Our Moderators Prayers

A prayer as we face the Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

Right Rev Colin Sinclair – Moderator of the Church Of Scotland

Living God,

In our hour of need we turn again to you, for we have nowhere else to turn.

We put our faith in you, because you have proved your faithfulness time and again.

We reaffirm our love for you because you have never let us go.

We thank you that you are not distant from us. but have drawn near, in your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

He has shared our life, tasted our death and defeated it;

He understands our worries and our fears.

Help us to respond as your children now.

We pray for this pandemic spreading across our world, remembering all who have lost loved ones. and praying for those seriously ill at this time.

We uphold the National Health Service. as it responds to this added pressure on its already overstretched services.

We pray for doctors and nurses and all in the caring professions, who work to help and support people as best they can.

We remember those working behind the scenes. testing samples, confirming results, giving information to patients.

We uphold others trying to understand this virus better. working to create an effective remedy.

We pray for our Governments in Westminster and Holyrood, as they work with the best medical advice. to guide us on how we should respond. and what action we should take.

We pray that these guidelines might be taken seriously. and that all would put them into action.

May this crisis bring out the best in us, not the worst.

Help us to live by faith and not by fear; to build bridges not barriers, and to resist all who would speak ill of any other group.

May we not forget our responsibility to one another, not least to the vulnerable and voiceless in our communities.

Help us to find ways of keeping in touch and offering reassurance. to those with underlying health issues; for any who feel particularly vulnerable. or in danger at present.

As the virus spreads. we pray for the disruption it causes to normal life, bringing new fears and anxieties:

We pray for those who have been laid off as their work disappears; for financial hardship for individuals and businesses; for the impact on the economy and pensions, when austerity has already left its mark.

We pray for those whose trips, both for business and pleasure, have been cancelled; and others where events, long anticipated and planned for, have been postponed; for those making contingency planning for home based work or child care or exams.

May our inconvenience not blind us to others’ loss.

We remember those. who cannot visit loved ones in locked-down care homes; for the elderly whose social contacts have been severely curtailed; help us to find creative ways of keeping in touch, of assuring them they are not forgotten or ignored.

May congregations find new ways of living though this time.

May we not forget our faith, but draw strength from it.

So may our worship be heartfelt, our fellowship deepen. and our service increase.

God of grace and God of mercy, hear our prayers at this time.

Strengthen us, by your Spirit, so that: we may carry on our lives as best as we are able, looking out for others, showing love in action, being faithful in prayer, and bringing encouragement, hope and peace; always trusting in you. our Rock and our Redeemer.

These prayers we bring to you.

in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

The Ordination & Induction of William Boyle

Mr Jack McHugh – Moderator of Greenock & Paisley Presbytery

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ As we face the uncertainty surrounding the present coronavirus pandemic and the fact that we cannot see, feel or touch the problem it can lead us to become either sceptical about its seriousness or terrified of what it could do to us or our loved ones. There is no doubt we face the greatest test that our nation has faced since the end of the Second World War. It proves once again that we really do not have all the answers to life’s problems.

However even in the uncertainly and the need to listen carefully to the scientific and medical experts who are seeking to help our nation get through these difficult times. I believe there is One who does have all the answers and we can pray to Him.

I have no doubt that we have all been earnestly praying in these days, but I have been led to believe that although we cannot come together as a Presbytery we can still pray together. I would like to suggest that we as a Presbytery endeavour to set aside time each day at the same time if possible to pray about the present situation; and I would suggest 11.00a.m.

It may be that for some that is not possible, but let us pray every day at whatever time is suitable for each one of us.

Let us pray for doctors, nurses, scientists, emergency service workers and indeed all who would seek to respond in these difficult days. Pray for the vulnerable folk in society; let us pray for those who have had to self-isolate, and for folk who contract the virus that they will make a full recovery. Let us pray for families with children who are at home because our schools are closing, that they can cope with the need to keep the children interested and occupied.

Let us pray for our congregations and the folk in our Presbytery and nation. Pray for folk whose employment and income is adversely affected by not being able to work.

Pray for our politicians in Westminster and Holyrood that God will sustain them and inspire them with His Holy Spirit that their decisions will be in accordance with His will and purposes.

Let us all remember that God is Sovereign and that he has shown the depth his love for us by sending his Son Jesus into our world to be our Saviour and our Lord. He will not abandon us now in our time of need.

God Bless you all.

Jack McHugh