Harvest Thanksgiving 2021

Welcome Back! : In Church. In Person. On Demand.  On your phone.  On your tablet. On your computer.

This week Sunday 10th October 2021, is Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, and we invite you to join us as Rev Mike leads us through this amazing 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 was not recorded live at Wilson Memorial Church (due to technical difficulties on the day, however Rev Mike has recorded it from his study for you to watch here).  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 –  “We plough the fields and scatter
  • Opening prayer – “God of all creation, in this season of thanksgiving for the harvests of the earth, we are awestruck by the beauty of autumn: the changing colour of the leaves; the birds beginning their migration; the sights of harvesting of this seasons bounty, and the preparations for the next.  Lord, such beauty speaks to us of Your goodness, and of Your desire to provide all of our daily needs.  As we gather today, renew our sense of thanksgiving for what You graciously give us through the fruitfulness of creation, and in Jesus who teaches us how to walk wisely on the earth You made.  For all Your good gifts we honour You with thanks and praise, now and always.God of our lives, when we give thanks for Your good gifts around us, we know that we enjoy an abundance many cannot even imagine.  Yet we confess we do not always see the blessings in which we share.  We worry about our future needs, and whether we will have enough for our families to flourish.  Forgive our fears of going without, and our failure to be grateful for how much goodness is already ours.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”
  • Read this weeks scripture passages – Luke 17:11-19
  • Sermon – “Being Un-thankful”
  • Praise – Read or sing “I will offer up my life” – here is a You-tube video with words and music that you can sing along to:
  • Prayer of the people – “Kind and Generous God, on this Thanksgiving Sunday, we take a moment to give You thanks for all those things, both great and small, extraordinary and ordinary, which fill our lives with meaning and offer us a sense of well-being.  By Your Spirit, Lord, may others see in us signs of a grateful heart.Merciful and Generous God, as we give thanks for the harvests of the earth and its goodness, show us how to live respectfully in creation and to protect all that is precious to You.  In a time when harvesting has been a great challenge in so many places, show us how to share what has been produced so that no one goes hungry.  By Your Spirit, Lord, may others see in us signs of a grateful heart.

    Just and Generous God, we pray for the good of Your world and the common good in our community.  Where there is hostility between peoples or nations, inspire leaders to show wisdom and courage in decision making.  We pray for areas hard hit by  flood, storm, fire, earthquake or volcanic eruption.  We pray for those who will be impacted the most by the changes in social welfare and the withdrawal of the furlough scheme.  May neighbours with resources continue in generosity and compassion for the long work of rebuilding lives and livelihoods.  By Your Spirit, Lord, may others see in us signs of a grateful heart.

    Healing and generous God, we pray for all those facing health challenges or difficult times for any reason, and we pray for family and friends under stress or in sorrow, and whom we name before You now in silence…(silence)…Give us patience and understanding as we draw near to those we have named, and help us to reach out with compassion, for we pray all these things in the strong name of Jesus.   Amen.”

  • Closing praise – “Now thanks we all our God” – here is a You-tube video with words and music that you can sing along to:
  • Benediction – “Sisters and Brothers in Christ, none of this is easy, but let gratitude enhance the joys you experience, let gratitude transcend the pain you may suffer, let gratitude lighten the burden of the duties you must perform, and let gratitude underpin even the griefs you may have to endure.  And now, may the Love of the Redeemer, the Love of the Creator, and the Fellowship of the Counsellor, be with us now and always…We go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
  • Extinguish the candle

To find out more about Communion, visit our dedicated Communion Information page

What else is happening at Wilson Memorial this week?

basics bank imageWe 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.

Private prayerSundays 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

Stedfast Aug 21

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.

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