Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

First Sunday After Epiphany                    Sunday 9 January 10.45am

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First Sunday After Epiphany
 

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.

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

Organ Voluntary
How brightly shines the morning star
arr. David Bednall (b. 1979)

 

 

 

Welcome & Church News

 

 

 

The Grace

 

 

 

Preparatory Silence for Worship

 

 

 

Introit - Magi Viderunt Stellam
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611)

Magi viderunt stellam
qui dixerunt ad invicem:
'Hoc signum magni Regis est,
eamus et inquiramus eum,
et offeramus ei munera:
aurum, thus et myrrham’ Alleluia.

[The Magi, having seen the star
said each in turn ‘This is the
sign of a great king! Let us go and
look for him and offer him gifts,
Gold, frankincense and myrrh’ Alleluia]

 

 

Call to Worship - From Isaiah 60:1 - 6
One: Arise! Shine! The light you have been waiting for is here!
All: Darkness has been banished!
One: God's light of hope floods the earth
All: God's light comes to us all.
One: Lord, make us ready to journey towards this Light.
All: Prepare our hearts to receive this Light.

 

 

 

Hymn MP 740   We three kings of Orient are
(t. Kings Of Orient )

We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we travel afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star:

Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to the perfect light.

Born on a King on Bethlehem plain,
Gold I bring, to crown Him again –
King for ever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign:

Frankincense for Jesus have I,
God on earth yet Priest on high;
Prayer and praising all men raising
Worship is earth’s reply.

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Tells of His death and Calvary’s gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in a stone-cold tomb:

Glorious now, behold Him arise,
King, and God, and sacrifice;
Heaven sings ‘Alleluia’,
‘Alleluia’ the earth replies:

 

 

 

Prayer of Approach, Praise and 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 326   As with gladness men of old  (t. Dix )

As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onwards, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before
thee, whom heaven and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy-seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
at thy homely cradle bare;
so may we with holy joy,
pure, and free from sin's alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
keep us in the narrow way;
and, when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright,
need they no created light;
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there for ever may we sing
alleluias to our King.

 

 

 

First Lesson Isaiah 60: 1 - 6
Read by Diana Tudhope

60 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
3 Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on
their nurses’ arms.


5 Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

 

 

 

Anthem The Three Kings
Words and Music by Peter Cornelius (1824 -1874)
Translation by Herbert Newell Bate (1871 - 1941)

Three Kings from Persian lands afar
to Jordan follow the pointing star:
and this the quest of the travellers three,
where the new-born King of the Jews may be.
Full royal gifts they bear for the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

The star shines out with a steadfast ray;
the kings to Bethlehem make their way,
and there in worship they bend the knee,
as Mary’s child in her lap they see;
their royal gifts they show to the King;
gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem
the Kings are travelling, travel with them!
The star of mercy, the star of grace,
shall lead thy heart to its resting place.
Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;
offer thy heart to the infant King.

How brightly shines the morning star!
With grace and truth from heaven afar
our Jesse tree now bloweth.
Of Jacob’s stem and David’s line,
for thee, my Bridegroom, King divine,
my soul with love o’erfloweth.
Thy word, Jesu, inly feeds us,
rightly leads us, life bestowing.
Praise, O praise such love o’erflowing.

 

 

Second Lesson Matthew 2:1 - 12
Read by Diana Tudhope

The Visit of the Wise Men
2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to
Jerusalem, 2 asking, ‘Where is the child who has been
born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its
rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3 When King
Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem
with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and
scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the
Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, ‘In Bethlehem
of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’’

7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and
learned from them the exact time when the star had
appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying,
‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you
have found him, bring me word so that I may also go
and pay him homage.’ 9 When they had heard the
king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the
star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped
over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw
that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed
with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child
with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid
him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they
offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12
And having been warned in a dream not to return to
Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

 

 

 

Hymn 305  In the bleak midwinter
(t. Cranham)

In the bleak midwinter
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter,
long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him,
nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away
when he comes to reign:
in the bleak midwinter
a stable-place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Enough for him whom cherubim
worship night and day,
a breastful of milk,
and a mangerful of hay;
enough for him whom angels
fall down before,
the ox and ass and camel
which adore.

Angels and archangels
may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim
thronged the air;
but only his mother,
in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the Beloved
with a kiss

What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man,
I would do my part, --
yet what I can I give him,
give my heart.

 

 

 

Sermon - Suddenly, I See!
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

 

 

 

Hymn MP 749 What child is this, who, laid to rest
(t. Greensleeves)

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds worship and angels sing:
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the babe, the son of Mary!

Why lies he in such mean estate,
where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
the silent Word is pleading.

So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,
come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
let loving hearts enthrone him.

 

 

 


Poem - Words of the Wise
By Dave Hopwood

 

 

Voluntary Response:
‘Where is the king of the Jews?
We’ve come to worship him.’

 

 

 

Prayer for Others
Reuben Addis

 

 

 

Hymn 324   Angels from the realms of glory (t. Iris)

Angels from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o'er all the earth;
ye who sang creation's story
now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Come and worship
Christ, the new-born King.
Come and worship,
worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds in the fields abiding,
watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing,
yonder shines the infant Light:

Wise men, leave your contemplations;
brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great Desire of nations;
ye have seen his natal star:

Though an infant now we view him,
he will share his Father's throne,
gather all the nations to him;
every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
evermore your voices raising
to the eternal Three in One:

 

 

 


Closing Responses
One: May we be the path that Christ now walks
All: to bring light to those in darkness
One: to bring peace to the earth,
All: to bring love to those who suffer,
and new things to all creation.
One: May this path run through our lives.
All: May we be the road Christ now takes.

 

 

 

Blessing

 

 

 

Threefold Amen

 

 

 

Organ Voluntary
Dix arr. Craig Phillips (b. 1961)

 

THIS MORNING’S CHAMBER GROUP MUSIC   Victoria, a contemporary of
Palestrina, was the foremost Spanish composer of the Renaissance,
though working mostly in Rome, returning to Spain under patronage of
Philip II in later life. The introit is a fine example of mature polyphonic
writing from the late Renaiassance. It starts with a short statement in
cannon by the four parts before developing into a more elaborate
interweaving of the voices.

The Epiphany anthem ‘Die Könige’ by Peter Cornelius is originally a solos
song with piano accompaniment using a Sixteenth century chorale hymn.
Ivor Atkins arranged the accompaniment for choir using a translation of
the Chorale text ‘How brightly beams the morning star.’ The baritone
soloist sings the original song text in a translation by H N Bates.

NEWS AND INTIMATIONS

YOUTH GROUP will resume in-person on Sunday 9 January for a board
game night! Bring along any you have at home that might be fun to play
together. All ages (P6-S6) will meet from 6.00-7.30pm in the McDonald Hall.

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 the Minister on 0131
667 1286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OFFERINGS During this time when Church attendance is restricted, you
may continue to give offerings to support the work of the Church. Please
contact 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. 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

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

Ecotip:
Eliminate phantom energy – turn off devices at the wall when possible

 

 

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