Online Worship Archive

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



Third Sunday of Easter

Sunday 18 April  2021







Led by Kay McIntosh and Kate Pearson, Hillary Leslie, Wendy Mathison, 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 Voluntaries
Meditation Alleluia No. 1 A.D. Miller (b. 1972)
Wondrous Love arr. Rebecca Groom te Velde (b. 1956


Welcome & Intimations

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship


Call to Worship 


You are invited to share in the words which are printed in bold

Leader: Life is a journey on many different roads
All: But God is always with us.
Leader: Sometimes we lift our faces to the sun
All: And God is with us.
Leader:  But then there is the hard journey
Through pathways of pain
And fears in the dark places.
All: But God is with us.
Nothing can separate us
From the love of God in Christ Jesus.


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.

All-Age Talk & Repeated Prayer
Hillary Leslie



Hymn 189   Be still, for the presence of the Lord

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One, is here;
come bow before him now
with reverence and fear:
in him no sin is found ñ
we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around;
he burns with holy fire,
with splendour he is crowned:
how awesome is the sight ñ
our radiant king of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place;
he comes to cleanse and heal,
to minister his grace:
no work too hard for him -
in faith receive from him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place.

Music and Text: David J. Evans (b. 1957)
Arranged by Christopher Tambling (1964-2015)
Sung by members of the Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group


Old Testament      Psalm 46: 1 - 7     Hillary Leslie

Hillary to say odd numbers and congregation to say even numbers.

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present[a] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 ‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.


New Testament   St Luke 24: 13 – 35   Wendy Mathison

The Walk to Emmaus
13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.[d] Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[f] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Organ Voluntary
Easter Hymn Meditation       Michael Bedford (b. 1949)

Kay McIntosh DCS

Hymn 191   Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you 

 Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
 I have called you by your name; you are mine.

When you walk through the waters I'll be with you,
you will never sink beneath the waves.

When the fire is burning all around you,
you will never be consumed by the flames.

When the fear of loneliness is looming,
then remember I am at your side.

When you dwell in the exile of the stranger,
remember you are precious in my eyes.

You are mine, O my child; I am your Father,
and I love you with a perfect love.

Gerald Markland (b.1953)
from Isaiah 43: 1- 4
(c) 1978 Kevin Mayhew Ltd, Buxhall
Sung by Susan White and Bridget Beagan


Hymn 257     Singing, we gladly worship the Lord together

       Refrain sung twice:

Singing, we gladly worship the Lord together.
Singing, we gladly worship the Lord.
Those who are travelling the road of life
sow seeds of peace and love.

Come, bringing hope into a world of fear,
a world which is burdened down with dread,
a world which is yearning for a greater love
but needs to be shown the true way.

Come, bringing joyfully in both your hands
some kindling to light the path of peace,
some hope that there is a more human world
where justice and truth will be born.

Whenever hatefulness and violence
are banished for ever from our hearts,
then will the world believe the day is near
when sadness and pain shall find their end.

Guatemalan Traditional
English version by Christine Carson (b.1965)
and John L. Bell (b.1949)
Sung by Julie Morrice



Organ Voluntary
Jesus is Lord arr. Matthew H. Corl (b. 1965)








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.




Please note on Sunday, 25 April, there will be a service primarily aimed at families, in the style of the 9:30am All Age Service which we had been holding prior to the first lockdown. This style of service will then be held every second week thereafter. To assist families the timing of those services will revert to 9:30am, and the more traditional form of worship on the intervening Sundays will be held at 10:45am, and again we trust that this timing will be convenient for those wishing to attend, be that in person or online.

We understand that this may be confusing at first so please do call the church office (0780 801 1234) at any time or check the website for further information.

To begin with, the dates and times are:

• Sunday 25th April 9.30am All Age Worship
• Sunday 2nd May 10.45am Traditional Service
• Sunday 9th May 9.30am All Age Worship
• Sunday 16th May 10.45am Traditional Service

PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, Kay McIntosh, is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. She may be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07903 266 307. Please do not congregate in the car park at close of worship. Many thanks.


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


THE MINISTER, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, returns from Annual leave on Monday. 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.


CALLING ALL THOSE WITH AN INTEREST IN DEVELOPING THE CHURCH’S ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE! We’re delighted to be hosting a Zoom session to explore how we can better express our faith and our church through our website and social media, particularly in these times as we emerge from the pandemic. We would love you to be there. It will be on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm and will be led by Rev. Dr Pete Phillips. Pete is Research Fellow in Digital Theology at Durham University and Head of Digital Theology at Premier Radio. He advises the Scottish online church, Sanctuary First, and local churches and denominations in England on their digital presence. All very welcome – please contact Sandy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be part of it.


OUR E-MAIL PRAYER CHAIN IS BEGINNING! From this week, if you or anyone that you know would like prayers to be offered to God for a particular person or situation, there is a group of members waiting to do so. Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh, has kindly agreed to be the initial co-ordinator, and all prayer requests should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or handwritten and placed in the prayer box at the church door. An email will go out from Kay once a week with the prayer requests set out. If you would like to receive the weekly email and to pray for those situations, please also get in touch with Kay. The prayer request that you send could either be confidential (e.g. ‘please pray for a woman who…’), or it could name the person if you have their permission for that to be so. It could also be for a local or world situation. Praying for others within and beyond Mayfield Salisbury via the prayer chain will be a powerful way to build relationships of care within our church and in the wider community, and to see prayer answered. It would be wonderful to see the prayer chain flourish, so please do engage with it as much as possible.


YOUTH GROUP Tonight (18th April), the P6-S1 group will be meeting from 6.30-7.30pm for some Kahoot! quizzes and games on Zoom. The S2-S6 group will not be meeting as usual tonight. Those in S2-S6 reading 'Being Christian' will meet for our week 3 discussion instead at 7.30pm using the Book Group zoom log-in. For Zoom log-in details for Youth Group, please contact Hillary.


PASTORAL CARE   The pastoral care team would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. We are still not able to visit you, but you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are maintaining contact by telephone, video calls and letters. Hopefully we will see many of you in the church soon. Please contact Kay if you are due to go into hospital or would now like to be allocated your own pastoral visitor. 07903 266 307


CLAVERHOUSE CONVERSATIONS - NOTE NEW DATE!   We mentioned in some recent communications that the four candidates standing as Parliamentary candidates in Edinburgh Southern have agreed to participate in a debate which was scheduled for Saturday 17th April. However, given the clash with funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh it will now take place on 24 April at noon. The candidates are Miles Briggs (Conservative), Daniel Johnson (Labour), Fred Macintosh (Lib Dem) and Catriona MacDonald (SNP) and it will be chaired by John Sturrock, whom many will remember from when he was a member at Mayfield Salisbury.

The four candidates standing as Parliamentary candidates in Edinburgh Southern are Miles Briggs (Conservative), Daniel Johnson (Labour), Fred Macintosh (Lib Dem) and Catriona MacDonald (SNP). It will be chaired by John Sturrock, whom many will remember from when he was a member at Mayfield Salisbury. The Zoom details are:

Topic: Claverhouse Conversation Meeting ID: 859 7764 7159 Passcode: 992652
One tap mobile +442034815240,,85977647159# United Kingdom
+442039017895,,85977647159# United Kingdom


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.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church holds a CCLI Streaming License: #88916

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Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
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0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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