As St Andrew’s Day is around the corner I thought I will share with everyone this prayer written by my colleague. She has kindly agreed to let me publish it here. You might see it published in the 2010 resources for the Week of Prayers for Christian Unity (published by WCC, I think).
Litany of the Scottish Mace
This prayer was written by Rev Lindsey Sanderson for the Opening Worship of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity International Writing Group, Sept. 2008.
The Scottish Mace is present in the debating hall of the Scottish Parliament when it sits in session. A new mace was commissioned for the re-establishment of the Parliament and was presented to the Parliament by the Queen at its official opening on 1st July 1999. Engraved in the mace are the words ‘ Wisdom, Integrity, Justice, Compassion’, the values which the Scottish people desire their Parliament to uphold.
‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom……’ Ps 111.10
God of wisdom, we bring before you the peoples of faith within our nation.
We pray for faith communities who seek to establish harmony within Scotland through the daily living of their faith.
We pray for the traditional churches, that in the challenging contexts they face, they may remain faithful to your Gospel.
We pray for the growing ethnic minority Christian presence in Scotland, that we may find ways of working together in our outreach to the nation.
R. In our witness to Christ may we reveal God’s wisdom through our faithfulness.
‘The integrity of the upright guides them…….’ Pr.11.3
God who is righteous, we bring before you all who strive to uphold the values of integrity and righteousness.
We pray for all in positions of political leadership, that they may act in ways which brings about a healthy, vibrant and caring nation.
We pray for all who work with children and young people, that by their example our young people may become responsible citizens of our communities.
We pray for those in leadership in our faith communities, that they may be recognised for their discipleship and witness to faith.
R. In our witness to Christ may we act in ways which demonstrate God’s integrity.
‘ What does the Lord require of you but to do justice…..’ Micah 6:8
God who is just, we bring before you all who in our nation are denied justice, peace and security.
We pray for those seeking asylum and for those exploited through human trafficking.
We pray for migrant workers taken advantage of because of their lack of language skills and unfamiliarity with our systems.
We pray for all who are judged by the colour of their skin and not for the people they are.
R. In our witness to Christ may we reveal God’s justice to the world.
‘As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion…..Col 3.12’
Loving God, we bring before you all who in our nation long to feel the compassion of another human being.
We pray for children, women and men trapped in abusive relationships, often fuelled by alcohol or drugs.
We pray for those who are wearied of caring for loved ones and neglect to care for themselves.
We pray for all who feel cast out by society and beyond human care.
R. In our witness to Christ may we reveal God’s compassion for the world.
God in whom we discover wisdom, integrity, justice and compassion, hear our prayer and enable us to play our part in shaping the life of our nation. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.