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.”
A PRAYER FOR THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
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.