A prayer for radical change: Rt Rev Colin Sinclair

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.

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.

This week’s prayer is written by Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, in front of a stained glass window

Jesus Christ
You call us all to follow You
in the adventure of faith.
As we begin the process of change
guided by Your spirit,
help us to trust You.

Help us to willingly let go
of all “the ways we have always done things”,
when it feels safer to shrink from changes that deeply affect us,
back into what we have known.
Inspire us
to take risks,
to creatively and courageously
be Your church today:
looking to You in worship,
reaching into our communities
venturing out in service.

Bless the Church of Scotland
as we seek to build Your Kingdom.
Bless the Assembly Trustees in their tasks,
bless the new Chief Officer when he takes up his post
and help us all to see what we can do, together,
to bring into being the Radical Action Plan.

Let us renew our commitment to follow You
as we step out in glad obedience.
For Your name’s sake