HM The Queen is not the head of the Church of Scotland, unlike the Church of England, but maintains a good relationship with the Church. As the Monarch, she has sworn to maintain the Church of Scotland and the state does not interfere with its governance. She attends churches in Scotland as an ordinary member of the congregation.
If HM The Queen does not go in person to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, she appoints a representative called the Lord High Commissioner. The Lord High Commissioner is appointed after the Prime Minister’s advice and assists HM The Queen with her duties related to the Church of Scotland. This can also be a member of the Royal family. This year, 2017, Her Majesty has appointed HRH Princess Royal to attend the General Assembly on 20th-26th May 2017. She will observe the proceedings and debates, reporting back to HM The Queen matters that have been raised.
From within the Church of Scotland, HM’s Honourable Chaplains are also appointed to serve Her Majesty whilst she is in Scotland. The Royal Chaplains also serve Her Majesty’s Household in Scotland.
See churchofscotland.org.uk for more information
‘Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I [Moses] will appoint them as your leaders’. Deuteronomy 1:13
‘After three days they found him [Jesus] in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.’ Luke 2:46-47
Thank you God, that the Church of Scotland is upheld by HM The Queen and that she keeps a good relationship with this institution. Thank you that she demonstrates this commitment by going to church when she is present in Scotland. I pray that as Her Majesty demonstrates her faith in a tangible way, that the Church of Scotland and the people of Scotland would be encouraged. Continue to strengthen the relationship she has with The Church of Scotland-clergy serving the local Christian communities all around it.
I thank you that HM The Queen has a representative that can represent her to the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. This year, I pray that HRH Princess Royal would know the key things to report back to her mother, The Queen. As the Princess Royal talks to clergy people from all over Scotland at the General Assembly, I pray that she would have a sense of what are the encouragements and the concerns that the Church of Scotland has for its diverse communities. After listening deeply to each other, and any questions asked, encourage each commissioner attending that Jesus is at work and is at the head of His church in Scotland.
I thank you that HM The Queen is able to choose clergy from the Church of Scotland to help with the Spiritual care of the Royal Household in Scotland. When Moses needed help with the people of Israel he asked them to choose respected men. I pray that Her Majesty would discern those who are known for their wisdom and understanding. I thank you for these representatives chosen to assist HM The Queen and her duties. May they have great foresight and prudence from you to carry out their work.
In Jesus’ name,