10am at Stanley Village Hall.
10am at Stanley Village Hall.
From the MODERATOR of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION FOR THE NATION AND THE WORLD
As we turn to the God of life who has called us together in the name of our Saviour Christ we do so in the faith that we are sisters and brothers in the one family of God’s people
We praise God for the wonders of the universe and this earth which is our home, and we do so in the faith that in all the changing circumstances of life, the Spirit of God is with us, around us and within
Trusting in God’s continuing concern for us and for all creation, and at a time of great political and economic uncertainty for the United Kingdom and for our neighbours in Europe, let us bring to God our prayers for our nation and for the world.
God of peace
we pray for the healing of the nations
and for a just and equal sharing
of all the good things this earth affords
Renew our commitment to overcome ancient hatreds
help us pull down the walls that separate us
and overcome the attitudes that divide us.
Bring near the day
when Your people of whatever nationality
may come and go in peace
God of wisdom
at a time of political uncertainty
with the United Kingdom having voted to leave the European Union
we pray for politicians, diplomats and civil servants
here and in the European Union
who will now attend to the negotiations
and make important decisions affecting the lives of us all.
Bless them with calm hearts and clear minds
a commitment to doing what is right and just
and a willingness to seek what is good for all Europe’s people
God of power
at a time of economic uncertainty
with the financial markets in turmoil
we pray for the Governor of the Bank of England
and for the leaders in the business and economic life of the nation
With concerns over investment
and many people left feeling anxious
about what will happen to their jobs and their savings
remind us of Your calling us to seek above all things the kingdom of God
God of hospitality
as Jesus welcomed the least and the lost
we pray for people left feeling vulnerable by what has been decided
and wondering what the future will hold for them and their families
for those who are anxious about others coming to live in this country
and for all who have suffered taunts and been subject to abuse
Free us from all bitterness and recrimination
teach us to treat one another with respect
to listen carefully especially to those whose views are different from ours
and help us show by our actions and attitudes
how each person is loved and valued by You.
God of the least and the lost
we pray in Christ’s name
for people burdened by life’s cares and concerns
people who are homeless or living on the edge of hardship and poverty
people whose lives are overshadowed by illness, loneliness or loss
Surround all for whom we pray
with Your gifts of healing, hope and peace
and help us bring the light of Christ’s care
into the darkness of human despair
God of time and eternity
bless to us our communion with the saints
as we remember with thanksgiving
those we have loved and held dear
and who live now beyond our earthly sight.
As we thank You for the hope of heaven
strengthen our faith in the promise of the gospel
that nothing in life or death can ever separate us
from Your love in Christ
to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit
be all glory and praise
Last Tuesday at Rascals we had a mad run through of Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent! It was all going on. There were screams from the kitchen during our pancake flipping competition – especially when they hit the floor…chocolate sauce and sqooshie cream, messy paints going everywhere and then there was the burnt ashes during our Ash Wednesday prayers. We were a bit of a mess by the end of it. But we learned all about the Lent Season!
We started with gorgeous singing led by Fiona- my favourite song is currently the ‘Bring It all To Me’ one by Fischy Music: Bring it all to me “You Can Bring Me Anything, You Can Bring me Everything, Just Bring it All ,Bring it All to me.” I think that sums up quite a bit about what we learned about Lent. That you can bring anything to God – the good, the bad, the ugly, the worries, the hopes….everything. We did the fun bit of course!
(that is supposed to have ‘Rascals’ written on it….but the cream melted with the chocolate….)
And well done to Lewis for being awarded the “Ultimate Pancake Flipper Award!”But we also did the serious part of Lent. We learned that Lent is a time when we reflect about our lives, take a good look at ourselves, bring it all to God and say sorry for the things that we are not too proud of. Always a hard thing to do! So we had our own mini Ash Wednesday prayers and marked a wee cross of ash on a cross. (Ash made from some of my old scrap paper, not palm fronds…we will save some from this year)We learned that during Lent we also think about the events running up to when Jesus died on the cross. Then we finished up with the happy bit. We used watercolour paints to make these crosses and wrote Love, Hope and Joy on them to remind us that at the end of Lent there is Love and Hope and Joy because of what Jesus did! So that was Rascals and our Lent run through in 1 hour and 15 mins! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers how work so hard to make rascals so much fun.
The young people thought about their homes and what they loved about their homes and decorated little houses with those things on them then we prayed for people who are without safe homes and lit candles.