Prayer & Devotions

Prayer Cycle for Churches in Synod March 2022

It is encouraging to see that our church led activities and hall lets have returned to almost pre pandemic numbers.
It is particularly good that our Dementia Club (Sunshine Café) has been able to meet again safely and is enjoyed by the participants and gives some respite to their relatives.
It was really missed when we were not allowed to meet.
There are several new participants who are already enjoying the activities, particularly the music and singing.
This club is supported by the four Giffnock churches and we look forward to sharing Holy Week services with them for the first time since 2019. Our church is hosting the Good Friday service and we are so happy to be able to do that once again.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for this time of Easter when we remember your unconditional love for us through your death on the cross.
Bless all the Holy Week services and other church led activities planned for this time especially those ecumenical events which show our neighbours that we are all one in Christ Jesus.
Thank you for your sacrifice for us and help us to be worthy of it.

A prayer was requested that reflected upon the Platinum Jubilee. Whatever your thoughts there is something quite emotional, disturbing, embracing, celebratory, shuddering even, when one looks back over such a long space of time. Recently, we turned out our attic and I found my birth and christening photos – yellowing with age, but there’s no denying who it is. I have aged I know but I too am in my 70th year about to enter my eighth decade. Whilst my mind is active, the body can prove a wee bit weary at times.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Faith and Service of Queen Elizabeth II. For 70 long years, through trial, turmoil, celebration, sorrow, she has endeavoured to keep herself focused upon her Christian faith, through reading the bible daily, and interpreting Christ’s teaching.

Gracious God, we give thanks for the 70 years of
Faith and Service of Queen Elizabeth II.
As she reflects upon her commitment to duty
may she draw comfort
from the blessings you have bestowed upon her.
We thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ,
for his life on earth and his teachings
from which Queen Elizabeth
has drawn sustenance and strength.
We pray for her, for ourselves and our nations
that wherever we are and whoever we are,
we too will strive to follow her Christian example.
AMEN

 

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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.

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