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Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh


Services: Sundays 10.30 am, Wednesdays 10 am

Numbers are limited – advance booking essential

Prayers during COVID-19

Call to Prayer: Sunday 20 th June 2021


Listen to the prayer here


‘We’re all in this together!’ When we hear such a statement, it implies that we

share together in the difficulty being faced. No one is exempt and we all have to

face up to the challenge that confronts us. There are times, of course, when we

wonder if this is entirely true! Nevertheless, the last months have brought home

to us the fact that, in facing up to the challenge of the pandemic, no one is

exempt.

In the Gospel of Mark, the disciples find themselves in a boat one evening with

Jesus. They have left the crowds behind and are in a situation in which they

might have said: ‘We’re all in this together!’ Except, Jesus is asleep even as a

storm arises ‘and the waves beat into the boat’ and the boat seems set to be

overwhelmed. The disciples are all in this together, but what about Jesus? The

disciples ask him: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” In response,

Jesus rebukes the wind and calls to the sea: “Peace! Be still!” He then asks the

disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” It is as if he is asking

them: ‘Did you think that I was not in this together with you?’ (4: 35-41)

The challenges of these last months have left us with many questions. However,

we may be sure of this: In all we face, Jesus is with us in the boat in the midst of

the storm and we can say: ‘We’re all in this together!’


We pray:

Lord of the winds and of the sea,

Be with us today

As we turn to you and listen for your voice.

Whether in the midst of quiet or of storm,

Speak to the depths of who we are.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Lord of the winds and of the sea,

Be with us today

As we leave behind that which is past

And face the challenges of this day:

Speak your word to us in this present moment.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Lord of the winds and of the sea,

Be with us today

As we sense the depth of the challenges we face

And fear that we shall soon be o’erwhlemed:

Speak to us in the still, small voice of calm.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Lord of the winds and of the sea,

Be with us today

As you have been with us

In all the days that the storm has raged:

Speak the words that calm the storm and cease the rage.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Lord of the winds and of the sea,

Be with us today

As we hear the words you have spoken

And know the peace of your presence renewed:

Speak the words that inspire faith and reassure us of your abiding presence.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Signed by:

Lord Wallace, 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. Dr David Miller, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Neil MacMillan, 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. Ruth Turner, 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)