Day of Humiliation and Prayer
By appointment of Synod, Wednesday, 12 December, is to be kept as a day of humiliation and prayer throughout the Church to confess our own sin and that of our nation and beseech the Lord in the name of His dear Son to pour upon us the spirit of grace and of supplication.
What follows is a summary of what Rev Fraser Macdonald said when he moved the motion to appoint this day of humiliation and prayer:
First of all, I would like to emphasise that I appreciate the work done in compiling the Religion and Morals Report and the ever-increasing difficulty involved in doing so because of the accelerating pace and complexity of the current moral and spiritual degeneration. You may well ask, When is this iniquitous trend going to end? Chronologically, I cannot say, but in the moral and spiritual realm the simple biblical answer is, When we confess our sin and seek the face of God in Christ.
The one comforting feature, of which we can be absolutely certain, is that, however devastating the outlook may appear, the Lord sits King upon His throne, and ever shall. He directs all that takes place in this universe, events labelled by us as favourable or adverse, to His own glory, to the good of Zion, and the final and everlasting overthrow of every device off the devil – in Church and in state.
Let us, a branch of the visible Church, solace ourselves with the precious words of Isaiah 4:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”