Prayers of Adoration

God of Holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
From the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and dense forest,
and in cities at the water’s edge,
Creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures
as the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on the tree
you heard the cries of all your people
and became one with your wounded ones:
the convicts, the hunted, the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew,
and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit,
as we gather from the four corners of the earth; enable us to walk together in trust
from the hurt and shame of the past
into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ. Amen

by Aunty Rev’d Lenore Parker, from “A Prayer Book for Australia 1999”
South Australian Synod Reconciliation Sunday Worship Resource
offered for worship Pentecost Sunday, 31/05/2020

Prayers of Confession

with words by Alison Overeem, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Tasmania

Alison Overeem from the UAICC Tasmania, Leprena Centre asks, “What does it mean to be “Sorry” through a cultural lens?” Here is her answer. We respond to it today by taking hard river stones representing the hardness of heart that leads to dispossession and trauma. We pray with the prophet Ezekiel that God would put a new spirit within us, taking our hearts of stone and giving us hearts of flesh for love, reconciliation and restoration (Ez 11:19).

Alison writes:
On the anniversary of Sorry Day we must trust we know what lies within the essence of being sorry:

  • Sorry for heartache
  • Sorry for intergenerational trauma
  • Sorry for forced removals from a mother’s arms
  • Sorry for the deep disconnection from self
  • Sorry for the loss of growing up strong in culture and community
  • Sorry for the generations stolen
  • Of connections stolen
  • Of identity stolen
  • Sorry for years of healing and trauma and a search for connection and a cultural compass
  • We must see that this is not something that happened and stopped.
    It ts transient across generations in its trauma and search for healing
  • It was and is a taking away
  • A taking away from all that defines First People

Saying sorry means that we commit to not allowing this to continue to happen
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Saying sorry means advocating for systemic change now,
for additional resources to keep children and families protected but connected

from UCA Assembly National Reconciliation Week Resource, p6

Let us pray…
God of Holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit
We confess our hardness of heart before you.
Our hearts bear the load of wrongs committed in your name
And we are sorry.
We confess our collective cultural ignorance and violence.
Give us new hearts to love one another as we have been loved by you in Christ Jesus.
Renew us by your Holy Spirit to work for justice, reconciliation and care of the earth.  Amen

Saide Cameron

WORD OF GRACE

Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any they are forgiven…”

Therefore by the authority of Christ and with the breath of the Holy Spirit within I am bold to say:
Your sin is forgiven. We are a forgiven people.

Let us live out the reconciling grace of God by working for justice and peace
between first and second peoples in our nation.

Ian Ferguson
offered for worship Pentecost Sunday, 31/05/2020

Prayers of the people

God of love
Creator of this land and of all,
We pray for the people whose ancestors have lived on this land for thousands of years.
We celebrate their care for the earth, their wisdom and knowledge.
We pray that Indigenous peoples will be treated with respect and honour,
and have access to health care, education, and the opportunities that many of us have.
We turn to You, knowing You are ready to connect us,
that in You anything can be achieved.

Papa Jesus Son of God
Gift to us all,
We pray for the church.
We pray for our faith communities, gathered in our houses and connected through You.
You have shown us what love is,
loving everyone, including everyone.
We turn to You, knowing You are ready to be with us,
In these times and in all times.

Hovering Spirit
Moving across the earth like a rush of wind,
You come to us in our communities
Meeting us in our illnesses, in our sadness, in our isolation, in our celebrating.
You fill us and give us the ability to do what we thought was impossible,
Breathing life where all seems lost.
We turn to You, knowing You are ready to nourish us,
giving us life and connecting us to You.

God of love, Papa Jesus, Hovering Spirit,
May we live in hope
Knowing in you all is possible.
Amen

Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship Pentecost Sunday, 31/05/2020