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posted 22 Sep 2014, 08:59 by Dean Fostekew
Yesterday at the Church of the Good Shepherd we held a service to pray for the future of Scotland in this time of post-referendum. We began by acknowledging that some of us would have been disappointed and others pleased with the result but that we all now had to covenant together to pray for Scotland and the wider UK and to work towards the creation of a society that takes recognition of the beliefs and feelings of its people. the service began with the following prayer:

We praise you, God our Shepherd and Friend,

our Rock and strong Tower, our Wisdom and Love.

Once a nation who knew not your name,

you have formed us as your people, summoning  

us through the costly lives of saint and martyr,

through preacher, prophet, artist, and politician,

through women and men of faith in every place

and in every time.

In the coming of the stranger we have been

refreshed with new insights and new skills honed 

in other cultures; in the path of the invader we    

have found unity and purpose; in the face of     

adversity we have learned the gift of sharing;

in opening our minds to your creation,

we have widened the horizons of our knowledge,

finding fresh cause to glorify your name;

in travel and pilgrimage we have learned to bury

prejudice; in the shame of our actions we have 

come to repentance, and discovered the new life of the forgiven.

Now we come to you in a time of new shaping and   

fresh challenge, to listen for your word for us,

to feel your companionship as we travel on,

crossing over to a new place and moving forward    

on a new terrain, familiar yet unfamiliar.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray,

who on the Cross broke the ground of new life

and brought us to a new freedom. Amen.

It was a good way to start the service and to pray with hope for the future. As a congregation we covenanted to respect each other and to try and model that mutual respect and acceptance in the wider Murrayfield community, the city and Scotland. We were all agreed that it was good that 85% of the electorate actually voted and we prayed that this interest in politics would continue into the future and into subsequent elections and votes. May God bless Scotland.