Worship resources created in response to refugee crisis
Published on 18 September, 2015
Situations such as the current refugee crisis can bring up lots of questions that can make it difficult to pray and teach with sensitivity. As we are faced with issues of suffering and human tragedy, we can often struggle to find God in the midst of it all.
From left, The Very Rev. Dr. Lorna Hood, Jenny Marra MSP, Lesley Thomson and Michael Russell MSP reflect on the genocide at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Complex.
The Church recognises its members and adherents are seeking to be part of a meaningful response to current crisis facing refugees seeking shelter from conflict and unrest. The Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison says
"We have all been deeply moved by the harrowing images of the refugee crisis spreading across Europe. We might have been left speechless. However, some have responded in words which will help many of us to focus our worship during such a time of turmoil. The intent of this valuable material is to guide us in our prayers, enabling our minds to reflect and our hearts to reach out in compassion. I hope and pray this will stir us into loving action so we are filled with wisdom, longing for peace and upholding justice."
The Church has come together to compile a selection of prayers, reflections and creative ways of responding to some of these issues written by the Church of Scotland as well as other organisations.
The Church is committed to taking action in response to the crisis.
The Church has also acted with interfaith groups to coordinate this response.
The worship resources can also be found on our partner Resourcing Mission website in the Starters for Sundays section.
More detailed information on the Church's action plan will be released in due course.