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This week, Sunday 13th 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 “Indescribable” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “God of the indescribable, from You comes vitality, love and joy. Your peace is our companion, Your love is our strength, Your Son is our hope. In our darkest moments, Your presence brings comfort. Lord, hidden deep in the soil of life, Your Spirit nurtures the tiny seeds of purpose and potential to surprise us with new life. Like the earth beginning to bloom and flourish around us, so Your Kingdom continues to surprise us with new possibilities. We bring our prayers and praise to You today, trusting that Your Spirit will bring us the gifts we need to serve You faithfully, renewed by Your love, through Jesus Christ.
Forgiving God, as we watch the signs of growth all around us, we confess that we often resist growth and change as we get older. We form ideas and opinions about many things, and we cling to them. We think we already know what You desire from us, and we’re afraid of new insights and new directions. Forgiving us for thinking we already know it all. Forgive us for blocking out the concerns and commitments of those who differ from us. Open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to signs of new life. Give us the faith, like the mustard seed, so small and insignificant on its own, yet able to grow with Your blessing to become an incredible sign of Your kingdom among us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 4:28-34
- Video Sermon – Describing the indescribable
- 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 – “Gracious God, You hold all things in Your hands. We may plant seeds, but it is Your mysterious power that brings forth the plant. We may do our small part, but You bring the growth and new life. Thank You for our place in Your purposes, and continue to guide our plans for mission and ministry in the days ahead…Lord, come in Your wisdom and plant seeds of Your Kingdom.We pray for the troubled places of our world, especially those countries and communities still struggling with COVID-19, and particularly those who have little or no resources. We pray also for those places that are marked by violence and injustice…Lord, come in Your wisdom and plant seeds of Your Kingdom.
We pray for our community and city as we begin to rebuild our shared life and recover from the isolation and separation caused by the pandemic. We pray for those seeking work or rebuilding businesses; for those exhausted by months of service on the frontline; for those who are still suffering the effects of the disease…Lord, come in Your wisdom and plant seeds of Your Kingdom.
We pray for those who feel empty or lonely, who fear for the future or mourn the past. We pray for those who suffer pain or grief, and for those whose lives have been put on hold over these past 15 months…Lord, come in Your wisdom and plant seeds of Your Kingdom.
Gracious God, You hold all things in Your hands, including us. Keep us open to Your Spirit’s leading. In all that we do, help us to embody the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose indescribable name we pray. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “God of justice, love and mercy” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Sisters and brothers in Christ, feel the love of God growing within your hearts. Go into God’s world, planting seeds of love, mercy, joy, and peace in all that you say and do..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.