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This Sunday 5th December is the second Sunday of Advent 2021, and Rev Mike will lead our worship 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 – “Peace is a ribbon” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Prayer of adoration and confession – “God of Peace and Promise, You are the giver of life, living in us through the power of Your Holy Spirit. You are the voice that calls us from our wandering, setting us a new path. You are the living water that purifies us, baptising us for service in the world that so badly needs Your love. Lord, refresh us in this time of worship, and rekindle our desire to serve You each and every day.Merciful God, our baptism proclaims the washing away of our sin, and the start of our new life in Jesus. But we confess that we still live sin against You, against others, and against ourselves. We make excuses for ourselves, and take comfort in the old familiar habits and traditions. Forgive us when we mistake such comfort for the peace You offer us in Jesus. Prepare our hearts today to embrace new ways of following Him, and in whose name we pray. Amen.”
- Praise – “Come and find the quiet centre” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Isiah 9:2-7
- Sermon – “What if peace were a verb?” You can watch and listen to Rev Mike here
- Praise – “Put peace into each others hand” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Prayer of the people – “Living God, You call us to be ready for the coming of Jesus, to look to ourselves so that we might be properly prepared to welcome Him in our lives. But, Your call comes to us in the midst of community, and we do not live in isolation from others, and so help us not to separate ourselves from the needs and concerns of others. Instead, help us to pray for others, in the knowledge that right at this moment, others might also be praying for us.Lord, we pray for the Church, for this congregation, and for all who minister and serve around the world with compassion and caring, and may the Peace of Christ bless us, the Love of Christ work through us, and the Light of Christ shine in the darkest places.
Lord, we pray for our community, our country, and our world. Bless with compassion and tenderness those we know who work tirelessly for the good of others. Bless with wisdom and character those who have responsibility in Holyrood and Westminster, and especially as we face the challenge of a new variant of COVID-19. Bless with purpose those who are leaders, teachers, and mentors for us all. Bless with Your strength those who carry the burden of leadership, and who make decisions for the good of all humanity.
Lord, we pray for those in need: those close to us; those who struggle for direction; those who are no longer able to stand tall with purpose and commitment; those who are weak and frail; those who are ground down by worries and troubles. Lord, in the silence, we name them before You:
Lord, we pray for ourselves, as we prepare for the coming of Jesus, that we might be honest with ourselves and open to Your grace. We give thanks to You for the Communion of Saints, and for all who have prepared the way for us, who have offered us their guidance, wisdom, and example. Unite us with them, and with one another, that we might journey together as one people under You.
Lord, we pray all these things in the strong name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Amen.”
- Closing praise – “When peace like a river” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Benediction – “Sisters and Brothers in Christ, be people of peace. Let peace live in our hearts and let us share the peace of Christ will all we meet. Let us share peace by acting out of compassion and not fear. Let us share peace by listening to all sides of the story. Let us share peace by praying for our world. In this season of Advent, we need to see, feel, and share peace…and the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and always. 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 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.