The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, has prepared a brief act of worship, and this will be available on the Church’s website this morning, Sunday 22nd March 2020 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/
The Archbishop of Canterbury will also broadcast on Radio 4 at 8.40 am this morning Sunday 22nd March and this can be heard later in the day on the BBC Sounds radio app or BBC iplayer.
The church at Mayfield and Easthouses is open today from 10.30am – 12noon this morning for short periods of drop in prayer. Strict hand washing and hygiene regulations as well as social distancing will be observed. You must not come to the church if you have a new persistent cough or temperature or have had these symptoms in the last 14 days.
Today is the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and people of faith across our nation are invited, to join in prayerful solidarity with this witness.
The invitation is to light a candle at 7pm tonight Sunday, 22nd March, in the window of our homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.
The church offers a prayer to use when lighting your candle:
For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.
May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.
Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being, Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.
And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.