As with previous weeks during lockdown and the phased easing of restrictions, 14 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer. Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been taking part alongside them. "I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months online searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically,” Dr Fair said. "But reading about what prayer is and how to do it is only the start of it. After that it’s time to actually pray. "And what better than to join with brothers and sisters from across the nation at 7pm on Sunday to pray our way through this ongoing crisis. I commend it to you and look forward to being with you, in Spirit, on Sunday evening." “The action of God in Jesus Christ is a demonstration of the love of God (Romans 5: 1-8, NIV). As we know ourselves to be powerless and, at the same time, to be those who have received the renewing and empowering love of God poured ‘into our hearts by the Holy Spirit’, we turn to God, and we pray:” We pray: Living God, you demonstrate your love for us Though our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are powerless, Stand with us in our weakness. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Living God, you demonstrate your love for the world Through the self-giving of our Lord Jesus Christ. We remember those who are powerless in our world And stand with them in their weakness. Lord, [...]
There will be a special service for Pentecost led by our Kirk Moderator Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair. This will be available to view on our website from 10am on Sunday 31st May 2020. The Moderator is encouraging congregations and people of faith across Scotland, and beyond, to join together in worship as a whole church family.
Update for this week Blessings for Easter as we celebrate our Lord's resurrection!
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For the last two weeks, thousands of people across Scotland have answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Thirteen Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, are taking part in the joint prayer. Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: “Many people have commented how helpful it is to have this time of prayer when we can join together with Christians from all round the country and from different denominations and share similar words expressing our concerns at this time” Churches Together in England will also be praying each Sunday at 7pm and will be using the #prayersofhope to share the message on social media. The churches have issued a letter with this week’s prayer that reads: “As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever-renewed Call to Prayer. "We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7pm on Sunday 6th April, which is Palm Sunday. A Gaelic version of the statement and the prayer can be found here A prayer for this time Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us, We give you thanks. For the enduring presence of your love in this world, We give you thanks. For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day, We give you thanks. On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak [...]
Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following positive feedback from last week's prayer initiative, a further letter has been signed by 13 Christian organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland. The letter states: "We pray in solidarity with those across Britain and Ireland and in solidarity with those across the world who face the challenge that the Covid-19 pandemic brings." Joint prayer from Christians in Scotland: We turn to you, our Father, for we need your help. Lord Jesus, as you have promised, be with us, whatever lies ahead, Strengthen us, Holy Spirit, as we face this together. We pray for our world and our country, as coronavirus threatens our lives and our livelihood, leaving many in lockdown, while key workers continue, despite the risk. We pray for government leaders at Westminster and Holyrood, responding to medical and scientific advice, making tough decisions for the wellbeing of all. We pray for all who serve on the frontline in the NHS and in social care; facing increasing numbers, overstretched resources and distressing human need. Bless those who are ill, those who are alone and afraid, those exhausted looking after their family, those worried for the vulnerable, those fearful for their finances, those shut in to their fears. Thank you for those who have returned from retirement to help, or joined the volunteer army. Thank you for those working: to manufacture needed resources, to find a vaccine, to keep in contact with the isolated, to encourage others at this time. Have mercy on us, O Lord. Give us faith, hope and love and hear our prayers, in Jesus' name. Amen. [...]
in saying the Lord's Prayer at 11am* on Wednesday 25th March 2020. The move comes in response to an invitation from Pope Francis sent to all Christian leaders in which he asks that we invoke "together the graces from heaven" and ask "for the end of this pandemic". In a joint letter, 11 Christian denominations across the country including the Church of Scotland have pledged to take part. Right Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, welcomed the move. He said: "At a time when normal life is falling apart it is wonderful when Christians come together. "The Lord's prayer is a wonderfully comprehensive prayer and within it can be found all we need to say. "I warmly commend Pope Francis' call for churches around the world to unite in this way." Those taking part in Scotland include the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God. You are encouraged to use whichever version that you feel most comfortable with. *11am has been chosen to coincide with midday in Italy so the Lord's Prayer can be said at the same time. The Lord's Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and [...]
In the middle of our trouble and hard times here, just knowing how you’re doing keeps us going. Knowing your faith is alive keeps us alive. (1 Thessalonians 3:8, The Message) Dear Friends You’ll probably know by now that Churches can’t meet together because of the Coronavirus. So many people are being affected in so many ways and it’s almost impossible to take in what is happening… But God is in the midst of us. God says, ‘Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.’ (Isaiah 41:10) I already know that Lenzie Union is full of faith and love for each other. As we trust in God, God will help us find new creative ways to reach out to each other and those around us with support and practical care. I’ve already seen this over the last few days. We’ll give regular updates, but here are some details to begin with. Caring for each other Even though we can’t meet together, we are still going to be able to look after each other and pray for one another, our community, and the world. Our Pastoral Assistant Donald Macleod (776 6235) can’t continue with pastoral visits. However, has offered to be a 24/7 pastoral support and to make and receive telephone calls to or from anyone who would like a chat or a prayer over the phone. He will try as much as possible to keep in touch by phone with those members he visits on a regular basis. It’s great that people are already volunteering to help those who will find the next weeks and months especially difficult. If you are able [...]
The Church of Scotland has joined with other religious groups across the country to sign a letter commending the Call for a National Day of Prayer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Signatories include the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God. Taking place on Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.* The letter asks that we "join in prayerful solidarity with this witness", describing the candle as "a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life." The following prayer can be used when lighting the candle: For all that is good in life, thank you, For the love of family and friends, thank you, For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you. May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support, May those who are sick, know healing, May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort. Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom, Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being, Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living. And may the light shining from our windows, across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle, be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. The signatories of the letter are: Rt. Rev. Colin [...]