Welcome to this Service of Worship
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
‘Do Not Be Afraid’
4 September 2022 at 10.45am
WELCOME! This congregation is part of the Church of Scotland:
we are Reformed in our understanding of Christian faith,
Presbyterian in how we form our community, and a
member of the worldwide family of the Christian Church.
Whether you are in regular attendance at worship or this
is one of your first visits, you are very welcome as part of
this community and today’s service of worship. God bless
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AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS
TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD
Rhosymedre - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Welcome & Church News
Preparatory Silence for Worship
Introit Locus iste
Words: Gradual at Mass for dedication of a Sanctuary
Music: Anton Bruckner (1824 to 1896)
Locus iste a Deo factus est, [This place was made by God,
inaestimabile sacramentum; a priceless sacrament;
irreprehensibilis est. beyond reproach]
Call to Worship
From Psalm 139
Leader: In front of us, behind us, to our right, to our left:
All: Look! God is there!
Leader: In the shadows, and in the light:
All: Look! God is there!
Leader: In our past, beside us now, waiting in the future
All: Look! God is there!
Leader: From the top of the mountains, to the bottom of the seas;
All: In all our joys and fears, in every moment: God is with us.
Let us worship God!
Hymn 159 Lord for the Years
(t. Lord of the Years)
Prayer of Approach, Praise, Confession and 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, the
power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Hymn 96 You are Before Me, God, You are Behind
(t. Sursum Corda)
WE LISTEN TO THE WORD OF GOD
Reading Psalm 139: 1 - 6 & 13 - 18
Read by George Ross (OT p589)
The Inescapable God 1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me. 2
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts
from far away. 3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are
acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O
LORD, you know it completely. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and
lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so
high that I cannot attain it.
13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my
mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.15 My frame was not
hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the
depths of the earth.16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your
book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of
them as yet existed. 17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How
vast is the sum of them! 18 I try to count them—they are more than the
sand; I come to the end—I am still with you.
Anthem Behold, the tabernacle of God
Words: Sarum antiphon for the dedication of church
Music: William Harris (1883 to 1973)
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and the Spirit of God dwelleth
within you; for the temple of God is holy, which temple are ye; for the love
of whom ye do this day celebrate the joys of the temple with a season of
Reading St Luke 12:22 - 34
Read by George Ross (NT p71)
Do Not Worry 22 He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider
the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor
barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the
birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of
life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you
worry about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell
you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But
if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little
faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are
to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that
strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31
Instead, strive for his[c] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give
you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for
yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no
thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.
Hymn 550 As the Deer Pants for the Water
(t. As the Deer Pants)
Sermon ‘May the Peace of Christ Be With You’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
WE GO OUT TO SERVE GOD
Hymn 641 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
(t. Seek Ye First)
Prayers For Others
Hymn 551 In Heavenly Love Abiding
Based on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Leader: Go to speak the word of life and hope.
All: Do not fear, but trust in God.
Leader: Watch for God with eagerness,
All: and be generous with all God has given.
Leader: And may God respond to our every cry with mercy;
All: May Christ Jesus take us by the hand & lift us to life.
Benediction & Amen
Hyfrydol R. Vaughan Williams
This Morning’s Choir Music
It seems right that the introit for the start of a new term should be a motet
composed for the dedication of a sanctuary. ‘Locus iste’ is by the German
composer of the romantic period, Anton Brucker, He is best known as a
great symphonist but his smaller choral pieces are equally fine. This motet
was written for the dedication of the votive chapel of Linz cathedral in 1856
and is one of the best known of a series of fine motets written throughout his life.
William Harris was director of music at St George’s Chapel Windsor from
1933 to 1961. ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God’ was commissioned for the
opening of the Headquarters of the Royal School of Church Music in 1954.
Again, this seems appropriate as we celebrate the start of a new season of
music. It calls on us to ‘celebrate the joys of the temple with a season of festivity.’
NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
0. FOODBANK DONATIONS With the great concern about the cost of
living over the winter, we are re-starting collections of tinned and dried
food (not fresh food) to give to those who will be in need. Most of the food
will be donated to the foodbank which is open on Wednesday afternoons
by our friends at Priestfield Parish Church, run via the Edinburgh Food
Project. Some will be retained here, in case anyone comes to the church
looking for food. If you would like to donate, there will be marked buckets
at the side door for bags of food to be placed in. Thank you!
1. OPEN TO ALL Coffee and tea will be served in the McDonald Hall at
the close of the Sunday morning services. Everyone is most welcome.
2. HEARING LOOP The whole of the church is served by a hearing loop.
Users should turn their hearing aid to the setting marked T.
3. YOUTH UPDATE TONIGHT- Sunday 4 September: Youth Group will
have its 'kick-off' session in the garden (weather permitting!) for all ages
(P6-S6) from 6.15-8.00pm. There will be pizza and lots of games as we
discuss the year before us as a community. Bring a friend! If you have any
questions, contact Hillary.
4. JOIN THE CHOIR! It is lovely to have the choir and Chamber Group
back for this Sunday. The numbers of volunteers are dwindling and it would
be great to have some new voices joining us. You would be made very
welcome. We practice for about an hour on Thursday evenings and have a
run through before the 10.45 service on Sunday. While some musical
literacy is useful it is not essential and the expert members of the Chamber
Group provide support and help in learning the music. We rehearse music
for a week two ahead so if you can't manage every rehearsal and Sunday
we would still be glad to see you for what you could manage. If you are
interested or want to find out more speak to our choir leader Walter
5. The next AFTERNOON SERVICE celebrating Holy Communion will take
place on Tuesday 13 September at 2.30pm led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth.
The service will take place in the Bill McDonald Hall via West Mayfield level
access and followed by light refreshments. Proceedings usually finish at
3.45pm at the latest.
Everyone is always made most welcome. You might find this less formal
worship style a good way to re-join us and to renew friendships after the
upset and isolation over recent times. If you haven’t been before please
come this time and if you would like to bring someone with you for
company, please do! To make things easy we all remain seated at our
tables for 4 – 6 people for the Service and the refreshments that follow. If
you would appreciate further information please speak with Kay McIntosh
or your Pastoral Visitor (PV) - or Anne Sturrock. Kay would appreciate
having your name in advance if you intend to be present to enable us to
plan seating and catering. Her number is 07587 043 191.
6. JEAN’S KILTWALK I will be walking 14 miles on September 18 and
fundraising for Edinburgh Street Pastors. You may like to donate at
www.justgiving.com/EdinburghKiltwalk2022-JeanLeitch Cash or cheques
also gratefully received. Thank You! Jean MacGilchrist
7. STUDENT WELCOME ‘CURRY AND CONVERSATION’ EVENING We still
have some places available to welcome new postgraduate divinity students
at New College at our Curry and Conversation evening on Wednesday 14
September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Bill McDonald Hall.
WELCOME HOSTS FOR STUDENTS We are grateful to those individuals and
families from Mayfield Salisbury who have volunteered as ‘welcome hosts’
to these students, but we would really like some more. Examples of hosting
activities include inviting the students for a meal, showing them the local
sights or joining them at church on a Sunday morning. Please consider this
opportunity to offer a warm Scots welcome to these students which is
much appreciated and very rewarding.
If you would (1) like to attend the meal on September 14 and/or (2)
volunteer as a student host (or learn more about what’s involved) please
8. PASTORAL CARE If you would like to have a regular home visit or
telephone call from one of our pastoral care team, please contact me and I
will arrange that for you. If you would like to be held in prayer, or would
like us to pray for someone you know, please make your request to Kay. If
you would like to participate in our confidential prayer chain praying for
these requests, please get in touch; prayer chain emails are sent out once a
week. You can email Kay on 07587 043 191 or
9. MIDWEEK PRAYERS You are most welcome to attend a time of
peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this Tuesday at 10.00am.
10. COFFEE AND BLETHERS will next take place on Thursdays 8 and then
22 September from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. All are very welcome!
11. GIVING – QR CODE Today you will see we have added a QR code to
this Order of Service and larger versions near the exit doors. Our Quick
Response code is a handy way of using your smart ‘phone or tablet’s QR
app to link you to our Giving Page. Once you have joined the Giving Page
all the usual protocols and safeguards are still operative.
The Kirk Session wishes to express its continuing gratitude to those who
support the Church's work through their offerings. Covid restrictions have
prevented circulation of the ‘plate’ during services but those who would
have wished to use it may make use of the bowls marked ‘Plate Collection’
situated in the vestibule and halls entrance, at the close of the service .
Regular and one-off donations are possible online at
www.give.net/20311853 (scan the QR code) Or please contact our Freewill
Offerings Treasurer, Hugh Somerville on 0131 466 2446 or
Order of service for next week:
Thursday – 6.00pm
Next parish magazine Grapevine:
Friday 30 September at 6.00pm
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