No greater love

Welcome Back! : In Church, In Person. On Demand.  On your phone.  On your tablet. On your computer.

This week, Sunday 9th 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.  To 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 “And can it be” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Opening prayer“Holy God, the power of Your love is beyond comprehension, the breadth of Your compassion without measure.  In Jesus Christ, You have met us in the midst of life’s joys and challenges and shown us what it means to love and be loved.  You have entrusted us with the greatest commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us.  In this time of worship, we offer You our love and loyalty, seeking to learn more of what love and loyalty mean for us in the midst of our joys and challenges.  Receive our prayers and praise, and through the power of Your Spirit, draw us closer to You and closer to each other as friends and followers of Christ, our Risen Lord.
    Merciful God, we confess we often find it difficult to love others as You commanded.  Though we intend to do Your will, our priorities lead us in other directions.  We seek our own security before the well-being of others.  We fulfil our own desires rather than act for the good of all.  We justify our own interests and fail to understand the cost they take on the earth and other people.  Forgive us, and redirect our priorities and renew our commitment to live out Your love even when it demands more of us than we expect.  This we ask in the name of Jesus, our Brother and Friend.     Amen.”
  • Read this weeks scripture passage – John 15:9-17
  • Video Sermon No greater love
  • Praise – Read or sing “I love you Lord” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – God of our lives and our loving, we thank you for the signs of resurrection that are all around us, showing that life is stronger than death.  Give us the grace to recognise and embrace the gifts of new life that your love makes possible for us all, as we pray for your resurrecting power to renew the world amid all its challenges.God of home and family, today we thank you for our families, especially for our mothers and grandmothers.  We are grateful for their love and attention, their hard work and the deep hope they have cherished for each one of us.  We honour before you each mother, grandmother and great grandmother who has died; and we pray for all those who have felt isolated from their families in these months of pandemic.  Reunite us in your love.

    God of connections and compassion, today we thank you for our friends and relations, for the neighbours and fellow citizens who help to make our lives complete.  We thank you for smiles shared, helping hands offered, commitments honoured. And we pray for all those around us who are facing particular challenges this day…(Keep a brief silence).  Restore our hope with your love.

    God of courage and new possibility, today we pray for all those who have felt life or love slipping through their fingers in the times of distancing we’ve had to endure, and for those who have struggled with their physical or mental health, whatever the reason.  We pray for communities trying to sort out how to recover from the pandemic and for all those worried about their personal future.  Encourage us with your love.

    God of forgiveness and renewal: today we pray for those whose relationships are need of repair and for all who work for peace and reconciliation in the face of deep divisions.  We pray for families, churches, communities and countries facing conflict,  and ask that your Spirit open hearts and minds to deeper understanding.  Reconcile us through your love.

    As friends and followers of Jesus, we offer all these prayers in His name.  Amen.”

  • Closing praise – Read or sing “Here is love, vast as the ocean” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Benediction – “Go now and bear fruit for God, fruit that will last.  As Christ has loved you, so love one another, and abide always in God’s love, so that your joy may be complete. And may God give you all you ask for in Christ’s name; may Christ Jesus reveal to you God’s ways and call you His friends; and may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth within you and make your joy complete.  We go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  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.

Private prayerSundays 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

Stedfast AprMay21

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.

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