Here are some prayers for use as we approach the Referendum, and afterwards.
Christ Church will be open, as always, for prayer at this important time. In addition, onThursdays in September from noon to 12.30 pm Fr Simon or Fr Michael will be in Church to lead a time of shared silence and prayers for the future of our nation.
Please join us, whether in Church, or at home or at work.
“At Election Time,
a man should go into the hills alone, and hearken to the voice
of his own conscience”
Niall MacLellan, Forestry Gamekeeper
to Neal Ascherson, from Stone Voices
A Song of degrees of David.
Behold, how good a thing it is,
and how becoming well,
Together such as brethren are
in unity to dwell!
Like precious ointment on the head,
that down the beard did flow,
Ev’n Aaron’s beard, and to the skirts,
did of his garments go.
As Hermon’s dew, the dew that doth
on Sion’ hills descend:
For there the blessing God commands,
life that shall never end.
Collect from the Mass
for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
O God of peace, who are peace itself,
and whom a spirit of discord cannot grasp,
nor a violent mind receive;
grant that those who are one in heart
may persevere in what is good,
and that those in conflict
may forget evil and be healed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE PRAYER OF THE MACE
based on the four words inscribed on the Scottish Parliamentary Mace:
WISDOM, JUSTICE, COMPASSION, INTEGRITY.
Almighty God, Creator and Father,
we come to you in trust and hope,
grateful for your many gifts to us,
your countless blessings.
Thank you for this our country
and all its people;
thank you for the history which has made us who we are.
At this special time,
instil in us your Spirit of wisdom and integrity,
of true justice and compassion.
Help us to move forward in that Spirit
as brothers and sisters of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Forgive the conflicts and the evils that have influenced us.
Gently heal the scars of pain and resentment
that can remain in and among us all.
Strengthen and increase among us
the love and harmony of purpose
that belong to your reign.
Make of us apostles of truth and peace
as we move among our fellow citizens at this time.
As the countryside in Britain becomes more
industrialised and urbanised, there are fewer places for wildlife to
live and wildflowers to grow. But there are tiny areas in every
village, town and even city that are holding out against the
THESE ARE CHURCHYARDS
this Project, we are joining with more than 6,000 British churchyards
by running our small plot of land as a sacred eco-system – without
pesticides and mowing the grass only once a year – ensuring that
birds, reptiles, insects and bats can thrive.
Dear friends, The Nine Days between Ascension Day (29th may) and Whitsunday or Pentecost are traditionally held as days of prayer for the Guidance of the Holy Spirit. I would like to ask you to join me in this lovely task this year. I shall be in Church from noon till 12.30 each day. Please join with me wherever you are (you may find an opportunity to drop into Church, or you may not); and if you forget, send up a prayer later. The Holy Spirit will join our prayers whenever and wherever. This will join us with brothers and sisters on Arran, and in other places further away too. I’ve suggested some thanksgivings and prayers for each of our churches: but let the Holy Spirit guide you - and please, share with me what you learn.
The Nine Days of Prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost
For St Margaret’s, Arran •Give thanks for the spiritual joy and life of the people •Pray for guidance and blessing upon the Pop-Up Church project and future blessings
For All Saints, Inveraray •Give thanks for the circles of friends using the Church & Bellltower •Pray for guidance on the Church’s role in the community and for its ministry and vocation
For Christ Church, Lochgilphead •Give thanks for the devotion and commitment of its members •Pray for our continuing process of discernment in the Holy Spirit’s call and in the diocesan Reflection for Action programme
St Columba’s, Poltalloch •Give thanks for the gift of the church in its location and those who love it •Pray for the hoped for summer music programme
Pray for your own inspiration to share with us and lead us! Fr Simon
The new layout/formatting of the new Buzz newsletter means I am unable to simply copy & paste on to the blog. However, I have today discovered how to post pdf files to blogs and so, here, on the eve of issuing the second edition this year, is the link to the Buzz for February & March. (Crosses fingers hoping it works!)