I write today from the upper gallery of the Church of Scotland General Assembly I am listening to people speak passionately about gender justice, about the role of women, and about women in ministries; so far, one woman and four men.

As an observer I cannot speak. Sisters and pals, join me today in praying for all women called to ministry in whatever form that takes.


Holy God, our Mother

we pray this day for all those who hear your call and are able to respond.

We pray this day for all women who hear your call but are prevented from responding.

We pray, this day. For all our sisters, wherever they are, as they minister, persistently, resolutely, faithfully, welcomed and rejected, loved and despised, with grace and peace and righteous indignation, each in their own place.

We give thanks for all the ways we are called to serve, this day, and all days,



Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister in Earlston, a rural village community in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and is a contributor to the Rev Gals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is very happy to have wee Tabi in her life, a Sprocker Spaniel who takes her on long walks every day.

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