• Weekend of Voice prayer
Salvationists and supporters of The Salvation Army have been invited to join in a National Weekend of Prayer, Reflection and Meditation around the Voice this weekend (8-10 September 2023).
The weekend of prayer is in preparation for the Constitutional Referendum vote to recognise an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice that has been announced for Saturday 14 October 2023.
“Across the weekend, church services in many faith communities across the nation will reflect on the coming Referendum, focusing on themes of unity and reconciliation, hope and healing,” said Liz Stone, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA)
“We are inviting Christians to include a prayer in their worship services and liturgies across the weekend.
“One that you might like to use is by Ms Sherry Balcombe of the Victorian Catholic Aboriginal Ministry.”
Dear Lord We pray for a bright and just shared future for all who call Australia home. We ask that Your grace of acceptance and compassion will guide us. Let the Creator Spirit lead our journey with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of this land. May we share Your Spirit more deeply; celebrate the gifts You have given us. Help us appreciate true harmony and peace just as our Old People did; Keep us strong, make us resilient and remember us in this time. Now is an opportunity to change our Nation’s history for the better. Walk with us as we write a new chapter together and may we be one in Your love. Amen.
“The Voice to Parliament Referendum provides us with a unique opportunity to come together as a community and draw upon our faith and moral grounding to make an informed decision,” Liz said. “As Christians, let us keep the process in prayer.”
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