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This week, Sunday 18th 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 “Come as you are” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “God our Creator and Redeemer, in these summer months it is easy to marvel at the world you have made: in the colours of a sunrise and a sunset; in the intricate beauty of flower gardens and parks; in the lapping of the waves on a seashore. Lord, You show us how every part of Your creation depends upon the others: Summer growth depends on spring rains; the health of each creature depends on the wise balance You have set between each species; the quality of life on the respect we show one another.Wise and patient God, we marvel at the world You love. Our worship joins the songs of all creation to bring You praise, honouring You and the relationships You have set between us all, through Christ, who is the firstborn of all creation.
God our Maker, as we marvel at Your creation, we confess we often take it for granted. We don’t know what to make of reports about the damage human life causes. We prefer to live as if our lifestyles make no impact on the earth. We confess we don’t really want to change. Yet we wonder if the way we live is pleasing to You. For all the ways we put Your creation at risk and harm the earth, we ask for Your forgiveness. Teach us how to live in this marvellous world with love and respect for You and for your whole creation. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
- Video Sermon – Joining the dots
- Praise – Read or sing “An army of ordinary people” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Good and Generous God, in Jesus Christ You came to us, promising life in abundance. We give You thanks today for the abundant gifts we receive in Him: the assurance of your love day by day; the relief of Your mercy when we recognise our own failings; hope to sustain us when things seem bleak; and peace that comes when we trust ourselves to Your eternal keeping. These are the gifts that matter, O God, so for all these gifts and other blessings we recognise around us, we give You thanks.Generous God, today we pray for all whose lives seem empty of joy: because the going is tough, and friends still seem far away; because their hearts are filled with disappointment; because their sorrow and grief are painful this day. Support each one in Your abundant compassion.
Generous God, we remember before You those whose lives are empty of peace and hope: because they are struggling with illness or disability; because they are powerless in the face of violence or other forces beyond their control. Especially today we pray for all those facing discrimination because of their culture, religion, the colour of their skin, and those still struggling to overcome the effects of the pandemic. Send Your peace and promise with signs of new possibility and real hope.
Generous God, we remember before You those for whom life is frustrating: because they are without work; because they have made poor choices and cannot find a way forward; because what comes next does not seem clear. Support each one in Your abundant mercy and lead them in new paths.
Good and Generous God, fill us with energy & compassion to reach out to those facing difficult times. May we become the gift we have received in Jesus, in whose strong name we pray. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “I have called you by your name” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Friends, go in peace; love and care for one another in Christ’s name, and: may God bless you with every gift needful for His work; may the Holy Spirit gift you with the willingness to take a risk for the sake of the Gospel, and; may the love and compassion and the hope and the faith of Jesus dwell richly within you, both now and forevermore. 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.