We celebrated NAIDOC week in our Worship on Sunday 10th July 2022.
Our Walking Together group researched ways to celebrate First Nations music and stories. We incorporated these into the Worship service. Here are some of the things we did.
We sang the very beautiful song written by Joe Geia, Yil Lull. Here is a clip of Joe singing this himself.
We listened to some of the words from the Statement from the Heart. This is a reminder of the unfinished business of our country to engage with the requests of this Statement.
We symbolically passed a message stick through the congregation, asking each person to hold it for a moment and reflect quietly about reconciliation. We also spoke the following commitment – from the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation with the message of NAIDOC :
We will ‘Get up stand up Show up’ so we can work towards “a united Australia which respects this land of ours, values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provides justice and equity for all”.
We sang Blackfella/Whitefella an Australian rock song written by Neil Murray and George Rrurrambu, recorded by their Aboriginal rock group, Warumpi Band. A clip of original here
During the week of NAIDOC, our Walking Together group also displayed our commitment in the Tower Window.