Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.  The YouTube playlist may be found here or view below.



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Fifth Sunday in Lent

 ‘The Cross and the World: Against Violence and Injustice’

 Sunday 21 March 2021


Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
• Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
• Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
• Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
• Fast from worries and have trust in God.
• Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
• Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
• Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
• Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
• Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
• Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Pope Francis on Lent







Welcome &   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Appeal On Behalf Of Crossreach Perinatal Services


Call to Worship  from Jeremiah 31:31 - 34 & John 12: 32

LEADER: God said, there will be a new covenant
ALL: For the old one has been broken
LEADER: God said, He will write the law on our hearts
ALL: For he will be our God, and we will be his people
LEADER: God said, we shall all know him
ALL: From the least of us to the greatest
LEADER: God said, all people will be drawn to Him through Jesus Christ
ALL: So let us worship and praise Him!


Opening Prayers   Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Opening Prayers

Living and loving God,
once more we bring you our praise and worship.
We acknowledge you as our God.
We recognise your greatness and power.
We marvel at your love and compassion.
We come before you with awe and wonder.
You are Lord of heaven and earth,
of space and time,
of this world and of the whole universe.

Living and loving God,
draw near to us
and help us to draw near to you.
Come to us through your Holy Spirit
and help us to open our hearts to the risen Christ.
Speak to us through the worship we offer this day,
and through it all deepen our faith.
Living and loving God,
we praise you that there is so much
that speaks to us of your love and purpose —
so much in our lives,
in our daily experience,
in the beauty of the Spring world that is growing around us in the warmth of the sun,
in the bonds of friendship we share with others,
and in the relationship we enjoy with you,
We feel your love for us, your strength for us in times of trouble, your challenge to love and serve others as your son Jesus would.

Lord, forgive us that we do not sometimes hear your voice,
that we can be closed to anything
but our own words.

We let you down sometimes in the way we respond. In the way we act, or our failure to act. The things we say – or the times we keep quiet to avoid a scene when we should speak up. In a country where women walk streets in fear, where young people are physically and emotionally abused, where our land is scarred and our air polluted, where minorities are insulted and dehumanized, where weapons of war and death are stockpiled, our silence is our complicity. We too can scoff at other people’s hurt. If it doesn’t affect our comfort, it’s not our problem. When we are challenged to speak up or to help others, we can fail to respond. We can look down on and judge those that are different to us in their looks, or the way their live their lives. We can wear the badge of Christian and yet gossip and malign other people.

Lord, forgive us and help us. Steer us away from selfishness or smugness. From ignoring real injustices and affronts around us. From labeling other people because of what we think they are. Make us humble and loving in your image. Give us your reconciling power to heal old wounds.

We pray that you can re-shape and re-mould us in the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose words we now pray to you together:


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
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you: give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever.



All-Age Address  Hillary Leslie

Good morning! Can anyone think what holiday just happened last week? I will give you a hint: It originated in Ireland but has almost become almost more popular to celebrate in the United States! That’s right we just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day remembers Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. St. Patrick has been credited for spreading Christianity to Ireland! Some people go on pilgrimages following in Patrick’s footsteps through Ireland, and other people participate in parades, church services and various celebrations around the world.
One of the cities in the USA even dyes its river green for their big St. Patrick’s Day parade – does anyone know where this might be? It’s the Chicago River!

Some of these things we now associate with St. Patrick’s Day, like pots of gold, good luck, and leprechauns, don’t have much to do with the actual person. Over time, much folklore, myths and legends have also developed due there not being a lot recorded about Patrick’s life, so people use stories and illustrations to describe what he did while living. Some of these stories or legends we may have heard are that

• He was from Wales.
• He drove all the snakes out of Ireland.
• He used a shamrock to tell people about the Holy Trinity.

Aside from these legends and stories we may have heard, the simple version of what St. Patrick did when he was alive was to create a relationship with God while he was imprisoned in Ireland. After fleeing captivity and returning to Britain, he went back to Ireland to share the story of Christianity with the Irish people – the same ones who had imprisoned him!

It’s hard to believe it, but we are now almost at the one-year anniversary of when the first lockdown took place in Scotland. One of the most vivid memories I have of that time is when lots of homes around the UK began displaying rainbows in their windows – a beautiful display that boosted the spirits of many people and offered strength and hope for the days ahead. Rainbows in more recent years have also been associated with St. Patrick’s Day – and while they don’t have much to do with St. Patrick himself, they are a symbol of hope that our faith gives us. And St. Patrick was sharing that message of hope with others himself.

One of my favourite things attributed to St. Patrick is the prayer called ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’ which was written in the 5th century. There have been many different versions of this prayer re-written over the years, but my favourite part of the prayer often goes like this:

Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in the hearts of all that love me
Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger

I think it is a beautiful reminder for us to imagine Jesus being with us always, particularly when we find ourselves in a difficult time and need strength and support. Perhaps this year as we near the one-year anniversary of our first lockdown, we might want to make another rainbow and write in some of these beautiful words from St. Patrick’s Breastplate as a reminder to ourselves to have hope. As we continue on our journey through Lent and face our own challenges along the way, we can remember that we are not alone. Jesus is with us. We have hope as we look toward Easter Sunday.

Let us pray:

Dear God,
As we say these words from St. Patrick’s Breastplate together,
May we remember the hope that Jesus gives us
During difficult times.
As we look toward brighter days ahead,
May we remember that we are never alone.

We pray now together:

Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in the hearts of all that love me
Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger

In Jesus’ name, Amen.



HYMN  The Spirit lives to set us free

The Spirit lives to set us free,
walk, walk in the light.
He binds us all in unity,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light,
Walk in the light,
Walk in the light,
Walk in the light of the Lord.

Jesus promised life to all,
walk, walk in the light.
The dead were wakened by his call,
walk, walk in the light.

We know his death was not the end,
walk, walk in the light.
He gave his Spirit to be our friend,
walk, walk in the light.

By Jesus’ love our wounds are healed,
walk, walk in the light.
The Father’s kindness is revealed,
walk, walk in the light.

The Spirit lives in you and me,
walk, walk in the light.
His light will shine for all to see,
walk, walk in the light.

Damien Lundy
© 1978 Kevin Mayhew Ltd






Reading Jeremiah 31: 31 - 34
Ailsa Garland



Choral Anthem    O send thy light forth and thy truth


O send thy light forth and thy truth;
let them be guides to me,
and bring me to thine holy hill,
even where thy dwellings be.

Then will I to God's altar go,
to God my chiefest joy:
yea, God, my God, thy name to praise
my harp I will employ.

Why art thou then cast down, my soul?
what should discourage thee?
And why with vexing thoughts art thou
disquieted in me?

Still trust in God; for him to praise,
good cause I yet shall have:
he of my countenance is the health,
my God that doth me save.

Psalm 43, verses 3-5
The Scottish Psalter,1929
Sung by the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group



Reflection    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Jeremiah 31:31-34

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant … I will put my law within [the people], and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people...”

John 12:31-32

“Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”


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In our Old Testament passage today that Ailsa read for us, the ‘new covenant’ that God speaks of through the prophet Jeremiah looks ahead to the good news of Jesus Christ, and comes to fulfilment in the shadow of the Cross of Good Friday. This new covenant casts aside any false and unrealistic hope that underpinned the old one, that through our humanity alone, by our own mental powers, our desire and our will, we have any prospect of wholly fulfilling God’s law. It admits that tablets of stone, paper rules and regulations, the kind of strict lists of doctrines and acceptable social behaviours that many of our Protestant brothers and sisters still seek to adhere to, are just not enough to make us act in a Christ-like way. Rigid enforcement of a code of personal morality within a Christian community swiftly becomes an exercise in domination, of human desires for power and control over others, usually by male pastors in a highly patriarchal system. The new covenant says that external directives of what you can and cannot do can only go so far, because the human moral tools of cognition and volition are not enough. Human understanding and human will can see where we should go and what we should do, but again and again, through human nature, we fall into a morass of self-interest and wrongdoing.

Last week as I raised the cup at communion, I said the words of Jesus, this is the ‘new covenant’, sealed in my blood. If the ‘old covenant’ between God and the people was one of human obedience in response to the external rules and regulations of life given to the people of Israel by God, how is the ‘new covenant’, now revealed fully in the cross of Jesus Christ, any different? God says through Jeremiah, I will put my law within [the people], and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people… they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” The law of God in the new covenant is no longer to be upheld externally to us all but internally. We may not be changed by what those in positions of power and command in a church or a state tell us to do, for the church or the state cannot of itself create a good society. But we will be changed individually and as a community by what God has put into our hearts, in our knowledge of God in a close, personal relationship, as his people. This is a promise of a new moral consciousness from inside, that comes fully to fruition through Jesus. This is a fresh vision of a faithful life, of knowing God in a new way, of being transformed from the inside out, rather than outside in. As Pascal wrote, ‘God wants to motivate the will more than the mind’. Our faith is written on hearts, not on stone tablets.

Is a law written on our hearts really something to get excited about? Does that not suggest that we almost might become automatons for God, that personal will and freedom of choice will disappear, and we aim to become nothing but mouthpieces for religion? To the contrary, having the love of God written on our hearts might be the very essence of freedom. Freedom to know who you truly are. Freedom to act and react spontaneously, from a grounding which is right and true. It’s like learning the English language and then producing beautiful poetry like Jackie Kay or Amanda Gorman. Learning the underlying notes and scales for a trumpet and then producing beautiful improvisation like Miles Davis. Learning how to kick a ball and then ‘bending it like Beckham’. So that, as the theologian of preaching Sally Brown puts it, we might all become in our everyday lives ‘agents of redeemed interruption’. In other words, with a law of love through Jesus Christ written on our hearts, as we face the struggles, trials and darkness of the world, we will know how to react because we have the language, know what to improvise because we hear the notes and scales, realise what is right and wrong in God’s eyes not because the pastor told me so, but because God is truly within us.

And this is not just a covenant for personal, private faith, but a stark image in a mirror held up to the world of how it might be, rather than how it is. Jesus said in John 31:32 that Catriona read, when he is resurrected, he will draw all people to himself, echoing God’s call through Jeremiah that under the new covenant all people will know God, and they will be his people. And at that time, said Jesus, in the image of the cross and the empty tomb, verse 31, ‘now is the judgment of this world, now the ruler of this world will be driven out’.

The image of the cross and the resurrection of Christ that is presented in John’s Gospel is not about forgiveness of individual sins, not about substitutory atonement, a theology where Jesus takes on divine punishment in our place, to relieve us of our guilt. Instead, in John 12:27-33, the crucifixion of Christ judges the world and ‘drives out the ruler of the world’. What does Jesus mean there? On a personal level, Jesus on the cross shows us an ideal. The Crucified God suffers in the ultimate self-giving, put to death by the powers of this world and standing in solidarity with all suffering in the world, and ultimately triumphs, liberates and redeems. But this also has a very strong message beyond the personal for the powers and principalities, for the ‘ruler of the world’ that is to be driven out. For this is a message, I believe, that directly addresses all human structures, institutions and norms of any society that legitimise violence and injustice: that hold humans captive, suffocate and deny them fullness of life, exploit or abuse them, that place greed over common good, exploitation over empathy, or ravage the environment, God’s own creation, for personal profit. The systems and assumptions of this world that choose domination, violence and death over freedom, peace and life.

What systems and assumptions are we talking about here, that might be driven out?

  • In this week of the outcry following the murder of Sarah Everard, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, it might be systems or norms of society that in any way legitimise or condone the subjugation of others, or violence against them, because they are different from those in roles of power, if they are, for example, female, or trans, or gay, or black or Asian,– to those who perpetuate such systems and norms, the resurrected Christ says sexism, racism and homophobia are not the way of life, but the way of death.
  • As the violent crackdown continues in Myanmar, and in this week when the UK has announced that it will increase its number of nuclear warheads from 195 to 260 by the middle of the decade, the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ drives out, at the heart of our world, what the theologian Walter Wink calls ‘the myth of redemptive violence’, that the way to deal with threats from others is to eliminate them. The myth, from Punch and Judy, to Popeye and Bluto, to Call of Duty, to oppressive military dictatorships, to international relations, that somehow the creation of fear and the threat of unimaginable violence protects, that war brings peace, that might is right. That weapons of mass killing are anything other than immoral.

Christianity at its worst has perpetuated and legitimised violence from the Crusades to the destruction and slaughter of indigenous peoples as heathens across Latin America, Africa and Australasia. Christianity at its best, recognises that on the cross such a myth is completely exposed, that no matter the violence perpetrated against Jesus on the cross and the suffering it entails, the love of God will prevail, and the evil of violence will not be met with more violence.

In these passages today, God says there is freedom within from these myths, these untruths, these ugly cultural assumptions or expectations. The cross exposes these evils of violence and injustice and takes away any legitimacy they could have. But of course it does not wipe them out in an instant. Hypothetical? Aspirational? Perhaps. Paper rules and regulations will not be enough to make humanity ever change, only transformation from within. But let every woman who walks in fear, every gay person who hears vile abuse, every Asian person who is assaulted in some infantile blame game for COVID 19, every civilian casualty of humanity’s endless wars of conquest, every person whose environment is threatened by climate change, know that the Christian God of Easter, from cross to resurrection, says ‘No!’

And then says ‘yes’ to all that brings life, peace and human flourishing.

That may, indeed, be written on our hearts already, to be shared in the brokenness of this world.  


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Prayer  Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
for Others

Open our eyes, Lord,
especially if they are half-shut
because we are tired of looking,
or half open
because we fear to see too much,
or bleared with tears
because yesterday and today and tomorrow
are filled with troubles,
or distracted,
because we only look at what we want to see.

Open our eyes, Lord
to the life we lead,
the home we have,
the world we inhabit,
and help to find,
where there are dark places and disappointments,
signs of hope we can fasten to on and encourage.

Take away the numbness of our familiarity, and give us the bigger vision of what you can do
even with lost causes
what you can achieve, your hope for the world

Lord God, show us the world in your sight,
Staggering around, reeling from COVID-19 as we approach the first anniversary of lockdown,
Weeping at the human loss and the ongoing struggles
riddled by oppression, prejudice and violence, by fear, debt and doubt,
yet also shot through with possibilities
with a vision on the horizon at Easter from a Cross on a hill outside Jerusalem
A vision for recovery, renewal, redemption and peace.

We have thought of that new vision for the world. We pray for that vision to come closer to reality,
We pray for your vision of a world where there is no more ‘starve’; a world where all that there is to eat means no more hungry mouths,
your vision of a world where there is no more ‘grab’, a world where sharing its resources means an end to greed and the destruction of our planet.

Your vision of the world where there is no more ‘shock and awe, search and destroy’, a world where the ‘myth of redemptive violence’ is forever a memory

Lord, we bring to you also today the innermost thoughts of our hearts. We know that you are listening. You know who are thinking of, who we are praying for, we name the people and the situations that keep us awake at night…

We know that we have made you aware of how precious and important they are to us. We ask you humbly to look on each one of these people or situations. To show them your love, your concern, to give them your support, strength, comfort, to bring the people and the resources to bear to intervene, to change things for the good. Lord, please help…
Lord God, we pray for your world and open our hearts to you, asking that in your love which has no boundaries and no end, that you might fill us and those who we have thought of with the fruits of that boundless love too, that we might be blessed and inspired as we go onward, to envisage a world where in the words of our hymn, there is always beauty for brokenness and hope for despair.

In Jesus name, Amen.


HYMN 259   Beauty for brokenness

Beauty for brokenness,
hope for despair,
Lord, in the suffering
this is our prayer.
Bread for the children,
justice, joy, peace,
sunrise to sunset
your kingdom increase.

Shelter for fragile lives,
cures for their ills,
work for the craftsmen,
trade for their skills.
Land for the dispossessed,
rights for the weak,
voices to plead the cause
of those who can't speak.

God of the poor,
friend of the weak,
give us compassion, we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

Refuge from cruel wars,
havens from fear,
cities for sanctuary,
freedoms to share.
Peace to the killing fields,
scorched earth to green,
Christ for the bitterness,
his cross for the pain.

Rest for the ravaged earth,
oceans and streams,
plundered and poisoned,
our future, our dreams.
Lord, end our madness,
carelessness, greed;
make us content with
the things that we need.

God of the poor,
friend of the weak,
give us compassion, we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

Lighten our darkness,
breathe on this flame,
until your justice
burns brightly again;
until the nations
learn of your ways,
seek your salvation
and bring you their praise.

God of the poor,
friend of the weak,
give us compassion, we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

Graham Kendrick (b.1950)
Words and Music: (c) 1993 Make Way Music
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Closing Responses    Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
and Benediction

From both of today’s readings, by Nathan Nettleton

Go now, to serve Christ and follow him.
Let your old life fall like a grain of wheat into the earth
so that you may bear much fruit
as you allow God to reshape your heart
and live in obedience to the law written within you.

And may God centre you in truth and steady your spirit.
May Christ renew your joy and strengthen your will.
And may the Spirit teach you God’s hidden wisdom
and fill you with songs of rejoicing.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 


And may the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, let it be so with us all,
and with everyone whom we love, this day and for evermore,



HYMN 825   Amen

Amen, Amen, Amen.






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YOUTH GROUP   Tonight (21st March), we will be having a Family Quiz Night for all ages (P6-S6) at 7pm on Zoom which parents and younger siblings are also invited to come along. Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, our new minister, will be joining us and leading a quiz round with some fun and interesting facts about himself! This will be a good opportunity for our parents and young people to meet Sandy and vice versa, so it would be great if you're able to come along that night. For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.
Palm Sunday art opportunity!! We are looking for some of our children and young people to help out with the Palm Sunday all-age service by making some palm branches! Please email Hillary for a palm branch template, or create your own! Email photos of your creations to Hillary at by Monday 22 March. They will be used during the online service on 28 March. Thank you!
'Alleluia' Art display at church for all ages - All ages are invited to decorate the church with 'Alleluias' as we look forward to Easter Sunday. Please email Hillary for the Alleluia colouring sheet, which you can print out at home and colour-in. At the main entrance of the church, there will be a big cross in the window. From 28th March up to 4th April, bring your creation (and some sellotape!) so that you can attach your drawing to the cross on the outer window! By Easter morning, we hope to have the cross covered in Alleluias!


CROSSREACH PERINATAL SERVICES – MARCH GIVING   This covid period, and all of the associated restrictions, has been a particularly hard time for those with new babies and small children. CrossReach Perinatal Services (Mayfield Salisbury’s local charity) continue to offer support to families remotely, as has been the case since the first lockdown last year. They hope to return to face to face work in July.

In addition to their existing services including couple and individual counselling and group therapy, CrossReach has some new initiatives. They are launching a new group specifically for fathers managing anxiety, they also hope to extend their offer of infant massage so that more families have access to it, and in addition they are planning a new birth trauma group for mothers who have given birth during lockdown.

Once again, instead of our usual bucket collection to support the work of CrossReach Perinatal Services, we are asking you to help by giving direct to CrossReach in one of the following ways:

· Online giving  Visit the page and click the purple “Donate” button at the top right of the page. This takes you to a Just Giving page which is for general CrossReach donations but there is a box in which you can “Add a message of support” and please would you type in there that the donation is for Perinatal Services (or PNS) which will ensure funds are routed to PNS. Please note that Just Giving automatically adds a platform fee but this can be changed to zero if preferred (with no reduction in the amount that is then routed to PNS). There is also the opportunity to gift aid your donation.

· Postal giving   CrossReach would be happy to receive any cheques by post which should be payable to “CrossReach” and sent to Supporter Development, CrossReach, Charis House, 47 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2SR. If you could send cheques with a covering letter to let CrossReach know that the donation is for perinatal services, and if you wish to gift aid then please note that in your letter. In order to gift aid, CrossReach needs a note of your name and address.

Please continue to show your support for the very worthwhile work of Crossreach PNS, either financially in one of the ways highlighted above, and/or by keeping the staff, volunteers and families supported in your prayers. Finally, CrossReach would welcome any new volunteers for their creche (which they plan to reopen when they return to face to face work) and any new volunteer counsellors.



HOW ETHICAL IS YOUR EASTER EGG?    We all love chocolate don’t we? And at this time of year the shops are full of tempting Easter eggs - from mini to enormous! How can we choose an egg that delights our taste buds, while conforming to our ethical and eco values?

The Ethical Consumer magazine in April 2019 rated their Best Buys according to several ethical and eco standards. These are environment, people, animals, politics, product sustainability, and company ethos.

Cocoa Loco F, O, P, (V); Plamil F, O, V, (P); Divine F, P, (V); Traidcraft F, (V, P); Booja Booja F, O, P, V; Montezuma F, O, P, (V); Moo Free F, O, P, (V). F-Fairtrade; O-organic; P- palm oil free; V- vegan

A more recent addition to this list is an online company, Tony’s Chocolonely.

Companies to avoid: Cadbury’s; Creme Egg; Twirl; Green and Black’s; Nestle; Terry’s; Aero; KitKat; Smarties.

You might like to check out two UTube video documentaries, that give an eye opening account of the child trafficking and exploitation that goes on within the cocoa trade.  The Dark Side of Chocolate, and its sequel Shady Chocolate.


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:

CORNERSTONE BOOKSHOP    If you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then please support our local bookshop Cornerstone Books.

The physical store is closed during Level 4 restrictions, but purchases can be made at - nominating Cornerstone for all your book buying needs.  More information at:  




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


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    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