Wilson Memorial Church : On Demand. On your phone. On your tablet. On your computer.
This Sunday 9th August is the 21st week since we last held a Sunday worship service in our Church. We look forward to being able to open our doors on Sunday mornings for worship services again, but in the meantime we have now started providing short worship sessions during our Saturday and Wednesday open hours. But, until we can properly 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.
- Opening prayer – “Surprising and mysterious God, You come to us when we least expect it, calling us out of our routines and our plans, inviting us follow Jesus on a great journey of faith.
We praise You for the many ways You comfort and guide us. In our moments of fear, You speak to us with words of reassurance. In our moments of doubt, You reach out Your hand to save us. In our moments of turmoil, You bring calm to the storm.
We place our trust in You today and every day, and worship You in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer, our Saviour, our Lord, and our friend. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 14:22-33
- Video Sermon – Overcoming that sinking feeling
- Praise – Read or sing “Precious Lord, Take my hand” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God of all people, Your love and grace sustain the world and all who live in it. The pandemic has filled so many nations and peoples with turmoil and fear, and so we come before You with prayers for the world You love.
Astonishing God, You come to us in the unforeseen circumstances and in unexpected people. We give You thanks for all the healers and heroes who have stepped forward to surprise us with kindness and courage. We pray for all who face upheaval and uncertainty at this time. Call out leaders with wisdom and imagination to address the fear and change we are all facing, and fill our hearts with compassion and understanding for the most fearful.
God of peace, You reassure us and You remind us not to be afraid when troubles arise. We pray for all people who live in difficult and trying circumstances. Assure them they are not forgotten. We pray for those who struggle with illness, grief, and depression. May they know Your peace and strength lifting them above the waves. Equip, enable, and empower us to reach out in every way we can to embody Your love in our words and actions.
God of hope, You challenge us to stand for justice and work for truth. We pray for all those crying out for fair treatment, working against racism and discrimination of every kind. Open our hearts with understanding and motivate us to act for change. We pray for those who resist the stories of injustice and defend inequality. Open their minds to the truths they deny and show them new possibilities for relationships that bridge divides. Send Your Holy Spirit to work in our communities to create mutual respect and a new way to live as neighbours.
Faithful God, we place our trust in You and Your purposes. Answer our prayers according to Your wisdom and will, for we offer them humbly in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
- Benediction – “Today, we have been embraced by the Love of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and blessed by Jesus to go into this world to offer healing and hope. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 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, silent meditation, and a short sermon from Rev Mike, between 10:00am and 11:00am. 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.