The perfect storm

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This week, Sunday 20th 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 “Eternal Father” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Opening prayerHoly and gracious God, source of life and love, we gather in your presence to wonder at the beauty and complexity of all you have made, acknowledging how small and insignificant we are, each on our own.  Yet you love us with a promise that gives us significance, and restores our purpose in the midst of the creation you love.  When we are overcome by forces around us, you speak words of peace.  When trouble or sorrow sets in, you give us the strength we need to persevere in our witness to your love.In this time of worship, O God, we remember all you have been, all you are and all you will be; offering you all praise and honour, love and loyalty, with our lips and with our lives to the end of our days.

    Mighty and Merciful God, source of hope and wholeness, we confess that we fail you far too often.  You call us to serve in the footsteps of Jesus, but we look to our own interests first.  You call us to love our neighbours, but we are so good at finding fault in others and withholding our love.  You call us to do justice and care for the vulnerable, but we prefer to be silent rather than take a stand for those at risk.  Forgive us.  Open wide our hearts to our neighbours in need, as we put our trust in your mercy—for us and for them.  In Jesus name we pray.     Amen.”

  • Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 4:35-41
  • Video Sermon The Perfect Storm
  • Praise – Read or sing “Because he lives” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Prayer – Gracious God as we consider the world around us in Your presence today, we are grateful to know You are near, and that Your presence will not fail us, no matter the challenges we face.  Lord, we are aware of so many challenges—in our own lives, the lives of those we care about, and in the world around us.  We wonder how you will reveal yourself, your mercy and your love, in response to so many different needs.  Help us trust that you never give up on situations which we find overwhelming.Listening God, in faithful silence, we lay before you the concerns on our hearts this day: 

    We pray for those who have been in the headlines this week, for those situations which concern us deeply, and for all whose lives cry out to you for help in situations we can’t even imagine:  (Silence)

    We pray for those who are suffering from illness of any sort, coping with pain or with ongoing treatment, for those waiting for or recovering from surgery, for those who are bereaved or burdened by some significant loss, and those struggling with economic hardship in these uncertain times. (Silence)

    We pray for those who are waiting for something significant, a birth or a death, a trip, a visit, a phone call on Father’s Day, a move, a new job or the moment of retirement.  Grant them patience, O God, in this time of restless waiting: (Silence)

    We pray for our congregation, its ministries, and the faithful work of all churches in our community.  Unite us in our witness to the love of Jesus. Lord, open the eyes of all our hearts to new possibilities to serve together as we pray these things, spoken and unspoken, in the strong name of Jesus.   Amen.”

  • Closing praise – Read or sing “The anchor holds” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
  • Benediction – “Sisters and brothers in Christ, let us trust in God, even in the midst of the storms…and may God the Father deliver you from all that would seek to destroy you; may Jesus the Son calm all that would cause you to fear; and may the Holy Spirit sustain you for the journey.  Amen.
    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 20210607

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.

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