Sundays at 10am
Although we are unable to meet for regular worship at the moment, we invite everyone to pray together, each in their own homes, at 10am each Sunday.
[Please pray at another time if that suits better]
Reflections and All-age Message for Sunday 29th March 2020 are available here.
Prayers for the Nation
As last Sunday, Christians will be praying across the country at 8pm on 29th March for the national situation. Many will also light a candle and put it in the window while they pray. Last weekend, Premier Christian Radio recorded a number of prayers from church leaders and put them together in one podcast. Although the 22nd has now passed, the prayers are still pertinent. To listen in and pray along with them, click here.
A Prayer from Christians in Scotland
We turn to you, our Father, for we need your help.
We thank you, Lord Jesus, for your promise to be with us whatever lies ahead,
Strengthen us Holy Spirit as we face this together.
We pray for our world and our country, as sickness threatens lives and livelihoods,
leaving many in isolation, while key workers continue despite the risk.
We pray for government leaders at Westminster and Holyrood. Grant wisdom in responding to medical and scientific advice, and in the making of tough decisions for the wellbeing of all.
We pray for all who serve in the NHS and in social care – for their protection and strength in facing increasing numbers, overstretched resources and distressing human need.
Thank you for the many who have returned from retirement or have volunteered to help.
Grant them courage. Keep them safe.
We pray for those who are ill – those who are alone and anxious – those exhausted looking after family – those worried for the vulnerable - those fearful for their finances – and those shut in with their fears. Grant comfort and health.
Thank you for the people working to manufacture needed resources, those seeking a vaccine, and the many keeping contact with their neighbours. Prosper what is done and grant encouragement at this time.
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Give us faith, hope and love – and hear our prayers in Jesus' name. Amen
Try Praying – for those who don’t do church
As in previous years, there is an encouragement to pray this April. It is intended for ordinary folk who don’t see themselves as religious but want to try praying. East Coast Buses will carry a promotion, directing people to www.trypraying.co.uk - a website belonging to There is Hope. Booklets and other resources for children and adults may be ordered free, or you can download a 7-day app to get you started.
Ormiston Parish Church is taking part in the TryPraying Campaign again this year. During this current pandemic we need more than ever to pray. Booklets will be available on the railings outside the Church so please help yourselves. There are also versions available for children and teenagers just let us know if you would like one.
Let’s see what difference prayer can make in our lives and our community!
Over the coming weeks we aim to post a number of links to particular articles, podcasts, videos etc which some have found interesting or helpful. These will be updated as and when there are new materials to post. These are available on the Lockdown Resources section of the website.