June Prayer from Life and Work magazine

Leith St Andrew's Parish Church

Hebrews 13:8 – ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.’

God of our fathers and mothers
You have reigned with Sovereign skill
In storms and stories of years past
‘It’s in looking back’ they tell us
‘That we can see and say: God has always been faithful.’
We praise you for what you’ve already done, God
And we thank you for those
Who yesterday marvelled at your work
And told us all about it
Singing confidence in you into our psyche

God of our brothers and sisters
You rule today, and you care today
In a world shaken, turned upside down
You are the only unchanging One
Forgive us for the things we’ve held too tightly
Being shaken from our grasp:
Complacency, material security, self-interested freedoms
Thank you for the green shoots of life
Growing up through coronavirus cracks:
Community, delight in the local, environmental rest, new prayerfulness

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Prayers of Intercession, Thursday 4 June 2020

flowerGod of all being, we come before You,
knowing some of our faults and remaining ignorant of others.
You know us far better than we can ever know ourselves.
So, help us not to judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves.

You meet us with mercy and forgiveness
and a call to do more, to live with commitment,
to turn from all that binds us or oppresses others.
Help us to live in the liberating power of the Holy Spirit.

We pray for Your troubled world, and our thoughts turn to the USA at this moment:
We pray for the family and friends of George Floyd
and of all others killed unjustly by the police;

we pray for those consumed by anger and a sense of injustice
not just at this latest atrocity but at many atrocities throughout history;
may change come, and may racism and needless violence be outlawed.

We pray for all those entrusted with leadership during this crisis;
give wisdom to their words and actions, to bring peace and a sense of just resolution.
May those who use their power for their own selfish or oppressive ends
realise the error of their ways and seek forgiveness.

We pray for Scotland and the UK, also deeply implicated in racism,
and we ask for the courage and strength to oppose prejudice
whether based on race, colour, sexuality, gender or religion.
May Your church always stand up for a fair and equal society.

We remember too that we are still deep in a public health crisis
and we pray for resolve among us all to play our part
in the struggle against the coronavirus
and so support all those working in the front line,
whether in the NHS or in other vital services.

We pray for those we know who aren’t well at the moment, those we don’t know,
those who are going through times of trouble or despair.
We pray especially today for:

Peter, Bill B, Evelyn, Jean, Janet,
Emily, Zoe, Gordon and John, Allan, Malcolm, Eleanor,
Andrew, Ela, Jill, John N, Mary,
Yvonne, Bill M, John C, Karen, Mary D, Ceala and Ian.

Be near them with peace and give them a deep knowledge of your presence among them.
We bring the people and places in our minds and hearts to you now and in moment of silence

                                                                SILENCE

May your will be done on earth, O Lord,
Amen.

 

Oasis of Peace – Wednesday Prayers – 3rd June

Leith St Andrew's Parish Church

A Candle in the Window – Words to encourage in tough times Peter Millar    

This is God’s day, so make the most of it.  (Words seen on a poster)

To brighten the day – the story of creation by Nick Midgley when he was 13.

On the first day God made light, and he was dazzled and made dark, and then a switch.

On the second day God made the earth and he took the elements, shuffled them, and dealt them.

On the third day God made plants. He learnt to breathe the fresh air before it was too late, and he saw beauty.

On the fourth day God made the stars and God was proud of them. He winked at them and they winked back.

On the fifth day God made birds and fish and wanted conversation, but they would not talk.

On the sixth day he made…

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Sunday Evening Thought

“Sending Out the Light” by Gayle Stott Lowry

Searching for images to reflect Pentecost, I was met by many flame colours of red, orange and yellow, yet when I came across this painting my “heart leapt up”.  On this  particular Sunday the peace of  this blue  painting also speaks to me of the power of the Spirit sent out, of it falling afresh in a new way.   We don’t usually think of blue as a burning hot colour but it is the blue flame in a fire which is the hottest of all and it is the blue flame which is at the inner core of the candle flame.  The abstraction of the painting and the variety in the shapes of light remind me that we can’t contain or control the Spirit.  She is formless and goes where she wills, leading us and changing us.   Perhaps it is now, in these most uncertain times, that we should expect to recognise her in ways which we have never seen before.   Perhaps too we need this blue flame, the hottest flame of all, in our inner core to inspire us and to send us out.

Loving God, Thank you today for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Fill us and inspire us with the joy of life. Help us to see the world through your eyes in the week ahead. We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

With grateful thanks to the artist Gayle Stott Lowry for giving permission to copy her painting. Her family roots away back are in Scotland and she has visited and been inspired by the beauty of our countryside.

Katherine Taylor

Sunday evening prayer – 7pm – 31st May #prayersofhope @churchscotland

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Once more, churches across Scotland have come together to encourage Christians to join together in prayer at 7pm on Sunday evening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man's hands praying over a Bible
Join with fellow Christians across Scotland in Sunday prayer at 7pm in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, 14 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer.

Since the start of lockdown, Christians from across the country have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is looking forward to taking part alongside them this weekend.

“I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months online searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically,” Dr Fair said.

“But reading about what prayer is and how to do it…

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