Lockdown: Old Testament Style

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

This week, Sunday 16th May, we have two morning services in our church, at 10:00am and at 11:00am.  As Scotland emerges from lockdown and restrictions ease, attendance numbers have to be restricted, so 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 “Guide me O Thou Great Jehova” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Opening prayerHeavenly Father, Sometimes Lord we wonder how long, we wait for relief, for success, for hope and wonder just how long must we wait? In those times help us to remember Joseph, in prison he had a long wait for brighter days but he held onto hope.Sometimes Lord we wonder why me? We struggle with self-doubt and question whether we could have done better or more. In those times help us to remember Joseph, who worked with the world in front of him, whether prison cell or palace splendour and made the best of the present moment.

    Sometimes Lord we ask what can I possibly do? We look at the situation around us, the news on our television screen and we cannot see any way forward to a better future. In those times help us to remember Joseph who did the good he could do and left the rest to you.

    Sometimes Lord we find it difficult to do our best for those we love the most. In those times help us to remember Joseph who loved and forgave his family, working as best he could see them through their troubles leaving those problems he could not solve in your care.

    Sometimes Lord we encounter grief and the pain of saying goodbye. In those times help us to remember Joseph who, at the end honoured his father’s wishes and through the way he lived his life paid homage to his parents, Jacob and Rachel’s memory.

    Sometimes Lord, we need to remember that many have faced the same problems before us, in different times, different places and in different circumstances, but the feelings and dilemmas were the same. Help us, guided by your grace, to learn from their experience     Amen.”

  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Genesis 40:20-41, 41:8-16
  • Bible Story – “God’s story: Joseph”
  • Praise – Read or sing “We are marching in the light of God” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – Good Shepherd, so often the motif of shepherds and sheep runs through the Biblical narrative. Even Joseph and his family in the book of Genesis were shepherds. It seems as though you are constantly bringing us back to that picture of you as the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep.The Good Shepherd who can be counted on. Who won’t wander off or get distracted. Who will listen to our cares and speak to our challenges.

    The Good Shepherd who does not push himself into the foreground of our lives all the time. But as we sheep roam about never leave us to wander on our own.

    The Good Shepherd who knows all his sheep. With whom there is no need for pretence or putting up a good front. For whom failures are never the last straw but rather they are a new beginning where we start afresh. Finding new pastures, new streams and new horizons.

    The Good Shepherd who is there to be seen by his flock that they might draw courage and reassurance knowing that someone is watching out for them.

    The Good Shepherd who never tires of hearing the bleating and cries of his sheep. Whose patience instils calm and confidence.

    The Good Shepherd who will sometimes lead the flock where they are reluctant to go. Having spied out the best paths even if they appear challenging to the sheep.

    The Good Shepherd for whom all your sheep are equally loved. You do not hand out multi-coloured coats to favourites. But you value all your sheep as though they were the only one. No matter what all are loved. All are precious.

    We think now of those precious souls in our circle of family, friends and congregation who stand in particular need of a Good Shepherd right now. For those where health makes life difficult and those finding the prolonged pandemic restrictions suffocating. For those whose grief has brought their life to a silent standstill and for those who fear slowing the pace of life and feel a desperate need to keep busy.

    To each give courage and hope, faith and love along with the calm assurance that in your flock no lamb is ever forgotten.

    All this we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.”

  • Closing praise – Read or sing “It is well, It is well with my soul” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Benediction – “As we journey toward the future, may we step boldly, knowing that wherever we tread you walk by our side and as with Joseph, you have plans for us. To the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob – and Joseph – be all glory, honour and praise.  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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