King of kings and Lord of Lords,
we enthrone You in our lives,
for we acknowledge You loving presence
that endures in our lives
at all times and in many places.
In this regal situation
we give thanks
for those who have inspired
in the past and in this present day.
We praise You for Your influence
in the life of St Serf
as he told stories of Jesus
in the shadows of the Ochils.
We praise You for St Margaret
as she inspired generations
in their worship of You in this place.
We praise You
for others known to us
who have made You Lord of their lives
and then shared that knowledge
in the way they lived.
This world is a world
where the truth of love
ruling over life is lost
in the values that put self or one group of people
before the greater needs of the world.
People are ruled by values
that exclude hope.
We think of the places where terror reigns,
instead of love and grave.
We think of families caught in the chaos
of domestic violence.
Nations torn apart by war.
Streets where violence stalks young people.
May Christ’s love
find ways to rule across
the boundaries of terror,
and bring hope and light and love.
We remember people and places
ruled by sorrow.
We think of those
trapped in cycles of grief
as they miss the love of their life.
Those who bear the weight illness,
and those pressed down by doubt and guilt.
May Christ’s hands
grasp the burdens of life
and carry compassion and opportunity
King of kings and Lord of lords,
May you reign in all hearts,
bringing the assurance
that faith, hope, forgiveness and love
surround us at all times,
and with the stirring of the Holy Spirit
transform all life,
in Christ’s name.