A clash of authority

Wilson Memorial Church : On Demand.  On your phone.  On your tablet. On your computer.

This Sunday 7th February is the 7th Sunday of lockdown2.0, so once again we are virtually opening our doors and welcoming you to come on in and join us for this weeks service.  Please take a seat, wherever you like, or stand or walk if that is comfortable for you, and press play to enjoy Rev Mike with this weeks video sermon.  All at  a time convenient for you.

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 prayerGod of love and healing, You gather us together to hear the words of Your love as You touch our hearts with a healing balm.  Open our hearts and our spirits and let Your merciful Spirit dwell within us that, having heard Your Good News, we may bring that same hope to others.
    God of mercy and love, be with us as we hear again the stories of Jesus and His compassion.  Remind us again that we also need to be a people of hope and compassion in this world, which seems so dark at the moment.  Open the doors of blessing to all, and inspire our hearts and lift our spirits, as we reach out to others at their time of need.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.”
  • Praise – “All things bright and beautiful” – Here is a Youtube video you can listen or sing along to.
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 1:29-39
  • Video Sermon A clash of authorities
  • Praise – “God of the poor” – Here is a Youtube video you can listen or sing along to.
  • Prayer – Holy and loving God, we thank You for the story of Christ’s life among us, a pattern for the way we live.  We give You thanks for moments of quiet and contemplation that restore us, and help us see Your Spirit at work in the world and in our own lives.  Teach us to trust in Your strength, so that we can live with confidence and courage, even in the midst of stress and anxiety.  These present days are difficult for us all, and we need to know You are near in our times of loneliness.  Lord, meet us in that place of deep stillness within us all.  In the quiet of this moment we hand over to You all those things that stir within us today:
    • Anything that has been distracting or hurtful…
    • Anything that makes us worry or brings us sleepless nights…
    • Our hopes and dreams for the future…
    • For the lives of those we love…
    • We hold before You the needs and hopes of those we know who need Your presence, especially remembering those facing grief and loss…
    • We pray for wisdom for the leaders in our world…
    • We pray that peace and acceptance will begin to flourish in places facing war, famine, and disaster, and we pray for all who work for You in those places…
    • We pray for those who manage the world’s economic resource, that they may find just and generous ways to respond to the challenges caused by the pandemic…
    • We pray that the dignity of each person will be honoured, and that the earth You created will be treasured…
    • May peace with justice thrive in the world You love.  In Jesus name we pray Amen.”
  • Benediction “May we each be renewed by the power of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, and strengthened by the witness of Jesus to be of service to others…and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and always.   Amen”
  • Extinguish the candle

What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?

basics bank imageWe 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.

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 December 2020/January 2021 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.

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