Queen Elizabeth II expressed her admiration for the Church of Scotland for their amazing response to the community during the pandemic. She wrote a letter of support and encouragement for their service. She spoke about these trying times as ‘difficult’ and a ‘pivotal point in history.’
Rev. Dr. George Whyte, Principal Clerk of the Church of Scotland, read the Queen’s letter during the Church’s General Assembly.
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“The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged every aspect of our common life and has caused much suffering and heartbreak,” the Queen wrote.
“We greatly admire the ways in which the Church of Scotland has responded to these difficult days. Care has been offered to the bereaved whose grieving has been constricted by restrictions on funerals,” she said. “While churches have kept open their doors to feed the poor and offer safe space to the children of key workers.”
Her Majesty continued, “Many congregations have taken their worship on-line and touched the lives of people who did not in normal times attend church services. The Kirk’s care workers have remained faithful in sustaining the services upon which so many older people and their families depend.”
Furthermore, the Queen recognized that the danger is not yet over. Yet, the Church is still fulfilling its purpose in ministering to those in need. “We know that the dangers posed by the coronavirus are not yet over. And we commend the Church as she seeks ways in which she can be true to her calling in the present while looking to the future.”
Lastly, she prayed for wisdom and God’s blessing to shower upon the leaders of the church. “We wish those who lead the Church wisdom and foresight at this pivotal point in her history and may your faith and courage be strengthened during the days ahead and through the times to come. And so, praying that the blessing of Almighty God may attend your deliberations, We bid you heartily farewell.”
Reference: Premier Christian News