Welcome Back! : In Church, In Person. On Demand. On your phone. On your tablet. On your computer.
This Sunday is 18th April 2021 and we’re back in our Church sanctuary again for this weeks services. 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 “How deep the Father’s love” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Lord of light and mercy, be with us as we gather together, whether here in this place or in our homes. Be with us as hear again the stories of faith. Help us to believe in Your abiding presence, both in the dark and light moments of our lives. Give us courage and strength to witness to Your resurrection. Let the details of the story of the Risen Jesus lift our hearts today, that as we greet a new week it may become an occasion to discover Him anew.
Redeeming God, in raising Jesus from the dead, You showed us Your power to defeat all that brings fear and sorrow to our lives. In His resurrection, Jesus promised to be with us always. Yet we confess we are sometimes uncertain about Your presence, unsure if we can trust the promise of resurrection for ourselves. Forgive us when we struggle to trust Your goodness for us. Forgive us when we miss the signs of Your love in our midst. Shake us up, Lord! Forgive us when we seem to need prodding again and again. Help us to see the presence of Jesus in our lives; and remind us of all that He taught us, to help us live as disciples, serving You by serving others. Lord, change and remake us so that we might be the disciples You have called us to be. In the name of the risen Jesus we pray. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Luke 24:36-48
- Video Sermon – His scars are still there
- Praise – Read or sing “Come and See” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God our Maker, source of Easter power and hope, You have walked with Your faithful people through many generations, people facing challenge and uncertainty, people seeking your purpose and promise. We still face challenges and uncertainty, even with Easter in our hearts. Walk with us and with those for whom we pray for this day, so that Your resurrecting power may lead us in lives of faithfulness. In the name of Christ our Risen Lord: Hear our prayer.
We pray for children and young people who must think about the future in uncertain times facing threats new to this generation like the pandemic and climate change. Give them hope rooted in the knowledge that their lives matter to You. Show them how to make a difference in the world, whatever challenges they face as they grow. In the name of Christ our Risen Lord: Hear our prayer.
We pray for people for whom age or experience, illness or disability create barriers to full participation in Your world. Surround each one in pain or despair with Your comfort and renew in each one a sense of dignity and purpose. Show them how much they matter to You and to us. In the name of Christ our Risen Lord: Hear our prayer.
We pray for all those facing grief and loss in these difficult days when it is still so hard to gather for support. Stay with those who must rearrange their lives without their loved ones. Give them strength and comfort through Your promise of resurrection. We pray for communities challenged by forces beyond their control; natural disaster, political strife and the economic consequence of the pandemic. Give courage to those facing challenges, and wisdom to those who lead, so that well-being may be restored soon and hope for the future prevail. In the name of Christ our Risen Lord: Hear our prayer.
As Earth Day approaches this week, we remember before You the struggles within Your creation; creatures losing habitat, unique species dying out, oceans filled with plastic, the climate warming and the havoc that results for all of us. Lord Jesus, You are the firstborn of all creation; Help us to honour You by caring for the earth and its fragile balances in the ways we live and the priorities we set. In the name of Christ our Risen Lord: Hear our prayer.
In all these ways, help us to truly be your disciples. We pray all these things in Jesus name. Amen. “
- Benediction – “Go now as God’s chosen witnesses to testify that Christ has been raised and that we are raised with Him…and may God raise you from all that would entomb you; may Christ Jesus call you by name and go ahead of you; and may the Holy Spirit empower you for all that is good. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Crown him with many crowns” – 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.