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This Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday. Rev Mike will be leading our services in person, and virtually for those viewing on-line. 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.
This weeks order of worship that you can use:
- Call to worship –
Today, on this Day of Remembrance our commemorations are very different from what we have done in the past. But, whether at home or together in Church, millions upon millions of people around the world will ‘keep silence’. In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, it takes an effort to be still. For most of us it takes strength and courage to resist the temptation to be doing, to be getting on with something else. But today, encouraged by one another, we stop and step out of our daily lives to pause…to reflect…to remember. Let’s pray:
- Opening prayer – “God of yesterday, today and forever, You are the God of every generation in every place and in every time, and Your love endures forever. You have protected us during difficult times, for Your compassion is everlasting. You have shown us the path to truth and life in Jesus Christ our Lord. We give thanks, O God, that You are always near. In this time of worship, we offer You our service in prayer, in praise, and in practice, today and every day.
Sheltering God, in these complex and uncertain days, we need Your protection and guidance. Yet, so often we fail to serve You as we ought. We confess that we are often short-sighted, caring more about ourselves and our needs than about those of a future generation. In our selfishness, we have harmed the world You gave and love. We perpetuate division among nations and neighbours. We ignore the needs of those around us, especially when meeting their needs would require us to change our ways and our habits. Forgive us, Lord, and show us ways to transform our lives to reflect our commitment to Jesus more fully, for we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Scripture reading -1 Kings 19:1-18, Matthew 5:3-10
- Act of Remembrance : Because of you –
This Act of Remembrance was created by Anne Middleton, the Performing Arts Mission Enabler for the Methodist Church in Plymouth and Devonport. It includes a poem, written by Anne, entitled ‘Because of You’, and a solo sung by her husband the Rev. Darren Middleton. I invite you to sit for the first part of the presentation, but please stand when the ‘Last Post’ is played, and remain standing (if you’re able) until ‘Reveille’ is finished.
- Prayers of the people – “God of each life and all lives, in every generation You have been present with Your people: in times of poverty and prosperity, in times of sorrow and joy, in times of health and pandemic, in times of war and peace. Today, we remember Your gracious care in times of crisis, and give thanks for the courage and sacrifice of women, men and families who have worked for peace, justice and protection in so many different times and places. Support those who have completed their time of service and still face challenges in civilian life.
God of promise and peace, we thank You for the places where conflicts have ended, where peace has been restored and where people can enjoy freedom. But Lord, we also know that there still many places where people are oppressed and dissenting voices are restricted. Encourage those who witness and work for justice and peace to be established.
God of wholeness and hope, we thank You for those called to serve others in their homes. We especially give thanks for nurses and community health care workers working hard in the face of COVID-19. May they know Your protection and show Your love in all they do.
God of commitment and courage, we thank You for the many organisations and charities working to bring hope to people facing social exclusion, discrimination or exploitation. Inspire leaders in our communities to provide access to the support they need not just to survive, but to thrive. May all Your beloved children enjoy the life You desire for them.
God of Christ in community, we thank You for the dedication of those who serve in Your Church. May Your Church always be a place of hope, healing and welcome. Guide our congregations and their leaders through these challenging days so that those who turn to us will find us loving and faithful.
Eternal God, Your promises endure from generation to generation. Knowing Your steadfast love, we trust You to answer our prayers according to Your generous merry and infinite wisdom, offering ourselves in service. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.“
- Benediction – “Loving God, as we conclude our service of Remembrance, help us to keep in mind all those who continue to suffer as a consequence of war and conflict. Remain in us, and develop in all people, a determination to seek peace and justice, in and between all peoples, communities, and nations. And may the Love of the Father enfold us, the Wisdom of the Son enlighten us, and the Blessing of the Spirit indwell us, now and always. Amen.“
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.