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It’s Sunday 20th September, and we’re back for our “normal” weekly worship services. We’re really enjoying being back, and it’s great to see everybody worshipping in the Church sanctuary again. We continue to operate in accordance with Scottish Government requirements and guidelines, 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 -“Loving God, compassionate Son, healing Spirit, You meet us in so many places and in so many different ways, when our need is deep and we long for you, and when we think we can manage on our own. You draw near to us in kindness. You turn weeping into laughter, sorrow into joy, death into life. You speak a word of challenge and a word of comfort to draw us to You. In gratitude, we come before You today, seeking Your word for us, and to enjoy Your gift of life in all its fullness. Receive our praise and our prayers, offered in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. Amen”
- Opening praise – Read or sing “God the father of creation” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 20:1-16
- Video Sermon – A bigger piece of the cake. – This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 20th September 2020.
- Praise – Read or sing “God will take care of you” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God of Hope, when the world is bleak and dark, you pierce the shadows with light. You help us see new paths and possibilities. For hope in times of despair, for clarity when we felt confused, for a way forward when we thought all was lost, we give You thanks. We pray today for those who feel hopeless; for those who are sick or dying; for those who mourn; and for those weighed down by heavy burdens. May each of us know and share Your gift of hope. God of Peace, all around us there is conflict: in our world, our communities, our families, even our closest relationships. We thank You for steps toward reconciliation in our lives, our communities, and among peoples of different cultures and histories. We pray today for places where pain, violence and cruelty seem to have the upper hand. May each of us know and share Your gift of peace. God of Joy, we give You thanks for moments of delight and occasions of celebration; for laughter, friendship, and love. We remember those who do not know such joy; those who are lonely or bitter, hurt, or difficult to love.
May each of us know and share Your gift of joy. God of Love, in Jesus Christ, Your love was born in human life. Jesus was rooted in a particular family, yet His love stretched far beyond to include outsiders and those rejected by others. We are so grateful to be part of His circle. We pray for our families, those closest to us and those estranged. We pray for friends and strangers, for those very different from ourselves, and we pray even for our enemies. Help us draw our circle of affection wider, seeing our connection with all people.
May each of us know and share Your gift of love. All this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Benediction – “God shows mercy and love to all people. Go into the world where strife and injustice prevail and bring God’s love to each person you meet, not counting the cost, but rejoicing in the sharing…and may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and always. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “There’s a wilderness in God’s Mercy” – 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?
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.
Sundays 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.