Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.  



Note: Zoom Coffee and Chat after the Service 11:30 am every week on Sundays. The link is:  
Bring your own coffee (or tea/juice!) If you prefer to phone in, the number to call is 0131 460 1196.


Easter Sunday

Sunday 4 April  2021







Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth and Kate Pearson, Hillary Leslie, Charles Garland, Kay McIntosh, the Mayfield Salisbury Parish Choir & the Chamber Group, and the congregation in church and online


 A downloadable PDF order of service is available here




Organ Voluntary


Welcome & Intimations

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship


Call to Worship 

Leader: This is the Good News:
the light now shines in the darkness
and the darkness can never put it out,

Leader: This is the Good News:
the stone is rolled away,
Jesus is our saviour,

Leader: This is the Good News:
the grave is empty
and He is risen,


Hymn 411          Christ the Lord is risen today      (St George's Windsor)


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


All-Age Talk  Led by Hillary Leslie


The Collect for Easter Sunday – said by all
God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Old Testament   Isaiah 25:6 – 9  Charles Garland

6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
    of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain
    the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
    the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8 he will swallow up death for ever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
    and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
    let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


Anthem    The strife is o’er

Words: Latin 17th c. translated by Francis Potts (1832 – 1909)
Music: 17th c. melody (Melchior Vulpius’s Gesangbuch) Harmonised Henry Ley (1887 – 1962)

The strife is o’er, the battle done:
Now is the victor’s triumph won:
O let the song of praise be sung

Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus has his foes dispersed:
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst:

On the third morn he rose again,
Glorious in majesty to reign;
O let us swell the joyful strain:

Lord, by thy stripes which wounded thee
From death’s dread sting thy servants free,
That we may live and sing to thee



New Testament               John 20:1 - 18          Kay McIntosh, DCS

The Resurrection of Jesus  

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 14 When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher) . 17 Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


Sermon ‘Life Never Ends and Love Never Dies’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Hymn 410   Jesus Christ is risen today    (t.  Easter Hymn)



Prayer of Dedication and Intercession



Hymn 419    Thine be the glory   (t. Maccabaeus)



Closing Responses

Leader:  For the rulers and the powerful,
the weak and the lowly,

Leader:  For the joyful and the broken,
for the sinned against and the sinner,

Leader: For our life together as a church,
and for the quiet corners of our hearts,

Leader:  For life and death,
and life beyond death,





Organ Voluntary







Note: Zoom Coffee and Chat after the Service
11:30 am every week on Sundays. The link is:  
Bring your own coffee (or tea/juice!) If you prefer to phone in, the number to call is 0131 460 1196.


TODAY’S ANTHEM MUSIC   The anthem is an arrangement of the seventeenth century Easter hymn The strife is o’er by Henry Ley who was organist at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford and then Precentor (that is, in charge of the College Chapel music) at Eton College. Largely unison verses are interspersed with vigorous ‘Hallelluiahs’ in harmony and accompanied by a fine organ part.

PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, the Minister, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. Please feel free to be in contact by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 0131 667 1286. Please do not congregate in the car park at close of worship. Many thanks.

EASTER RIBBONS Look out for our ribbons on Easter Sunday morning! They will be flying until after the service on Sunday 18th April, and we'll be happy to receive new messages throughout that time - it's not too late to take part! Thanks to everyone who has already done so.       Easter is a time of joy and thanksgiving, so we’d like to invite you to write messages reflecting the things you’re grateful for: from the beauty of the natural world, to the support of friends and neighbours during difficult times, and of course the great gift of Easter itself.

Please send your messages by email or phone, and we’ll transcribe them on to ribbons for you and attach them to the church railings. Short phrases - ten words or so - would be ideal, but you can have as many ribbons as you want!  Either email your message to Kate O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively phone Kate on 0131 667 4362 or Deirdre Eustace on 07785 301182. Add your name if you wish, but first names only please, for security reasons. Thank you!    The Christian Aid Team

SUPPORT MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH  Regular and one-off donations, now possible through:  

PASTORAL CARE AND PRAYERS   Thank you to all of you who are continuing with your phone chains. They are still very much appreciated by those receiving them. We are still not able to visit you in your home, but we have hope that change is on the horizon. Remember to inform the Ministry team if you are due to go into hospital or you know of anyone who would value us being in contact with them. Maybe you would like us to hold you in prayer? Please contact Kay with your details on 07903 266 307.


YOUTH GROUP There will be no Youth Group on 4 and 11 April - enjoy your Easter break! The youth programme for the month of April can be found on the 'Young People' page on our website.


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:  


Books for the Journey

Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith, (2020)

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church, (2020)

Jonny Baker & Cathy Ross, Imagining Mission with John V. Taylor (2020)


Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine: Friday 23 April at 6.00pm.

Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.

Phone: 0780 801 1234 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Copyright Notices


Scripture quotations marked (TLB) are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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