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This week, Sunday 4th July, 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 “We have come into his house” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Great are you, O God, and greatly to be praised in all places and at all times. You have made all things and called them good. You created humans in your image. You gave us breath and life, a calling and a purpose. Filled with love for all creation, You lift up leaders and send out disciples to take part in your reconciling work in the world. Your love is endless, Your mercy without measure, Your faithfulness without limit. And so we praise You with all our strength, mind, heart and soul, in the name of Jesus, your Son, led by your Spirit who guides us day by day.
God of overflowing grace, we are a people blessed with abundance, and yet we take so much for granted. We do not recognise that Your gift of life is precious, and so we waste time on things that do not matter. Preoccupied with our own needs and desires, we close our eyes to the needs of those around us; we close our hearts to those who are not like us. We turn away from opportunities to learn and grow. In Your mercy, forgive us, O God. Change our hearts and renew our calling to be bearers of Your peace, and witnesses to the work of Your kingdom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark :1-13
- Video Sermon – There’s no place like home, Right?
- Praise – Read or sing “He gives us more grace” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Lord Jesus, You reached out to so many different people, with so many different needs, in so many different situations. We thank You for the ways You have reached out to us, in the embrace of prayer, in the energy of a song, in a thought sparked by a sermon, and in the wisdom of a word from scripture or the words of a friend. Sometimes Your healing has brought comfort; sometimes it has brought challenge and the call to respond. Hear us as we seek Your comfort and Your challenge for the world, for the church and for our lives.Bring comfort to those whose lives have been overturned by the pandemic: to those whose work or study has become so much more difficult; to those who cannot find work and don’t know where to turn; to those who still struggle with COVID-19 or another lingering illness, and those who have lost hope that things will ever improve. (Pause)
Bring challenge to those who lead recovery efforts over the next months: to those whose decisions affect the well-being of the vulnerable, to those who guide economic and educational planning, and those who are rebuilding community life. May Your wisdom and compassion guide them. (Pause)
Lord Jesus, bring comfort to those who are lonely or shut in, and to all who have lost beloved family members or friends during the pandemic; bring comfort to those who feel pain without relief and those who wait for diagnosis or life-restoring treatment. Offer peace to those who know there is no treatment and wait in hope for Your eternal welcome. (Pause)
Bring challenge to those want to make the world a better place, and to all who work within science, medicine, and the law to improve the quality of life for all people. Give them a vision of their work that is both just and courageous, so that no part of society is neglected or mistreated. Challenge those who stir up violence and unrest with a sense of shame for the cost to innocent lives, and with a deeper understanding of what justice means.
Lord Jesus, comfort Your church in places where ministries struggle, whatever the reason. And challenge Your church to renew our vision for ministry so that our witness is faithful to Your all-embracing love, expressed not only in words but also in the actions we take to embrace those who differ from us and yet have a place in Your heart and Your eternal care. We pray these things in the strong name of Jesus, and in whom we find our true home. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Go forth and tell” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Let us go out in the spirit of the Twelve, taking no purse, no spares, no insurance, no pride, and there in the world may we meet the vulnerable, the kind, those ready to receive us with generosity and grace. And in the meeting, may we see God…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.