In light of the continued political unrest and escalated violence in Egypt, Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, today issued a call to prayer for all those affected by this situation; and shared the following prayer that their differences can be resolved peacefully and respectfully:

God of righteousness

you have taught us through your Son

to set our minds on your kingdom and justice

before everything else.


In the heritage that we share

and the sacred texts we read,

all "Peoples of the Book" know a moral law

and see that the role of governments

is to ensure order

and protection of all citizens.


Give the people of Egypt courage and energy at this time

to think for themselves clearly and fairly,

to seek for the truth

and to follow it wherever it leads.

Help them to believe

that whatever is right is always possible

and that what accords with the mind of Christ

is upheld by God.


Grant that in us, the Egyptian people and in others

Suspicion may give place to trust

And stridency to peace

That we all may live and work together

In unity and love;

through Jesus Christ the Lord.


Adapted from The Church of Scotland Book of Common Order