The Vigil of St Andrew’s Day
Thursday 29th November 2018 at 7p.m.
St Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church
353 Kilmarnock Rd, Glasgow G43 2DS
Honouring our national patron and praying for the people of Scotland with representatives from Political, Church and Faith Communities.
All powerful and ever present God,
you looked in love on Andrew, the ordinary fisherman,
and called him to be a disciple and friend of Jesus, your Son.
We honour Andrew for the witness of his life and martyrdom.
Today, with Andrew, we come before you in prayer. We pray for the fishermen and farmers, workers, entrepreneurs and public servants who labour for their living and for the building up of our nation. Response, There is one Lord…
We remember before you all poor and neglected personswhom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute,
the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them.
Following St Margaret’s example, help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Strengthen and encourage all those who seek to serve and protect the vulnerable. Response, There is one Lord
We pray for all Christians in Scotland today,
aware of our many different traditions and understandings,
and aware also of our common faith and baptism.
May we grow fuller in respect and love for one another.
Inspire all those who lead and serve in the church.
May they know your guidance and direction.
Response, There is one Lord…
We pray for our Scottish nation and Our Cityin all the diversity of history, culture, creed, philosophy and race.
Inspire our leaders, teachers, doctors, social workers and counsellors to be bringers of hope in all situations, and in this year of Young People we especially pray for all the youth of our nation, guide them in their actions and words.
Show us all how to serve one another, to offer love, care and support. Response, There is one Lord…
Embrace those in pain and physical suffering.May they feel you close to them. We pray especially for those who lost their lives or were seriously injured in the Clutha Vaults Helicopter Crash five years ago tonight, in 2013 and the 22 people who lost their lives and those affected by the James Watt Street Fire 50 years ago in November 1968. Comfort all those who grieve and heal the broken-hearted.
Let us pray
God, our loving Father,
St Andrew introduced Peter, the Greek visitors, & the little boy with loaves & fishes,
to your Son, Jesus Christ.
May we be like him in sharing friendship and hospitality.
May our country be a community in which everyone matters, everyone has an honoured place,
and the dignity of each is assured by our faith in you as Father of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.