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Transfiguration Sunday
 Sunday 14 February 2021


It has seemed to me sometimes as
though the Lord breathes on this
poor gray ember of Creation and it
turns to radiance - for a moment
or a year or the span of a life. And
then it sinks back into itself again,
and to look at it no one would know
it had anything to do with fire, or
light .... Wherever you turn your
eyes the world can shine like
transfiguration. You don't have to
bring a thing to it except a little
willingness to see. Only, who could
have the courage to see it?

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead





Introduction   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Call to Worship
Leader: We are not strangers
All: We are here as one family
Leader: We are not alone
All: We are gathered in one body
Leader: We are not abandoned
All: We are loved by Christ Jesus
Leader: We are not silenced
All: We are heard as God’s people
Leader: Let us worship God

Opening Prayer
Loving God, we praise you for having called us your children, your people, your Church. We thank you for setting us apart to be the Body of Christ his friends, his disciples. Once we were strangers from you and one another, but now we are a loving community of ragged saints and sometime sinners, precious to you. Unite us in love, and equip us for service.

We praise you for bringing us here together, and for breaking down barriers which keep us apart. We thank you for the friendship we find in this fellowship, for the faith that we share, the love that binds us together, the support we are able to give and receive to each other
and the gifts which are present among us.

Lord, we pray for each one of us in this Christian community that you have placed on the south side of Edinburgh and all those who are engaging in our online space.

We pray for our ministry and worship team – Kay, Hillary, William, Kate and Walter, for all of their gifts and talents, We thank you for the elders, for all the work that they do to build up Mayfield Salisbury to your glory.

We thank you for those in the congregation who bring their gifts to contribute in so many ways to the groups, teams and organisations, so many folk dedicated to you and the wider community, And for all those in the congregation who contribute in their own way, perhaps unseen and unlauded, but quietly contributing and helping Lord bless all of these, your people in this place, in their desire to make everything that is done at Mayfield Salisbury a ‘success’ – successful not only in human terms, but also in your terms.

Help the Gospel to come alive for us all, so we can welcome and reach out with the love of God to everyone who engages with us here, or who we encounter in our everyday life, with the hospitality, love and care that a faith in you brings, Lord keep this place a haven to you in the future: of calm and peace, of inspiration and challenge, of friendship and togetherness;

Teach us to live in harmony, recognising that we are part of your Body, called to represent you here on earth, and so save us from selfish attitudes, unforgiving hearts, and closed minds.

Teach us to use our gifts, whatever they may be, for the good of all, to look for opportunities to offer service, to be open to ways in which we can use those gifts, and so to contribute fully to our life together.

Teach us to work together, not pursuing our own ends but striving, as a team, towards a common goal, united in the service of others and the cause of your kingdom. Though we are many, make us one.

You have called us to be one people, bound together in genuine love and concern for one another, so that others might see something of you in the fellowship we share, and through that catch a glimpse of your purpose for all.

When we fall short, when we are all too human in selfish thoughts, petty disagreements, in all that denies human flourishing, forgive us, Lord. Set us right, renew and restore us with you.

Help us to recognise today what it means to be members of your Church, and, by your grace, help us to live up to that high calling, to the glory of your name.

We offer our prayers in the name of the head of the church, our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray together to you with the words we now say:

The 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  

Collect for the Day
Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


All-Age Address  Hillary Leslie

Good morning! I hope you’ve all had a really nice February break from school and got to go outside and enjoy the snow this past week. Wasn’t it beautiful? I love watching the big flakes fall slowly to the ground, and the way the snow lays on top of the tree branches.

Can anyone think what special holiday it is today? It’s St Valentine’s Day! Does anyone think they know how this holiday started? It’s a bit of a mystery; no one is exactly certain as there are a few different origin stories for how Valentine’s Day came about, but what we do know is that for a long time, February has been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day as we know it today contains reminders of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions.

The Christian origin stories comes from the Catholic Church, which recognises three different saints named Valentine. One legend says that Valentine was a priest who lived around 250 AD in Rome – a very long time ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius II. Some people called him ‘Claudius the Cruel’ because many people didn’t like the emperor, including St Valentine. Claudius wanted a big army, but he realised that not many men with families were wanting to join the army because they didn’t want to leave their loved ones. What do you think he did? Well, he decided that unmarried men made better soldiers, so he decided to not allow anymore marriages! Everyone was unhappy, and Valentine was very upset because one of his favourite things to do as a priest was to marry people.

roseAfter Claudius passed the new law, Valentine continued to secretly marry people, keeping quiet so the soldiers wouldn’t know what he was doing behind their backs. Unfortunately, he was caught one night, and his secret marriage ceremonies were discovered by the emperor. Claudius threw him and jail and decided that his punishment would be death! The legend continues that while he was imprisoned, he fell in love with a young woman, who was rumoured to be the daughter of the prison guard. She would visit him regularly in jail. Before he died, it is said that he wrote her a letter thanking her for her friendship and loyalty signed, ‘from your Valentine,’ – a saying which we still use today on our Valentine’s cards and notes!

Although the truth behind Valentine’s Day is unclear - and there a few other origin stories that I could’ve shared with you today - they all carry the message that St Valentine was heroic, sympathetic, friendly and loving. On Valentine’s Day today, we are reminded of love and friendship!

When I was in primary school, we used to bring a shoe box to school on Valentine’s Day, which was usually decorated with red hearts and glitter. It had an opening in the top where our classmates could put their valentines. We all shared kind messages of love and friendship with one another.

Sometimes you’d get a valentine shaped like a love heart – like this one! Or you would get themed valentine’s card, like ones with Disney characters on them that came in a box set.

Now, if I had five valentine’s hearts, and gave two to my friends, how many would I have left? Yes, I’d have three!

I wonder if God were to send us a Valentine’s Day card, what would it look like? I think it might look something like this. God’s love is something that we all can have, and that we are also told to share with, and give away to, other people. You can see that this Valentine has four corners – each representing God’s love. What would happen if I were to give away one of my corners of God’s Love? How many would I have left? I gave one away, and now I have five! How does that work?! Let’s see what happens if I cut another corner. Now I have six corners!

It looks like you end up with more corners of God’s Love every time that you give one away. And for each corner I gave away, did I only give one? Let’s have a closer look. Each corner became three when I cut it! It keeps multiplying. We started with four corners, and now we have 12!

And that’s how God’s love works. The more that we give away to friends and family and neighbours and strangers, the bigger love grows as more love is created. And if you keep on going, cutting off corners to give away, you will eventually get a circle! A reminder that God’s love has no beginning and end and is constantly encircling us.

Let us pray

Dear God
Thank you for the story of St Valentine
Sharing love and friendship with others.
Thank you for giving us your love -
The best valentine we could ever receive.
May we remember to share your love
So that it grows bigger. Amen.



HYMN   Love One Another

Love one another for love is of God,
Those who live in love,
Live in God and God lives in them.     (repeat)

Those who show love are the children of God,
Father and mother is God to each of them.

God showed his love in the face of the Son;
Christ lives in us so that we might live in him.

Love has no place for the menace of fear;
Fear is abandoned where perfect love is found.

Love has its purpose in God's holy will;
We learn to love from the one who loved us first.

Words: Paraphrase of 1 John 4.7-19 by John L. Bell & Graham Maule
Music: John L. Bell
(c) 2000 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland
(covered under CCLI license)






Reading  Psalm 50: 1 - 6
Burry Baxter


Reflection    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

On this Valentine’s Day, I wonder if you think back what your favourite place for a date has been. It might be going out for a candlelit dinner, or a night at a concert or the theatre. It could be more sporty – going for a hillwalk, or a cycle. Before our first daughter Eilidh arrived, Joy and I would regularly go to the cinema. I remember well about a month after Eilidh was born saying to Joy on a Friday night, ‘why don’t we go to the pictures?’, only to be reminded that it was now off limits because we had a baby to look after!

The cinema has been off limits for other reasons over most of the past year. The major releases have been endlessly postponed. And now post-Brexit, the new James Bond film will be doubled in length as Mr Bond waits in his Aston Martin in a queue of lorries for customs at Dover so he can chase the baddies across Europe!

Most films now are going straight to Netflix, which of course has been something of a saving grace under lockdown. Zoom chats with family and friends usually get round to what’s good that we’re watching, whether that be Bridgerton, It’s a Sin or The Dig.

Despite the dearth of releases, I noticed this week that the shortlists for the Oscars in April have begun to be published. You’ll know the part in the Oscars where they pay tribute to the stars that have passed away that year, and give a short glimpse into what made them so special. Did you notice a few years ago the tribute to Don LaFontaine? Don Who, you say? What you’ve never heard of him? The man who was listed by the Screen Actors Guild as the busiest actor in the union's history? I’ll give you a clue; they said his epitaph should be four words: ‘In a world where…’. Don had a very famous voice, that everyone would recognize. He might have said of Jurassic Park, ‘In a world where dinosaurs roam…’ or The Godfather, ‘In a word where honour is blood..’ Yes, Don was the known as the ‘King of Voiceovers’ for 40 years of film trailers, five thousand of them in total.

What Don was brilliant at was capturing in the two minute trailer that startling glimpse, the thrilling foretaste of something so attention-grabbing, so extraordinary and enticing, that you would begin to yearn to come back to experience more. The sudden impact that would stay with you for days to come.


Transfiguration of Christ2

Transfiguration of Christ
Panel from the Maesta altarpiece of
Siena, Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1308-1311


This is Transfiguration Sunday, an experience for the disciples Peter, James and John on the mountaintop, and for us as Jesus’ present day disciples, that we might call the trailer for the journey of Christ to the cross through Lent to Good Friday. It is a sudden, extraordinary glimpse, a foretaste of the divine breaking into the ordinary and the everyday. A startling flicker, a fraction of God’s image. An advance showing for them and us of what is to be…

The vision the disciples see on the mountaintop, said to be Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, removes the veil of Jesus’ humanity to reveal, once and for all after their doubting and confusion through Epiphany, a glimpse of Jesus’ divinity: and for the disciples it is wondrous and life-changing, but also utterly terrifying. They are confronted with a vision of the immediate presence of God, and the prophets throughout the ages, Elijah and Moses with Jesus. This is a break into the extraordinary and unnatural like the burning bush that Moses encounters in Exodus 3, or the fire coming to Elijah from God on a water-drenched altar in 1 Kings 18.

A glimpse of the extraordinary from an ordinary moment. A high spot when the reality of who Jesus really was dawned on the disciples. Suddenly they see, in a flash, in an instant, that Jesus is the fulfilment of the law (Moses) and the greatest of the prophets (Elijah). They realise that he is sent from God, dazzling in his splendour. A brief vision of Christ in all his heavenly glory. A moment after which life will never be the same again – but not to hold onto forever, a transition to propel them onward.



Mount Hermon, Golan Heights


Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah is not transformed (or changed inwardly) but transfigured before his disciples (shown to be so different from their assumptions). The disciples are terrified but also transfixed. And then the cloud carrying the voice of God overshadows them, reminding us of the voice from heaven at Jesus’ baptism that we will encounter next week in Mark 1:11. Notice though how this time the voice doesn’t speak in the second person to Jesus (“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased”) but in the third person to the disciples (“This is my Son … listen to him”). The voice of God in the cloud is directed at the disciples on the mountain, and to us in the church now. It speaks to Jesus’ identity so that when we too come down from the mountaintop, we as a church will follow in the footsteps of the divine saviour we have glimpsed.

The Transfiguration stands between the time after Pentecost, when we are learning to be church, and Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, when we are thrown back into the hard truth that we are dust. The power of the Transfiguration is that it plants in our hearts and minds the brilliance of eternity on the mountain, setting us onwards for the journey together as the body of Christ. We need to come down from the mountaintop and walk in the valley with Jesus towards Jerusalem, towards the crucifixion and the resurrection.

And as we make that walk with Christ in our everyday lives, carrying too our cross, the glimpses of the divine that we might have encountered in our worship and in our spiritual experiences in life, can emerge again. Think of the quote on the Order of Service from Marilynn Robinson: Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don't have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it?”

Where do we see the small glimmers and snapshots glimpses of the divine around us in our lives? In the beauty of a sunrise, the flowers of spring in the garden, the hand held by a loved one, the smile of a stranger?

I sat there on the chair in the labour suite, with my newly born daughter Eilidh in my arms, tiny limbs wriggling about, her eyes closed. And then she opened her right eye for the first time and looked up at my big face above her. ‘Hello’, said I, ‘I’m your Dad’. There are some moments we never want to end, glimpses of love and beauty when we wish we could make time stand still and keep things just as they are forever.

But life’s is not like that, the moment changes and we must move on down from the mountaintop to the journey in the valley. Faith is not like that either.

But we should never underestimate, no matter how old we are as Christians, the power of Jesus to surprise us, Do we take time alone in prayer, in his presence, to listen, to hear, to reflect - to allow us a glimpse too of his awesome wonder? How do we see the world after the brilliance of Jesus has touched our lives? Is it transformed forever by that brilliance? Can we still see that dazzling image, or is the focus skewed and the light dimmed? And there is room here in this church, and all churches, not only for those who have been to the mountaintop and have seen that dazzling image, and also those who have always felt that they were at base camp in the valley, feeling only God’s absence.

Every time we gather for worship as one Christian community, whether in person or these days together online, we too are the disciples, like Peter, James and John on the mountaintop, seeing the carpenter from Nazareth transfigured, becoming bathed in divine light such that, verse 2, ‘his clothes become dazzling white.’ In worship as the church, week after week, through the Word of God, our vision of Christ might be restored, the veil might be lifted through glimpses we might have of the divine.

And down from the mountain towards the cross came Jesus, Peter, James and John. Down from the mountain, back into the world. As the hymn says ‘oh what a foretaste of glory divine’. The linking of the kingdom of God in all the powerful acts of Jesus that we have followed so far in Mark, to the journey to the cross, to death and a return to life. And the transition from that ecstatic movement, the incredible scene on top of Mount Hermon, back down the mountain and onwards into the season of Lent, where the slow and inevitable path leads to Jerusalem, to suffering and the cross. It’s the unveiling of what God is really up to.




God invites us now to join the journey. What is it in the transfiguration that might make us set out on the route? Perhaps it’s the foretaste, the trailer, the glimpse of what is to come that Peter, James and John saw at the top of the mountain. That glimmer draws us to the invitation to become part of the discipleship story from the mountain to the foot of the cross, living by faith, trusting the one who promises, stepping out on the Jerusalem road.

Jesus challenges us too to come down the mountain and journey with him to the cross, and to live out a life where his greatest commandments reign in the world – love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbour as yourself. ‘In a world where…’ Jesus Christ has lived amongst us, that is our inspiration and our calling as a church. Amen.






Choral Anthem    O nata lux de lumine

O Light born of Light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
with loving-kindness deign to receive
suppliant praise and prayer.

Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost,
grant us to be members
of thy blessed body.

Words: Office Hymn for the Service of Lauds
Music: Thomas Tallis (1505 to 1585)
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group


Notes about the anthem
Thomas Tallis and William Byrd were the foremost English composers of the sixteenth century . The survival of much of their work may be partly due to the fact that Queen Elizabeth awarded them a monopoly of publishing 'Set Songe or Songes in Parts' Tallis was masterly in adapting his style through four reigns depending on the royal preferences for Catholic or Protestant liturgies. The anthem, for five voices, of 1575 and therefore of Elizabethan Protestantism, is one of the office hymns for Lauds, Vespers and Compline. It is largely chordal rather than polyphonic, with a setting of one note for each syllable of text. There is a vey effective repeat of the last two lines of text.


Prayer for Ourselves   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
and for Others

Lord God the Father, we come to praise you with all of our hearts and all of our souls. On this Transfiguration Sunday, we thank you for the glimpses of the divine in the everyday, for the brief foretaste of the Kingdom in the beauty of this world, and in the love and kindness that is shared between us. We remember too the descent from the mountaintop and the journey towards the cross, the deity of your son Jesus and the meaning of his life, death and resurrection

God the Son, Jesus Christ,
you are the light of the world,
You called us out of the darkness to have the light of true life with you,
We ask you to help us to trust in your light, to be sons and daughters of that light
Jesus, give us courage

Jesus, you ate with the outcasts,
You broke down the barriers that divided people,
We ask you to be with us when we try to share with others and heal wounds as you did,
To be motivated by our faith to be better people
Jesus, give us courage.

Jesus, you had a passion for a life of extremes,
You taught us that to live we had to die to our old selves,
To have we must share,
To love others we have to learn to be alone and love ourselves,
We ask you to be right at the heart of all our living,
Jesus, give us courage




Jesus, may we live life with you and share in your death, your new life, your return
May we have the courage to walk with you, all of our days.
We thank you that when we come together in your name, you are here among us.

That you are present right now in one another, in our fellowship.
That you are constantly speaking to us in new ways through the Bible and the touching or poignant moments of life and worship,
That you are present in the world around us, in the beauty of creation and the people we are in touch with,
That you are there in every moment of every day through your life-giving and transforming spirit,

And we see and feel Lord through your living presence in our lives, that you are a God we can depend on – always faithful, always true, always loving, always merciful.

And so when we come to look at our lives, at the world, at what might happen, at the promise of Jesus coming again, help us to trust you, to leave all things in your hands, knowing that, though all else might fail, your love for us never will.

That great gift of your love, which gives us a sense of self-worth and belonging, which enriches our lives, which we are able to share with those around us.

So we turn also to others Lord –those whom we know and are close to us, who need your love at this time. We name them for you now in our own personal prayer, in a moment of silence…

In the these dark days of lockdown, in these times of suffering and loss, of isolation and anxiety, be the guide, the strength, the light, the hope to all those who struggle

Tend your sick ones, Lord,
Rest your weary ones.
Soothe your suffering ones,
Pity your afflicted ones,
And lift up your joyous ones
For your love’s sake
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


HYMN 459    Crown him with many crowns

Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o'er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds yet visible above,
in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me:
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

Matthew Bridges (1800 - 1894) and Godfrey Thring (1823 - 1903) 
Played by Kate Pearson
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Choir




Closing Responses    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
and Benediction

Closing responses
Leader: Let the grace of Christ redeem us
All: The power of Christ renew us,
Leader: The example of Christ inspire us,
All: And the love of Christ shine from us.


Amen! Amen!  Amen.  



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OFFERING The Church is very grateful to all those who continue to support it through their regular and one-off donations, now possible through standing order or the ‘’ facility on the website So many members have kindly changed from Freewill Offering Envelopes to standing order that envelopes will not be distributed in future. Because of ongoing concerns regarding Covid19 it is not known when open plate offerings will recommence. If you wish to discuss the manner of your future offerings please feel free to contact me using the details shown on the last page of the Grapevine parish magazine.  Hugh Somerville



Tonight,14 February at 7.00pm, ALL AGES will meet on Zoom for our Pancake Bake-Off! We will spend some time at the start of the night thinking about Lent, and then move on to making pancakes 'bake-off style' and individuals and/or teams (if siblings want to join together as a team) will compete with their creations. While our special judge won't be able to eat any of the pancakes, our prize categories and areas for judging will be a bit more creative! Please email Hillary for more information, or if you would like a suggested pancake recipe. For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.

Lent Activity Packs for Families and Youth: All families on the youth group and Sunday School emailing list should be receiving a Lent Activity pack at the start of this week in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please email Hillary if you haven't received a pack by Wednesday, or have run into any other issue!

PASTORAL CARE   Remember we need you to inform us if someone is ill or due to go into hospital. Perhaps you would now like to have a pastoral visitor or receive a regular phone call?We would be delighted to hear from you and will respond to your request. Contact Kay on 07903 266 307.

ECO UPDATES  Please read our Eco Group page on the church website here:

Newington Churches Together   Ecumenical discussion groups by Zoom - Lent 2021

This year’s NCT Lent groups will meet using Zoom. You can participate either on screen using a laptop, tablet or mobile phone, or with sound only, using a mainline phone.

Groups will meet weekly on Mon & Wed evenings for 5 weeks starting Mon 22nd Feb.

There will be a choice of discussion material available:

  • Not A Tame Lion’ looking at Christianity through the works of CS Lewis. This was the material used by the groups in 2020, which were abruptly curtailed by the coronavirus lockdown; some were keen to complete the course this year.
  • One of the guides from the Faith and Worship series produced by John Birch.


Material from this series was well received by Advent 2020 groups in 2020.

If you would like to take part, please email or phone Ann Thanisch by Wed 17 Feb (Ash Wednesday), confirming your preference for Mon or Wed, and for discussion material (‘Not A Tame Lion’ or ‘Faith and Worship’)

If you have not taken part in these groups before, why not give them a try this year? Using Zoom means you don’t have to leave home, you can opt out at any time, & you don’t have to use internet. And typically participants find them very interesting & friendly!

Ann Thanisch,   Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 0781 494 9468


Sunday 21 February Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
8.00am onwards Online Worship: Website
8.00am onwards Phone Worship: Dial-a-Sermon
Note: No Services in the Sanctuary

MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS  Midweek peace and prayers will not take place until further notice.



Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at      Also, see

Books for the Journey

A Literary Christmas  British Library Publishing 2018 and 
The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel by Helen K Bond  WB Eerdmans Publishing 2020


Forthcoming Deadlines

Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.

Next Grapevine: Friday 25 February at 6.00pm.

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  • 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