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This week, Sunday 8th August, we invite you to join our family service at 10:30am (doors will be open from 10:15am). We still require you to book in advance for track and trace purposes. 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.
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 “O sacred head, now wounded” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Heavenly Father, there are no words which suffice to express how we feel about the really important things in life. It doesn’t matter which human language we were to use there would still be no phrases good enough. The sounds we speak are just words and can never capture our feelings – not completely.Just as this is true for the love we share with our family and closest friends, it is equally true for the bond we each share with You. Just as the heartfelt connection we feel towards those we have loved and lost never fades and dies, your presence, like a shaft of warm summer sun, transcends your own death and resurrects our hopes and dreams.
Whether we walk through times as light and joy filled as a spring morning, as bright as noontime in summer, as gloomy as a walk through autumn leaves, or dark as a winter’s night, no matter the circumstance of our lives, we are loved and upheld by your unshakable presence.
Just as we revel in the love and joy our nearest and dearest bring to our lives, likewise we echo back to you the love and trust you shower on us and having only feeble words to express how we feel we can this “worship” Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passages – Mark 1:21-27, and Mark 6:2-5
- Sermon – Giving God his breath back (sorry, this weeks sermon is not available on video)
- Praise – Read or sing “To God be the glory” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Lord life is a messy business. We mean to do one thing but find ourselves doing the opposite. Our thoughts can sometimes be less than charitable and before we know it they have leapt from inside our heads, onto our tongues and out through our mouths. To explode like unintended rocket shells causing hurt and offence. Worst still we can do this and not even realise.Around the world there are fires and floods causing misery beyond imagining but still we cling to the idea that our own actions have nothing to do with the hurt we see in distant lands. But we know that collectively we human beings are the root cause of that misery. We scar the world you declared good with plastic and smoke careful to ensure that our own homes see little of the damage caused.
Help us, Heavenly Father, to take you seriously when you call us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves and help us to share that love regardless of whether the neighbour lives right next door or on the other side of the planet.
Keep in our thoughts and prayers those going through tough times, those whose health makes each day a struggle, those whose workplace feels unkind, and those who feel unwanted and alone. Let us always have an eye out for the good we might do and place our own desires on the back burner to make room for the health and wellbeing of those we encounter.
Let the life we should and can live if we try, like a long soak in a hot bath, cleanse and revive us to face the future with renewed vigour and hope. Amen.“
- Closing praise – Read or sing “Be still, for the presence of the Lord” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.God go with us now as we part and be our ever present companion until we meet once more. 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.