This prayer is being shared by Ibrox, Kinning Park and Mosspark Churches of Scotland, and St Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church.

Saint Andrew. Illustration by Netta Ewing.

Saint Andrew. Illustration by Netta Ewing.

Loving God,

We think of Andrew, called first among your disciples,
Leaving his nets to follow Jesus, leaving his life behind to answer your call,
We thank you for Andrew, an example to all who follow you
Trusting blindly in your promise, trusting in a better life with you

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

We think of Andrew, spreading the gospel in times of persecution and hostility
When the church was young and regarded with suspicion
Inspired by the Holy Spirit to convince others of the good news of Jesus Christ
Disregarding danger and hardship, doing your will as your disciple, your apostle.

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

We think of Andrew, remembered on his cross, tortured and put to death for his faith,
Confessing Jesus bravely in pain and fear, trusting in him to the end, leaving us the legacy of God’s good news
We thank you for Andrew, a warning for us to remember those tortured and persecuted today, to remember why you sent your son, to remember Jesus as the prince of Peace

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

We think of Andrew, whose message travelled to the farthest corners of the world,
Whose message is heard here in Scotland, whom we remember when we search the sky for our answers
We thank you for Andrew whose message is heard in Russia and Greece, in Europe, Asia and Africa, remembered as one of your first servants
To make disciples of all nations, to make us all follow the Prince of Peace

Leader: You have called us into your service
All: Make us your true disciples

God of all nations, you have sent us Andrew the apostle, inspired by your Spirit to spread your news, let us find his courage to follow you, let us find his passion to be your witness, let us be your disciples.

AMEN