Prayers

Sundays - 7pm

Christians across Scotland and beyond are encouraged to pray at 7pm every Sunday evening. 14 denominations have come together to encourage us to pray in solidarity with all those who are affected by this pandemic.

Light a candle as you say the prayer - and share your candles with us.

28th September

Yesterday, Gina shared this prayer with us whichshe wrote during the week.

17th August

Today we wanted to share with you this prayer from the Archdiocese of Grouard Mclennan, which is in north-western Alberta, Canada.

23rd June

Daphne shared this prayer with us at the weekend, which she wrote in thanks for music.

10th May - 7pm

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "When so much is not normal how lovely it can be to come together at 7pm each Sunday and have a few moments in which we can pray together. Let me encourage you to keep hope alive and join with us in prayer."

Today’s gospel reading from John Chapter 14, tells of a traumatic time in the life of the disciples and Jesus. After three years travelling together around Galilee, they arrive in Jerusalem amidst an atmosphere heavy with threat.
Gathering behind a closed door, in the hour of his own need, Jesus sought to offer comfort and guidance to his followers and friends, telling them of a place in God’s house, and that he was going ahead to prepare a place for them.
Thomas, bless him, asked the question which is on the hearts of so many, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way? To which Jesus replied: “I am the way, the truth and the life.'

Today, in these times, we pray that we may sense Christ’s guiding presence:

Come, Jesus Christ, come my way;
showing me your way, through these disorientating days,
and opening my eyes to your accompanying presence.

Come, Jesus Christ, come my way;
teaching me your truth, through these confounding days
and opening my mind to your living Word.

Come Jesus Christ, come my way;
revealing to me your life, through these bewildering days,
and opening my heart to the fulness of your being. Amen.

10th May

Firstly, some thoughts on prayer:

The Jewish novelist, Isaac Singer, once said: "Whenever I'm in trouble, I pray, and since I'm always in trouble, I pray always."

He was asked, "Why are you in trouble?" He replied, "Who is not in trouble?"  Who indeed?

It seems to be a deep instinct to turn to the Heavens and plead for His grace and mercy. The obvious danger is treating God as a celestial cash point, producing the required riches at the press of a few prayer buttons. We are not telling God something He doesn't already know, still less trying to persuade Him to do something He would not have done or would not have thought of. God depends on our co-operation. Prayer is our way of laying hold of God's willingness, not overcoming His reluctance. We are co-operating with God in enabling His loving presence to come to bear on the situation and undoubtedly affecting it.

Prayer is our part in this mysterious interaction. And, we must remember, All prayer is used by God in some way. God is not waiting for us to 'crack the code' and pray the right words.

So let's pray:

Lord, in this time when we have to maintain a distance from others, we thank you for your wonderful closeness and faithfulness in the midst of this chaos.
We are very well aware now how the unexpected has taken us by surprise - just as Jeremiah felt ambushed, as if by a bear and lion.
Here we were, planning our summer vacation and family celebrations, (Golden Weddings and 50th birthdays), when everything changed.
Now it is shown very clearly to us how unimportant our human concerns often are.

Lord, how did this all come about?
How could life turn out like this, when we were so competent, so pleased with our sophisticated ways?
Pills for every eventuality.
We are thankful that love and friendship are now being extended to those we don't even know, not just those closest to us.
We are certainly united in adversity.
It's an opportunity to press the pause button on our frantic existence and take stock of our abuse of the world and callous disregard for the needs of others.
We will never be the same again, and for that we're glad - may our shattered world be ultimately transformed.

Meanwhile, Gracious Father, we are deeply thankful for what we are able to do, even with new restrictions.
May our hearts be encouraged as we continue to put our faith in you.

We pray for peace and comfort to those who are fearful and anxious, that many will find hope in Christ in these unpredictable times.
We pray for strength for all those who have huge workloads and crippling responsibilities.
It is good that Christians are united in prayer all across the world, and finding ways to support each other.

Lord, we thank you for hearing our prayers with the attentiveness of a loving parent.
Our prayers are like small pebbles thrown into the large expanse of need we're facing today.
But we thank you that your Love is greater still and we entrust every circle of our prayers to your generous mercy and grace.

Lord, we ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

12th April - 7pm

Christians across Scotland and beyond are encouraged to pray at 7pm every Sunday evening. 14 denominations have come together to encourage us to pray in solidarity with all those who are affected by this pandemic.

Light a candle as you say this prayer - and share your candles with us.

A prayer for Easter Sunday

Lord, it feels as if we’ve been walking in the Good Friday shadow of the cross;

feeling disorientated, concerned and filled with heartache;

praying for healing for those poorly,
whether government leader or more personally known;
and comfort for those bereaved;

expressing thanks for the selfless dedication of NHS staff,
those delivering social care,
and everyone ensuring that essential services and supplies are maintained,
in company with those who volunteer.

Lord, as we journey on,
help us now to embrace the dawning Easter joy of the cross;

encountering,
like the first disciples,
the transforming wonder of Christ’s resurrection;

accepting,
like the first disciples,
that it may take time to comprehend the reality of Easter;

reflecting new life through words and deeds.
Hear us, and journey with us,
in the name of the risen Christ.
Amen.

6th April

Last night Daphne Russell shared this prayer and photos (from her permitted daily exercise) with us.

Lord of the world,

At the start of Holy Week, we thank you for the signs of new life:

For new flowers beside paths, in gardens, and even indoors;

For sunshine and birdsong;

But most of all for the new life that Jesus brought,

And for the promise that our fears and sorrows are followed by the joy of Easter morning.

Amen.

 

 

3rd April

A member shared this prayer with us today. We look forward to hearing and receiving contributions from everyone.

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

Remember those that have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

Remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,

Let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. Amen.

31st March

This prayer was shared with us this morning from a member. St Columba was a missionary from Ireland who brought Christianity to Scotland and founded the Abbey on Iona.

27th March

Today we received an email from Stephen and Hellen in Magina Church. We're pleased that we still have a way to communicate with everyone throughout this period of physical isolation.

All friends at Torphichen & Avonbridge,

Calvary's' Greetings,

We are all together in prayers throughout this time of STORM!  We are following all the happenings in the whole world ...May God keep all of us safe and pleading him for His abundant mercies to us as per His precious will.

The song ' Lord Christ our Rock in Him we hide; a shelter in time of storm" - is now for all Christian faithful ones and always clicking in our mind and soul and wondered what made this author/singer to compose this song...

Our Lord's prayer " ...delivers us from evil...." May our powerful God deliver us from this evil and safe us as His remnants.   God shows/gives mercy to those He want to give/show mercy.

We think of you and pray for you during this difficult storm!

# Stay safe

With Prayers,

Stephen & Hellen

 25th March 11am

The Lord's Prayer


Join Christians around the world saying the Lord's Prayer together.

This 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".

Read more here.

22nd March

National Day of Prayer - Today at 7pm

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. They invite people of faith across the country to join in prayerful solidarity with this witness.

We are invited to light a candle in the window of our homes 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.

 

 

Some of our own members' candles.

20th March

Today we are sharing a prayer from Ralph, our locum minister.

We pray for all those affected by this virus, and for Families of those who have died. We think too of those who are very ill at this time.
We pray for those in isolation and experiencing loneliness. For the increasing restrictions being imposed.
We pray for Doctors and Nurses. Carers and Cleaners. Emergency staff and many others.
May they all find strength and courage.
We pray for all under stress and strain. Remembering Jesus' words - "Love one another, as I have loved you."
We pray for Teachers and their concerns for their Pupils. Now that Schools are closed and Exams cancelled.
Aware that for some School is their only safe haven.
We pray for our Church fellowships and the fracturing of our fellowship times, and any uncertainty about the future.
For all Faith Groups and Community Organisations. May we find that God is still the Foundation of our lives.
We pray for our Leaders. May a spirit of Wisdom and Understanding infuse their thoughts, words and actions. May they make good decisions and increase funding for scientific research.
Help us to be caring and helpful to each other.

Amen.

19th March

A Prayer in 3 parts from the Adventurers

18th March

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the current Moderator, offers us a prayer as we deal with a new illness in our communities. 

Read it here,

hand outstretched in prayer