Sunday 22nd November 2020: Rev Mike takes us further through Matthew 25, and we learn the tale about the sheep and the goats.
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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 “Jesus, name above all names” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer -“Holy God, You are known to us as the Almighty, Powerful, Eternal, Ruler and Lord. We call You our Shepherd and Guide. We praise You with many names, but You are beyond our imagination, and so much greater than our words. We know You in the stories of Jesus and in Him, we see Your love in action, reaching out to the world that You love so much. You move in and through us by Your Spirit, drawing us to You, sending us out to live out Your Word. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three-in-One and One-in-Three, we praise You with our hearts and our lives. Merciful and Forgiving God, we confess that we have often failed to love fully, to forgive completely, and to the share the joy of Your presence day by day. You offer us freedom, but we settle for the familiar. You offer us risky love, but we opt instead for safer choices. You offer us hope, but we are reluctant to trust You for the future. Lord, teach us to set aside all that hinders, and give us the courage to take a risk in offering to You our whole lives, and not just a part. These things we pray, in Jesus name. Amen”
- Scripture reading – Matthew 25:31-46
- Video Sermon – Right sheep or left goats? – This weeks video sermon was presented live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday 22nd November 2020.
- Praise – Read or sing “When I needed a neighbour” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Lord Jesus, You proclaimed God’s Kingdom among us and within us. In the power of the Holy Spirit, Your love is always at work, bringing good out of evil and life out of death. We thank You that Your love never lets us go, for You have known the good times and the hard times of this life before us.
You came as one who was hungry and thirsty. When people live on the streets today, suffer from hunger, or beg for food, we pray that Your Kingdom will come to them through us.
You came as a stranger in need of welcome. Where people live lonely lives or feel like strangers; where love is lacking and people face rejection for the colour of their skin or the language they speak, we pray that Your Kingdom will come to them through us.
You came as one who was naked. Where people lack enough clothing, shelter or life’s basic resources; where people live without dignity, exposed to every kind of pain and hardship, we pray that Your Kingdom will come to them through us.
You came as one who was broken. Where people feel pain in body, mind or spirit; where someone grieves the loss of a loved one or the future they had planned; in places where the pandemic has done its worst and desperation has moved in, we pray that Your Kingdom will come to them through us.
You came as a Shepherd King. Where people are led astray or nations are ruled by corrupt or greedy leaders and there is no peace in the land, we pray that Your Kingdom will come to them through us.
You came as one who was in prison. Where people are treated unfairly, targeted or tortured; where justice has failed and people are punished with cruelty, we pray that Your Kingdom will come to them through us.
You came as one proclaiming the Kingdom of God. And so we lift up these prayers in Your name, Lord Jesus, knowing that Your Kingdom is drawing near and that we meet You in the face of those who cry out to us. Hasten the day when God will wipe away all tears and death will be no more. In Your strong name we pray. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Whatever you do to the least” – here is a you-tube video with music, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “As we draw our worship to a close, let us go into the world to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom; may we in our daily lives respond to human need by loving service; may we have the courage to transform unjust structures in society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; may we join together with others to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth…and may the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sustains us, be with us always as we share with Him in His mission to the world. 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. Follow the link to find out how we are preparing for Christmas at the Basics Bank.
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.