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This Sunday 7th March is the 4th Sunday of Lent 2021, and also the 12th Sunday of lockdown2.0. In normal years we would be running a whole series of Lent events in the run up to Holy Week, but unfortunately this year we are unable to do so until the Scottish Government eases its Covid-19 restrictions to allow worship services and events to take place again. So once again we are virtually throwing our doors open 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 prayer – “Gracious God, You come among us in Christ bringing light into what is sometimes a very dark world. Where there is sadness, You speak words of hope. Where there is despair, You bring new possibilities. You bring healing for the sick, and forgiveness for the sinner. You bring justice for the oppressed.
Merciful God, as we praise You today, we are aware that we sometimes fail You as disciples. We take Your love and acceptance of us for granted. We are often more focused on ourselves than on You or those around us. We are easily distracted by the messages of this world, rather than listening to what You have to say to us. Forgive us Lord, and awaken in us our spirit of commitment and compassion. Give us a new vision of Your purposes and our place within them, so we may serve You more faithfully, day be day. These things we ask in Jesus’ name Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 7:31-37
- Video Sermon – The ears of Christ
- Responsive reading – Psalm 86
- Prayer – “Generous and gracious God, with your great mercy, you have made us alive together with Christ. By your grace we are saved from sin and despair, and promised hope for everlasting life with you. You have shown us immeasurable riches through your grace and mercy, and we offer you our deepest gratitude, now and always. We pray that each person will know the fullness of your gifts in ways that touch their deepest needs. We pray for those dear to us and all those we’ve come to lean on in the months of the pandemic: for those who are struggling in isolation or frustration; for all those who experience illness or pain in body, mind or spirit; for all who have lost someone or something central to their lives and have to cope with grief and loss. May all these, your children, know your grace and mercy. We pray for peace and safety in the world: for countries struggling to care for their citizens and to rebuild their economies; for all who do not receive the respect and consideration they deserve; for all those persecuted for their faith or their views; for all who are disenfranchised and long to live in freedom. May all these, your children, know your grace and mercy. We pray for your church around the world and for the congregations we know; for spiritual leaders across Scotland and the faithful ministries they lead in this time of working and worshiping at a distance; for the learning we have gained in outreach during the pandemic and all who have connected to your church in new ways. May your church in all its many expressions know your grace and mercy. We pray for the concerns on our hearts this day: for the fears and frustrations we struggle with; for any troubled relationships; for the doubts and the hopes which compete within us; for any need of healing and support. May we, your children, know your grace and mercy. We offer these prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.”
- Benediction – “Thank you again for joining me today, and until the next time, continue to listen for the voice of the Lord and follow wherever He leads…and may God be with you and speak through you; may Christ be one with you and raise you to life; and may the Holy Spirit dwell within you and make you holy. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 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.
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. Please visit our Basics Bank page for details of what we are currently needing.
Read more about the United Free Church of Scotland
The February/March 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.