Prayer during election campaign: Sunday 23 June

June 7, 2024

Each Sunday in the run up to the UK general election on Thursday 4 July, Churches across Scotland will be praying for candidates, voters, and all engaged in the democratic process.

Church leaders from across Scotland, including the Primus, the Most Rev Mark Strange, have offered words that may be used. This Sunday, they continue to “encourage Christians in Scotland to engage actively, constructively, and charitably in the democratic process of the General Election” with this prayer:

Lord our God, we give thanks to you
For your love endures for ever.
In the midst all that changes in this world,
May we hear your voice and know your presence.
Grant to us wisdom, that we might do what the Lord requires of us
And seek justice and mercy in our world, even as we walk humbly with our God.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God, you gift to us life
And the promise of life renewed.
We thank you for those who, in their daily work,
Seek to sustain the health of our nation.
May the renewal of the health of the people
Be to the fore in the considerations of those who seek to govern on our behalf.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God, you care for us
Even to the end of our days.
We thank you for those who, day by day,
Care for the most vulnerable in our society.
May the dignity of those who care, and of those who are cared for,
Be recognised and affirmed in the renewal of our society.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord our God, you are with us
Throughout all the days of our lives.
We share those days with all who are made in your image
And in the presence of the One who is the image of the invisible God.
Grant to us, and to all who seek the coming of your Kingdom,
A renewed desire to do what you require of us.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Signed:
Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
Rt. Rev. Dr Shaw Paterson, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
Col. Sylvia Hinton, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
Adwoa Burnley, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Rev. Lindsey Sanderson, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
Rev. Dr Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
Rev. Ruairidh MacRae, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
Rt. Rev. Kenneth Nowakowski, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London
Rev. Trevor Howard, Churches in Communities International