Season of Prayer

As the Church of Scotland continues its work on the agreed Radical Action Plan voted for by this year's General Assembly, including the recent appointment of the new Chief Officer, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair calls on Kirk members to join in prayer using a series of weekly prayers written by people from across the Church and its partners.

The Moderator called on congregations in every community to "come together" in prayer and reflection, noting that the 2019 General Assembly asked for prayer after accepting a set of radical proposals which will reshape the Church of Scotland at every level over the coming years.

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said:

Praying hands

"These prayers can be used personally, in Church gatherings of varied sizes or built into Sunday worship.

"This helpful resource can act as a catalyst to encourage us not just to talk about praying but actually to pray.

"Can I encourage you to look out for these prayers, to use them and the other prayer resources that are already available on the website?"

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Prayers for radical change

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

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair

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.

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Martin Johnstone next to a graphic saying

Martin Johnstone

God,

thank You,

thank You for seeds of new life.

[In quiet, reflect on where you see seeds of new life in your church & neighbourhood.]

God,

we pray,

we pray for the young people we encounter.

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Dana McQuater next to a graphic saying Together We Pray

Dana McQuater

Everlasting God,

Change and transition can be so unsettling.

How easily I get used to my ‘normal’,

how settled I become in my ‘comfort zones’.

I like to think of myself as a person comfortable with change,

but the truth is that I struggle with change just as much as anyone.

It doesn’t take much for me to feel off-balance,

to feel like the world is spinning too fast for me.

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Ruth Harvey, director of Place for Hope

Ruth Harvey

Trinity of love,

in the chaos of Your creation

we live and breathe and find our being.

In the sinews and cells of each tiny creature

the complexity of Your world glows.

And so we give thanks, as we look inward,

for Your intimate, incarnate, immanent light

dwelling deep within each morsel.

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Martin Fair beside a graphic saying Together We Pray

Martin Fair

Living God,

You are the same yesterday, today and forever.

You are constant, reliable, unchanging.

And yet

You come to make all things new.

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

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.

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Jo Love beside the words Together We Pray

Jo Love

Dear God,

can we with confidence

put presbytery and reform in the same sentence?

We acknowledge the times when in good faith

we have built scaffolding for our best work

that has later suffocated its breathing space.

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Doug Gay beside the words Together We Pray

Rev Dr Doug Gay

Almighty and Eternal God,

we pray for our Church

in this time of great change and challenge,

and in this season of remembering.

Surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses

we remember those who You called to do a new thing.

We remember those who led Your people through painful transitions.

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Sally Foster-Fulton beside the words Together We Pray

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton

Sticking with us

walking alongside us

taking the time to teach us well,

leaving space to let the listening settle in –

God with us.

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The words Together We Pray next to a picture of Peter Gardner

Rev Peter Gardner

God,

who was, and is, and is to come,

Unchanging One,

who makes all things new.

Your love for us is a mystery!

It amazes us that You have called us by name,

to be Your people, wherever we are.

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