Call to Prayer - Sunday 26th July 2020

Candle 3Church groups across Scotland are asking Christians to join in prayer at 7pm on 26th July 2020.

14 Scottish Church organisations join together to pray at the same time this Sunday in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A Gaelic translation of the prayer can be downloaded here.


 

In a recent conversation, a minister suggested that 'we Christians have no immunity from the struggles and suffering of a broken world.'

He's right.

But this is also true; that God is with us, no matter what we're facing. The God we worship is not an absentee landlord, a disinterested bystander. Indeed Christian faith is built on the truth that the very opposite is true - that God is with us. Immanuel.

By prayer and practice, the Church is called to give expression to this key aspect of our belief system. When the Church prays for the world and when the Church cares for the world, the Church makes clear that God is with us in the world.

That's been true throughout the pandemic and remains true as we begin to plot our course forward, considering what 'building back better' might look like. May it be that we remain on our knees before God, the better to know and trust Him.


We pray:

Most High God, you are far above us and beyond our knowing. And yet in Jesus you came among us and you are here.

With glad and grateful hearts, we praise you.

 

Ever faithful God, when waves threaten to overwhelm us and when fire is burning all around us, still you are with us. There is no point at which you run for cover or leave us to manage on our own.

With glad and grateful hearts, we praise you.

 

Guiding God, you are a lamp for our feet, a light for our path. In uncertain times, with so much that is unknown and unknowable, go before us, we pray, that being attentive to your voice we might sense your leading.

With glad and grateful hearts, we praise you.

 

Eternal God, there is much that is transient in our experience; we ourselves flourish as flowers and then are gone. But You, Lord, are without beginning or end; the same yesterday, today and forever. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on you and to lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven which shall not be subject to decay or destruction.

With glad and grateful hearts, we praise you.

 

Loving God, in all things we marvel at your goodness and long only to see you more clearly and to know you more nearly. Put salt on our lips, then, that we might thirst for you more.

With glad and grateful hearts, we praise you.

 

In Christ's name,

AMEN.

 

 

 

Signed by:

 

Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church

Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church

Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland

Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)

Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland

Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)

Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland

Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army

Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God

Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)

Rev Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance (Scotland)

 

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  • What is Action of Churches Together in Scotland?

    Formed in 1990 as Scotland's national ecumenical instrument, Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) brings together nine denominations in Scotland who share a desire for:

    • Greater oneness between churches, as Jesus prayed, "that they all may be one" (John 17.21).
    • A growth of understanding and common life between churches.
    • Unified action in proclaiming and responding to the gospel in the whole of life.In its work ACTS seeks to enable the Scottish churches in their common life. It encourages and resources encounters between them in which each participant learns from the other, where difference is explored and respected and where division is healed.
  • Who we are: Member Churches

    There are nine member churches of ACTS. They are listed below:

    Church of Scotland

    Congregational Federation

    Methodist Church in Scotland

    Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

    Roman Catholic Church

    Salvation Army

    Scottish Episcopal Church

    United Free Church of Scotland

    United Reformed Church

    Each of our member churches is also a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Five of our member churches are present in the three nations of Scotland, England and Wales and therefore bring to ACTS not only the perspective of being churches in Scotland but also in the wider United Kingdom.

    ACTS welcomes opportunities to work with churches which are not in membership of the organisation.

  • Who we are: ACTS Officebearers

    The principal officebearer of ACTS is the Convener of the Trustee Body and Members' Meeting. This post is held for two years, in turn, by a member of: the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, Scottish Episcopal Church and a representative elected by the other member churches. The current Convener is Miss Carole Hope, from the Church of Scotland, who took up post in June 2019.

    In addition to the Convener there is a Vice Convener, who also serves for a two year period. Currently the Vice Convener is Mr Paul Goldfinch from theScottish Episcopal Church.

  • Who we are: ACTS Staff

    The ACTS staff work out of the office which is situated in Stirling. Contact details are given here,

    Rev Ian Boa is the Interim General Secretary.

    Mrs Shona Paterson is a Programme Officer.

  • How we work: Being Churches Together

    Core to all our activity in ACTS is the principle of being Churches Together.

    This is summarised in the Lund Principle adopted by the churches at the third world conference on Faith and Order (August 1952), which states that:

    'the churches should act together in all matters....except those in which deep difference of conviction compel them to act separately'.

    Local, national and international ecumenical bodies therefore are not intended to become 'superchurches' but places where churches from the wide diversity of Christian experience, meet, engage, reflect and share in common action. This model of 'being churches together', is found throughout all ACTS structures.

  • How we work: ACTS Members' Meeting

    The ACTS Member Churches meet three times a year at the Members' Meeting. One of these meetings incorporates the Annual General Meeting of the Company.

    Convener: Mgr Philip Kerr

    Vice-Convener: Rev Dr Grant Barclay

    Each Member Church has one Voting Representative at the Meeting. The number of delegates from each Member Church is allocated according to the membership of each Member Church.
    The Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic Church each have four representatives at the Members' Meeting, the Scottish Episcopal Church has three and the other Members have two representatives each.
    The Trustees of ACTS also attend the Members' Meeting and the Convener of the Trustee body is also Convener of the Members' Meeting.
    The Convenership is held for two years and rotates between the Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic, Scottish Episcopal Church and other member churches.

    The purpose of this meeting is

    • To be a meeting place for the Members so that they may engage with the furtherance of God's mission and to work towards realising the unity of the Church Universal, which form the charitable purposes of ACTS.
    • To provide an opportunity for the Members to worship together.
    • To provide a mechanism for inter-church counsel, education and action.
    • To provide an opportunity for Full Members to promote, participate in, implement and engage with actions, projects, programmes and initiatives in the fulfilment of ACTS charitable purposes.
    • To engage with the Trustees in discussion leading to the setting of ACTS strategy and policy.
    • To receive reports on the implementation of ACTS strategy and policy.
    • To receive regular reports from the Trustees concerning finance, personnel, governance and day to day management of the company.
    • To engage with wider ecumenical fora in Britain and Ireland, Europe and the World.
  • How we work: ACTS Trustee Body

    There are currently seven trustees, one each from the Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic Church and Scottish Episcopal Church (the appointing members) and three others representing the other six Member Churches of ACTS (the electing members).

    There is also a Treasurer and the trustee body may co-opt a further three people to be Trustee body if desired. The Convener and Vice Convenership of the Trustee body are selected by the appointing and electing members on a rotational basis.

  • How we work: ACTS Policies

    In consultation with the Members, the ACTS Trustees have formulated a number of policies for the organisation. These are reviewed on a regular basis. Copies of the policies are available to download below. For any further enquiries concerning the policies please contact the General Secretary.

    Please find below the ACTS Policies as agreed by the ACTS Trustees at their May 2014 meeting:

  • How we work: Programme & Partner Groups

    These are working groups formed for a specified purpose.

  • How we work: British & Irish Links

    ACTS is one of the four national ecumenical instruments which, along with Churches Together in England (CTE), Cytun (Churches Together in Wales) and the Irish Council of Churches, comprise Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).

  • How we work: Beyond Britain & Ireland

    ACTS is also in membership of the World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches.

     

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