A Joint Prayer offering hope during feelings of powerlessness.

Coping with a feeling of powerlessness during the COVID-19 pandemic is at the heart of this week’s joint prayer offered by churches across Scotland.

A letter encouraging Christians to join together in prayer at 7pm on Sunday has been co-signed by 14 churches and faith organisations across the country, including the Scottish Episcopal Church. Many of those joining together will also light candles at the time of prayer, which appears. In a joint message accompanying this week’s prayer, Scottish church leaders said:

“The experience of being powerless is one that will resonate with many of us. There are times throughout our experience when we sense that we are not in control of what is happening in our own world.

Indeed, there will be occasions when we sense that the wider world is afflicted by the seeming absence of a guiding hand.

“The Apostle Paul expresses the reality that God acts through Jesus Christ, for us and our salvation, at the very moment in time when we are unable to act on our own behalf and we are powerless.

The action of God in Jesus Christ is a demonstration of the love of God.

As we know ourselves to be powerless and, at the same time, to be those who have received the renewing and empowering love of God poured ‘into our hearts by the Holy Spirit’, we turn to God, we pray:

Living God, you demonstrate your love for us
Though our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we are powerless
Stand with us in our weakness.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Living God, you demonstrate your love for the world
Through the self-giving of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We remember those who are powerless in our world
And stand with them in their weakness.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Living God, as we stand with others
May we understand more fully the life we share in common.
In understanding more fully
May we embrace the richness of the life you gift us.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Living God, your Holy Spirit
Is the Lord and Giver of Life.
May your love be poured into our hearts
And our lives renewed.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer,
Embrace us, and all Creation,
In the love you demonstrate through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.