Wilson Memorial Church : On Demand. On your phone. On your tablet. On your computer.
This Sunday is 10th May, and our 8th 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 – “We are never left outside God’s house. Jesus Himself has prepared a place for each of us. Let us make ready our hearts to receive the goodness of the Lord, for He is our cornerstone, and His Church will stand faithfully as a house of praise and service wherever we are because of His love. Let us worship God. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – John 14:1-7
- Video Sermon – Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.
- Praise – Read or sing “When we walk with the Lord/Trust and obey” (Mission Praise : 760) – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God of power and might, who raised Jesus from the dead, You free our hearts from trouble and prepare a place of joy for all Your children. And so we thank You for Your promise and Your peace which we need so desperately in these days.
In Christ, we know You as the way. You set free all who turn to You in moments of challenge and uncertainty. We pray for those who feel lost or alone, those who live with great anxiety and doubt and any who are fearful of what tomorrow may bring…God of the Way, open the eyes of those who are struggling so that they can see that there is a new way filled with hope for them, with the promise of rest and renewal.
In Christ, we know You as the truth. You reveal all that is false and untrue in these confusing times. We pray for those who have put their faith in false hope and flimsy promises, those who are deceived by the lies of the power hungry and any who are misled by the distorted claims that circulate each day…God of the Truth, reveal the emptiness of things that distract and mislead us and empower us to see what is true.
In Christ, we know You as the life. You promise to overcome all that is rooted in death and decay by Your resurrecting power. We pray for people who struggle with illness and grief and all who live with deep sadness, depression or hopelessness. We pray for those for whom each day seems like a chore…God of all Life and of every life, heal those who are suffering, and help each of us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus so that in our living and in our loving, Your Kingdom might reign, not just in the future, but in the here-and-now. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.“
- Benediction – “This morning we have focussed on John 14: 1-7, but I also made mention of vv.18-19, and 25-27. In verses 18-19 we have this promise, ‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.’ That is a wonderful promise of Jesus’ continued presence with us, always. And then in vv.25-27 Jesus gives us a gift when He says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.’ And so we end where we began, with the promise of comfort and hope and the assurance that goodbye is never the last word…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?
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 Scotland
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.