Churches in Scotland are joining together in prayer at 7pm this Palm Sunday, 5 April.
The Catholic Church in Scotland is joining, once more, with other Churches in Scotland in inviting Christians across the country to join in prayer at 7pm on Palme Sunday evening. For the last two weeks, thousands of people across Scotland have answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Thirteen Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, are taking part in the joint prayer. I have attached a Gaelic version of the document.
Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: “Many people have commented how helpful it is to have this time of prayer when we can join together with Christiansfromall round the country and from different denominations and share similar words expressing our concerns at this time”
Churches Together in England will also be praying each Sunday at 7pm and will be using the #prayersofhope to share the message on social media.
The churches have issued a letter with this week’s prayer that reads: “As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever-renewed Call to Prayer. "We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7pm on Sunday 5th April, which is Palm Sunday. A Prayer for this time Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us, We give you thanks. For the enduring presence of your love in this world, We give you thanks. For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day, We give you thanks. On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope, We hear the cry: Hosanna! We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise, We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise. Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come, We are conscious that we share in the life of the world. We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us, And of those from whom we are apart. Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love. Lord, we are conscious of others, Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society, And upon whom we now depend. We pray for them: For delivery drivers and posties, For refuse collectors and cleaners, For police officers and care workers, Protect them and keep them safe. For nurses and doctors, For scientists and surgeons, For midwives and ambulance drivers, Protect them and watch over them. For those who govern on our behalf, For those who make decisions that impact upon us all, For all who shape our common life, Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. And grant us faith to journey into the week to come, Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen."
The statement and prayer is signed by: Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland) Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland) Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)