This Sunday (23 May), as Pentecost takes place, Christians across the country – and further afield – will join together in prayer and reflection at 7.00pm in response to the pandemic. As with previous weeks during lockdown, 15 Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Methodist Church, 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. The outgoing Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, has been taking part, and commented: “Too often, different parts of the Christian Church have allowed themselves to become distant from one another. They’ve looked at certain doctrinal or liturgical matters in different ways and have allowed those differences to become divisive. But we can, and should, all pray together. And, when we do, we find that some of these differences that seemed important begin to diminish in significance. Through the pandemic we have prayed each Sunday evening at 7.00pm and we’ve done it together. We’ve been united in praying for the country and in praying for the life and mission of the whole Church. Jesus’ final prayer when with his disciples was, ‘My prayer for all those who believe in me is that they shall be one.’ We’ve demonstrated that by our shared prayer. Let it continue to be so.”
You can download the Pentecost letter and prayer specially written by the Scottish Church Leaders Forum at this link, and you’ll find the weekly prayers on our home page – the link is usually updated on Fridays.