“ABM believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples have a special place in this country as their ancestry goes back thousands of years. Many Indigenous Christians believe that God was with them from long ago and they find meaning and hope in the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
The Rainbow Prayer
by Revd Robyn Davis, Diocese of Bendigo.
Dear loving lord, creator of all,
You created us all in your own image’
One image -- many colours
One image -- many cultures.
You made us come together like a rainbow,
separate parts but coming together in one creation.
Help us to see the beauty you have created
in each and every one of us.
Dear loving Lord, we are your creation,
Hear the cries of your people.
You gave us ears to hear and eyes to see,
Open our eyes to what you want us to see,
Help us to always look to you to see the wisdom
of your ways.
Dear loving Lord, creator of all
You gave us hearts to love and minds to reason
Help us to understand our differences
and grow in love for each other.
Help us to come together as the rainbow comes together,
many colours, shining as one creation over all the earth’
As you intended us to be.
In the name of your dear son, Jesus Christ.
ABM invites you to participate in a seven-day prayer challenge for Reconciliation. Over the week spend time reflecting on scripture and unity, the gift of diversity, and hear stories of our partners working in communities around Australia.
The Revd Bruce Boase, Diocese of Brisbane, has written this prayer for the beginning of worship.
Here is a Liturgy for Holy Communion for the Sunday of Reconciliation Week. You may like to use it during Naidoc Week instead (or as well!)
The Revd Bruce Boase, Diocese of Brisbane, has produced intercessions for National Reconciliation Week.
ABM invites you to set up a “Reconciliation Wall” in your church, school or workplace and leave it set-up until the end of NAIDOC Week 2015.
Using the words “Recognition means...” or “Reconciliation means…” as a starting point, create a display depicting students, parishioners, or colleagues’ written or visual interpretations of recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and customs. It could be a drawing, a poem or a story about someone they admire.’
- National Reconciliation Week Resources
This idea is taken from the National Reconciliation Week website, see more here:
Reconciliation Week: Conversation with Tom Mosby
Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, chats with Koorie Heritage Trust CEO Tom Mosby about reconciliation in the lead up to National Reconciliation Week 2015, 27 May to 3 June. (From Anglican Media Melbourne)