Prayer & Devotions

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United Reformed Church Daily Devotions

The Devotions are written by a team of over 90 people from a range of perspectives and places within the URC.

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United Reformed Church Daily Devotions

General Assembly Moderator’s Prayers

Our General Assembly Moderators host two prayer pages on their blog

General Assembly Moderator’s Prayer Needs

This is the United Reformed Church’s exciting focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission and moves beyond a set of programmes into the world where each step we take is accompanied by Jesus, eventually bringing about an emerging culture change in the Church and society. As you engage in Walking the Way we hope that your own understanding of what being a Christian disciple deepens.

Walking the way resources

Same Sex Wedding Liturgies

For anyone looking for help or inspiration when it comes to same sex wedding liturgies; the following ministers have offered to provide help:

Rev’d Fiona Bennett: minister.auc@googlemail.com

Rev’d John Bremner: john.bremner2@tiscali.co.uk

Rev’d Alan McGougan: minister@fifetaysideurc.plus.com

Rev’d Judith Tatton-Schiff: jaketattonurc@gmail.com

Other resources are also available, including:

“Courage to Love: An anthology of inclusive worship material”

Compiled by Geoffrey Duncan

Published 2002 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd

http://www.urc.org.uk/marriage-of-same-sex-couples.html

http://www.integrityusa.org/blessings-resources

http://www.gayweddingvalues.com/weddingnondenominational.html

http://www.ceremoniesoftheheart.net/sampleCeremonies_samesex.html

20Docs/2013-10-7_I_will_bless_you_and_you_wil_be_a_blessing_DioCal.pdf

Please note, when following any website, it is important to remember the differences in marriage law between England & Wales and Scotland.

Other prayer and worship resources are available from the United Reformed Church online shop and many of our partners

Other Worship and Prayer Resources

Prayer Cycle for Churches in Synod

Please include the congregation and all involved with the Churches in your prayers

God of hope,
We pray for the congregation in Duke Street as it looks to the future.
Enable them to find more tenants and new sources of income.
Equip them to build new relationships.
Give them energy and inspiration for growth;
so that others may discover their much treasured sense of belonging
as they go walking the way and living the life of Jesus today.
Amen

The Dumbarton  congregation began in May 1878 with 20 members. 140 years on, having moved out of the church building a few years ago the congregation is once again about this size. They continue to meet faithfully for worship on Sundays, mostly meeting in the  Church hall of St Augustine Scottish Episcopal Church, but on occasion joining the St Aug’s congregation or nearby Helensburgh URC. With Helensburgh URC, Dumbarton URC now forms a joint pastorate and will be seeking to discern their possible future in relation to other URC’s in the area and other denominations in the town. Currently they focus on regular Sunday worship and pastoral care of one another and remain part of Dumbarton Churches Together.

Please pray that the congregation will receive strength & guidance to discern future possibilities and how to grow in partnership

Please pray for our host congregation of St Augustine Scottish Episcopal Church and their rector Kenny MacAuley who is retiring after Easter. May they receive God’s guidance for the future and may Kenny receive God’s blessing as he & his wife embark on new adventures together.

Please pray for those in need, especially the sick, those in care, in hospital or housebound

Please hold the ancient town of Dumbarton in your prayers and especially remember the churches of the town who have been worshipping together during Holy Week & Easter and who work together throughout the year.

Our numbers remain fairly static and we continue to be a small enthusiastic worshipping congregation. However, as time progresses it is becoming more difficult to maintain our premises and keep going on a Sunday. As well as our minister we are supported in our worship by a number of retired ministers which gives us a good variety of worship. Over the past year Dundee URC have been in discussions with Dundee Methodist Church about coming closer together and have shared many positive worship experiences. However, it was felt by our congregation that this was not the way forward. We have recently approached Dundee Congregational Church (who we have a history of sharing over the years) with a view to exploring how we could share together.

Lord God, we give thanks for the gift of retired ministers and all who lead worship in our city. At this time we are struggling to see where we go from here but are well aware you are constantly journeying forward. Encourage and guide us in where we fit in today in the life of your Church. We know we are not the only congregation exploring our future and we pray for open hearts and minds for all as we try to discern where we are being led to today.  Amen

We are currently looking at ways in which we can develop our relationship with Kirkcaldy Congregational Church, with a view to entering into a covenant agreement with them. We are also just beginning to think about our buildings, the need to bring them up to date, and what might be possible.

Heavenly Father, as we begin to journey
with our brothers and sisters
in Kirkcaldy Congregational Church
we ask for your guidance and wisdom.
Be with us as we look to be your witnesses in the world,
and show us ways in which we can work together.
Journeying God, you have led your people in many ways.
You have told us not to cling to the past,
but to look for the new thing that you are doing today.
Help us, as we seek to be your church in Dunfermline,
to let go of things that hinder us
Give us a vision of what might be,
And give us the strength and courage we need
As we seek to fulfil that vision.
Amen

Dunning URC continues to meet every fortnight, however, numbers have reduced in the past year due to illness and death and we now meet in the small reading room of the village hall. Having already made the decision, a number of years ago, that when the time is right we will close our doors our worship is a happy and enthusiastic occasion. We continue to give thanks for the opportunity to meet in worship together.

Caring God, amongst all that is going on in our world, we bring before you our congregation here in Dunning and similar congregations across the country where you are worshipped by small enthusiastic congregations. These times of worship are so important in people’s lives sharing together with a close community, so we simply give thanks for the opportunities for small groups to meet and worship you.
Amen