Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

The Baptism of Christ                    Sunday 16 January 10.45am

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The Baptism of Christ
 Each blest drop on each blest limb, It wash’t itself, in washing Him:
‘Tis a gem while it stays here; While it falls hence ‘tis a tear'.

Richard Crashaw 17th c.



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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Organ Voluntary




Welcome & Church News




The Grace




Preparatory Silence for Worship



Introit - Comfort. O Lord, The Soul of Thy Servant
Words: Psalm 86 Verse 4
Music: William Crotch (1775 - 1847)

Comfort, o Lord the soul of thy servant.
For unto Thee do I lift up my soul

Call to Worship - Based on Psalm 114
Leader: When Israel came out of Egypt, and Jacob from a foreign land
All: The sea looked and fled; the Jordan turned back

Leader: Why did the sea flee, and the Jordan turn back?
All: Because at the Lord’s mighty presence mountains tremble
and hard rocks become springs of water.

Hymn 160 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
(t. Praise, My Soul)

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him, still the same for ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Praise him! Praise him!
glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes:
Praise him! Praise him!
widely as his mercy flows.

Frail as summer's flower we flourish;
blows the wind and it is gone;
but, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the high eternal One.

Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him;
dwellers all in time and space.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)
From Psalm 103

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 111 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
(t. Nicaea)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
God ever living through eternity.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide thee,
though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
all thy works shall praise thy name in
earth and sky and sea;
holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

Reginald Heber (1783-1826) (alt.)

First Reading Isaiah 43: 1 - 7
Read by George Ross

Restoration and Protection Promised
43 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
4 Because you are precious in my sight,
and honoured, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’,
and to the south, ‘Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.’

Anthem - Come Down, O Love Divine
Words: Bianco da Sienna (d. 1434)
Translated by R. F. Littlesdale (1833 -1890)
Music: William Harris (1883 - 1973)

Come down, O love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Second Reading Luke 3:15 - 17, 21 - 22
Read by George Ross

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in
their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John
answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is
more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his
sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing-
fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into
his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

The Baptism of Jesus
21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been
baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit
descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from
heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

Hymn 211 Today I awake
(t. Slithers of God)

Today I awake
and God is before me.
At night, as I dreamt,
he summoned the day;
for God never sleeps
but patterns the morning
with slithers of gold
or glory in grey.

Today I arise
and Christ is beside me.
He walked through the dark
to scatter new light.
Yes, Christ is alive,
and beckons his people
to hope and to heal,
resist, and invite.

Today I affirm
the Spirit within me
at worship and work,
in struggle and rest.
The Spirit inspires
all life which is changing
from fearing to faith,
from broken to blest.

Today I enjoy
the Trinity round me,
above and beneath,
before and behind;
the Maker, the Son,
the Spirit together --
they called me to life
and call me their friend.

Sermon - Baptism of Jesus
Reuben Addis

Remembering our Baptismal Vows

Leader: As God’s baptised people do you still reject sin and
confess your need of God’s forgiving grace?

Response: With God’s help we do

Leader: Believing in the Christian faith do you still pledge yourself to
glorify God with you lives and to love your neighbour?

Response: With God’s help we do

Leader: Looking around at all these baptised people do you still
promiseto live before them in a kindly and Christian way and to
share with them the knowledge and love of Christ?

Response: With God’s help we do

All: Amen


Hymn 334 On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
(t. Winchester New)

On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every heart from sin;
make straight the way for God within;
prepare we in our hearts a home,
where such a mighty Guest may come.

For you are our salvation, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without your grace we waste away,
like flowers that wither and decay.

Stretch out your hand, to heal our sore,
and make us rise to fall no more;
once more upon your people shine,
and fill the world with love divine.

All praise to you, eternal Son,
whose advent has our freedom won,
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Spirit, evermore

Prayer of Thanksgiving and for Others
Reuben Addis

Hymn 247 Moved by the Gospel, let us move
(t. Ellacombe)

Moved by the Gospel, let us move
with every gift and art.
The image of creative love
indwells each human heart.
The Maker calls creation good,
so let us now express
with sound and colour, stone and wood,
the shape of holiness.

Let weavers form from broken strands
a tapestry of prayer.
Let artists paint with skilful hands
their joy, lament, and care.
Then mime the story: Christ has come.
With reverence dance the word.
With flute and organ, gong and drum
God's praise be ever heard.

O Spirit, breathe among us here;
inspire the work we do.
May hands and voices, eye and ear
attest to life made new.
In worship and in daily strife
create among us still.
Great Artist, form our common life
according to your will.

Ruth C. Duck (b.1947)

Closing Responses
Leader: As a people washed in the water of baptism
and sealed with the spirit of God, live out the gospel
that you proclaim
All: We go, knowing that God’s mighty presence is
with us and determined to be the people that he has
called us to be.


Threefold Amen

Organ Voluntary


THIS MORNING’S CHAMBER GROUP MUSIC William Crotch was an English
composer and organist who was Professor of Music at Oxford University.
Few compositions are now known or performed but this anthem, part of a
larger work, is an elegant little gem. The text is repeated four times, each
time subtly different in harmony and shape, giving varying emphasis to the
words of the text.

From 1933 William Harris was organist at the Chapel Royal, Windsor, and
is renowned as a composer of Anglican Church music. He arranged his
own hymn tune “North Pemberton” into an anthem. The first and third
verses are in unison, for women’s and men’s voices respectively. The
second and fourth are in four parts , the last having a soprano descant.



YOUTH GROUP Youth Group will be meeting in the Youth Room on
Sunday 16 January. for a discussion night about the new year! P6 to S1
from 6.00pm - 7.00pm; S2 to S6 from 7.15pm – 8.30pm.

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

DEATH The funeral service for Margaret Miller will take place on Friday
28 January at 3.00pm at the main chapel in Mortonhall Crematorium. All
friends from Mayfield Salisbury are welcome. Please keep her cousin,
Dr James Gilmour, and the rest of her family in your prayers.


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.


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