Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Prayers for the Referendum

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, on Thursdays 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

Psalm 133

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.

based on the four words inscribed on the Scottish Parliamentary Mace: 

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 we come to you today, remind us of your call
to be disciples of your Son.
May we turn to him for light
and ask through and with him for your grace.

Taught by his saving command,  
we dare to say :    ‘Our Father who art in heaven …’

Prayers at the time of the Scottish Referendum

Lord, we bless you 
for you have fashioned our land and daily refresh it; 
you have sent forth your spirit and created us; 
you have opened your hand 
and filled us with good things.
Bless us, your people,
as we consider the future of our nation. 
May your glory endure here for ever
and may we sing to you as long as we live; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. 

From the Records of the Convention of Royal Burghs 1593 (shortened)
O Lord, 
as nothing can prosper without thy blessing, 
lighten our dull senses with the light of thy Holy Spirit, 
and show us by thine own wisdom what is meetest to be done. 
Reform our hearts 
that we may eschew the evil and pursue the good. 
Set right our unruly affections, 
expel our coldness and ignorance, 
that, setting apart all partiality and self love, 
we may do all things 
with sincerity, zeal and uprightness of heart. 
Fill us with thy good Spirit, 
that we may seek nothing but thy glory, 
the commonweal of our estate, 
and the quietness of our country; 
for our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, 
to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost 
be all praise and glory for ever. 

For Psalm 133 altered
Gracious Lord,
who are not the God of confusion or discord,
but the God of concord and of peace;
join our hearts and affections in such sort together
that we may walk as brothers and sisters in thy house,
in charity and love, and as members of the Body of Christ.
Let the oil of sanctification, that is, thy Holy Spirit, inflame us,
and the dew of thy blessing continually fall upon us,
that we may obtain life eternal;
through the same Jesus Christ;