The new Moderator of the General Assembly recites his first ecumenical prayer in his new role.
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair took office during a special service at the General Assembly Hall in Edinburgh yesterday.
Let us pray:
Living God, you are our Creator and our Maker And the very breath of life is given as your gift. We thank you for the gift of life And we embrace and treasure that gift.
Living God, you are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Whose presence in the world reveals your love for us. In the giving of your Son, You reveal the depths of your love.
Living God, your Son embraced the Cross And the depths of human suffering. We thank you that you delivered him On the day of Resurrection.
Living God, as you spoke to the bereft and the orphaned in days past, Speak to the bereft and the orphaned in days present. Speak to the uncertain and the anxious. Speak into the depths of our incomprehension and fear.
Living God, your promise Is that we will not be left alone to face the world. We thank you that through the gift of your Spirit That promise is fulfilled.
Living God, be with all who sustain our common life at this time, Carers and nurses, cleaners and porters, Doctors and ambulance staff, delivery drivers and posties. Through their giving our common life is sustained.
Living God, as you have watched over us in the past, Watch over us in the present. As once more we thank you, that through Christ And by your Holy Spirit, we are not alone. Amen.
Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland
Rev. Dr David Pickering, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Rev. Jim Ritchie, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene
Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)