Online Worship Archive

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


Pentecost 2021

Sunday 23 May 2021


Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth, Hillary Leslie and the congregation in church and online




 A downloadable PDF order of service is available here

A downloadable PDF of today's prayer/craft activity is available here






Welcome & Church News

Leader: Today God’s promise is fulfilled
All: Together, we celebrate Pentecost
Leader: A day when presence and power flowed
All: A day of hope and inspiration
Leader: Uniting all people with God
All: Breaking down all differences
Leader: The Holy Spirit revealed in tongues of flame
All: That the fire of faith might be warm within us, even now. Let us worship God…

The Spirit Lives to Set Us Free, sung by Nick Springthorpe


Bible Reading – Acts 2:1-21 (NIV translation), read by Sandra Carter

The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

Peter addresses the crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:17 ‘“In the last days, God says,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.”




‘Pentecost – Surprise!’ – Reflection with Hillary Leslie

Craft and Prayer Activity
Be Still, Dave Evans (b. 1957) arr. Ashley Grote (b. 1982)

Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind, sung by Nick Springthorpe

‘Filled with the Holy Spirit’, Reflection with Sandy Forsyth

When the Spirit of the Lord is within My Heart’, sung by Nick Springthorpe
(with actions!)

Prayer with Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen

Closing Responses

Leader: Holy Spirit, fill us up.
All: Give us strength, help us to live better.
Leader: Holy Spirit, fill us up.
All: Be with us, to share your truth.
Leader: Holy Spirit, fill us up.
All: Make us one, sisters and brothers.
Leader: Holy Spirit, fill us up.
All: Send us out, to live for you.



Blessing and Amen




Everyone welcome after the service for Zoom Coffee and Chat!
The link is:

Meeting ID: 916 2088 9282 Passcode: 335845

Bring your own coffee (or tea/juice!) If you prefer to phone in, the number to call is 0131 460 1196.


1. FORTHCOMING SERVICES The service next week (30 May) will be at 10.45am. Services are alternating alternate week by week between 9.30am and 10.45am, including communion on 13 June. We understand that this may be confusing at times so please do call the church office (0780 801 1234) at any time or check the website for further information: Forthcoming dates and times are:

• Sunday 30 May 10.45am Traditional Service
• Sunday 6 June 9.30am All Age Worship
• Sunday 13 June 10.45am Communion
• Sunday 20 June 9.30am All Age Worship

2. MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS RETURNS! Midweek Peace and Prayers has resumed. Morning prayers returns to its original Tuesday morning and again we are combining this with the opportunity for silent reflection in our beautiful sanctuary. The timetable every Tuesday is led prayers 10:00-10:30am, with the sanctuary remaining open 10:30-11:00 am. All are welcome to participate in either or both.

3. PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. Please feel free to be in contact by telephone 0131 667 1286 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4. ART INSTALLATION 7TH - 28TH JUNE We are delighted that the artists Peter and Heidi Gardner will be creating an installation on the grass beside the church path on the West Mayfield side, to be in place for three weeks in June. For their work, see It is called ‘Hope Glimmers’, and will be created with themes in mind of renewal and hope, uniting the congregation and community as we begin to emerge from COVID-19. Watch this space (literally!).

5. PASTORAL CARE If you or someone you know is going into hospital or would like a visit then please contact Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth with the details. I am participating at the Church of Scotland General Assembly this week. Kay - 07903 266 307.

6. YOUTH GROUP (S2-S6 in-person tonight!): The S2-S6 Youth Group will meet tonight 23 May from 7:00-8:30pm for some prayer and meditation followed by a night of painting with Bob Ross! Important covid-related details about the sessions, and information about how to book, can be accessed on the church website on the 'young people' page. Contact Hillary if you have any other questions!

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

8. CHRISTIAN AID WEEK MAY 2021 A huge thank-you to everyone who responded to this year’s Christian Aid Week appeal. Every pound raised, every prayer said and every action taken, are expressions of our Christian love and compassion, of our belief that all life is equal and precious in the sight of God. Together, we can stop this climate crisis, and give brave, hard-working women, like Rose Jonathan in Kenya, the chance to thrive.

And if you’d still like to contribute, it’s not too late! Pray for climate justice at Take action for climate justice at And you can give for climate justice at, or by telephone on 020 7523 2269. Mayfield Salisbury’s Christian Aid Team is immensely grateful for all your generous support.

9. OUR E-MAIL PRAYER CHAIN IS UP AND RUNNING! If you or anyone that you know would like prayers to be offered to God for a person or situation, which can be made anonymous, 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.

Books for the Journey
Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)
Bruce Stanley, Forest Church (2020)
Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith (2020)

Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine: Friday 25 June 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 taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The "NIV" and "New International Version" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Biblica.

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Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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