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This week, Sunday 19th September 2021, we invite you to join us as Rev Mike leads our 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 sermon will be recorded live at Wilson Memorial Church. We don’t want to give everything away beforehand, so if you aren’t able to attend in person or just want to listen again, we will be adding the video sermon to this update after the service has taken place.
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 “Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Gracious God, it is said in Your Word that, ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (Proverbs 9: 10). Lord, we come before You today, not in fear as the world understand fear, but with a realisation that the more we think we know about You, the more we realise that we do not know. Your knowledge is too wonderful for us fully know, and You alone know each blade of grass and hair upon our heads. We are so grateful for the part we get to play in Your vision for the world, and we offer You our praise and thanksgiving. Merciful God, we also confess that even though we know we do not know all things, we often think that we know best. Lord, we go our own way instead of Yours. We fill our needs before the needs of others. We speak to satisfy our own minds instead of Your Will. We take and use Your resources without a second thought for others. Forgive us for relying on our own wisdom instead of Yours. Forgive us for the times we have ignored the injustices our greed has caused for others. Forgive us when our words have hurt and harmed another, instead of lifting them up. Forgive us for the ways in which we place ourselves at the centre of Your creation instead of being a part of it. Loving God, change who we are, guide who we shall become, so that we may take delight in Your wisdom and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your holy name. These things we pray in Jesus Name. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passages – Mark 9:30-37
- Sermon – Asking the “Greatest” questions? (Recorded live at Wilson Memorial Church on Sunday September 19th, 2021)
- Praise – Read or sing “Lord, from sorrows deep I call” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “God of all people and places, we come to You in prayer, giving thanks that You are with us in all situations. You bring us strength and courage when we are anxious or afraid. You provide wisdom and guidance when we face choices and challenges. Thank You for Your faithfulness to us. In this time of prayer, enlarge our love for You and others, and sharpen our vision of Your Kingdom, so that we may serve more faithfully.Lord, we pray for those who find themselves on the margins of our economy, facing the challenges of unemployment or financial insecurity in these days of uncertainty as Universal Credit is clawed back and the furlough scheme is withdrawn. Give leaders in government and business a compassion and understanding of the situation that many millions face today, not only in our country, but around the world. Help us all to work towards a world that reflects the values of Your Kingdom, so that everyone has enough resources and respect to live well. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, we pray for all those who have lost everything through fire, storm, or pandemic. Bring support to those people and agencies who work to bring an end to suffering, and help them rebuild lives and communities. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, we pray for those who work for peace and justice in a world divided by bitter conflicts, and for those who keep the peace and lead negotiations in international disputes. Give them courage and perseverance. We remember those who face violence, persecution, or discrimination on a daily basis, and pray for all whose lives are marked by danger and unrest. Send Your Spirit to protect the vulnerable and to shame the vicious, so that justice and mercy might prevail. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for all those who struggle with pain or illness, disability, or any daunting diagnosis. Remain by their side. Be with those who face death today, and those who weep for loved ones who have died. Unites us in love, whatever we are facing, and give us the peace and hope You have promised us in Christ Jesus. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers, which we ask in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “I cannot tell why he whom angels worship” – here is a you-tube video with music and words, that you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Sisters and Brothers in Christ, may we know the limits of our own knowledge and understanding, but also never be afraid to learn to lean on the limitless love and patience of God. May we be wise enough not to trust our own wisdom, but the wisdom of God, and may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace and His wisdom, 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– 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.