Call for National day of Prayer on March 22nd - Light a candle to remind people of God's presence

Call for National Day of Prayer and Action on 22 March 

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the Ambassador for the Church of Scotland is joining the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and other church leaders to issue a national call to prayer.

“There are many different ways the Church can and should offer support and help to their communities at this time, but one way is through prayer. We believe in a God who hears and answers prayer.

We are encouraged to come honestly in prayer, sharing openly our emotions, questions and concerns in the light of COVID 19.

“We have become aware in a new way of our frailty and need to renew our dependence on God. I welcome this call to prayer across the UK and encourage you to join in it either at worship this Sunday or in your own homes.”

This call to prayer asks believers all over the country to light a candle at 7pm on Sunday as ‘a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.’

Church leaders are seeking to remind us and for us to remind others of God's presence and love.

They continue, asking so many who may be fearful and living in a time of great uncertaintly to be reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and "the future he holds".

They urge prayer for leaders, decision makers, those working in the healt and social care and for the vulnerable.

“Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions"

And they encourage being at the forefront of showing God's love in practical ways.

“There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

17 Mar 2020

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