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This Sunday 21st June will be our 14th Sunday of isolation, and hopefully we can now look forward to seeing our families back together in the near future. With Scotland moving into Phase 2 of restriction easing we are now able to start getting Wilson Memorial Church ready to welcome people for times of quiet private prayer. However, we must accept that it will be some time before normal worship services will be allowed to resume. It still remains extremely important for everyone to stay at home, and keep safe, so Wilson Memorial Church invites you to join us online, from the safe comfort of your home, as Rev Mike presents this weeks video sermon.
This weeks 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 – “You alone are our God, and we will worship no-one and nothing else above You. We give thanks for the good You have done for us and for all people. We ask You to receive our praise and our worship through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 10:1-42
- Video Sermon – Be afraid……But do it anyway!
- Praise – Read or sing “In Christ alone my hope is found” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God of compassion and courage, in our weakness You are our strength. In our darkness You are our light. In our sorrows You are our comfort and peace. Embrace each situation we remember in our prayers today with Your steadfast love.
We thank You for those moments of joy that still break into our lives even in this strange time of COVID-19; for love given and received, for friends who give meaning and happiness to our lives, for family who surrounds us with love and understanding. And we thank You for true father-figures in our lives, whether our biological fathers, or those who have mentored and nurtured us in life.
We pray for our country and for countries around the world that have been deeply impacted by COVID-19. Guide our leaders to make wise decisions as we move towards an easing of the restrictions, and give patience and courage to those whose lives have been disrupted, especially those who afraid of what the future may hold.
God of all compassion, we pray for peace in places torn by war, and ask that respect for all people will grow where there is injustice, prejudice and inequality. We pray for all those who are suffering and for all who mourn significant loss. Surround them with Your love and support them with the strength of Your Spirit, and open our eyes to see how we might bring Your comfort to those who are hurting. All this we ask in Jesus name. Amen.“
- Benediction – “Thank you again for watching/listening/reading, and remember that no matter what happens in your life of faith, you are more valuable than sparrows. So, don’t be afraid, but continue to acknowledge Christ in your words and in your actions, and may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit remain with you now and always. Amen”
- Extinguish the candle
What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?
We have created a program of on-line events that you can join in from the comfort of your favourite armchair. Details of these events can be found on our “What’s on – Lockdown special” web page. Go and check it out, NOW!
In addition to video sermons, we also now have podcast sermons available to download and listen to on your mobile device wherever you are.
Opening Up – As permitted by the Scottish Government, we are now preparing our Church sanctuary to welcome people for time of private prayer and personal reflection. We are ensuring that all recommended safeguards are in place, in line with government guidance and best practice, and that we have a robust control process to protect all our visitors. Please check our website regularly for further details of when we will be open for prayer.
Our Basics Bank, Food Bank, continues to operate as normal 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 June/July 2020 edition of STEDFAST, our denominations magazine, is now available from Wilson Memorial Church.
We have hard copy coffee-table editions and soft copy tablet/PC editions available.
To find out more about this issue, visit our current Stedfast article.