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2008 Prayer of Remembrance
By Frank Shaw


Dear God,

Here we are, in your house, on your day,

With festive colors, flying flags, organ and pipes playing.

We come before you today

to remember our Scottish heritage.

 

We come not for the pomp and circumstance,

but to pay homage to You,

our God Almighty.

 

Let us honor our Scottish forefathers

who cleared the land,

                fought for freedom,

                        and

       built the roads for more of us to follow.

 

We salute our forefathers who

brought to this great country

                their faith in God,

                        their faith in their fellow man,

                                their faith in their own destiny.

 

In our hearts, let us sing a song of joy,

and rejoice as we recall

                The true grit of Robert de Brus,

                The courage of William Wallace,

                The brilliance of Sir Walter Scott,

                The genius of Robert Burns,

                The intellect of David Hume,

                The theology of John Knox,

                The political economy of Adam Smith, and

        The wisdom of the writers of the Arbroath Declaration.

 

And so it is Dear Lord,

that we ask this morning,

to hold your hand,

not merely shake it.

       

We desire more than a “hello” to and from you, God,

Because in the very depths of our hearts

                       we want to be held by you.

       

It is not a photo opt we seek with you, O Lord,

but a lifelong, vibrant, daily relationship.

 

As we seek Thee in today’s world

where so many pass you by

like a shunned homeless person on the street,

 

Help us to know that

        even on the darkest of nights,

the stars still shine behind the cover of clouds,

                        and that morning will come again,

                                giving us a new day.

 

Help us to know

        even in the hardest winter,

                spring will soon burst forth,

                        giving us new hope,

                                a new beginning,

                                        a new life.

 

In our own wee cradle of faith,

        help us to learn that the more we need you,

                the more you are there for us.

 

Give us a sensible mind,

        a grateful heart, and

                the joy of knowing nothing can separate us from you.

 

Teach us there is a place

where broken things are mended,

                where lost things are found,

                        where questions are answered,

                                where problems are solved.

 

Help us to remember our forefather’s biblical based faith

                yet, help us not to focus just on their past,

                        but to look forward to our future,

                                praying that our children and their children,

                                        will be strong in the Lord

and lovers of Christ.

 

In His Strong Name, we pray, Amen.

 

                                                             -Frank R. Shaw

                                                                                            February 3, 2008

                                                                                Druid Hills Presbyterian Church

                                                                                           Atlanta, Georgia

                                                                                          February 10, 2008

                                                                                 St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

                                                                                       Dunwoody, Georgia

 

*I am grateful to William Barclay’s concept of prayer found in his book Prayers and Help and Healing. The highlighted words are those of Barclay, one of my heroes for nearly 50 years!


The above two pictures are taken at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA


Pictures taken from St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody, GA. are below


An interior shot during the service showing some of the clan banners.


Frank Shaw and David Grant, President of the St. Andrew's Society
of Atlanta, following the service.


Frank Shaw in the Lobby


Andrea Price


Pipers


Final Prearations


Chris with Frank


Alan as Beadle

Additional Pictures


Picture on the right is of Frank Shaw's Family


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