A Prayer for the Uniting Church in Australia

This Prayer from the President of the Uniting Church has been issued today, along with a Pastoral Letter advising that “the Assembly decision on marriage stands, and will continue to be lived out in our Church, in various faithful expressions”, and noting that the “broader focus [of the Church includes] the ways we can witness to God’s reconciling love, which is beyond measure and has power to transform people’s lives and the life of our society.”


Written by President Dr Deidre Palmer

six months after the Fifteenth Assembly

Gracious and loving God,

We thank you for the Uniting Church in Australia,

for the ways your Spirit empowers us

to participate in your liberating mission in the world.

You call us to be your Pilgrim People,

responsive to your leading,

as we witness to your reconciling love in our communities.

At this time in our life as the Uniting Church,

may your Holy Spirit weave us together

as the Body of Christ, a community of grace and hope.

Renew and strengthen us as your Church:

Where there is hurt and pain,

bring your comfort and healing.

Where we have caused hurt to one another,

bring forgiveness and reconciliation.

Where our community and unity are strained,

give us patience to listen to one another,

to see your presence in one another,

and to love our sisters and brothers in Christ,

as you have first loved us.

Where there is uncertainty and confusion,

bring your guidance and light.

Lead us forward in ways

that are faithful to your mission in the world.

We pray for our Congregations and Faith Communities,

that they may be a source of your healing,

hope, compassion and love,

and welcoming and hospitable places

to worship and serve.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us,

fill us with passion for Christ’s mission,

so that we will be courageous bearers

of God’s good news of love, justice and healing in your world.

Through Christ we pray.


“Now to him who by the power at work within us

is able to accomplish abundantly

far more than all we can ask or imagine.

To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus

to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.

(Ephesians 3:20-21)







Author: John T Squires

My name is John Squires. I live in the Australian Capital Territory. I have been an active participant in the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) since it was formed in 1977, and was ordained as a Minister of the Word in this church in 1980. I have served in rural, regional, and urban congregations and as a Presbytery Resource Minister and Intentional Interim Minister. For two decades I taught Biblical Studies at a theological college and most recently I was Director of Education and Formation and Principal of the Perth Theological Hall. I've studied the scriptures in depth; I hold a number of degrees, including a PhD in early Christian literature. I am committed to providing the best opportunities for education within the church, so that people can hold to an informed faith, which is how the UCA Basis of Union describes it. This blog is one contribution to that ongoing task.

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