Forgiveness: Reluctantly or thankfully?

Forgiveness

We are back again! : In Church, In Person. On Demand.  On your phone.  On your tablet. On your computer.

This Sunday 13th September we are back again in our Church sanctuary for weekly worship services.   Last week saw us hold our first “in person” worship services since March.  It was great to be back.  It was great to see everybody, and it was really great to return to worship in our Church sanctuary.  We are operating in accordance with Scottish Government requirements, and in order to accommodate as many members and friends as possible, we are holding two services, at 10:00am and at 11:00am.  Attending numbers have to be restricted, and it is essential to book in advance (see our section below titled Sundays re-started).

We are also presenting this weeks sermon and a home worship order of service, here for you to use if you are not able to make it to Wilson Memorial Church in person, or if you just want to listen to Rev Mike again.

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 -“Holy and loving One, God of might and mercy, the heavens and the earth are full of Your glory.  Your love transforms our lives.  You take darkness and give light.  You take grief and give healing.  You take tiredness and give strength.  You take fear and give courage.  You take death and give new life.
    So, we come before You in worship, handing over to You all that weighs us down, waiting for Your refreshing and renewing gifts.  Renew us in this time of worship, we pray, so that we may serve You in Jesus’ name.   Amen”
  • Opening praise –  Read or sing “We have come into his house” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 18:21-35
  • Video Sermon Forgiveness: Reluctantly or thankfully?  This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 13th September 2020.
  • Praise – Read or sing “God forgave my sin” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – God of light and hope, we pray for those who face lives filled with darkness and despair: for those who suffer in body, mind, and spirit; for those bowed down under the burdens of sorrow and grief; for those who cannot see the way ahead.  We pray for those who accompany others in dark times and places: for those who comfort the grieving, and work for healing and new possibilities.  May all these find their darkness transformed by Your presence.  Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.  God of freedom and justice, we pray for those who suffer abuse, violence, or injustice at the hands of powerful people or forces in their lives, and for those who have been betrayed by people entrusted with their care.  Stir within us and all people a deep respect for life, and encourage those who struggle for freedom and truth to be heard and for reconciliation to be achieved.  Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.  God of peace and promise, we pray for those who work for peace in the world, for leaders and decision makers, for those who hold power and can make a difference in their communities, and for those who make and enforce laws.  Awaken within us all a respect for the needs of the most vulnerable, including the creation and its fragile balances.  Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.  God of wisdom and understanding, we pray for those who misunderstand the words and actions of others, and for those who are misunderstood.  We pray for those who teach, and those who learn, especially those who struggle and are afraid to ask or receive help.  In this challenging school year, guide teachers and students in new patterns of learning and keep each one safe and healthy.  Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.  God of forgiveness and reconciliation; we pray for those we have hurt or offended and for those to whom we have been unkind.  We pray for those who have hurt us, or been careless with our feelings.  Work in our lives to redeem and restore broken relationships.  Shape us into gracious and forgiving people.  Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.  In the silence of this moment we name before You other concerns on our minds today…Amen.”
  • Benediction “As we leave this place this morning, let us do so knowing that we  are forgiven by God…and then let us forgive others.  And may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and always.  Amen.”
  • Closing praise – Read or sing “I want a heart that forgives” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • 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 prayerSundays re-started– As permitted by the Scottish Government, we are now open for Sunday worship services.  Unfortunately, we do have to introduce some restrictions in order that we can manage the required social distancing rules, and keep everyone as safe as possible.  This means we have had to significantly reduce our seating capacity, and introduce a booking system to ensure we do not exceed the allowed number of worshipers in our church building.  In order that as many people as possible can join us, we will be holding two Sunday worship services: At 10:00am and 11:00am.  Details of the  booking process can be found in the August Issue 5 Newsletter. Social distancing measures and hygiene precautions are 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 August/September 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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