A plethora of parables

Wilson Memorial Church : On Demand.  On your phone.  On your tablet. On your computer.

This Sunday 26th July is the 19th Sunday since we last held a communal worship service in our Church. We look forward to being able to open our doors on Sunday mornings for worship services again, and we are working hard to make preparations to do this in as safe and responsible a way as possible.  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“Lord, You place before us today images of the small…the tiny mustard seed, the grain of yeast, the hidden treasure…and remind us, that though we may think of ourselves as small we are not insignificant in Your Kingdom. Open our hearts and our minds to You in thankful remembrance of the ways in which we can serve You throughout all our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
  • Video Sermon A plethora of parables
  • Praise – Read or sing “To what can the kingdom of God be compared” – sing to the tune of “To God be the Glory”.  Here are the words (unfortunately we do not have a YouTube link for this weeks praise hymn):To what can the kingdom of God be compared?
    A mustard seed falls where a field’s been prepared,
    And there, where predictable plantings should be,
    There grows up a wild bush — as big as a tree!
    God of love, here on earth, hidden things still surprise:
    Loving deeds … signs of birth … faithful, Spirit-filled lives.
    Your reign is amazing, your ways still astound,
    Just like that new life springing forth from the ground.

    A small bit of leaven will change the whole bread:
    A poor woman sees that her neighbours are fed,
    A church reaches out to the youth in the town,
    A man shares his faith and God’s blessings abound.
    God of love, here on earth, hidden things still surprise:
    Loving deeds … signs of birth … faithful, Spirit-filled lives.
    Your reign is among us, creation is blessed,
    When even a few faithful lives change the rest.

    While some look for treasure or one priceless pearl,
    God’s reign is the gift wise ones seek in this world.
    A girl sells possessions to help those in need;
    A boy chooses faithfulness rather than greed.
    God of love, here on earth, hidden things still surprise:
    Loving deeds … signs of birth … faithful, Spirit-filled lives.
    Your reign is a treasure that wise ones pursue;
    May we seek your kingdom in all that we do.

  • Prayer – “Generous God, in Jesus You came to us, showing us what Your Kingdom is like. We give You thanks for the abundant gifts we receive in Jesus: assurance of Your love every day; mercy when we recognise our own failings; hope when things seem bleak; peace that comes when we trust in You. Lord, these are the gifts that really matter, and each one may seem small and insignificant on their own, but when taken together they not only transform our lives, but the world, and so we give You all the thanks and praise.
    Caring God, the world is going through difficult times this summer, and so we pray for all whose lives seem empty of joy: because plans have been changed, and friends seem so far away; because hearts are filled with disappointment and loneliness; because sorrow and grief threaten to overwhelm. Lord, support each one we name in our own hearts.
    Healing God, we remember before those who lives are empty of peace and hope: because they struggle with illness or disability; because they are powerless in the face of violence; because old animosities raise their ugly head and opportunities for reconciliation seem so elusive. Lord, send Your dove of peace and promise to create new possibilities for each one.
    Generous, Caring, and Healing God, fill us with the energy and compassion of Your Holy Spirit to reach out to all who are facing difficult times. May we become the gift we have received in Jesus, for it is in His name we pray. Amen.”
  • Benediction “Thank you again for joining me, and until next time remember to take the smallest seed and produce life…add yeast to the bread of life and it will grow…find the hidden treasure in your life, and invest all you have in living for God…cast wide your net and bring in the catch…and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will be yours and remain with you now and always. Amen”
  • Extinguish the candle

What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?

basics bank imageWe 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.

Private prayerOpening 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

Stedfast June 2020

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.

 

 

 

 

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