Wilson Memorial Church : On Demand. On your phone. On your tablet. On your computer.
This Sunday 19th July is our 18th Sunday of isolation. We look forward to being able to welcome everyone back on Sunday mornings, and hope to do that soon, 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 who sees and knows our innermost thoughts, and our thoughtless actions, the truth of our lives is this: we are often impetuous and do not seek Your wisdom; we are often stubborn and do not practice mercy; we are often arrogant and do not act with love; we are often anxious and do not trust in You.
Forgive who we have been, change who we are, and direct who we shall become, for the sake of Jesus, our Lord and our Saviour, and in whose name we pray. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
- Video Sermon – Leave the weeding to God
- Praise – Read or sing “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Creator God, You have created such a wonderful and beautiful world, and yet we sow it with the weeds of selfishness and greed, and spoil it for one another. Give strength to those who strive for fairness and justice, care and love, and may they become the hallmarks of our own lives.
God of kindness and love, hear our prayers for the world, for one another, and for ourselves:
We pray for the Church around the world, that it may be faithful and courageous in the face of all challenges;
We pray for mercy, justice, understanding, and peace in relationships between nations, and that during this time of global uncertainty about the future there will still be generosity for all who in need;
We pray for those are struggling to continue to work because of the pandemic, and for those who cannot find work, that as the economy is reorganised all will be treated fairly and those seeking work will not lose hope;
We pray for all who are in danger and need, for the sick and the dying, the poor and the oppressed, for those standing up against injustice, and for all still at risk from COVID-19;
We pray for those who are closest to us, for friendships that have stood the test of many years, and for those who love us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves.
Hear now the words that Jesus taught us, summing up our spoken and unspoken prayers…Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and The Glory, for ever. Amen.”
- Benediction – “Thank you again for sharing in this time of worship, and until next time remember that God’s presence is with you in all that you do. Be those people who plant seeds of comfort and hope amid the weeds, and trust God to bring about the harvest in His time…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.