Living Hope in a Hope-Less Time

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This Sunday is 19th April, our 5th Sunday of isolation and social distancing, as our country continues with its struggles to contain the Covid-19 virus.  In this “new” style of life, it continues to be extremely important for everyone to stay at home.  During this time of staying indoors and away from people we know and love, Wilson Memorial Church invites you to join us online, from the safe comfort of your home, as Rev Mike presents this weeks video sermon.

An order of worship that you can use:

  • Light a candle – to remember that Christ is the light of the world, and overcomes every darkness.
  • Call to worship “If we are the disciples, locked in a room of fear, Jesus appears to us. If we are Thomas, full of doubt, Jesus turns to us. If we bear trials and suffering, God comes to us in power. If we rejoice, we do so in the presence of God. So let us come, whoever and wherever we are, to the God of hope and life.”
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – 1 Peter 1 : 3-9
  • Video Sermon – Living hope in hope-less times
  • Praise – Read or sing “My hope is built on nothing less” (Mission Praise : 473) – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – “Surprising God, we come to Easter through the long Lenten journey in which you have called us to examine our lives, and Lord there has been much time to do that this year. Then on Easter Sunday we experience anew our freedom from darkness to walk in the Light with You. However, Easter and its celebration so quickly slide into the past and we are again tempted to return again to our doubts and fears. Surprise us again, Lord, as Jesus surprised the disciples, and remind us that the signs of Jesus’ resurrection are all around us.
    Lord, as we remember today our dear friends who suffer from illness and loss, help us to be a presence of comfort, even as we are apart; for those who are lost and alone, separated from family and friends, we ask that You empower us to reach out in compassion; for all who are in situations of danger, and especially those who are on the front line of caring for us all, we pray that Your peace will be with them and that they will be protected by You; for our community, our nation, Lord, we ask that You give to our leaders compassion and wisdom, remembering that their lives also rest in Your care; and we pray for ourselves, asking for an extra measure of faith so that as doubts arise, we may meet them with confidence, and emerge from our isolation as strong witnesses to Your love. In Christ’s name, we offer this prayer. Amen
  • Reflection
    • What are the things that your are feeling ‘low’ about at the moment?
    • What are you doing, or could do, that is helping you keep your feet on solid ground?
    • Take time to give thanks to God for His promises of a living hope in your life.
  • Benediction “In great mercy, God has given us a new birth into a living hope, for it is the risen Christ who stands in our midst and says, ‘Peace be with you!’ We go forward to walk the path of new life and living hope. And may the peace of the risen Christ be with us!
    I hope you find this simple act of worship helpful…remember, we maybe apart but we are still united in Christ.”
  • Extinguish the candle

What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?

During this time of global uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Wilson Memorial Church services and activities are suspended, apart from the Basics Bank Food Bank, which continues to operate every Tuesday providing a critical service to individuals and families suffering hardship in our local community.

Read more about the United Free Church of ScotlandStedfast 202004_05

The April/May 2020 edition of STEDFAST, our denominations magazine, is available now from Wilson Memorial Church.

Click this link to go to our current Stedfast article, and find out how to view a copy online.  This months edition features some reflections from our own Rev Mike about what Easter means to him.