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This week, Sunday 11th 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 “Lift up your head to the coming king” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Gracious God, source of life and love in all creation, in a world marked by bitterness, you are compassion. In a culture marked by confusion, you are light shining in the darkness. In a time of conspiracies and suspicion, you are the truth that sets us free. Your stillness is peace when we are frantic. Your strength is comfort when we are fearful. Your wisdom is guidance when we are lost. For all that you are and all that you give, God, our Maker, Christ, our Saviour, and Spirit who leads us into life, we offer you all honour, praise and worship.
Loving God, in a world marked by self-indulgence, you are generosity for those in need. In a world marked by injustice, you are a conscience speaking to us. In a world marked by vengeance, you are mercy and reconciliation. Forgive our selfishness; our lack of concern for the vulnerable; and our desire to settle scores rather than work things out. Renew us with your mercy and strengthen our resolve to live generously, in action and in attitude. We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 6:14-29
- Video Sermon – Don’t lose your head over it
- Praise – Read or sing “Once to every man and nation” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Blessed are You, O God, for all Your goodness to us. In Christ, we meet Your love and wisdom, face to face. Through the Holy Spirit, we recognise the abilities and opportunities You create in us and for us, to reach out to the world You love. We thank You for all the ways friends and families, neighbours and strangers, reach out to us and to others, offering support and kindness, speaking up when we must confront wrongdoing, celebrating when achievements bless us all with healing and happiness.Today we pray for courageous leaders in cities, countries and congregations who strive to serve with integrity and honesty in a world prone to self-interest. We pray for those who struggle to create justice where it has been compromised, and to build reconciliation and understanding in divided communities. We remember before You quiet and reliable leaders who keep their word and meet their deadlines so that we can depend on them in these unsettling times.
We pray for patient church members and community volunteers, who work diligently towards long-term goals that will improve our life together. And we pray for the creative, impatient change makers, who keep challenging us, to be bolder and more determined in righting wrongs and trying new strategies.
We pray for the troubled in mind or spirit, for the angry and unhappy, and for those who feel that every day is a struggle. Soothe their concerns and open their hearts to claim the hope and help You offer.
We remember before You the sick and the dying, and the bereaved who must try to put their lives back together again. We pray for those who are recovering from the pandemic, looking for better health, a fresh start, more stability or a glimpse of hope. Draw close to all these who suffer, offering Your comfort and courage to face whatever comes next.
Receive our prayers, both spoken and unspoken, and embrace us all in Your love. Give us hearts to understand not only what You do on our behalf, but also what You call us to do on Your behalf, for we are friends and followers of Jesus, in whose strong name we pray. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “God of grace and God of glory” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Friends, God’s love for you is real and alive in your hearts today. Go in peace, knowing that the Lord of Love and Life is with you. Bring God’s peace to all you meet, today and all your days…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.