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Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh


Services: Sundays 10.30 am, Wednesdays 10 am

Numbers are limited – advance booking essential

Prayers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Prayer for Sunday 9 May 2021 at 7 pm


A Message from Leaders of Christian Organisations in Scotland



In the Gospel of John, the ‘new commandment’ to ‘love one another’ transforms the idea of a ‘commandment’. In fulfilling the ‘new commandment’, we are called to give of ourselves in order that we might follow the pattern and example of Jesus. We love because we have first of all been loved, and to do so is a mark that we are a disciple of Jesus (John 13:34–35).

The ‘commandment’ to ‘love one another’ is taken up again in the Gospel and we see that the love of Jesus expressed to us is a love that flows from God: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.’

As an illustration of the ‘commandment’, Jesus says: ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ To be loved by God, though Jesus, is to be changed by the experience of being loved. As we are embraced and affirmed, we are changed and called a ‘friend’ of the One who has loved us and given His life for us (John 15:9–17)

In our fragile world, we are called to follow the pattern of Jesus and to love because we ourselves have first been loved.


We pray:


Living God,

You call us to love because we have first of all been loved.

May we know that love abides in you

And is expressed in your love for the world.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


Living God,

You call us to love because we have first of all been loved.

May we know the depth of your love

In the contemplation of the life and death and resurrection of your Son.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


Living God,

You call us to love because we have first of all been loved.

May we hear the call to live by a new commandment

And so bear the mark of a disciple.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


Living God,

You call us to love because we have first of all been loved.

May we know what it is to be embraced and affirmed

And called a friend of the One who has given his life for us.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


Living God,

You call us to love because we have first of all been loved.

May we, who have been embraced and affirmed,

Reach out to the lonely that they might know true friendship.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


Living God,

You call us to love because we have first of all been loved.

May we know the abiding presence of your love

In the life we share in the community of the Risen and Ascended Lord.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


Amen


Signed by:

Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair, 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, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Donnie G. MacDonald, Moderator, Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Paul Whittle, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)

Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland

Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)

Rev. Thomas R. Wilson, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland

Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army

Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. Claire Fender, 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)

Rev. Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance (Scotland)