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Sunday 27 June 2021




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







Organ Voluntary


Welcome & Church News


The Grace


Preparatory Silence for Worship

Introit   O Come, Ye Servants of the Lord
Words: Psalm 113: 1 and 3  
Music: Christopher Tye (1505 – 1573)

O come, ye servants of the Lord,
and praise His holy name from
early morn to setting sun, His
might on earth proclaim. His laws
are just, and glad the heart:
makes His mercies known. Ye
princes come, ye people too,
and bow before His throne.


Call to Worship - Based on Psalm 122

Leader: When they said: let us go to God’s House,
All:  Our hearts were filled with joy.

Leader:  And here we are,
All:  In the place of God’s dwelling:

Leader:   All are invited
All:  To worship and to praise

Leader: To give thanks
All: To the name of God.
Let us worship and praise the God who calls us here.     


Hymn 159      Lord, for the Years Your Love Has Kept and Guided

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
Urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
Sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
Speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
Teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive Your people's praise.

Lord, for our land in this our generation,
Spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
For young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt him,
Loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
Hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us -
Self on the cross and Christ upon the throne,
Past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.


Prayer of Approach, Praise and Confession
& 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.

The Collect - Said by all

Almighty God, send down upon your
Church the riches of your Spirit, and
kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


First Reading          Ezekiel 2:1 – 5        Read by Rosemary Currie

The Vision of the Scroll

He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet,
and I will speak with you.2 And when he spoke
to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on
my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.

3 He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to
the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who
have rebelled against me; they and their
ancestors have transgressed against me to this
very day. 4 The descendants are impudent and
stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you
shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 
5 Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they
are a rebellious house), they shall know that there
has been a prophet among them.  


Anthem         O for a Closer Walk with God

Words: William Cowper (1731 – 1800)
Music: Arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)

O for a closer walk with God, A calm and
heavenly frame, A light to shine upon the
road That leads me to the Lamb! Return,
O holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of
rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
And drove Thee from my breast.So shall my
walk be close with God, Calm and serene
my frame; So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.


Second Reading         Mark 6:1-13       Read by Rosemary Currie 

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

He left that place and came to his hometown,
and his disciples followed him. 2 On the
sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astounded. They
said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is
this wisdom that has been given to him? What
deeds of power are being done by his hands! 
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and
brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon,
and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they
took offense at him.

4 Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not
without honour, except in their hometown, and
among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5 
And he could do no deed of power there, except
that he laid his hands on a few sick people and
cured them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.

The Mission of the Twelve

Then he went about among the villages teaching. 
7 He called the twelve and began to send them out
two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean
spirits. 8 He ordered them to take nothing for their
journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in
their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not to put on two

10 He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay
there until you leave the place. 11 If any place will not
welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave,
shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony
against them.’ 

12 So they went out and proclaimed that all should
repent. 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed
with oil many who were sick and cured them.


Sermon - A Pilgrim’s Progress

Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth


Hymn 535     Who Would True Valour See

Who would true valour see
let them come hither:
here's one will constant be
come wind, come weather.
There's no discouragement
shall make me once relent
my first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

Who so beset me round
with dismal stories
do but themselves confound:
my strength the more is.
No foes shall stay my might;
though I with giants fight,
but I will have the right
to be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt my spirit:
I know I at the end
shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, flee away!
Fear not what others say;
I'll labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.


Prayer of Dedication and Intercession


Hymn 286     Tell Out My Soul, The Greatness of the Lord   

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
Tender to me the promise of his word;
In God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy name, the Lord, the mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by;
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children's children and for evermore!


Closing Responses 

Leader:  May the past
All:  be the beginning of the future for us.

Leader:  May our faith
All:  be the beginning of eternity for us.

Leader:  May the way
All:  be all the steps that led us here.

Leader:  And may love
All:  be the guide that takes us further.

Leader:  May the God of our past
All:  be the God of all of our todays and tomorrows.

Leader:  And in this moment
All:  may God be here and lead us onwards.




Organ Voluntary





Christopher Tye, a contemporary of Thomas Tallis, became prominent in the reign of Edward VI to whom he taught music. He was a member of the Chapel Royal and was organist and choirmaster at Ely Cathedral.  Each verse of text is repeated and starts with a simple chordal climax hymn breaking into counterpoint for the second half

Stanford’s anthem is based on ta tune from the Scottish Psalter of 1633. After a lilting introduction, and which reappears throughout the piece, the sopranos sing the principal tune. The second verse is a variation of it set first for the lower voices but with the whole choir joining later.  The final verse is a more elaborate version of the main theme rising to a climax before a calm conclusion.







Everyone welcome after the service for Zoom Coffee and Chat! The details are:  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.


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..


FORTHCOMING SERVICES Starting next week and continuing throughout July and August, the service will begin at 10:15am. In July there will be no Sunday School provision. For further information, please contact the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0780 801 1234) or check the website:


MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS Peace and Prayers takes place this Tuesday from 10.00am.


WOULD YOU LIKE TO WELCOME STUDENTS NEW TO EDINBURGH? Mayfield Salisbury Church has many links with the University of Edinburgh, and these have been strengthened by the arrival of the Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth as our minister, with his on-going links to the School of Divinity at New College.

Postgraduate Students arriving in Edinburgh to study at the School of Divinity from overseas often have few if any contacts with locals in general and with places of worship specifically. We would like to offer these students (whatever their faith) a warm Scottish welcome, and are well placed to do so both via Sandy himself and also via Emma Wild-Wood, a member of our congregation, who is the director of postgraduate research studies at New College.

Our proposal, with Emma’s support, is that we would initially hold a welcome event at Mayfield Salisbury (which would be ecumenical and multifaith) during Welcome Week (the week beginning 13 September), to which all new postgraduate students at New College would be invited. Thereafter, if any students wished to be connected with ‘welcome hosts’ of individuals or families from the congregation, we would make that happen. The hosting might take the form of inviting them for a meal, showing them the local sights, joining them at church on a Sunday morning etc.

Obviously the Covid pandemic has had a major impact on overseas student numbers, and we do not yet know how many might be involved. It would be helpful to gauge interest and support from members of the congregation who might like to support this initiative. If you would like to (1) be involved in the welcome event and/or (2) potentially become a ‘welcome host’, please contact Alastair MacGilchrist  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07931 730 805 or in person), preferably by Monday 19th July. This is simply be a ‘note of interest’ rather than a definite commitment at this stage.


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


CHRISTIAN AID: GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR VACCINATION As more of us receive COVID vaccinations, we rejoice and are glad to be protected. We give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who save lives across the UK. For the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout.  Christian Aid is already on the ground, helping keep people safe from coronavirus with practical support – but with your gift of thanks we can do more. Please give thanks with a donation to help protect our global neighbours while the vaccine is out of reach.


Just this week we received from Christian Aid the shocking news that over 30 million people in 20 countries are teetering on the brink of famine.  This is a global hunger emergency. The Covid-19 pandemic, violent conflict and the climate crisis have all increased global hunger. Now, people in countries including South Sudan, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso are facing the very real threat of starvation.  If we act now, we can save lives. 

Donations can be made via the Christian Aid website at or by telephone on 020 7523 2269.


GOP26 - FOOD AND AGRICULTURE Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South, is holding a series of public Zoom meetings in preparation for COP26 in November.   The second of these is on 1 July at 6pm and concerns food and agriculture.   To register:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

OUR E-MAIL PRAYER CHAIN IS UP AND RUNNING! 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.


KILOMBERO RICE available again £3 per 1kg bag white or brown. Every bag bought helps Malawian smallholder farmers pay for secondary education for their children. Contact Jean 0131 477 6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


YOUTH WORSHIP  Tonight, 27 June, we will meet on Zoom for a Youth Worship service at 7pm. ALL AGES are invited to join in - it's a service for the young and the young at heart! Please bring some paper and pens as we gather together with music, prayer and time for reflection! For the Zoom log-in information, please contact Hillary.


YOUTH GROUP  Youth Group will be taking a break for the month of July during the school holidays, and Hillary will be in touch soon with plans for August and the coming school term!


PASTORAL CARE  Would you now like to be allocated a visitor or someone to phone you regularly? Are you going into hospital or know of someone who is ill? Please contact Sandy: 667 1286. 


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.


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

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Scottish Charity Number SC000785

Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


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