Prayer and Bible Study
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Daily Prayer Diary
While the Prayer Diary topics on Sundays in particular are
intended to lead us into prayers of worship, praise and thanksgiving, the
topics on many other days (though not all,) could also lead us into prayers of
praise and thanks, as well as prayers of petition.
Open or download the Daily Prayer Diary (PDF) HERE
The Pilgrim Way
There has been a recent growing interest in the concept of Pilgrimage.
Increasing numbers of people engage in pilgrimages while the idea of
pilgrimage and being 'on the way' is often used to describe the Christian Life.
The theme of the 2016 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was 'People
on the Way'.
Some years ago, a small group of people at St Cuthbert's Church in central
Edinburgh began to explore themes arising from the life of St Cuthbert and
Celtic Christianity in general. In time, this informal group came to include
people with no formal connection with St Cuthbert's, and a loose network of
interested folks met every couple of months or so to share in some worship
inspired by Celtic traditions and explore some aspects of contemporary
Christian life through the lens of some of the lives of Celtic saints and the
theses of the Celtic Christianity of our lands.
This loose grouping was called 'The Way of Cuthbert'. The 'Way of Cuthbert'
is no more, but developing out of some of the ideas and themes that were
explored and with new people expressing an interest in joining in some kind of
similar group a series of seminars and a loose network of interested people is
emerging called 'The Pilgrim Way'
More information, including a Daily Office, with suggested readings,
comments etc and details of planned seminars, HERE
Regular Times For Prayer or Bible Study
'Time for Prayer'
Every Sunday before the 11am service, in the Memorial Chapel
between 10:15am and 10:45am
This is a weekly Time for Prayer providing space for silent prayer with a
specific focus on the day's services and those leading them, plus other topics
of particular concern for the church and the world.This is a 'come and go time'
- stay for as long or as little time as you are able
Ten to Learn
Every Sunday (except in July/August)before the 11am service, in
the Memorial Chapel at 10:45am for 10 mins. Discover the background, and
more, about the day's Bible readings.
Every Tuesday in the Memorial Chapel, Bible Study and Prayer
12:45pm - 1pm. Discover more about the Bible readings for the coming
Sunday. (If you are able to stay on afterwards, please join us for 'Simply
Lunch' at 1pm !)
Every Tuesday in the Memorial Chapel, Ministry of Prayer for
Healing 1pm - 1:30pm .
On the first Wednesday of each month (Septermber - June)
Church is 'open house' from 12:30pm-2pm and 5pm-7:30pm. Come and go
whever you want during this time for space, quiet and personal reflection.
Short times of optional worship at 1pm and 7pm Details of themes
and dates HERE or more
general information, HERE
On the last Wednesday of each month (not January, August
or December), Bible Study from 12pm - 12:45pm. Discover more about the
Bible readings for the coming Sunday. (If you are able to stay on afterwards,
please join us for 'Simply Lunch' at 1pm !)
Space for Lunchtime Prayers
Every Thursday the Memorial Chapel is open between 1pm and
1:30pm as a space for prayer. Whether led or silent, join us in prayer for
the church, the world and those in need.
St Cuthbert's Congregational Prayer
The prayer printed below may assist you in your own prayers for St
Cuthbert's. You are encouraged to use this prayer - and to pray for our
congregation's life and work - especially on Thursdays at 1pm wherever you are,
knowing that others are also praying then and that some will be praying at the
Prayer Service in the Memorial Chapel at that time.
Ever loving God,
whose servant Cuthbert gave himself to a life of prayer,
reached out to those in need,
healed the sick and spread the good news;
may we be faithful to the teaching and way of your Son,
and may we be filled with the Holy Spirit,
to enable us to show and share your love.
Inspire our ministers,
guide our elders,
and uphold all who bear responsibility within our congregation.
Make us wise stewards,
and willing servants,
in the service of building your kingdom.
Grant us your grace that we may worship you in spirit and in truth,
minister your healing and wholeness,
show your care and compassion,
welcome any and all,
grow in faith and discipleship,
and bear witness to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all glory and praise,
for ever and ever;
Prayer for Peace
Prayers for peace are needed for many places in the world and sometimes it
is hard for us to know how to pray and what to pray for.
Prayer too is sometimes not enough. With such savage violence being perpetrated
against innocent people in conflicts across Syria and Iraq our prayers for
those who have been driven out of their homes and who are under threat of
genocide are also for appropriate intervention to save lives and restore the
dignity of those threatened by the forces of such shocking evil.
Nothing in all creation will, however, diminish our heartfelt prayers for
abiding peace across the nations of the earth. Please join with us in this
prayer . . .
Jesus, Light of the World in whom hope endures and
burns brighter than the sun, we give you honour and praise.
Reconciling Jesus, through whom all relationships that are broken may find a
way to heal, we give you honour and praise.
Compassionate Jesus, for whom justice is immersed in grace and in whom there is
a longing to bring all creation back to God, we give you honour and praise.
Almighty God, whose heart breaks for the suffering we cause to one another, we
bring our prayers to you for every place where deep division and enmity have
brought peoples to war or the brink of war. And we pray for all those who fall
victim to such conflict:
- For the innocent bystander of every conflict, for those who are collateral
damage and those who are so displaced that they lose everything and every
security they ever had.
- For those whose sons and daughters are sent to fight and who under orders
are killed and maimed and whose lives are devastated forever after.
- And we pray today, for the soldier, and the General, for the politician and
for the enemy.
Most especially we pray for wisdom among the nations so that the
right things are done to save the lives of innocent women and men and children
trapped in unthinkable circumstances in Gaza, and on Mount Sinjar, a hill far
away from shelter and safety and peace.
We pray that one day the sun may rise on a world that does not have war built
into its economy and that one day the sun may set on a different way of dealing
with our differences so that the dividend of peace may outweigh the dividend of
So with earnestness of heart we pray for peace in the lands of the bible and in
every war torn place on earth:
And this we pray, in the strong name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
- That enmity may be replaced with understanding
- That the dignity of every human being should be preserved
- That hatred be set aside for the sake of peace
- Tthat out of the ashes of destruction may rise a land where all may live
secure and free.
Adapted from prayers used by the Rt Rev John
Chalmers, at the General Assembly
If you are interested developing your prayer life, or exploring
different ways of prayng, you might find this leaflet helpful (pdf) Praying with Pebbles
More prayer resources, including reflections on differnt ways of praying,
are available HERE and HERE
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