Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Fourth Sunday of Advent                         Sunday 19 December 2021

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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sacrament of Baptism

 

Sunday 19 December 2021

 

 

A Christmas Wish

This Christmas
I wish for you
light, to crumple up the darkness
love, to pull us closer to one another
peace, the same the angels sang
starlight, to follow on your way home
promise, to keep hope alive for you
God, newly born and in the flesh

This Christmas
I wish for you
Jesus Christ, the light of the world

Roddy Hamilton

 

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
Tribute: A lullaby for organ
Craig Phillips (b. 1961)

Children of the Heavenly Father
Louis McClusk

 

 

Welcome and Church News

 

 

Lighting of Advent Candle

 

 

The Grace

 

 

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

 

Introit There is no rose of such virtue
Words: Medieval
Music: John Joubert (1927 -2019)

There is no rose of such virtue,
as is the rose that bare Jesu; Alleluia.

For in this rose contained was,
heaven and earth in little space; Res miranda.

By that rose we may well see,
that he is God in persons three,
Pari forma.

Leave we all this worldly mirth,
and follow we this joyful birth;
Transeamus.

 

 

Call to Worship

One: As we light our advent candle
All: Light of the world, shine on us.
One: As we prepare for Christmas time
All: Light of the world, shine on us.

One: In the pain and darkness of this world,
All: Light of the world, shine through us.
One: To all those who worry and fear,
All: Light of the world, shine through us.

One: Jesus you are coming again, bringing joy and hope
All: Light of the world, light the way.
One: In our worship and praise here today
All: Light of the world, light the way.

 

 

Hymn 320  Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
(t. Antioch)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!
let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Sacrament of Baptism of
Rory Andrew John Howie

 

 

 

The Aaronic Blessing – Hymn 796
The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up the light His countenance upon you,
and give you peace

 

 

 

Hymn  He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

He's got the whole world in His hands (x3),
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got you and me brother in His hands (x3),
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got you and me sister in His hands (x3),
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the tiny little baby in His hands (x3),
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got everybody here in His hands (x3),
He's got the whole world in His hands.

 

Young People Leave for Sunday School

 

 

 

 

Reading Micah 5:2 - 5a
Read by Charles Garland

The Ruler from Bethlehem
2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labour has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.

4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the
strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure,
for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth;
5 and he shall be the one of peace.

 

 

 

Anthem An Advent Wreath
Words: Christine De Luca
Music: Stuart Murray Mitchell

A first candle
and a call of the trumpet.
Like the flame, thy people tremble,
They wait
in hopefulness.

A second candle
and a song of comfort.
Words of compassion
from the living water.
A hymn of peace.

A third candle
Gaudete
a light in the darkness
a prophet to guide our feet
in the paths of love.

A fourth candle
and a song of Mary
blessed God-bearer.
Joyful and faithful
yet much to ponder

A fifth candle
and a song of Word made flesh
the season’s royal colours.
The heavens ablaze.

Jubilate.
Five candles for a Christ Child
light of hope
light of peace
light of love
light of joy
light of Word made flesh:
Jubilate!

 

 

 

Reading Luke 1:39 - 55
Read by Charles Garland

Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste
to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she
entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child
leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the
Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed
are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of
your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me,
that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as
soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child
in my womb leapt for joy. 45 And blessed is she who
believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was
spoken to her by the Lord.’

Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

 

 

 

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.

The fourth is for the virgin,
Who mothered God’s own Son,
And sang how God’s justice
Was meant for everyone.

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

 

 

 

Sermon – ‘A God of Small Things’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

 

 

Hymn 316  Love Came Down at Christmas
(t. Gartan)

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
worship we our Jesus:
but wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
love be yours and love be mine,
love to God and all men,
love for plea and gift and sign.

 

Young People Return

 

 

 

Prayer for Others

 

 

Hymn 301  Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
(t. Mendelssohn)

Hark! the herald angels sing,
'Glory to the new-born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!'
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies,
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
'Christ is born in Bethlehem'.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
'Glory to the new-born King'.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail, the Incarnate Deity,
pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel!

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth:

 Children's Artwork

 Many thanks to the members of the young church who
have submitted much of the beautiful artwork which has
been printed throughout this order of service!

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Closing Responses
One: We look forward - remembering a humble girl,
with an ordinary background, chosen to bring your joy
and hope into the world.

All: Lord Jesus, bring new hope through us.

One: We look forward - to the familiar stable scene,
the manger standing empty, waiting to receive you.

All: Lord Jesus, come to us anew.

One: We look forward - to a child, wrapped in linen, lying
in a manger, small and reliant on others, and yet our saviour.

All: Lord Jesus, lead us to depend on you.

One: We look forward - to hearing again the angels singing
‘Glory to God and Peace to all the earth’.

All: Lord Jesus, let us take up their song.

 

 

 

Benediction

 

 

 

Threefold Amen

 

 

 

Organ Voluntary
Noel Claude Louis Daquin (1694-1772)

 

 

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Today’s Music By The Chamber Group   The introit is by the English
composer John Joubert, born and educated in South Africa. It is a
setting of words from an unknown source of d1420, found in a
Sixteenth century Role of carols in Cambridge. Each verse is set for
two part voices with a different obligato overlay in the middle verses,
then with a slower and gentle final statement

The anthem was composed by our Chamber Group member
Stuart Murray Mitchell, setting a poem by our own
Christine De Luca. Stuart writes:

‘Having been given a beautiful text by Christine De Luca,
I set about finding various points of imagery in this concise
yet vibrant Advent poem. Each subsequent candle is
represented by a successive pitch, beginning with a unison
and expanding to five notes at the mention of the five
candles of Advent. From this initial building comes a hymn-like
setting of the text using all seven notes of the scale
culminating in a climactic section for choir and soprano
descant. The work ultimately ends with a joyful and
resonant setting of the word Jubilate.’

 

 

 

NEWS AND INTIMATIONS

 

 

 

COVID UPDATE The transmissibility of Omicron has resulted in
further guidance affecting us. The Covid Task Group met on
Thursday evening and agreed that, while services will proceed as
planned over Christmas, we need to revert to the tighter rules that
applied previously and keep each other safe by following them.
In other words:

a. follow the one-way system entering by the West Door and leaving by the vestry.
b. make sure we avoid bunching and getting too close to each other.
c. please wait in the pews until you are invited to leave .
d. please sit where there is a marker (i.e. sit with the clip and notice at your back)
e. make sure you are more than 1 metre away from those in the pew in front.
f. all aged 12 years or more to wear face coverings at all times unless exempt.

Regrettably we have had to conclude that until further notice
the provision of coffee and tea after each service is suspended.

 

 

 

PRESBYTERY CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE The Church of Scotland
– indeed most churches – have been tested in recent years with the
challenges of reducing congregations and resources. This has
required a lot of thought on the part of church leaders and at the
General Assembly. On Monday the Edinburgh Presbytery published
the anticipated consultation document on how the geographical
presence of the Church of Scotland might be reconfigured in Edinburgh.

Many of you by now may have picked up that by 2025 it is proposed
that the congregations of Priestfield, Craigmillar Park and Mayfield
Salisbury come together in a new union. Similar scales of union are
proposed across not just Edinburgh but Scotland as a whole and the
suggestions are set out in the papers. The initial thought is that the
buildings at Mayfield Salisbury might be retained but all of this is up
for consultation. A single document is now available incorporating
Part I (Vision and Mission) and Part 2 (structural changes). The paper
is on the website here

The message that these proposals are for consultation is welcome.
The Congregational Gathering which we have been flagging up –
now confirmed for Saturday 22 January – provides us with an
opportunity both to consider the proposals but also, and perhaps
more importantly, how our mission and relationship with the
community in which we are located might be developed. We will
be preparing some summary information for you in the New Year
ahead of the gathering so please look out for that. There will be lots
to discuss over the coming year and we will need to tease out what
the implications might be. The proposals have to be finalised by
the end of 2022 so the clock is already ticking but we do have time
to reflect and discuss. So please have a read and reflect.

 

 

 

SERVICES IN DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022 Details of the
upcoming 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 these services, please
book a space by visiting the church website www.mayfieldsalisbury.org
and following the Eventbrite link posted there.

December 2021

Sun 19 6.30pm Christingle Service – Fully Booked!

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

 

 

 

YOUTH UPDATE

Youth Group will be taking a break over the Christmas holidays and
will resume on Sunday 9 January - Hillary will be in touch with more
details in the coming weeks.

Youth Weekend Away - P6-S6 youth are invited to the Youth
Weekend away from 3-5 June 2022 at the Whitaugh Park Rock
UK Centre - a weekend of outdoor adventure activities! Registration
deadline is 15 March. Flyers are available with more information.
Speak with Hillary if you have any questions.

 

 

 

STAFF HOLIDAYS Hillary Leslie will be on annual leave from 20 December to 4 January.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS TRAIDCRAFT STALL Many thanks to all who supported
the Christmas Stall so generously. It was almost a sell out! We plan
to hold the next Tradecraft Stall in late January and all going well
monthly thereafter. If you have any requests for items you would
like to buy please let me know on 0131 477 6648 or
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jean

 

 

 

PASTORAL CARE 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.

 

 

 

MIDWEEK PRAYERS Midweek Prayers has finished for 2021 and will resume in 2022 – date TBC.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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