Sunday 15th November 2020: Rev Mike walks us through Matthew 25, and we learn about the parable of the talents.
We are live: In Church, In Person. On Demand: On your phone, your tablet, and your computer.
Throughout 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 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 praise – Read or sing “Take this moment” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer -“Transforming God, You take the night and give us day. You take our strife and give us peace. You take our sadness and give us joy. You take our fear and give us courage. You take our dying and give us new life. You give grace beyond all expectation; You give love beyond all imagination; You give and You give and You give. So we praise and adore You as Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit, One God, Three in One, now and forever. Compassionate and loving God, we confess we have not always lived faithfully. We fill our days with things that do not really matter. We seek simple answers to complex issues. We are weighed down by many tasks, yet we cannot sort out our priorities. We fail to hear Your call on our lives. Hear our silent confession and forgive us, merciful God, in Jesus’ name. Amen”
- Scripture reading – Matthew 25:14-30
- Video Sermon – What kind of God do you see? – This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 15th November 2020.
- Praise – Read or sing “Take my hand, precious Lord” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “We thank You, God of all life and each life, that You are with us every day, in each challenge and opportunity. In our weakness, You are strength. In our darkness, You are light on the journey. In our questions, You are wisdom for our choices. Stay with us in these days when so much seems uncertain, and help us to serve You faithfully, when and as we are able.
God of loving kindness: we give You thanks for moments of joy and celebration in our lives even amidst the ongoing pandemic, for love given and received, for friendships which bring us meaning and happiness, even at a distance, and for family members who show us glimpses of unconditional love. In all our relationships and interactions, keep us mindful of Your call to see You in one another.
God of the nations, we pray for our country and the countries of this world, as we all struggle to face the choices COVID-19 sets before us. Guide those who frame laws and shape policy, and those who keep the peace and administer justice. There are so many new challenges to consider and we pray Your wisdom will open our leaders’ minds and hearts to develop more equitable ways of ordering our communities.
God of peace, we remember with sadness the dangerous divisions between nations and the games leaders play to get the better of each other. By Your Holy Spirit, move in places torn by war and violence, to protect the vulnerable and those who advocate for justice to prevail. Show us how to be peacemakers in troubled times.
God of healing: we pray for those who are suffering in these difficult days of pandemic, for those who mourn the loss of someone or something dear. Draw close to all who fear the future. Surround each one with Your love and show us how to bring comfort and support into situations of hurt and pain.God of life: You hold all souls in Your loving care. We thank You for Your saints of every age who continue to inspire us, and for all who have meant the world to us and now live with You. Keep us in communion with them and, at the last, bring us all to dwell together in Your light. These things we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Light dawns on a weary world“– here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Brothers and sisters in Christ, you are not alone. Go into the world, surrounded by God’s love, supported by God’s people, and strengthened by the knowledge that God will be with us…and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be upon us now and always. 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.