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Prayer for Scotland

As the people of Scotland vote in today's referendum, we join in the call to prayer from ACTS:


We pray for Scotland and its people at this time of referendum and ask for wisdom and discernment as we look to the future …

We pray for respect for each other in our differences, and a genuine desire to listen and learn why others think differently …

We pray for patience and courage for the people of the land as we face uncertainties and adjustments, whatever the outcome …

We pray for new energy to meet the challenges of poverty and injustice in our society that have come to light in our debates and discussions …

We pray for those who govern, that they may do so creatively and wisely for the good of the nation and the wellbeing of those beyond our shores and our borders …

We pray for those who feel hurt or dishonoured by the opinions of others, and for those saddened by the outcome …

We pray for the churches (and other groups - faith or non-faith) that in continuing to work for unity among themselves they may bear witness to the richness that comes from reconciliation and acceptance of difference …

We pray for all in our communities who are in need at this time, because of illness, unemployment, poverty, lack of opportunity or the experience of rejection, and pray that we may continue to work towards a society where all are valued and given their place …

Almighty God, Father of Mercies, hear our prayers, offered to you through and with Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.