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This Sunday 9th January 2022, Rev Mike is back in the pulpit and leads our annual Epiphany Sunday 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 – “Hope is a star” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Prayer of adoration and confession – “God of promise and light, open our eyes this morning, that we may see Your light in the darkness. Open our hearts, that we might perceive Your promises of justice and righteousness fulfilled in the babe of Bethlehem. Lord, as You did with the Magi of old, give us a star to guide us on our journey to find the One who will truly set us free, and may this time of worship bring us closer to You, so that the good news of Your light and love born in Jesus will transform our lives.Ever-patient God, we reluctantly confess that we are a people of sometimes prefer to live in the darkness of this world, rather than in Your light. We stumble around, overwhelmed by news of injustice and oppression, poverty and violence, and we feel helpless and hopeless in the face of it all. Lord, help us to be people of the Light, shining Your light of righteousness, peace, and joy into all the dark places of our lives and the world. Unlock for us, the mystery and the glory Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Turn our aimless wanderings into a journey of purpose. Let Your light break in and shine through the cracks in our lives, transforming us and the world, into people of the Light. All this we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- Read this weeks scripture passage – Matthew 2:1-12
- Praise – “What star is this?” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Sermon – “Disturbing visitors visit a disturbing king”
- Praise – “As with gladness” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Prayer of the people – “God of all time and of eternity: as this New Year stretches before us, we thank You for the time You give us, both Chronos and Kairos, and for all those things that are still possible and precious in those gifts. We thank You for each new day and its possibilities; for each night, its rest and reflection. We thank You for words of forgiveness and for the chance to make a new start, for Your word of invitation to explore new opportunities. Lord, give us courage to try something new and the conviction to finish things leftover from last year. Make time spent this year Your time, O God, and bless every moment with You.God of moments and memories, we remember before You people facing hard times in the months ahead. We pray for those struggling with illness, and for those facing treatments or surgery with uncertain results…We pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones and dear friends, and for all who are struggling with what used to be but can be no longer…
God of hopefulness and helpfulness, we remember those who are seeking new opportunities this year: those training for new work and those looking for employment; those developing new business opportunities; and those who provide services to improve life in our community amid the uncertainties around us…
God of the future, give us wisdom and perseverance in what we do as a congregation of Your people. As we work together with the vision of Your Kingdom before us this year, fill us with love and generosity that can change the world because of Your blessing. We pray we can make a difference in even the most challenging situations because we are the people of Your beloved Son, and in whose name we pray. Amen”
- Closing praise – “We three kings” – Here is a You-Tube video with music and words that you can sing along to:
- Benediction – “Sisters and Brothers in Christ, may the blessed presence of God fill our hearts with the assurance of His love, and may the gracious arms of Jesus embrace us as a community of faith, and may the Holy Spirit baptise us anew and lead us into newness of life, and may we always live in trust, knowing that we are God’s always and forever…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.