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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 -“Generous God, on this Day of Thanksgiving we thank You for Your amazing power and work in our lives. Thank You for Your goodness and for the blessings we enjoy every day. Thank You that You are able to bring hope even through the toughest of times, strengthening us for Your purposes. Thank You for Your great love and care. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You that You are always with us, and have promised to never leave or forsake us. Thank You for Your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Patient God, forgive us when we don’t thank You enough: for who You are; for all that You do; for all that You have given. Help us to reset our eyes and our hearts on You, and renew our spirits, filling us with Your peace and joy. We love and need You, today and every day, and so we give You all praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen”
- Opening praise – Read or sing “Now thank we all our God” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Psalm 23
- Video Sermon – Needing to get beyond our limits. – This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 11th October 2020.
- Praise – Read or sing “My shepherd will supply my need” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer of thanksgiving – “One of the most enduring images from Psalm 23 is that of the Good Shepherd, and it is therefore not surprising that Jesus applied that image to Himself, when in John 10 He described Himself as the Good Shepherd. As we pray, let us offer all our prayers to the One who is the Good Shepherd… Good Shepherd, within Your embrace we are safe and secure. Within Your embrace we know that we are precious to You. Within Your embrace we feel the warmth of family and belonging. Within Your embrace we grow and are nurtured together as one body, the people of Your pasture under Your loving care and protection…Receive our thanks, we pray. Good Shepherd, with Your embrace we find comfort and healing. We bring to You those who are struggling with physical, mental, or spiritual health. You are the great healer, and we pray for healing of mind and body for those we now name in the silence of our hearts…Receive our thanks, we pray. Good Shepherd, within Your embrace we find justice and mercy. We bring to You the brave voices of those who continue to cry out for freedom for all who are oppressed and disadvantaged. We pray for those prepared to stand up and be heard without counting the cost to themselves. We pray for those who have been imprisoned or tortured for their race, colour, caste or faith. We pray for all who have taken up the Cross and know its true weight and pain…Receive our thanks, we pray. Good Shepherd, within Your embrace we find peace. We bring to You those orphaned, crippled, or dispossessed by war; for refugees wandering this earth in search of a home; for all victims of strife and warfare; for all those have dedicated their lives for the search for peace and reconciliation…Receive our thanks, we pray. Good Shepherd, within Your embrace we find rest for our own souls, and so now in the silence we bring to you our own personal and individual prayers of thanksgiving…Receive our thanks, we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Benediction – “Go now with your trust in the Good Shepherd, and let us learn to love, not just in words, but in truth and action. Believe in the name of Jesus, and love one another, just as He has commanded us…and may God be at your side, even in the darkest valley…and may Christ Jesus be the cornerstone of your life…and may the Holy Spirit abide in you and care for you with love and mercy all the days of your life…go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “We plough the fields and scatter” – 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.