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The Referendum

posted 10 Nov 2014, 12:45 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 12:45 ]

By the time this edition of the Tattler is published, the referendum on Scottish independence will have been and gone, and the results will be known. Life will have changed, whether the vote be 'yes' or 'no'. We will be standing in a different place. No matter what answer is from the people of Scotland, this I know. We are called as a people to love each other, to support each other and to tolerate each other, regardless of our different views and opinions. We are called to respect those who stand on the opposite side of this issue, and to treat with gentleness those who have been hurt by the debate. Whatever the result, we continue to pray for the future of this land and nation, for our neighbours in England, Ireland and Wales, and for those who lead us.

The following prayer for this time is commended to us by Bishop Bob and was produced by ACTS – Action for Churches Together in Scotland.

“God of all nations, you have traced upon this world the outline of your Kingdom, and have granted us the hope that we shall be reshaped in its likeness. Hear us as we pray for this our nation, those whom it has nurtured, those also who have come to call it home, and those who have crossed its borders and left its shores but love it dearly.

At this time of remaking of our life together, when so much seems uncertain, and we turn to new challenges and continue to grapple with the old, we pray earnestly for the good of each other and for the peace of each one. May we find at this time, in the ferment of discussion and argument, in public debate and in family life, an understanding of how we must be as a nation, and an energy to follow it through. May we turn from these debates with new insight, a new passion for justice, a new clarity about the strategies we should seek, that make room for all, and make room for you, our God.

May we lay aside the passions of the ballot box, the anger that cannot understand why others do not see as we do. Help us to realise that difference is not just something be accommodated but that difference is necessary for the health of a body. Enable our interaction with others to bring discernment, sharpen our perceptions, increase our energy for the good, expand our ability to love.

We pray that all who call you Lord, may value and share each our heritage but also seek to discern the Christ that is precious to the other, that we may show the way to unity and be a sign and foretaste of that promised time in which all are reconciled and at peace, giving glory to you, our God, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”