Kirk joins in prayer in response to the pandemic

Christians across the country – and further afield – will join together in prayer and reflection at 7pm in response to the pandemic.

Hands praying on a table outside on a sunny day

As with previous weeks during lockdown, 15 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have co-signed the letter calling for prayer.

Scottish Christians have been continuing to answer the call to pray at the same time each week, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lord Wallace, is taking part alongside them.

“We should always be mindful for the wisdom handed down to us from past generations; much of it learned the hard way, from mistakes made and consequences suffered,” Lord Wallace said.

“So, too, we are grateful for the richness that comes to us from living alongside people of other traditions. In our day and generation we must surely allow our minds and hearts to be open so that we can risk getting to know them and learning from them.

“In this pandemic, our responsibility is to come together and offer our prayers for all the many diverse expressions of our Christian faith that enrich life, as we have done for many months now.

“As the statistics appear to move in a hopeful direction, let us not forget that behind each death there will be grieving family and friends; behind each hospitalisation there will be a suffering patient, an anxious family and a caring and skilled medical team.

“And behind each vaccination, let us recognise, with thanks, the skill of the scientists’ research and those who make distribution and vaccination possible. Let us remember, too, those in countries who still wait anxiously for vaccines to arrive. May our leaders respond imaginatively and generously to that challenge.

“A pattern has been set for us, lived out in Jesus Christ, made possible by the Spirit. May we follow in His way, and be guided by the one over-riding rule of love in all that we say and do.”

This week’s letter accompanying the prayer, which is also available in Gaelic, states:

“‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’

“The words of the Gospel resonate in the hearts of all who have searched for spiritual sustenance in a dry land. They are words spoken to those who searched for Jesus and could not, at first, find Him. They are words spoken to those who are ‘looking for Jesus’. On finding Him, Jesus speaks to them of the ‘bread from heaven’ and in turn they ask: ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ In response, Jesus says: ‘I am the bread of life.’ (John 6: 24-35)

“It is to those who continue to seek the presence of Jesus in a dry land that He offers Himself as the ‘bread from heaven’. We stand with those who sing:

‘Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me till my want is o’er.'”

We pray:

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear us when we hunger
And cry out to the One who is the bread of life.
Renew us by Your gift and restore us by Your presence.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear the cry of all who hunger this day
And who long for the gifts that renew and restore life.
Renew our concern for Your Creation and for all who inhabit the earth.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear us when we thirst
And long for living water.
May all who thirst drink deep from the rivers of living water.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear the cries of those who long for clean water
And who live in parched lands.
May all who thirst find living water for daily life.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father,
Who gives to us bread from heaven,
Hear our cry to the One
Who is the bread of life:
Give us this bread always.
Lord, in Your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

🎵 Organist Entertains Episode 68

The organist entertains seeks to help keep you connected with your Church, the building, it’s surroundings and the sounds of the organ.

Tonight at 8pm

Welcome to another Virtual Church with the Maestro! This is Episode 68th instalment of the organist entertains series which proves to be another bumper edition of your hymns and requests. As usual all your words appear on the screen.

Included tonight we have

  • Lord for the years
  • Christ is made the sure foundation
  • Safe in the arms of Jesus
  • On a hill far away
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Come let us sing of a wonderful love
  • and many more………..

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Please consider donating to Bellshill Central Parish Church Via this link https://cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/donate/?cong=171073

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Hymns used with permission and with the following CCLI Licences
Church Copyright Licence 876673;
Music Reproduction Licence 876680
Church Video Licence 2258718;
PPL Church Licence 1593113
CLA Church Licence 1002856;
PRS for Music Church Licence 1448921
Streaming Licence 1638311

Bellshill Central Church of Scotland
Registered Charity: SC012556
346 Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 1BA
http://www.bellshillcentral.church
http://www.facebook.com/bellshillcentralchurch
http://www.twitter.com/bellshillchurch
http://www.youtube.com/c/bellshillcentralparishchurch

🎵 Organist Entertains Episode 67

The organist entertains seeks to help keep you connected with your Church, the building, it’s surroundings and the sounds of the organ.

Tonight at 8pm

Welcome to another Virtual Church with the Maestro! This is Episode 67th instalment of the organist entertains series which proves to be another bumper edition of your hymns and requests. As usual all your words appear on the screen. The duo camera are thankfull back too!

Included tonight we have

  • All people that on earth
  • I to the hills
  • Behold the Lamb of God
  • Jesus is Lord
  • Angel voices
  • ……… and many more

________________________

Please consider donating to Bellshill Central Parish Church Via this link https://cos.churchofscotland.org.uk/donate/?cong=171073

________________________

Hymns used with permission and with the following CCLI Licences
Church Copyright Licence 876673;
Music Reproduction Licence 876680
Church Video Licence 2258718;
PPL Church Licence 1593113
CLA Church Licence 1002856;
PRS for Music Church Licence 1448921
Streaming Licence 1638311

Bellshill Central Church of Scotland
Registered Charity: SC012556
346 Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 1BA
http://www.bellshillcentral.church
http://www.facebook.com/bellshillcentralchurch
http://www.twitter.com/bellshillchurch
http://www.youtube.com/c/bellshillcentralparishchurch