Wilson Memorial Church : On Demand. On your phone. On your tablet. On your computer.
This Sunday, 17th May, is our 9th 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 – “Creator, Christ and Spirit; how awesome is Your love, O God, One in Three and Three in One! In You, we live and move and have our being. In You, we find our beginning and our end. In You, we find a judge who is kind and gracious. We know You as Saviour, keeping watch over all Your people, calling us to walk in paths of justice and peace, leading us away from trouble, toward the hope You promise. Here we offer You our praise and worship, seeking to serve You in gratitude each and every day. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – John 14:15-21
- Video Sermon – And He walks with Me.
- Praise – Sing or listen to “I come to the garden alone” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Loving God, we thank You for calling us into a relationship with You, and for setting us in the world You love. Through our prayers, we bring to You our doubts and fears, our joys and our concerns, and our deepest longings for Your world.
Reconciling God, we pray for our families and friends, those far away and those close by, and for any who are estranged from us. Where are relationships are strained, bring understanding and new possibility. Bless and protect relationships that are joyful and life-giving.
Guiding God, we pray for all who lead us and who serve the public good. Guide each one to uphold the standards of good service above personal and political gain. Where they experience tension between their faith and their public roles, give them wisdom to make faithful decisions and courage when those decisions are unpopular.
Healing God, we pray for those who are suffering illness, for those in grief or loneliness, and for any who feel frustrated or overwhelmed by what they face. Move in their lives with Your healing grace and show them signs of Your presence and compassion in life-giving ways.
Faithful God, Your Spirit has worked in the world throughout all generations. We thank You that we belong to You in this generation. We pray for life-long believers and for those whose faith is new. May Your church benefit from the wisdom of the experienced and the vibrancy of those beginning their journey. Help us work together in hope, so that our witness to Your purposes and promises will invite others to discover life in You.
We pray all these things in the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord and Saviour. Amen.“
- Benediction – “Thank you for participating in this act of corporate worship, and remember: that wherever we are, we are in God; wherever we are, we are in Christ and Christ is in us, and; wherever we are, the Spirit abides with us and in us…and the blessing of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and forever. Amen.”
- Extinguish the candle
What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?
Sadly all Wilson Memorial Church services and activities continue to be suspended until it becomes safe to resume, apart from the Basics Bank Food Bank, which still to operates every Tuesday providing a critical service to individuals and families suffering hardship in our local community.
Are you looking forward to enjoying worship in Wilson Memorial Church as soon as the lockdown rules are relaxed and it safe to return to group worship? Then have a look at these pictures and see if you recognise any of the faces sitting in the pews.
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.