Welcome to this Service of Worship
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
29 January 2023
GATHERS TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD
Adagio from Symphony No. 3, Louis Vierne (1870-1938)
Welcome & Church News
Preparatory Silence for Worship
Introit - We will rejoice in thy salvation
Words: from Psalms 20 and 18
Music: Bernard Rose (1916 to 1996)
We will rejoice in thy salvation and triumph in the name of the
Lord our God: The Lord will perform all thy petitions; Thou also
shalt light my candle; the Lord my God shall make my darkness
Call to Worship
From words of Janet Morley
Leader: For all who have gone before us
All:... who have spoken to our hearts and brought us your blessing,
we praise you, Lord God.
Leader: For all who live among us
All:… whose weaknesses and strengths are woven with our own,
we praise you, Lord God.
Leader: For all who live beside us
All:... who challenge us to change the world with them,
we praise you, Lord God.
Hymn 127 - O Worship the King, All Glorious Above
Prayer of Approach, Praise, Confession and The Lord’s Prayer
Leader: We thank you for your mercy
All:.. and praise you for your love.
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 159 Lord for the Years Your Love Has Kept and Guided
(t. Lord of the Years)
Reading Micah 6:1 - 4, 6 - 8
Read by Niall Finlayson (OT p880)
God Challenges Israel
6 Hear what the Lord says:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the Lord has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
3 ‘O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam….
What God Requires
6 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’
8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Anthem Blest are the pure in heart
Words: John Keble( 1792 – 1866)
Music: H Walford Davies (1869 – 1941)
Blest are the pure in heart, for they shall see our God.
The secret of the Lord is theirs, Their soul is Christ’s abode.
Still to the lowly soul he doth himself impart,
And for His dwelling and His throne chooseth the pure in heart.
Reading Matthew 5:1 - 12
Read by Niall Finlayson (NT p4)
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat
down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught
3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for
your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the
prophets who were before you.
Reader: For the Word of God revealed through Scripture.
ALL: Thanks be to God
Hymn 528 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
(t. Channel of Your Peace)
Sermon ‘Blessed to be a Blessing’
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth
Pause for Reflection
Hymn 801 Ubi Caritas - Sung three times, seated
Prayer for Others
From a prayer of Brian McLaren
Hymn 522 The Church is Wherever God’s People are Praising
(t. The Bard of Armagh)
Leader: Blessed are you needy ones:
All: The kingdom of God is yours.
Leader: Blessed are you who are hungry:
All: You will be satisfied.
Leader: Blessed are you who weep now:
All: You will be filled with laughter.
Leader: Blessed are you who show mercy
All: You will receive mercy
Leader: Blessed are us all, when we show love and bring peace:
All: We will be called God’s children
Benediction and Threefold Amen
Fantasia a Quatro, António Carreira (c. 1520-30 - c. 1597)
THIS MORNING’S CHOIR MUSIC The introit, with it’s reference to
candlelight, reflects the celebration of Candlemas on 2nd February. Bernard
Rose was for many years organist and master of the Choristers at
Magdalene College, Oxford. The introit is one of a set of three written in
1958 and is a fluid and expressive setting of the text with voice parts
subdivided to add richness of sound.
Sir Henry Walford Davies (of “Solemn melody” and the “RAF March Past”
fame) succeeded Edward Elgar as Master of the King’s Music. He was
music advisor to the BBC, a renowned broadcaster and held various
professorships. The short motet to a poem of two ve.rses based on the
Beatitudes is a concise yet effective setting of the text.
NEWS AND INTIMATIONS
1. OPEN TO ALL Coffee and tea are served in the McDonald Hall at the
close of the Sunday morning services. Everyone is very welcome.
2. SERVICE ON SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY - 30th ANNIVERSARY On 5
February we will have a service to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
union of Mayfield and Salisbury churches. In a year which will see us work
to unite with two other congregations this will give us an opportunity to
mark our respective histories and how we have melded into a new
3. RECENT BEREAVEMENTS It is with much sadness that we share the
news that Barbara Dodds died on 5 January. Her funeral and service of
thanksgiving will take place on Tuesday 31 January at 10.00am at
4. CAFÉ TIME – FOR MARYS MEALS Saturday 4 February 10.00am to
12noon at Priestfield Church: all welcome. No charge and all donations will
go to Mary’s Meals', a charity which serves nutritious school meals to
children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. The promise of
a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them
the energy to learn and hope for a better future. They are already feeding
2,429,182 children every school day. It costs just £19.15 to feed a child in a
place of education for a whole school year.
5. YOUTH GROUP
Please note that there is NO Youth Group on Sun. 29 Jan. We will be
meeting on Sunday 5 February for a LGBTQ+ and faith discussion night for
all ages (P6-S6) from 6:15-8:00pm
Breakfast Club Outing (12-16+ Young Church): On Sun 5 February, we will
be having our annual breakfast outing at Victor Hugo's near the Meadows.
If you'd like to attend, please sign-up by emailing Hillary before Mon. 30
Jan. Cost is £5 per youth. Consent forms and money are due on the day of
the outing.to attend, please sign-up by emailing Hillary before Mon. 30 Jan.
Cost is £5 per youth. Consent forms and money are due on the day of the outing.
6. WARM SPACES We are joining a local initiative with other churches
and faiths congregations. Combined, this should help to provide warm and
welcoming spaces for five days a week. Our warm hub is every Friday from
1pm to 4pm in Church House, where everyone is most welcome for tea,
coffee, snacks and conversation.
7. 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
8. THURSDAY CLUB takes place every Thursday at 2pm in the Bill
McDonald Hall. This week, Mary Welsh will give a talk which will be
followed by tea and fellowship. All are very welcome!
9. A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE EDINBURGH FOOD BANK There has been an
unprecedented rise in the demand for support from food banks. This year,
the Trussell Trust have started to supply NHS with food boxes, 250 to date.
Each food box (crate) is packed at their warehouse where donations are
sent. Each box contains enough basic food for 2/3 days and all the
essentials. Additionally toiletries, sanitary products and nappies are offered
dependent of need. The individual’s voucher identifies the household size
to ensure that all the family needs can be met. Emergency packs are given
to those without a voucher and information on how to get one. Donations
are date stamped so extras / unpopular donations, healthy cereal, flour etc.
are given to Social Bite who provide home and train opportunities and a
weekly meal service. They also run the restaurant Vesta in Edinburgh.
Each food bank centre tops up its boxes as needed, however, storage space
and the risk of vermin accessing food can be a problem. Consequently it is
requested that any donations are left in the designated box/ via a
designated collection point at our church or one of the supermarkets.
Many thanks for your ongoing support. Joan Adam
10. GIVING – QR CODE 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 safeguards are still operative.
PLATES: Those who would have wished to use it may make use of the
offering plates 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
Scottish Charity Number SC000785