Since Advent our blog site has slightly resembled a duck – all quiet on the surface but furious activity going on under the surface!
Some changes are currently being made to it because some fun changes are happening within 24-7 Prayer Scotland! There will be more to come on that soon but for now we wanted to share wee bit about the 24-7 Prayer Scotland Gathering happening on 22 February in Dundee and make certain you know that you are invited!
24-7 Prayer International is very much a global family and our annual wider Gatherings reflect that.
Here in Scotland, it is our desire that our annual Scottish Gatherings provide the same sense of family, of “tribe” for all who join us for that day.
We host these Scotland Gatherings for the three-fold purpose of encouragement, relationship and prayer.
Encouragement happens through story-telling, bringing glimpses of what God is doing across our world and across our own nation of Scotland. And it happens through someone each year bringing a short word God has given them specifically for that day and gathering.
Relationship happens through conversations over tea and coffee and lunch, and hearing one another’s stories. This year there will even more opportunity for relationships to develop at our evening ceilidh!
And then we always conclude our day together with a good time of worship and prayer for our beloved Scotland and praying for one another as well.
Much like the wider 24-7 Prayer Gatherings hop around various European cities, we have been hopping around as well – Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow – and this year Dundee. Next year, you ask? We are asking that question as well.
We have had some great times together. But this year feels especially significant. There is something significant about being in Dundee at this time. We have some exciting changes and updates to share about our Scotland team and to celebrate.
Yet there is something more. There is the sense that something is stirring in the land, God is moving. Within 24-7 Prayer we have been talking about “rising tides” of prayer and unity globally. In the midst of so much chaos, brokenness, upheaval, division and even despair – there is a sense of hopeful anticipation rising and steadily, quietly spreading across the globe. And across Scotland.
Along with that sense of hopeful anticipation is also coming a rising seriousness, focus, consecration even. A sense that it is time to get ready for the things we have half-heartedly been praying for by praying whole-heartedly. And also by making way for greater unity in the Church, removing those things that have been barriers to relationship. We are seeing the more and more churches coming together and embracing, repenting, forgiving and celebrating diversity rather than fearing and judging it then seeking God’s presence and face together.
I was privileged to be at a prayer gathering of ministers and ministry leaders in Dunblane two weeks ago. Over one hundred of us came together and wept over and sought God for our beloved nation of Scotland, among other things. There has not been this number of ministers from across such a wide variety of expressions of Christian Church come together simply for prayer and fasting since the 1980’s.
God is doing something.
So on 22 February in Dundee, we want to invite you to join us for a day of story-telling, increasing this hopeful anticipation; of learning through various seminars; of relationship and pushing deeper into unity through eating, worshipping, praying (maybe even dancing in the evening) together ; and a time of prayer and worship over our nation and for one another. And then if you want to stick around, a time of fun and celebration in the evening with food, dancing and creativity.
For details and to register for the day part of the Gathering ( it is helpful if you register so that we can make certain the soup is ready for you ) click here.
And for details and to book your ticket for the evening ceilidh click here.
We hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it but you still want to connect in with 24-7 Prayer Scotland more in some way, just give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.