But We Had Hoped

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This Sunday, 26th April, is our 6th 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 “We come together, but in different places, following different roads. But we all come to hear the wisdom of Scripture, and to discover the One revealed within it. Come, let us worship God, made known in Christ Jesus.”
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Luke 24 : 10-35
  • Video Sermon – But we had hoped
  • Praise – Read or sing “Brother, Sister, Let me serve you” (Church Hymnary 4 : 694) – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – “Lord Jesus, You have walked the Emmaus Road with Your faithful people in many generations, people facing challenge and uncertainty, people seeking Your purpose and promise. Thank You for Your faithfulness to us in all situations. Walk with us and with those for whom we pray for today, that Your grace and mercy may sustain our faith and hope.
    Lord, Jesus when things happen that we find hard to deal with, help us to be honest with You, even if it’s through tears or anger, and ride the storm with us. Help us to trust You are there, even when we cannot see or feel You close. Then gently tilt our faces to look into Yours, and to find there, limitless compassion, endless understanding and patience, and the courage we need to begin again.
    We bring to You those who carry with them in their hearts, the pain of losing a loved one. We pray for all who mourn…speak into each life, bringing strength and courage, and re-kindle in them the flame of hope.
    We pray for children and young people who are facing uncertain times in their education. Give them hope grounded in the knowledge that their lives matter to You. Show them how to make a difference in the world, whatever challenges they face as they grow.
    We pray for people for whom age or experience, illness or disability create barriers to full participation in the world. Give each one a sense of dignity and purpose. Show them where their gifts are needed and how much they matter to You.
    We pray for communities challenged by forces beyond their control: the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis it is creating, and all the other ways it is impacting our lives. Give courage to those facing these challenges day by day, and give wisdom to those who lead us through them.
    We pray for our congregation, for our life together and our future. In a time when we cannot gather in person, sustain our fellowship and strengthen our prayers for one another so that You will find us faithful on our journey into that future.
    All these things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen”
  • Reflection
    • When in your life have you found yourself saying, “But we had hoped…”?
    • What does “before the resurrection there was a cross” mean to you?.
  • Benediction “People of the Emmaus Road, rejoice, for Christ is with you. Bring God’s love and peace to all whom you meet. Go in confidence that Christ walks with you, each and every step of the way. Go in peace now and forever.”
  • Extinguish the candle

What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?

basics bank imageBasics Bank Appeal – Sadly, in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, there have been more people needing help from our Basics Bank Food Bank.  As a result, we are running low on some key stocks, and are appealing for donations.  Please visit read our Basics Bank Appeal article for more details.

Please understand that all Wilson Memorial Church services and activities are currently 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.