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This week, Sunday 27th 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 “Break thou the bread of life” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Great and holy God, source of our life and all life, Your glory is beyond our comprehension, and we marvel at Your love, which is beyond all measure; we are challenged by Your kindness which reaches further than we can imagine.We worship You in gratitude, offering you our praise with the voices of all creation, and our trust because You have come to close to us in Christ Jesus. Receive our love and loyalty, now and always, offered through the Spirit who prays within us.
Great and merciful God, our judge and our hope we confess we have sinned against You and one another, in the ways we think, the things we say and the things we do. We have been quick to judge others, but less critical of our own actions. We focus on what we lack rather than recognise how blessed we are. We ignore the needs of others and fail to see how we could make a difference. In Your tender mercy, O God, forgive what we have been, change what we are, and direct who we shall become, through the grace of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 5:21-43
- Video Sermon – The gospel sandwich
- Praise – Read or sing “When you believe” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Lord Jesus Christ, You are our source of peace and healing, and we are grateful. Today we pray for each one who faces choices and decisions about their health; for all waiting for appointments or wondering if they should make another; for any who find caring for their health frustrating, and for all facing pain or anxiety after the months of pandemic…Lord Jesus Christ: You are our source of wisdom and generosity, and we are grateful. Today we pray for each one facing choices and decisions about finances; for those struggling with bills and budgets; for those torn between covering necessities and enjoying a treat; for those who want to be generous and yet feel overwhelmed by all the need.
Lord Jesus Christ, You are our source of love and forgiveness, and we are grateful. Today we pray for each one facing choices and decisions about their relationships. We pray for people we ought to call but just haven’t; for those with whom we feel a grievance and have been avoiding; We pray for those we’d like to invite into closer relationship but haven’t yet; and for those we miss dearly and need to tell how much we cherish them.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for the earth, its many creatures and habitats competing for survival, for its scarce resources and its abundant beauty. Challenge us to live out our good intentions for the earth in our lifestyle choices, big and small, so that Your kingdom may come on earth not by an apocalypse, but through discipleship. For it is as Your disciples we pray these things in Jesus name. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Father I place into your hands” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Sisters and brothers in Christ, we are healed and forgiven, blessed and strengthened: let us go out into the world to be a blessing to others, proclaiming the love and mercy of God in all that we do and say…and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and always…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.