Starting today and continuing until Saturday 22 August, church members across Scotland and beyond will be taking part in a Week of Prayer.
During this time you’ll be able to watch a morning reflection everyday from 8am on the Church of Scotland’s website or social media channels. For those without internet, recordings of the reflections will be available by phoning 03333409200.
Press Pause, Be Still
Each evening you are also invited to take part in a 30-minute videoconferencing event, which will include contributions from ministers, youth workers and ecumenical partners including Archbishop Leo Cushley of the Roman Catholic Church and Bishop Mark Strange of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
These are also being filmed and will be made available on the Church of Scotland YouTube channelfor those who were unable to attend them in person or who would like to re-watch the sessions.
Last week the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, issued an invitation to church members across Scotland and beyond to take part.
Dr Fair said the week of prayer will be a chance to “sense where God is leading us.”
“We’ve come through the most challenging of times and though there are glimmers of hope and possibilities, at least now the chance to open our buildings again, none of us can be entirely confident that we are out of the woods and that there are still many challenges ahead of us,” he said.
“And when I say that I mean for the church and for the country as a whole.
“It seems to me right therefore that at such a moment as this it would be good for us as a church across the whole nation and beyond to come together to pray.
“We believe in a God who has both map and compass, a God who knows the way, and a God who will lead us in the right way.”
To join the evening sessions, please contact your minister for details of how to sign-up. If you don’t have a minister at present, you can contact Catherine McIntosh at the Church of Scotland offices by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.