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Once again we’re back for our “normal” weekly worship services, and it’s great to be welcoming everybody to our 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 -“Steadfast God, as the seasons begin to change, we see that You are still at work in the world, transforming hearts and situations. We praise You for all You do to repair injustice, bringing peace to places of hostility, working for goodness among neighbours and nations. You have shown us the true face of power and authority in Jesus, reaching out with healing and hope to touch desperate lives. Help us to see the face of Jesus in this time of worship, and fill us with renewed energy and insight this autumn, so that we can join in Your work to bring justice and joy into the world You love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen”
- Opening praise – Read or sing “Jesus, Stand among us” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 21:23-32
- Video Sermon – Truly authoritative authority. – This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 27th September 2020.
- Praise – Read or sing “Through it all” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God of our past and our future, God of healing and hope, we come before you with grateful hearts, trusting that you walk with us through every situation. Today we pray for those who are facing danger and despair in these times: those living with hunger that never ends, those facing daily unrest and violence, those challenged by the coronavirus pandemic and measures to control it, and all those anxious about their future…and we pray for those who work to relieve suffering in these place and those working to bring justice and peace. Bless them all with your courage.We pray for all those wrestling with sorrow or discouragement in any area of their lives; for those living with illness or pain; for those bearing up with chronic conditions or disability; for those who know the grief and change of bereavement…and we pray for all those who work to bring healing and comfort and agencies which offer support and care in our community. Bless them all with your compassion. We pray for all who feel helpless or hopeless in this present time: for those facing unemployment, struggling to make ends meet; for those caught up in the pain of misunderstanding or broken relationships; for any working through situations of conflict at home or at work…and we pray for all who offer guidance and support to face these challenges and for those who lend skills in reconciliation or mediation. Bless them all with your wisdom and patience. God of our past and our future, God of healing and hope, we pray for the ministries of Your church at home and throughout the world, as we represent Jesus during such challenging times. We pray for our own congregation and the churches of our Presbytery, and for ministers, elders and other leaders who seek wisdom for decision making. Help all of us engage each day with faithfulness. Guide us, encourage us, and inspire us to meet the challenges before us and give us the commitment to keep following Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.”
- Benediction – “As God delegated His authority to Jesus, so Jesus delegates that same authority to us…to go and make disciples of all peoples, baptising them, teaching them, and modelling obedience, and to do it all with the assurance that Jesus is always with us…and now may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit remain with us always. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Jesus is the name we honour” – 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.