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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

Life has been busy in the PK – just finished the Science Festival lunches a huge undertaking involving so many willing to help with this.  Plans have been drawn up for the work in the toilets and kitchen. That is very exciting!  When we get to the beginning of the words emptying the cupboards out will be fun I am sure!!
One of our members drafted a short prayer – sums up what is on people’s hearts.
Dear Lord
We pray for your Church in these troubled times.   Please guide our leaders to find a solution to BREXIT. Please show the world a way through the problem of Climate Change. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Things at Priesthill are going very well.  Grant funding and a generous gift from a sister congregation has allowed us to redecorate internally and externally, buy new chairs and have some changes made to storage so we can now use the Communion Table from our former building here – and store it safely in the week.  We have also renewed our lighting so that it is all now LED – this will save us money and is better for the planet and we’re starting to look at replacing our aged boiler with a more ecological solution.  Hundreds of people use the church each week and Marie’s work with them is building up invaluable links between the church and the community – this has resulted in new people starting to come to church.  Andy leads worship for us every other week and moving to a Sunday afternoon slot has made it much easier to get both Andy and other people to lead worship.

Loving God,
we praise you that we find you in the margins of our world,
at work with the poor and downtrodden.
Help us to learn from those on the edge,
the people our society often thinks are of no account,
and help us to remember that,
in your Kingdom,
the first shall be last
and the last shall be first.
Amen.

As the days shorten and summer passes into autumn, we are reminded of the constant cycle of life with its seasons of growth, dying back and new growth emerging. Congregations also experience such a cycle in their lives. Here at Righead this autumn we are particularly conscious of that cycle. Around 12 years ago the Carnegie Hill Ladies Group found they no longer had numbers to continue and so decided to close. Wanting still to provide some form of mid week fellowship group the Lunch Club began and ran for 11 years providing good food and fellowship to members of the church and community. In May our volunteer team decided they needed to bring the lunch club to a close and again the Elders have thought about how we can meet the needs of the congregation through the week and so ‘Coffee and Chat’ was born. We meet on Wednesday afternoons for just over an hour. The first Wednesday of the month we have a speaker, the third Wednesday we have our monthly Communion service and the other Wednesdays we enjoy ‘coffee and chat.’ Although it has been sad to bring past activities to a close, we have been pleased that we are still able to offer fellowship opportunities mid-week to meet our members’ needs.
Please pray for Righead URC as we move into autumn.

Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunities we have to meet the needs of our members and our community through the provision of space to meet. Be with the ‘Coffee and Chat’ group as it becomes part of our regular activity. Help us to take care of the organisations which use our halls. Guard them with your love and protection over the coming winter.  Bless the charities which we support locally: Loaves and Fishes food bank and EK Dementia Carers. May they be given the resources to continue to support those in need in our community. Amen.