Signatories include the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Taking place on Sunday 22 March, people of faith are being encouraged to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm.*
The letter asks that we “join in prayerful solidarity with this witness”, describing the candle as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.”
The following prayer can be used when lighting the 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.
* Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle.
If you are missing the church service you may like to tap into the following who do live streaming on the web: –
Fullarton CommeXions…..Just go to their website at 10.30am or 06.30pm and you will be directed to their live connection.
St George’s Tron Church, Glasgow does a live stream on Facebook at 1.00pm, when you can join them at Cafe Church.
West Kilbride Parish Church will be live streaming a time of worship from 10.30am.
Alternatively search the web for Kirk Services online | The Church of Scotland, and you will find a great range of worship online
This week end the Lectionary that most churches of the Reformed Tradition follow (like the Church of Scotland) has as its Psalm for Sunday, Psalm 23. Surely there could not be a better passage of scripture to follow and seek comfort from than the Shepherd Psalm. Read it and let it speak to you in those troubled days.