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This week, Sunday 5th September 2021, Rev Mike returns to our pulpit from his well earned holiday rest, and 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 “In Christ alone” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer –“Eternal God, first and last, our beginning and our end, beside You there is nothing or no one greater. You gave breath to all living things. By Your Spirit, You are among us still, breathing new life,
turning anger into reconciliation, division into unity, grief into consolation. Through Your grace, You open up new directions and new possibilities for the world You love. So, we offer You our lives and our labours in worship and in service, joining in creation’s song of praise and adoration: Holy, holy, holy are you, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always.
God of mercy, we know You judge the world with an eye for the poor and outcast. We confess we fail to live with the same eye for those on the margins. We have been silent when we should have spoken up, and uncaring in the face of injustice. We have not shown the same generosity to others that You have shown us. Forgive us for putting ourselves first, and help us to serve You and others with the kindness we meet in Jesus Christ, and in whose name we pray. Amen. “
- Read this weeks scripture passages – Mark 7:24-30
- Sermon – Arguing with God…and winning (Recorded live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday September 5th, 2021)
- Praise – Read or sing “I will wait for you” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer –“O God in whom we live and move and have our being: We come to You in prayer as the summer season draws nearer to its close: We give You thanks for the occasions we have enjoyed to catch up with family and friends; to travel for recreation and restoration and let our worries go. We are grateful for each moment to savour the beauty of creation. Refresh us for the season ahead we pray, and renew our commitment to serve You.
O God, Jesus faced many demands wherever He went, and pressure from critics, whatever He did. We pray for all those who have not found rest this summer: for those whose work is stressful, exhausting, or unappreciated; for those whose livelihoods remain uncertain, because of the pandemic or through disasters caused by heat, fire, or storm. We pray for those which hard choices to make, about work or school or what comes next, about relationships and priorities, or about social policy and community leadership. May they know Your strength and guidance day by day.
Today we remember those for whom this summer has been filled with suffering: We pray for those who have lost loved ones, and those facing an uncertain future or a difficult diagnosis. We pray for those who have lost their homes, for whatever reason, and for those who despair about the climate crisis and what can be done to repair the suffering earth. We pray for all those who join efforts to relieve suffering of any kind. May each one find courage to face tomorrow in Your company.
O God, we need the embrace of Your presence, each in our own way. As we prepare to leave this service, walk with us, and show us how to live each day as those who follow Jesus, for we dare to pray the words He taught us, saying: Our Father who art in Heaven…Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “We cannot measure how you heal” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Go forth to love one another. Be bold. Be brave. Be prepared to argue your case before God and others. But do so, with love and grace. Be rich in faith and serve one another in all joy and humility. And may the Power of God our Creator, Christ our Salvation, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever…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– It’s great being back in Church for weekly services, but 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. 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 August/September 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.