3rd November 2017

TOGETHER WE PRAY
Prayer Diary
This prayer diary contains some suggestions for those who find
it helpful to have a list of things to pray for, but also provides
a rhythm of prayer that we hope will encourage everyone
to pray together creatively for the future of the Church of
Scotland.
Each day of the week (excluding weekends) has a focus:
Monday – Personal
Tuesday – Local
Wednesday - Regional
Thursday – National
Friday - Global
There is a different theme for each of the four weeks in the cycle
to focus our thoughts and prayers and develop a rhythm of prayer.
As part of this rhythm of prayer you may feel that it is important
to include elements of confession. This could be done as part of
the personal focus on Mondays, or as individual or corporate prayer
throughout the suggested themes, especially if there are areas where
you feel the Church needs to seek forgiveness.
We have also suggested having two parts to each day’s prayer:
Part 1 – Listen to God: There will be a question each day to help
you think and reflect. You may simply wish to listen to God in
the silence or actively look over your day with God’s help. Before
speaking to God, it is good to be quiet and listen to how God is
leading. There will be some instructions or questions each day
that may be helpful.
Part 2 – Speak to God: You don’t have to speak out your prayers
after you have reflected, but this time will help you focus your
thoughts and allow us to pray for the many different issues facing
the Church now and as we look to the future.
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27 30

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EAST

24. DUNFERMLINE

25. KIRCALDY

26. ST ANDREWS

27. DUNKELD

& MEIGLE

28. PERTH

29. DUNDEE

30. ANGUS

31. ABERDEEN

32. KINCARDINE

& DEESIDE

33. GORDON

34. BUCHAN

35. MORAY

NORTH

36. ABERNETHY

37. INVERNESS

38. LOCHABER

39. ROSS

40. SUTHERLAND

41. CAITHNESS

42. LOCHCARRON

43. UIST

44. LEWIS

45. ORKN EY

ISLANDS

46. SHETLAND

ISLANDS

LOTHIAN &

BORDERS

1. EDINBURGH

2. WEST LOTHIAN

3. LOTHIAN

4. MELROSE

& PEEBLES

5. DUNS

6. JEDBURGH

7. ANNADALE &

ESKDALE

8. DUMFRIES &

KIRKCUDBRIGHT

9. WIGTOWN &

WEST

10. AYR

11. IRVINE &

KILMARNOCK

12. ARDROSSAN

13. LANARK

14. GREENOCK

& PAISLEY

16. GLASGOW

17. HAMILTON

18. DUMBARTON

19. ARGYL

22. FALKIRK

23. STIRLING

STRANRAER
OTHER
ENGLAND
INTERNATIONAL
JERUSALEM
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TOGETHER WE PRAY
PERSONAL
WEEK 1
MONDAY
Self
A person’s essential being that distinguishes
them from others, especially considered
as the object of introspection or reflexive
action.
Listen to God: Try to be aware of how you
are feeling and how you have felt/reacted
at different times throughout today.
How are you feeling about God today?
Speak to God: Are there particular things
you would like to give thanks to God for or
to ask for God’s help with?
TOGETHER WE PRAY
LOCAL
WEEK 1
TUESDAY
People
Human beings in general or considered
collectively.
The members of a particular community.
Listen to God: Think about the people who
are important to you in your community or you
come into contact with regularly (neighbours,
teachers, carers, shop workers, community
workers, police officers).
Speak to God: Perhaps tell God what your
highest hopes are for the people you have been
thinking about and ask how we as the church
can help them.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
REGIONAL
Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Lewis, Uist, Lochcarron – Skye,
Caithness, Sutherland, Ross, Lochaber, Inverness, Abernethy
WEEK 1 - NORTH
WEDNESDAY
Presbytery
A body of Church elders and ministers, especially
(in Presbyterian Churches) an administrative body
(court) representing all the local congregations of
a district.
Listen to God: Take time to think about an area
and ask God for wisdom about the best way to pray
for the presbyteries in that region.
Look at the map/list, what do you know about
these areas?
What do you know about the Church in this area?
What do you think is the greatest need for the
Church in this region?
Speak to God: Ask God to do a fresh work
throughout the Church of Scotland.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
NATIONAL
WEEK 1
THURSDAY
The General Assembly of
the Church of Scotland
The strategic plan for the future of the
Church of Scotland.
Listen to God: What are the key decisions that would
make the greatest difference to the Church?
What are the greatest strengths of the CofS? And, what
do you think is its greatest weakness?
What do you think are the greatest opportunities?
What are the greatest threats to the Church of Scotland?
Speak to God: Give thanks for the work of the CofS.
Ask God to help the leaders and decision makers within
the Church and to give them the gifts to discern where
God’s Spirit is leading.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
GLOBAL
WEEK 1
FRIDAY
Creation
The natural world around us. Issues such as climate
change, renewable energy, deforestation, farming.
Listen to God: Call to mind a time you have been
particularly aware of the beauty and wonder of
God’s creation.
Spend some time remembering this experience.
Speak to God: Allow your prayers to flow from
this time of remembering.
Tell God everything you are feeling.
Now spend some time praying for how the
Church can best engage with the stewardship
of creation.
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TOGETHER WE PRAY
PERSONAL
WEEK 2
MONDAY
Journey
An act of travelling from one place to another.
A process of personal change and development.
Listen to God: Take time to reflect on your
journey of faith.
Think of one or two of the key milestones on your
journey so far.
Perhaps call to mind any weariness in your
body and soul that you feel at this point in your
journey.
Speak to God: Give thanks to God and pray
for strength and refreshment within the places
where you feel weary.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
LOCAL
WEEK 2
TUESDAY
Places and spaces
A particular area or location.
The dimensions of height, depth, and width within
which all things exist and move.
Listen to God: Begin to think about your local
community and the places that provide services
for those in need, places where we see people
flourishing and building community (schools,
businesses, hospitals, old folks’
homes, community centres, clubs, parks).
Speak to God: Give thanks to God for these
places and spaces and pray for the people who
work there, gather there or access the services
provided there.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
REGIONAL
Argyll, Stirling, Dumbarton, Greenock & Paisley, Ardrossan, Irvine
& Kilmarnock, Ayr, Lanark, Hamilton, Glasgow, Falkirk
WEEK 2 - WEST
WEDNESDAY
Presbytery
A body of Church elders and ministers, especially
(in Presbyterian Churches) an administrative body
(court) representing all the local congregations of
a district.
Listen to God: Take time to think about an area
and ask God for wisdom about the best way to
pray for the presbyteries in that region.
Look at the map/list, what do you know about
these areas?
What do you know about the Church in this area?
What do you think is the greatest need for the
Church in this region?
Speak to God: Ask God to do a fresh work
throughout the Church of Scotland.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
NATIONAL
WEEK 2
THURSDAY
Council and Committees
of the General Assembly
A list of all the councils and committees can
be found in the ‘ABOUT US’ section of the
Church of Scotland website
Listen to God: Are there specific areas of
the work of the Church that interest you?
Are there areas that you perhaps know
nothing about?
Speak to God: Ask God to bless the work
being done in and through these committees
and organisations.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
GLOBAL
WEEK 2
FRIDAY
World church
Brothers and sisters across the world from
different traditions and denominations.
Listen to God: What can we learn from our
ecumenical partners?
What issues are other denominations facing that
we can learn from?
Speak to God: Give thanks for the diversity of
tradition and theology that makes up the Church
today.
Pray for unity.
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TOGETHER WE PRAY
PERSONAL
WEEK 3
MONDAY
Family and friends
Those people who are nearest and dearest to us.
Listen to God: Think about the people who are
closest to you and are most important to you.
Speak to God: Perhaps tell God what your
highest hopes are for the people you have been
thinking about.
Are there particular things you could give
thanks for or situations to seek God’s help
or strength for?
TOGETHER WE PRAY
LOCAL
WEEK 3
TUESDAY
Local issues
Current issues affecting your local community,
such as the need for foodbanks, local elections,
poverty and crime.
Listen to God: What are the issues you are most
aware of in your local community?
How can the Church engage with these issues?
Speak to God: Pray for the issues you know about
or that have affected you directly.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
REGIONAL
Moray, Buchan, Gordon, Aberdeen, Kincardine & Deeside, Dunkeld
& Meigle, Angus, Perth, Dundee, St. Andrews, Kirkaldy, Dunfermline
WEEK 3 - EAST
WEDNESDAY
Presbytery
A body of Church elders and ministers, especially
(in Presbyterian Churches) an administrative body
(court) representing all the local congregations of
a district.
Listen to God: Take time to think about an area
and ask God for wisdom about the best way to
pray for the presbyteries in that region.
Look at the map/list, what do you know about
these areas?
What do you know about the Church in this area?
What do you think is the greatest need for the
Church in this region?
Speak to God: Ask God to do a fresh work
throughout the Church of Scotland.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
NATIONAL
WEEK 3
THURSDAY
Government and leaders
National Government of Scotland and the United
Kingdom. Other prominent figures that influence
and make decisions about national policy.
Listen to God: What are the issues that are most
affecting our Government?
Think about the people across Scotland and the UK
making decisions that affect us as a country.
Speak to God: Pray for integrity, truth and
compassion throughout our Government.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
GLOBAL
WEEK 3
FRIDAY
Politics
The activities associated with the governance of
a country or area, especially the debate between
parties having power. Global political issues/
economics/leaders/decision making.
Listen to God: Let your emotions guide you
to form prayers.
What are the decisions that have been made that
made you angry – in your anger how will you pray
about these decisions?
Think about the people who made these decisions

in your love, how will you pray for these people?
Speak to God: Pray for the decisions being made
and the people making these decisions.
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TOGETHER WE PRAY
PERSONAL
WEEK 4
MONDAY
Work
Activity involving mental or physical effort done in
order to achieve a purpose or result, or a task to be
undertaken.
Listen to God: Take some time to reflect
on how you spend your days. What are the
responsibilities or tasks that you are involved in?
Do you have a job? Are you retired? Are you
a carer? Are you in education?
Whatever your daily activity or routine, spend
some time reflecting on where you noticed God
in your day.
Speak to God: Ask God to help you to be
mindful of others as you go about your day and
to have moments where you actively pray and
pay special attention to where God is.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
LOCAL
WEEK 4
TUESDAY
Church
Your worshipping community.
Listen to God: What are the key issues facing
your church at the moment?
What groups can you identify within your church
that you could pray for (Kirk Session, the Guild,
Children and Young People, Alpha groups)?
Speak to God: Give thanks for the work of the
church. Pray for the gatherings within the church
(prayer meetings, Sunday worship).
TOGETHER WE PRAY
REGIONAL
Edinburgh, Lothian, West Lothian, Melrose & Peebles, Duns,
Jedburgh, Annandale & Eskdale, Dumfries & Kirkcudbright,
Wigtown & Stranraer, England, International, Jerusalem
Lothian and Borders, England,
WEEK 4 -
International and Jerusalem:
WEDNESDAY
Presbytery
A body of Church elders and ministers, especially
(in Presbyterian Churches) an administrative body
(court) representing all the local congregations of
a district.
Listen to God: Take time to think about an area
and ask God for wisdom about the best way to
pray for the presbyteries in that region.
Look at the map/list, what do you know about
these areas?
What do you know about the Church in this area?
What do you think is the greatest need for the
Church in this region?
Speak to God: Ask God to do a fresh work
throughout the Church of Scotland.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
NATIONAL
WEEK 4
THURSDAY
Our society and our culture
Public services and amenities that help our socity
function, such as the NHS, emergency services,
education and care provision.
Those things that shape and influence our culture,
such as arts and humanities, media and music.
Listen to God: Spend some time reflecting on your
interaction with public services and amenities.
Consider how culture has influenced you and how
you are influencing culture.
Speak to God: Pray for providers and users of public
services and amenities.
Pray that we would recognise God’s presence within
and through the arts.
TOGETHER WE PRAY
GLOBAL
WEEK 4
FRIDAY
Global events and
current affairs
Events of political or social interest and importance
happening in the world at the present time.
Listen to God: Think over some of the key global
events in the past week/month/year – if you let
your sorrow lead your prayers, what would you
say to God? If you let your hope lead your prayers
what would you say to God?
Speak to God: What then will you pray in light
of this?
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