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This Sunday 4th April 2021 is Easter Sunday, and after 14 weeks of lockdown2.0 we return to our Church sanctuary for the first weekly worship services since December 2020. We gladly welcome you back, with socially distanced open arms, and hope to see you in person. We have two services, at 10:00am and at 11:00am, as numbers have to be restricted, and it is essential to book in advance. For everyone’s safety, we are strictly following the Scottish Governments social distancing guidelines, and have hand sanitiser stations for your use.
However, 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 “Thine be the glory” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “God of life and love, maker of all things visible and invisible; on the first day of creation, You spoke, and out of chaos came life; out of darkness came light. On the first day of the week, You raised Jesus from the tomb, and out of death came new life. On the first day of this week, You call us to gather in Jesus’ name, to rejoice in the power of resurrection and claim Your gift of new life in the Holy Spirit. Blessing and honour and glory and power be to You, O God, Creator, Saviour, and Holy Spirit, today and always.Trusting in the power of God to make all things new, let us confess our sin before God and one another:
Almighty God, You raised Jesus from the grave, and shattered the power of sin and death. But we confess that we remain captive to fear, and bound to the habits that hold us back from enjoying new life in Christ. Indifference deadens our hearts, and we seek our own comfort rather than justice for others. We cling to old hurts, resentments, and disappointments, refusing to accept the freedom that comes from forgiveness. Forgive us, O God, and restore to us the joy and new possibility promised to us in Jesus, our Risen Lord. Amen.”
- Words of assurance – “Sisters and brothers in Christ, hear the good news! Who alone can condemn us? Only Christ, but He has died for us. He rose for us. He reigns in power for us. He prays for us. Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel: in Jesus, we are forgiven and set free by God’s generous grace.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, & 27
- Video Sermon – The body of Christ: He is everywhere
- Praise – Read or sing “Come share the Lord” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Sacrament of the Lord’s body (The Lord’s Supper) – “Nowhere is the Body of Christ witnessed and experienced more than in our Celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Apostle Paul, speaking of the Lord’s Supper says, ‘Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.’ (1 Cor.10: 16-17). In the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or perhaps we ought to call it the Sacrament of the Lord’s Body, we are privileged to take up His broken body and shed blood, and through the mysterious miracle that is the Eucharist, we are made whole. Through the breaking of His body we get to become a whole body. On the night before Jesus died, He took bread, after giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Through the shedding of His blood we receive new life. After they had shared the bread together, Jesus took the cup of wine, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, and poured out for you for the forgiveness of sin. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”
- Prayer – “Gracious God, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and cup. By Your Spirit unite us with the risen and living Jesus, and with all who seek to follow in His life-giving way. In the eating of this bread, and in the sharing of this cup, we invite You to fill us, and through Your Spirit, to lead us ever more faithfully to be the body of Christ in the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. “
- The sharing – Individually and corporately, together or apart, we are each a part of the body of Christ. These are the gifts of God for the people of God…thanks be to God.
- Benediction – “We have eaten, we have drank, and we have embraced the beginning of a new age. Gracious God, as we have gathered together in this place and in our homes on this Day of Resurrection, may we move on as a people of hope, a people of life, a people of Your Kingdom. May the meal we have shared today revive us in body and soul, and as the body of Christ on earth, energise us as we go out into the world to share the Good News: Christ is Risen! Death is Defeated! Life Wins! Alleluia and Amen!”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- 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 once again open for Sunday worship services, starting on 4 April. 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. 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 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.