National Prayer Gathering at Canopy 2020

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30 Sep, 2020

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National Prayer Gathering at Canopy 2020

By Jenny Wilson, BUS Prayer Guide Coordinator

Over the last few months, it has been really encouraging to join with other churches and individuals on a Sunday evening for our online Prayer Livestreams. It has been great to hear that so many people have really engaged with the format, enjoying hearing stories from our churches across Scotland and joining with us in praying for churches, people, workplaces, different countries, politicians and of course the global pandemic we are in the midst of. It has also been fantastic to hear of many of our churches holding zoom prayer meetings and small group meetings at this time to continue to fan the flame of prayer in our churches and for our communities.

One of the things that I am particularly excited about (and there are a number of things!) at our national gathering called Canopy, is our national prayer night on Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm. As hundreds of us gather online we will be entering into God’s presence through sung worship led by the Canopy ‘house’ worship band. We will then be spending time praying for our churches, hearing some stories from churches as part of this, and also praying for our nation at this time. We will also be joined by our friends at BMS World Mission who will lead us in prayer for the world. We will then finish with a time of pausing to offer ourselves to God afresh.

However, this is not the only opportunity people will have to engage in prayer on the Friday night. You can also sign-up for our Prayer Relay, a series of one-hour prayer slots from 8.30pm – 8.30am, so that we can pray through the night! It will be fantastic to have a ‘relay’ of prayer across Scotland from 8.30PM when the online prayer event concludes, right through the night to 8.30AM.

A signup form and further information about the Prayer Relay will be available from our website in the next week or so. Do consider signing up for this opportunity for taking part in praying through the night watches!

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