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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST PAUL
EPHESIANS

Sunday 1 August 2021

 

 

Edited Video 

 

During the time of your meditation, you have nothing
else to do, nothing else to worry about, nothing to
be ambitious about, to plan or to analyse. You have
only to say your word. Saying your word will lead
you into ever profounder silence in which you find
you can be who you are and (even more wonderful)
allow God to be who God is within you.

Laurence Freeman OSB

 

Led by Kay McIntosh DCS, Cameron & Emma Wild-Wood
the Chamber Group and the congregation in church and online

 

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AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD

 

Organ Voluntary


Welcome & Church News

 

The Grace

 

Preparatory Silence for Worship

    

Call to Worship: Psalm 136

Leader 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
All:2 O give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
Leader 3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
All:4 who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
Leader 5 who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
All:6 who spread out the earth on the waters,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
Leader 7 who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
All:8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
Leader 9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;

 



Hymn 212   Morning has broken
(t. Bunessan)

Morning has broken
like the first morning,
blackbird has spoken
like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning,
praise for them, springing
fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall
sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall
on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness
where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight;
mine is the morning,
born of the one light
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
praise every morning,
God's re-creation
of the new day!

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)

 

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.

Reading Ephesians 4:1 - 7 and 11 - 16
Read by Emma & Cameron Wild-Wood

Unity in the Body of Christ
4 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. 7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

 

Reflection by
Emma Wild-Wood

Anthem King of Glory, King of Peace
Words: George Herbert (1593 – 1632)
Music: J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

King of glory, King of peace, I will love Thee;
and that love may never cease, I will move Thee.
Thou hast granted my request, Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast, Thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art I will sing Thee,
and the cream of all my heart I will bring Thee.
Though my sins against me cried, Thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied, Thou didst hear me.

Sev'n whole days, not one in sev'n, I will praise Thee;
in my heart, though not in heav'n I can raise Thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort to enroll Thee:
e'en eternity's too short to extol Thee.

 

 

Reading Ephesians 6: 10 - 20
Read Kay McIntosh DCS

The Whole Armour of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our[a] struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these,[b] take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,[c] 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

Hymn 718   We cannot measure how you heal
(t. Ye Banks O’ Doon)

We cannot measure how you heal
or answer every sufferer's prayer,
yet we believe your grace responds
where faith and doubt unite to care.
Your hands, though bloodied on the cross,
survive to hold and heal and warn,
to carry all through death to life
and cradle children yet unborn.

The pain that will not go away,
the guilt that clings from things long past,
the fear of what the future holds,
are present as if meant to last.
But present too is love which tends
the hurt we never hoped to find,
the private agonies inside,
the memories that haunt the mind.

So some have come who need your help
and some have come to make amends
as hands which shaped and saved the world
are present in the touch of friends.
Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
to mend the body, mind, and soul,
to disentangle peace from pain
and make your broken people whole.

John L. Bell (b.1949) and Graham Maule (b.1958)

Reflection by
Kay McIntosh DCS

Prayer for Others

Hymn 540 I heard the voice of Jesus say
(t. The Rowan Tree)

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast':
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting-place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
'Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live':
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
'I am this dark world's Light;
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright':
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that light of life I'll walk,
till travelling days are done.

Horatius N. Bonar (1808-1889)

 

Closing Responses
All: Almighty God, your son Jesus Christ fed the
hungry with the bread of his life and the word of
his kingdom. Renew your people with your
heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain
us by the true and living bread. Jesus Christ your
son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and
the holy spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

Benediction
Three-fold Choral Amen

 

Organ Voluntary

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THIS MORNING’S ANTHEM    The anthem is a Bach Chorale set to an original text Jesu, meines Herzens Freud and using a melody by Johann Rudolf Ahle. This in turn was arranged in the mid Twentieth Century for four part choir by William H Harris, organist at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He found that by happy accident the unusual meter of the chorale fitted exactly George Herbert’s hymn. A short but serene organ introduction is repeated between verses which use both unison and harmony.

NEWS AND INTIMATIONS

 

SEE: PRISONERS WEEK SCOTLAND      www.prisonersweek.org.uk

Also: The Sycamore Course at HMP Low Moss      www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nxRFZmj3mM

PLEASE NOTE For any urgent pastoral matters, please contact Kay McIntosh on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07903 266307. For any urgent church matters, please contact William Mearns in the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0780 801 1234) or check the website: mayfieldsalisbury.org

FORTHCOMING SERVICES Continuing throughout August, there will be one Sunday service at 10.15am.  For further information, please contact the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0780 801 1234) or check the website: mayfieldsalisbury.org

MIDWEEK PRAYERS You’d be very welcome for prayers and a time for peace and reflection in the church, this Tuesday at 10.00am, led this week by Kay McIntosh.

CONGREGATIONAL PILGRIMAGE – 11 SEPTEMBER  You are warmly invited to be take part in a one-day congregational pilgrimage on Saturday 11 September, walking from North Queensferry to Dunfermline Abbey, the first leg of the Fife Pilgrim Way to St Andrews. The full distance is 8.5 miles, but a smaller section is possible of 2 miles from North Queensferry to Inverkeithing with a train then to Dunfermline, as is simply joining at the Abbey for worship, food and fellowship. All ages and stages are welcome, as would be friends from outwith Mayfield Salisbury. Full details to follow in early August. If you would like to register now to be a part of the day, please mail David Booth of the Fellowship Committee, indicating too whether you would anticipate walking the full distance, or the shorter two-mile stretch, or joining at the Abbey without walking – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTORAL CARE & PRAYER CHAIN 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? Do you have anything you would like to be prayed for, or included in the Prayer Chain? Contact Kay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07903 266307.

SUPPORT MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH  Regular and one-off donations, now possible through:  www.give.net/20311853 

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WELCOME STUDENTS NEW TO EDINBURGH? If you would like to (1) be involved in a welcome event at Mayfield Salisbury for new postgraduate students from abroad at the School of Divinity at New College, provisionally on Thursday 16th September, 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 a ‘note of interest’ rather than a definite commitment at this stage.

YOUTH NEWS Youth Activities: Youth Activities 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! Annual Leave: Hillary is on annual leave from 18 July - 31 July.

CHRISTIAN AID  We recently 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. 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 www.christianaid.org.uk or by phone on 020 7523 2269.

Books for the Journey

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)

Richard Frazer, Travels With a Stick: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela (2019)

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

 

Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine:  Friday 27 August 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 are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Contact Information

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Quotations

  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    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.
    Origen

  • 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.
    Wittgenstein

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.
    Plotinus

  • 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