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This Sunday 12th July is our 17th Sunday of isolation. But thankfully, as we are now able to open our church twice weekly for time of private prayer, reflection and meditation, it is not 17 weeks since we last saw one another. We look forward to being able to welcome everyone back on Sunday mornings, but as yet we are not able to say when that will be. However, you can be certain, that when we do re-open for worship services, your safety will be paramount. But, in the meantime 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.
- Opening prayer – “God of growth, You sow and You gather, You tend and You prune, You judge and You save. In this time of worship we come and pause in Your presence…to rest from our work and responsibilities, to rest from our play and distractions, to rest from our fears and concerns. Receive our love and attention in this time of worship so that we in turn might enjoy Your love and attention to our lives in this world You love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 13:1-9
- Video Sermon – Just plant the seed, and let God do the rest
- Praise – Read or sing “You walked among the grainfields” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Tender and loving God, these days of pandemic have shown us how much we depend upon You and on others. We pray for those who do not have enough food, and for those who have so generously given to our Food Bank to meet that need. You gather people together in communities to care for each other and to enjoy each other’s company and creativity. Yet, the pandemic has revealed there are so many vulnerable people, so many places where resources are not shared fairly. Where there is division, bring unity and peace with justice; Where people are distracted, give wisdom to see what is important; Where people are tired and anxious, bring strength and courage. God of compassion, You call us to be communities held together by prayer and love for our neighbours. Where people mourn loss of any kind, provide comfort; Where there is illness and pain, bring healing; Where there is distress or discouragement, transform fear into hope. By Your Holy Spirit, equip us to serve one another in Christ’s name so that Your compassion touches lives with love and mercy…so that people not only hear Your Word, but experience it through us.
Loving God, we lay before You now our own personal concerns in this moment of silence…
We offer all these prayers, spoken and unspoken, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God. Amen.”
- Benediction – “God has placed the seed of His love and forgiveness, not just in your mouths, but in your hearts. Let us go into God’s world with joy, telling of the good news of God’s abundant, lavish love for all of creation. Let us go to be a witness to all the miraculous possibilities for hope and peace…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 now 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.