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Sacrament of Holy Communion
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday 26 September 2021



Whoever is not against us is for us.
Mark 9:40

Exclusion is never the way forward on
our shared paths of
freedom and justice.
Desmond Tutu

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





Organ Voluntary

Welcome & Church News

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

Introit   Ave verum corpus
Words: attributed to Pope Innocent VI (d 1342)
Music: Edward Elgar (1857 to 1934)

Ave, verum corpus natum
Ex Maria Virgine:
Vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine:
Cuius latus perforatum
Vero fluxit sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum,
mortis in examine.
O clemens, O pie,
O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae.

[Hail the true body, born
of the Virgin Mary:
You who truly suffered and were sacrificed
on the cross for the sake of man.
From whose pierced flank
flowed water and blood:
Be a foretaste for us
in the trial of death.
O sweet, O merciful,
O Jesus, Son of Mary.]


Call to Worship - Psalm 19: 1 - 2, 6:
Leader: The heavens tell of the glory of God;
All: the skies shout out the work of his hands.
Leader: Day after day they speak;
All: night after night they reveal knowledge.
Leader: The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other:
All: nothing is deprived of its warmth.


Hymn 198  Let Us Build a House Where Love Can Dwell
(t. Two Oaks)

Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive;
built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome,
all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
and words are strong and true,
where all God's children dare to seek
to dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
and as symbol of God's grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

Let us build a house where love is found
in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground,
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space,
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God's face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:

Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

Marty Haugen (b.1950)

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

Hymn 189   Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
(t. Be Still)

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 –
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 –
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.


Reading Psalm 37:1 - 9
Read by Julie Morrice

Exhortation to Patience and Trust
Of David.

1 Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers,
2 for they will soon fade like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will make your vindication shine like the light,
and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For the wicked shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Anthem Verily, verily, I say unto you
Words: St John 6: 53 -56

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except
ye eat the flesh of the Son of man,
and drink his blood, ye have no life
in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, hath eternal life;
and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is meat indeed, and my
blood is drink indeed.He that eateth
my flesh, and drinketh my blood,
dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Reading Mark 9:38 - 42, 49 - 50
Read by Julie Morrice

38 John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone
casting out demons in your name, and we tried
to stop him, because he was not following us.’
39 But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one
who does a deed of power in my name will be
able soon afterwards to speak evil of me.
40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For
truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of
water to drink because you bear the name
of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

42 ‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before
one of these little ones who believe in me,
it would be better for you if a great millstone
were hung around your neck and you were
thrown into the sea…

49 ‘For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt
is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can
you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be
at peace with one another.’

Hymn 543  Longing for Light, We Wait in Darkness
(t.Christ be our light)

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Bernadette Farrell (b.1957)


‘Who’s in and Who’s Out?’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

Prayer of Dedication and for Others

Hymn 19 Ye Gates, Lift Up Your Heads on High
(t. St George’s) Psalm 24

Ye gates lift up your heads on high;
ye doors that last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.
But who of glory is the King?
The mighty Lord is this,
even that same Lord that great in might
and strong in battle is.

Ye gates, lift up your heads; ye doors,
doors that do last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.
But who is he that is the King,
the King of glory? who is this?
The Lord of hosts, and none but he,
the King of glory is.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Invitation to the Table


Leader: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
Leader: Lift up your hearts
All: We lift them to the Lord
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise

Breaking of Bread

Leader: Jesus, Lamb of God,
All: have mercy on us
Leader: Jesus, bearer of our sins,
All: have mercy on us
Leader: Jesus, redeemer of the world,
All: grant us your peace

Sacrament of Holy Communion

The Peace

Hymn 675 Now Let Us From this Table Rise
(t. Winchester New)

Now let us from this table rise
renewed in body, mind, and soul;
with Christ we die and rise again,
his selfless love has made us whole.

With minds alert, upheld by grace,
to spread the Word in speech and deed
we follow in the steps of Christ,
at one with all in hope and need.
To fill each human house with love,
it is the sacrament of care;
the work that Christ began to do
we humbly pledge ourselves to share.

Then grant us grace, Companion-God,
to choose again the pilgrim way,
and help us to accept with joy
the challenge of tomorrow's day.

Fred Kaan (b.1929)

Closing Responses
From Celtic Daily Prayer by the Northumbria Community

Leader: May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
All: Wherever He may send you.
Leader: May He guide you through the wilderness,
All: Protect you through the storm.
Leader: May He bring you home rejoicing
All: At the wonders He has shown you.
Leader: May He bring you home rejoicing
All: Once again into our doors.


Benediction & Threefold Amen


Organ Voluntary



setting of the traditional Eucharist hymn, ‘Ave verum corpus,’
(Opus 2 no1) , is an early work originally for a setting of
‘Pie Jesu’ but arranged by him some years later into it’s present
form. Each verse is sung by a female solo voice and then
repeated by the chorus with a brief coda. The sixteenth century
anthem by Tallis is from the post Reformation period when,
for clarity, the accepted structure was that each syllable of
text was set to a single note. Tallis adheres to this except for
the word ‘eternal’ where for emphasis of the word he allows
a short passage of polyphony. Also for emphasis the words
‘and I will raise him up at the last day’ are repeated.





Edinburgh Direct Aid. The lecture will be at 7.00pm in the Sanctuary.
No booking required but please be ready to provide contact details
for test and protect on entering by the West Door. The event will
also be live streamed on the church website. All welcome. 


DIGITAL CHURCH  How often are you online? What kind of
content do you use? Websites or apps or blogs? We’d love
to upgrade our digital presence at Mayfield Salisbury, so we
can be an ‘online church’ as well as a ‘church online’, speaking
more clearly of our faith in ways that resonate more widely.
We have resources to do so. To help us see the right route
to take, can we have a couple of minutes of your time to fill
out an easy survey? You can find it online at:
HERE, or via our website.

Ironically, we’ve also got paper copies in the church! If
you’d prefer doing so that way, please put the completed
survey in one of the boxes at the front or rear exit of the
church – thank you!

COLLECTION   Most of those who attend worship support our
work through standing orders, but before the first lockdown
we also had a plate collection during the service for visitors
and those who preferred that form of offering. Covid
restrictions still prevent us passing a plate during the service.
Instead we are now inviting those who would have put
offerings in the plate during the service to do so at the close
of the service. In the halls entrance and in the vestibule you
will find a bowl or plate marked ‘Plate Collection’.

Regular and one-off donations, are still possible online through:


There will be a presentation by a Rosminian priest from India Father
Binu Palakapally about the Order's work and challenges among the
poor. The programme for the evening is Holy Mass at 6.15 pm in the
church on Upper Gray Street, Refreshments in the Main Hall from
7.15 pm, followed by the Speaker at 7.30 pm. Everyone is warmly
welcome to attend all or part of the evening. 

MIDWEEK PRAYERS   You are most welcome to attend a time
of peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this
Tuesday at 10.00am.


for Mayfield Salisbury may involve some significant planning
about how we achieve the eco targets set for the church. This
may involve how we upgrade our heating systems; how we wish
to optimise the use of space we have; how we integrate changes
into the sanctuary and other areas of our buildings.

The Kirk Session wishes to set up a working group on sustainable
heating and development to explore the issues so that when
the way forward for Mayfield Salisbury become more clear we
are well placed to understand the options and opportunities and
can begin to make these long term investment decisions. While
some members will be drawn from elders, the session is keen to
ensure that the views and expertise of the congregation feed
into the thinking. If you are interested in this possibility and
taking part in the working group please let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FORTHCOMING SERVICES   Our services take place each week at
9.30am and 10.45am. Please enter the sanctuary by the West Door
on Mayfield Road – this is to enable us to proper maintain track
and trace records. Please do call the church office (0780 801 1234)
or check the website for further information:


PASTORAL CARE If you or someone you know is going into
hospital then please do notify us. If you would like to receive
a visit from our pastoral care team or a regular phone call
contact Kay, our pastoral assistant, and she will safely
organise this for you. Contact Kay McIntosh on
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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 1 October 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.

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

Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.


Ecotip: Take up walking and cycling


Social Media

Youth Instagram: the.msyg

Scottish Charity Number SC000785

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How often are you online? What kind of content do you use? Websites or apps or blogs? We’d love to upgrade our digital presence at Mayfield Salisbury, so we can be an ‘online church’ as well as a ‘church online’, speaking more clearly of our faith in ways that resonate more widely. We have resources to do so. To help us see the right route to take, can we have a couple of minutes of your time to fill out an easy survey? You can find it online HERE.


The Second Bill McDonald Lecture

On Sunday 3 October at 7.00pm, the second Bill McDonald lecture will take place.  Dr Rutovitz, founder of the Edinburgh Direct Aid will give the presentation.  The lecture will take place in the main Sanctuary.  No booking is required but please be ready to provide contact details for test and protect when entering by the West Door.  The lecture will also be live streamed on YouTube and this website.

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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