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This week, Sunday 2nd May, we have two morning services in our church, at 10:00am and at 11:00am. This is because as Scotland emerges from lockdown, attendance numbers have to be restricted, and it is essential to book in advance. Too book your place, please email us through our Contacts Page. For everyone’s safety, we are strictly following the Scottish Governments social distancing guidelines, and have hand sanitiser stations for your use.
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 “Come and find the quiet centre” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Lord God, as we try to focus our minds it is so easy for our minds to shoot off in so many different directions. We find it hard to slow down, to remove all the clutter from our lives and concentrate on You. In the stillness of this place, this time, take from us the strain and stress as we feel ourselves rest in Your eternal love, in Your everlasting arms. Then quietly, allow the small beginnings of praise to stir within us as we remember what we have in Jesus: that we have One who is with us; who guides and strengthens us; who holds us through every storm of life; who leads us to everlasting life.But forgiving Lord, we confess that sometimes the storms we face are of our own making: a foolish word; a thoughtless comment; a misguided action; a quick judgement. Then we have to live with the consequence, and the guilt. Lord, take all that stress from us too and replace it with Your forgiveness and peace.
Heavenly Father, in Your hands we are safe and secure, and so we rejoice in Your eternal love and all-sufficient grace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – John 15:1-8
- Video Sermon – Hold near or throw away: the contrast is clear
- Praise – Read or sing “I am the vine” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Jesus Christ, the true vine, in our need we come to You today, in weakness, needing Your strength for we too easily become dry and lifeless without Your life-giving spirit. Jesus Christ, the true vine, teach us to remain in You and so to find Your life flowing in and through us, giving strength and purpose to our discipleship.And as we come closer to You our lives are drawn closer to others. Our minds turn to images of tragedy and devastation; we pray particularly for the people of India who have become overwhelmed by the pandemic, and our hearts break with the sense of grief and fear they are facing. We pray also for those are experiencing injustice and prejudice of any kind, whether over race, gender, sexuality, politics, and land. Our thoughts turn to those living with persecution because of their faith in You and who face danger, simply for being linked to You. Father, prune back all that stands in the way of peace.
Our thoughts turn to people in leadership and power. We pray for those who have decisions to make over the economy and people whose jobs and livelihood will be affected. We pray for our nation, and its leaders, that there would a desire to be a people of honesty and integrity. We pray particularly for the political elections this week, and that we might be motivated by a desire to seek the well-being of all people as we cast our vote. May changes and choices be shaped by the values of the kingdom.
Lord, on our hearts today are people in need in our church and community. Wherever hearts are breaking…bodies are failing…minds are confused…families are ruptured…Lord, come with Your help and healing. Here, too, as Your church gathered today, at home or in this place, we give thanks for all our brothers and sisters in Christ, past and present, and the fruit they have borne in our community and beyond. Lord, help us, like them, to remain in You, that we may be fruitful and bring glory to Your name. Through Jesus Christ, the true vine we pray. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “You are the vine” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Go now and love one another, because love is from God. And may God the vine grower tend you and make you fruitful; may Christ Jesus abide in you and give you life; and may the Holy Spirit cast out all fear and fill you with God’s love. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Jesus. 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 opened our doors again for Sunday services from 4th April 2021. 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. To book, please contact our Session Clerk, George Smith, either directly or send a message through our website contacts page (Get in Touch). 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 April/May 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.