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This week is All Saints Sunday, and Rev Mike is back with us in person to lead the service. Through these uncertain times, we continue to operate in accordance with Scottish Government requirements and guidelines. 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 George 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 praise – Read or sing “For all the Saints” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – Creator, Christ, and Spirit: You created all that exists, and You offer Your redeeming love to every person in every situation, and it is our greatest joy to be united by Your Spirit in the community of saints in every place and in every time. Today, we join our voices with theirs in praise and thankfulness, both in heaven and on earth.
Help us to recognise You in our worship, and may we act always for justice and peace in all we do and say. However, Lord, we acknowledge that sometimes we make mistakes and find ourselves in places where we know we should not be. We know that sometimes we do not love as You would have us love. We do not always do what You would have us do. In our stubbornness we turn away from You when we should turn towards you. But, we also know that Your promises are ever true, and that You have promised to never leave or forsake us. We hold on to that promise, and we praise You for the grace and love You shower upon us, constantly forgiving our sin. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen”
- Scripture reading -1 John 2:28 – 1 John 3:3
- Video Sermon – What Me? A saint? – This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 1st November 2020.
- Praise – Read or sing “Your grace still amazes me” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Sanctifying God, on this All Saints Day, we thank You for the many people who followed Your way of life: for the many saints, men and women, who have given their lives to following You, making this world a better place. We praise and bless You that they chose the Way of Your Son, our brother Jesus. In the midst of trial and testing, they held out hope; in the midst of persecution, they witnessed to Your power; in the midst of despair, they clung to Your promises. We praise and thank You for the truth they learned and passed on to us. Give us courage to follow the same path. We pray for all who will go hungry today, at home and overseas, for those who are exploited and marginalised because of their caste, class, colour or gender. We pray that they may not lose hope, and that they may find the strength to struggle for their dignity as Your beloved children. We call upon You for those who are persecuted, imprisoned, tortured or threatened with death because of their witness to justice and peace. We pray for those who live in regions torn by tension and war, by disaster, famine and poverty. We pray for the millions of refugees around the world, desperate to find a place to call home. Welcoming God, we take a moment now to remember and to give thanks for those we have loved…those saints who have touched our lives, and remain forever in our hearts. In the silence of this moment we remember them, and we rejoice that they are at home with You…
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “I will sing the wondrous story”– here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Let us go from this time of worship, both at home and at Church, knowing that we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. Take courage as you face each new challenge, and comfort when you pick yourself up from a fall, and in whatever good you choose to do, precede it with hope, accompany it with prayer, and follow it with thanksgiving.
And may the blessing of God Most Wonderful, whom the saints have trusted as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be always with you now and forever more. 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.
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 October/November 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.