When our home becomes our church

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This Sunday is 3rd May, and we have reached our 7th Sunday of isolation and social distancing, while 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 “Lord Jesus, You are our promise and our hope, our place of rest and peace, our security and our assurance. Whoever we are, You accept us. Whatever we do, You love us. Whenever we fall, You lift us up. Amen.”
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Acts 2 : 42-47
  • Video Sermon – When our Church home becomes our home church
  • Praise – Read or sing “I am the Church, You are the Church” (Church Hymnary 4 : 204) – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – “Loving God, You bless us each day with glimpses of resurrection and the promise of new life, in the signs of spring, the stories of kindness, and perseverance during crisis. Touch our hearts in surprising ways with what we share together in Jesus.
    We pray for people who are struggling with illness, loneliness, grief or sadness, thinking especially of those whose lives have been redefined by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
    We pray for those whose working life has been changed drastically by this pandemic, thinking of health care workers, those in the food supply chain, and all those whose jobs have disappeared…may each life be touched by the power of resurrection and new hope.
    We pray for countries and communities where it is not safe to live out their faith openly….may all people of faith be granted the freedom to praise You without fear.
    We pray for people in the world who are victims of discrimination and acts of hatred, and remember those unjustly blamed for the outbreak of the pandemic…may Your desire for justice be made known and lived out in our lives.
    We pray for our congregation, and all people who make up Your community of faith, and who have had to rethink what it means to be Your people…may we discover new ways to be Your Easter people in the world.
    We pray for our families, our friends and for ourselves…may each of us know the power of Your compassion and promises.
    We ask these things in the name of Jesus, the Risen Lord. Amen.

  • Reflection
    • What have you been doing to maintain a sense of community and worship?
    • What do you think the Church might look like after COVID-19? What will be the same and what will be different?
  • Benediction “Well, it’s that time again, and so I pray that God will lead you to places of rest and renewal; may Christ accompany you on the journey; may the Holy Spirit fill your hearts with joy and generosity; and may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon you wherever you are, and dwell in your hearts this day and always. Amen.”
  • Extinguish the candle

What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?

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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.

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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.