clear
(t. Noel)

It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
'Peace on the earth, good will to you
from heaven's all-gracious King!'
The world in solemn stillness lay
to hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
with peaceful wings unfurled;
and still their heavenly music floats
o'er all the weary world;
above its sad and lowly plains
they bend on hovering wing,
and ever o'er its Babel-sounds
the blessed angels sing.

But with the woes of sin and strife
the world has suffered long;
beneath the angels' hymn have rolled
two thousand years of wrong;
and warring humankind hears not
the love-song which they bring;
oh, hush the noise and still the strife
to hear the angels sing.

And you, beneath life's crushing load
whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way
with painful steps and slow,
look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing;
oh, rest beside the weary road,
and hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
by prophet bards foretold,
when, with the ever-rolling years,
still dawns the Age of Gold,
when peace shall over all the earth
its ancient splendours fling,
and all the world give back the song
which now the angels sing.


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 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.

The third is for the Baptist,
Who cried ‘Prepare the way,
be ready for Jesus,
Both now and every day’

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

 

Reading   Isaiah 35:1 - 10
Read by Niall Finlayson

The Return of the Redeemed to Zion
35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.

They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.


He will come and save you.’
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;

7 the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 A highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray.

9 No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

Anthem Panis Angelicus
Words: St Thomas Aquinas (1225 to 1274)
Music César Franck (1822 to 1890)

Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum
Dat panis coelicus figuris terminum
O res mirabilis! Manducat Dominum
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis

(The angel's bread becomes the bread of men
The heavenly bread ends all symbols
Oh, miraculous thing!
The body of the Lord will nourish
The poor and humble servant
The poor and humble servant)

 

Reading John 1: 6 - 9, 19 - 28
Read by Niall Finlayson

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all
might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light,
but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which
enlightens everyone, was coming into the world…

The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent
priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are
you?’ 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed,
‘I am not the Messiah.’ 21 And they asked him, ‘What then?
Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’
He answered, ‘No.’ 22 Then they said to him, ‘Who are you?
Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you
say about yourself?’ 23 He said,

‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord’’, as the prophet Isaiah said.

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They
asked him, ‘Why then are you baptising if you are neither
the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ 26 John answered
them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom
you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me; I am
not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ 28 This took
place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptising.

 

Hymn 680   You are Called to Tell the Story
(t. Regent Square)

You are called to tell the story,
passing words of life along,
then to blend your voice with others,
as you sing the sacred song.
Christ be known in all our singing,
filling all with songs of love.

You are called to teach the rhythm
of the dance that never ends,
then to move within the circle,
hand in hand with strangers, friends.
Christ be known in all our dancing,
touching all with hands of love.

You are called to set the table,
blessing bread as Jesus blessed,
then to come with thirst and hunger,
needing care like all the rest,
Christ be known in all our sharing,
feeding all with signs of love.

May the One whose love is broader
than the measure of all space
give us words to sing the story,
move among us in this place.
Christ be known in all our living,
filling all with gifts of love.

Ruth C. Duck (b.1947)

 

Sermon – ‘Pointing to the Light: Waiting and Witnessing’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

Prayer for Others

 

Hymn 19 Ye Gates, Lift Up Your Heads on High
(t. St George’s - Edinburgh)

Ye gates, lift up your heads on high;
ye doors that last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.
But who of glory is the King?
The mighty Lord is this;
even that same Lord that great in might
and strong in battle is.

Ye gates, lift up your heads; ye doors,
doors that do last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.
But who is he that is the King,
the King of glory? who is this?
The Lord of hosts, and none but he,
the King of glory is.

Psalm 24: 7 - 10, The Scottish Psalter, 1929

 

Invitation to the Table

 

Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Leader: Lift up your hearts
All: We lift them to the Lord
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise

 

Breaking of Bread

Leader: Jesus, Lamb of God,
All: have mercy on us
Leader: Jesus, bearer of our sins,
All: have mercy on us
Leader: Jesus, redeemer of the world,
All: grant us your peace

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

 

The Peace

 

Hymn 306 O Come all You Faithful
(t. Adeste Fideles)

O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him,
born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

God of God,
Light of light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
very God,
begotten, not created;

Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
'Glory to God
in the highest':

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born for our salvation
Jesus, to thee be glory given:
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing:

Latin, 18th century
Possibly by John Francis Wade (c.1711-1786) and others

 

 

Closing Responses
One: May starlight guide our steps towards a place of wonder
All: May angels sing their news as we travel to the manger
One: May hope fill these days as we wait and witness
All: And may faith tell us, Christ will be with us soon

 

Benediction

 

Threefold Amen

 

Organ Voluntary
Wachet    auf arr. David Cherwien (b.1957)

 

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Today’s Music By The Chamber Group The poem for the introit
appeared in ‘Divine Hymns or spiritual songs for the use of Religious
Assemblies or Private Christians’ published in New Hampshire in
1784, but may have an earlier origin in England. The best known
of a number of settings is by Elizabeth Poston, a director of music
for the BBC and an advisor on the setting up of BBC 3. She composed
a number of scores for film and television. The outer verses are in
unison, the inner ones in harmony for various groups of voices.

Similarly the short extract from St Thomas Aquinas’ hymn Sacris
solemniis for Corpus Christi has been frequently set, but this
version by César Franck is the best known, heard today in a
choral arrangement by John Rutter. After the first statement
of the tune it is repeated in canon.

 

 

NEWS AND INTIMATIONS

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.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDNow Ready! Are you able to assist
with the distribution of the parish Christmas card? It contains
information regarding our forthcoming Christmas services and
will be put through every door in the parish area (street lists
are available to avoid duplication).. If you can help, please collect
a street list and some cards from the entrance vestibule. Your
help is greatly appreciated! William Mearns

SERVICES IN DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022 Details of the
festive 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 households.

To attend either of these services, please book a
space by either:

i) Visiting the church website www.mayfieldsalisbury.org and
following the Eventbrite link posted there or:

ii) Phoning the church office 0131 667 1522 on Wednesday 8
December between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.

 

December

Sun 19 10.30am Joint Morning Service - No Booking needed
6.30pm Christingle Service - Booking Required!

Fri 24 11.30pm Watchnight Service - Booking Required!

Sat 25 10.30am Christmas Day Service - No Booking needed

Sun 26 10.30am Joint Morning Service - No Booking needed

January 2022
Sun 2 10.30am Joint Morning Service - Nine Lessons & Carols - No Booking needed

CHRISTMAS TRAIDCRAFT STALL TODAY! 12 DECEMBER! A selection
of coffees, teas, biscuits, cake, chocolate, and Christmas cards available
in the Lower Hall at both coffee times

YOUTH UPDATE

Youth Group Sunday 12 December 6.00-8.00pm (ALL AGES!): In view
of the tightening Covid restrictions everyone will meet now by zoom
at 6.00pm. Hillary is contacting those who might attend with the
revised details.

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 Dec. Please
feel free to create your own designs!

SCOTTISH CHAMBER CHOIR CONCERT, GREENBANK PARISH
CHURCH SATURDAY 18 DECEMBER 2021 AT 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.

CHRISTIANS CHRISTIAN AID CHARITY GIFTS This Christmas, why
not send a gift with a difference? Choose from tools and seeds, an
emergency disaster kit, mosquito nets, sending a child to school,
and many other options. By choosing to buy a charity gift, you’ll be
sending your love around the world to reach out a helping hand to
people in poverty. Inspire your friends and family with these life-
transforming gifts! You can pick up a copy of Christian Aid’s catalogue
from the leaflet rack in the church porch, or from the window sills in
the sanctuary – or visit the website www.christianaid.org.uk Please
note that if you’d like a card to send by post to the recipient of
your Christian Aid gift, the last date for ordering is 14th December.

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.

OCTAVOCE CHRISTMAS CONCERT Join the award-winning vocal
ensemble, Octavoce, for an hour of Christmas classics to Christmas
crackers in an atmospheric setting. If you’ve never been before, it’s
almost certainly what your festive routine has been missing! For
more information and to book tickets visit our website at
www.Octavoce.org.uk or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and
Twitter. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets cost £12 (£10).

• Thursday 16 Dec, 7:30pm - Morningside United Church, Edinburgh.

• Saturday 18 Dec, 7:30pm - St Vincent’s Chapel, Edinburgh.

MIDWEEK PRAYERS You are most welcome to attend a time
of peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this
Tuesday at 10.00am.

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
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PRAYER CHAIN Would you or someone you know appreciate being
held in prayer by our small group of prayer chain members. Once a
week we receive an email with a list of names of people who have
asked for specific prayers. We continue to pray for those people
throughout the week. If you would like to join our confidential,
committed group or have a request for a prayer, contact Kay McIntosh.

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 th
e 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.

Ecotip:
Buy eco-crackers, or make your own

www.mayfieldsalisbury.org

 

Scottish Charity Number SC000785

www.give.net/20311853