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This Sunday 28th June will be our 15th Sunday of isolation, and we can now look forward to our church re-opening for individual prayer. While we work hard to get things ready, please remember that it is still extremely important for everyone to stay at home, and keep safe. So until we do return to normal, 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 – “Lord of all hope, when the dark clouds of life begin to overwhelm us, You bring us the light of Your love and truth. When fears seem to stop us in our tracks, You give us courage and strength to stand firm. We thank You for Your call to us. We praise You for Your sustaining love for us. We honour You with our lives and our service to You; for it is in Christ’s name, we offer this prayer. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 10:40-42
- Video Sermon – Discipleship in a cup of cold water
- Praise – Read or sing “When the poor ones” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Lord God of heaven and earth, with joy and thanksgiving, we praise You for You create, sustain, and redeem all things. For making us in Your image to love one another and to care for creation, we give You thanks. For the gift of your Son whose life is the pattern for our lives and living, we give You thanks. For the energy of Your Spirit to inspire us in times of challenge and change, we give You thanks.
Strengthen us in these difficult days to show Your love to others as we pray for the church and those who lead it as we adapt to new ways of worshiping and being together…
We pray for those who lead the nations of the world that they may work for the well-being of all people, but particular the most vulnerable…
We pray for those who serve as teachers, healers and caregivers in these stressful days when their work is so demanding…
We pray for the poor, the homeless, the hungry and all those livelihoods have been disrupted by COVID-19…
We pray for those who are ill or struggling, and for those who mourn the loss of someone dear to them…
We pray for the powerless and the oppressed in all places and for those who work to defend them…
Hear us also as we pray for ourselves and our own needs, as we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.“
- Benediction – “There is an old Jewish custom of using what is described as a blessing cup, which was shared at the conclusion of a family meal. The practice has migrated into our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, as Jesus took a cup from the table and shared it with His disciples at their last shared meal together. It was used as a family symbol, but has become a sign of togetherness and a means of strengthening our shared bonds of humanity. So, may all our small gestures of love and kindness become a blessing cup for others…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. We also have a “dial a sermon” service available, where you can listen to sermons by telephone. To phone a service, simply call us on 0131 297 6174, you will hear an automated greeting, and then after a short pause the latest sermon will play.
Opening Up – As permitted by the Scottish Government, we are pleased to announce that commencing on 4th July, we will be open each Saturday and Wednesday for individual prayer, quiet reflection, and silent meditation, between 10:00am and 11:30am. Social distancing measures and hygiene precautions will be in place.
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.