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This week, Sunday 6th June, 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 “In Christ there is no East or West” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “God of creation and compassion, we praise You for Your attention to each and every detail of our lives. You created all that sustains and nourishes us, and You have called us to share in its care. Your creation gives You praise from the depths of the seas to the tops of the highest mountains, and so we join our voices in praise of You.We praise You for the church that has grown from humble beginnings to a worldwide community of those who seek to follow Jesus, full of diversity in voice and vocation. Receive our praise as we witness Your patience and perseverance with all You have made. Open our eyes to the purposes You have for us, for our congregation, and for our denomination. Awaken us with the insight of Your Spirit and reveal to us how best to serve You in the world You love.
God of purpose and possibility, You give us work to do and the skills we need to accomplish Your calling upon our lives. Yet we prefer to follow our own ways. We resist Your wisdom and fail to consider the guidance of others. Forgive our stubbornness, and our unwillingness to reconsider our own views. By the power of Your Holy Spirit and the grace of Christ our Lord, give us a teachable spirit to learn new ways to serve You and to live as good neighbours in church and community. In the strong name of Jesus we pray. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 3:20-35
- Video Sermon – Jesus: A man possessed!
- Praise – Read or sing “For everyone born, a place at the table” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Lord, in this season of growth, open our hearts to grow in Your love. Help us to truly trust in Your creative process in our lives. As we look around and we see the beauty of Your world, in the blossoming of the flowers and plants, in the growth of children, in the joy of celebrations, in the giving and receiving of Your love. But Lord, we also see the sadness and sorrow that has invaded the world, with systems of injustice and hatred, with inequality and prejudice, with war and strife, with death and dying. Prepare us, Lord, to become ambassadors of peace and hope. Help us to place our trust in You, so that when we are serving others, they might come to know Your love and power through us. Give us courage and joy as we seek to serve You.
Lord, we pray also for ourselves: that when our hearts are grieving and crying out in distress, You hear our cries; that when our spirits are wandering, lost and afraid, You would seek and find us; that when our days are filled with anger and hopelessness, You will bring us comfort and peace; that when we don’t think we have anything to offer You, You produce miracles in our lives that can serve others; that when we need to know You are with us, You will show Yourself to us in ways we cannot yet imagine. Lord, for all the ways in which You bless our lives, we give You thanks and praise. For the people who have taught and guided us, and who have shown us the right way to go, we give You thanks and praise. For the wonderful things we have seen and for the things yet to come, we give You thanks and praise. In Jesus name. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Who is my mother, who is my brother” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Go now and dare to be considered crazy, to be God’s colourful community in a world that prefers grey. Dare to stand out in a world that prefers conformity. Dare to live in a world that seeks death. Dare to confess that you belong to God in a world that thinks it is its own…and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each of you, now and always. Amen.
We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 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 June/July 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.