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Prayers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Prayer for Sunday 5 July 2020 at 7 pm

A Message from Leaders of Christian Organisations in Scotland

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.’
Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)

These are words of Jesus that we all need to hear. We need to hear these words because they speak into the depths of the experience of so many of us at this time. The words create a picture in the mind’s eye. The picture is of ourselves in the times when we are indeed weary and burdened by the particular loads that we have to bear. Alongside this, the picture is of the One who offers to us rest. The picture is of human need met by divine promise and finds its context in the affirmation that Jesus is the One who knows the Father and holds in God’s trust all that has been committed to him. He holds our lives in his keeping and offers renewal to those who seek his presence. (Matthew 11: 25-30) Wherever we are and whatever our load, the promise of Jesus is that we will find his renewing presence.

We pray:

Lord, we come to you as we are

For we can come no other way.

We come acknowledging the burdens we carry

And trusting in your promise of rest.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.

Lord, we come to you

In the sure knowledge that we are not alone.

We come in the company

Of all who know the challenge of these days.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.

Lord, we come to you

Acknowledging that you have already come to us.

We journey to the place where you are to be found

And rediscover that you have always been with us.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.

Lord, we come to you

As the One who knows our past and sees our present.

Set us free from that which binds us to our past

And liberate us to serve you in the present.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.

Lord, we come to you

Through the One who is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

May he hold our lives safe

As we embrace the future and the promise of his rest.

    Lord, in your mercy,

    Hear our prayer.


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, 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)

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