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from the Order of Service 13.10.19

1.   OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall at the close of this service.   This is accessed through the doors to the right and left of the pulpit.   Everyone is very welcome. 
2.   PASTORAL CARE   Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh DCS may be contacted on 07903 266 307 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3.   EVENING SERVICE   Our Service this evening is one of reflection, music, art and prayer.   All welcome. (KM)
4.   MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.  
5.   FIVE MINUTES’ PEACE sees the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service - on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and Saturdays from 10.00am to 11.30am.  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.  
6.   MINISTER ELECT   Following a successful vote, I confirm that I am now Minister Elect of Ayr: St Columba.   The Service of Induction at St Columba Church is Thursday 24 October (probably 7.00pm).          Scott S McKenna
7.   SCOTT’S INDUCTION   A bus has been booked to go to Scott’s Induction on Thursday 24 October. There is still time to sign up for this if you haven’t already. Sign-up sheets are in the halls’ vestibule. The final deadline for adding your name is Sunday 20 October.
The bus will leave from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church at 4.00pm and return at approximately 11.00pm. These are spacious timings to allow for traffic delays and a comfort stop when we arrive and will be confirmed nearer the time.
Travel costs are being met thanks to the generosity of the Ian McCallum Fund.Any queries please contact Wendy Mathison 0131 447 5562.
8.   VACANCY   During the forthcoming vacancy at Mayfield Salisbury, the Interim Moderator will be the Revd Neil Gardner, Canongate Kirk.   Sunday services will be conducted principally by the Revd Helen Alexander, formerly of St Giles’ Cathedral, with other invited preachers from time to time.   More information will follow in due course.
9.  HOLIDAY   Hillary will be on holiday from 2 - 24 October inclusive.
      A live stream of Hillary and Craig’s wedding will be available to view online at on Sunday 20 October at 7.30pm UK time

10.GIFT SERVICES 2019- SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER - 9.30am and 10.45am Services of Worship     Sacks of gifts for Santa’s Helpers Plc to distribute to our partner organisations have been donated by the Congregation of Mayfield Salisbury over many years and every year we receives heartfelt thanks from those partner organisations. 
The donationsgo on to: Women’s AidStopover Hostel for young homeless – Salvation -Army- HMP Edinburgh for the children of prisoners – GilmertonCentrefor young children – Simpson House’s Sunflower Garden, CrossReach,for the children of service users. 
So, What Can I Give? It’s an event with a wide age range from infant up to and including young adult. Here are a few examples:
Babies like soft and cuddly toys, pop-up books, bath toys 
Toddlers like floor jigsaws, teddies, soft balls, sticker albums, duplo  
Primary age children like footballs, building toys, dolls, books, toy cars, board games, magic and chemistry sets 
S1 and Older like games and age-appropriate books, make-up and toiletries, accessories and bits of jewellery, new and age-appropriate tee-shirts, hats and scarves and socks (sports).
All the gifts should be new. With thanks, but it’s not possible to distribute alcohol or second-hand clothing.  Gift wrap and tags are useful and most welcome. If you’re stuck for an idea or worried about suitability, please give me a ring. Some of the partner organisations can use High Street Gift Vouchers. If you aren’t able to attend either of the services, but would nonetheless like to make a donation, please feel free to give me a call.
Anne Graham, 0131 667 6331 
11.EDINBURGH STREET PASTORS:  Training to be a Pastor?   The training will be on the weekends of 18 to 20 October and 15 to 17 November and will be run on the Friday evening, Saturday part day and Sunday afternoon of both weekends.   If you are interested in finding out more, then please email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07523 267 906.   Many thanks.
12.THURSDAY CLUB   The next meeting of the Thursday Club is on Thursday 17 October at 2.00pm.   Graeme Cruikshank will speak on The Show in the Meadows.   All welcome.
13.CROSSREACH COLLECTION    CrossReach is the social work arm of the Church of Scotland, and as a church, we have committed to support its vital work in perinatal services for families affected by pre- and post-natal depression in Scotland. There will a retiring collection after each service on Sunday 27th October 2019. Gift Aid envelopes will be available on both Sunday the 20th and Sunday the 27th, should you wish one. Along with other areas of Church of Scotland work, CrossReach has had to make significant cut-backs affecting staffing and property, while preserving the essentials of its services. Your support is even more welcome, as a result.
CrossReach Action Group
14.‘LIFE AND WORK’ SUBSCRIPTION  Members of the congregation who subscribe to the Church of Scotland magazine, Life and Work ,and wish to continue in the coming year are requested to contact Colin MacKenzie, the Subscriptions Coordinator. The cost of £30.60 for twelve months is unchanged from last year.  New subscribers are welcome and have the advantage of reduced rates offered when ordered through the church.
15.ASSISI    For the past 30 years the Revd Tom Cuthell has been taking groups to Assisi: the charming, atmospheric little town whose claim to fame is its most famous son, St Francis.  2020 will be Tom's 'swansong' and will involve a double-venue trip:  three full days in Lugano, Switzerland, with the rest of the time spent in Assisi. The dates are:  Saturday 22 August to Saturday 5 September.   30 places have been booked, and it is anticipated that, very quickly, the group will be full.  For further information contact Tom on: phone 0131 476 3864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
16.CHRISTIAN AID AMAZON APPEAL   Thank you to all of you for donating so generously to our Amazon Appeal. We raised well over £1500 which will make a huge difference to the people affected by this manmade catastrophe. Christian Aid says ‘Indigenous and traditional communities are on the frontline of the fires. their lives are being wrecked and their common home destroyed by an economic model that reduces people to merchandise, fails to accept the planet's limits and is driving climate breakdown.’ If you would like to sign a petition to put the Amazonians at the heart of decision making the link is:                 Christian Aid Committee

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Books for the Journey

Karen Armstrong The Lost Art of Scripture:  Rescuing the Sacred Texts
Marcus Borg  Days of Awe and Wonder
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  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe

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