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This week, Sunday 26th 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 “We are God’s people” – here is a Youtube video with words and music, which you can sing along to.
- Opening prayer – “Holy God, Maker of all things, we come to You in worship, offering our praise and prayer in awe and wonder at all You have made. With all of creation our voices rise to You and proclaim Your everlasting faithfulness. Come to us, Lord, in the power of Your life-giving Spirit, and enliven our hearts and minds, so that we might respond in faith and trust to Your love and grace.Forgiving God, in Your presence we acknowledge our brokenness and the brokenness of the world. Lord, we have said and done things which have caused harm to ourselves, others, and to the world, and for which we are truly sorry. Lord, we have failed to say and do things which show Your love to others and for You. We confess that we often fail to live and behave as You would have us do, and for that we are truly sorry. Lord, in the light of the global climate and ecological crisis, we admit our part in the exploitation and abuse of the gifts of creation, and the careless harm we have caused to the environment and to the lives of those with whom we share this world. Knowing that You are compassionate and slow to anger, we humbly seek Your mercy and forgiveness. We ask also for Your healing of all that is wrong, and that You will restore us to fullness of life so that we may serve and love the world in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passages – Mark 9: 38 – 41
- Sermon – There is no “Them and Us”
- Praise – Read or sing “Help us accept each other” – Here is a Youtube video with words and music, which you can sing along to.
- Prayer – “Gracious God, You have called many people together to become the church that bears Jesus’ name. Thank You for joining us in fellowship is so many different places, and giving us opportunities to make a difference for Christ’s sake. Bless our congregation so that we are united in mission and purpose, wherever and however we serve.Comforting God, Your Son became a refugee with no place to call His own. Look with mercy on all those who are fleeing from danger, and find themselves homeless and hungry. We pray particularly for the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, and for all those who no longer feel that it is their home. Bless and protect those who work to bring relief; and inspire generosity and compassion in hearts that have resources to share. Guide the nations to work together to bring an end to conflict so that little children may grow up safe and happy in their own homes.
Eternal Ruler, all nations rise and fall in Your sight. Hear our prayers for those who rule in countries around the world, that they may act with integrity, establish justice for all citizens, and seek the ways of peace. Give guidance to all leaders and governments, to address the needs of the most vulnerable, and to lead recovery from the pandemic in prudent and generous ways.
God of hope, we bring before You the names of people and places on our hearts this day, seeking the right gift only you can give them: for family and friends; for neighbour and community; for ourselves. Hear us as we pray in the silence of this moment…
Ever faithful God, You have knit together Your people from all times and places into the body of Christ through His resurrecting love. Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, those we have known and loved, as well as those known best to You. Inspire us to learn from the examples of their faith in action, and bring us together in the joy we will know in Your presence.
Merciful God, hear our prayers, spoken and unspoken, and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:
- Our Father who art in Heaven. Hallowed by Thy Name.
- Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us.
- Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
- For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for ever. Amen.”
- Closing praise – Read or sing “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy” – Here is a Youtube video with words and music, which you can sing along to.
- Benediction – “Sisters and Brothers in Christ as we look at the people around us, help us to see not the difference or the things that separate us, but rather the person who is loved and cherished by God…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– 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.