Welcome Back! : In Church. In Person. On Demand. On your phone. On your tablet. On your computer.
This Sunday 7th November 2021, Rev Mike is back in the pulpit and leads us through our weekly 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 – “Take my life and let it be” (verses 1 – 3) – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Opening prayer – “Loving God, we gather together today as sisters and brothers in Christ, recognising the privilege and responsibility this places upon us: to love one another as You have loved us. Lord, You call us to shine as Your lights in this sometimes very dark world, and so we pray that through our words and actions, others might be drawn into Your family, and accept You as their Saviour and Lord.In our meeting together, let us remember that we worship the One who created this world, and particularly so as people from all around the world are meeting in Glasgow to discuss the environmental dangers that threaten Your creation. Forgive us the words and actions that have created the global crisis, both at a personal level and as a country. Forgive us when what we say and do causes harm and hurt to others at home and around the world. Forgive us when we put our own agendas and needs before those who do not have access to the resources we enjoy, or when our gain comes at the expense to another. Lord, remind us that we are one people, regardless of colour, class, or creed, and that we all bear Your image in our lives. Lord, we pray these things in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Mark 12:38-44
- Sermon – “The widows might”
- Praise – “Take my life and let it be” (verses 4 – 6) – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Prayer of the people – “Lord God, by Your Son Jesus, we are reconciled to You and by Your Spirit we are sent out to Your world to learn to walk in love as Jesus walked in love. You call and send us to care for those who, like the widow in Mark, have little or no security. We pray for those who have no food, and we are haunted by the images we have seen this past week of the famine in Madagascar. Help us to offer more than warm words, but to work towards reversing the imbalances between the have’s and the have-not’s. Call us out of our comfort to share what we have been given.Lord of all comfort, we remember those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. When the grief is overwhelming we ask for Your comfort. When the loneliness becomes unbearable we ask that You would meet them in the compassion of others. When the words to pray become difficult to find, may they know that Your Spirit intercedes for them in the inward groaning of their hearts. Lord, we pray for all whose lives have been turned upside down whether through wrong decisions, or economic and environmental challenges, or the global pandemic. We pray that they will experience the support and care of others, and receive the help they need and the strength to carry on.
Lord, we know that through the experience of Jesus, You know the suffering of Your people. Help those who are alone and vulnerable to know that You have been there too, that You are with them and with us. Help us to be open and willing to be part of the answer to these prayers. Help us to be Your hands to care, Your ears to listen, and the body through which You might bring healing and life to all.
We pray these things through Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.”
- Closing praise – “Go in grace and make disciples”
- 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 October/November 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.