A prayer for radical change: Richard Frazer

As the Church of Scotland continues its challenging work on the three-year radical action plan which was approved by this year’s General Assembly, we call on those from across the Church to join together in prayer.

This week’s prayer is written by Rev Dr Richard Frazer, convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council.

The words Together We Pray beside a photo of Reverend Doctor Richard Frazer

Living Christ,
in times of turmoil and division
the world can feel frightening and devoid of hope.
And yet,
Just as we know that the butterfly will emerge
from the seemingly barren and dried up chrysalis,
when hope is lost, hope takes hold.

Living Christ,
You have given us all we need for the journey.
And yet,
You also warn us against thinking we have arrived.
Just as the butterfly will emerge from the cocoon,
so newness comes to people of hope.

You are God of the journey,
God of resurrection promise.
Help us to anticipate the new
and break free from that which holds us back.

As the people of the Way,
help us to be a blessing to our troubled world,
to be healers in our divided communities
and people of hope in a despairing world.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Each week, from late September until late November, new prayers written by people from across the Church of Scotland and our partners will be shared. Please feel free to change and adapt these prayers to suit your own context. There are more prayer resources available on the Prayer section of our website.