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Angels on Earth

Prayers 2017

We pray not as a group of people waiting for heaven after death, but as a group of people committed to making earth as good as it can be.

We pray not as a group of bystanders who wish for supernatural intervention, but as a group of people committed to making earth as it is in heaven.

We pray not as a group of 100 people. Nor as a group of reformed Christians on the north shore of Sydney. But as a community of 7 billion humans.

We see God around us in our family and friends.

We pray for those of us who we know need your comfort. We think of people suffering domestic violence and relationship breakdowns.

We pray for our blood relationships at Christmas time. We pray that you will help us to know the common bond of family rather than the frustration of their weird behaviours.

We pray for people who will be missing this Christmas. We pray for their families and friends that you will comfort them.

We see God around us in our state.

We remember the work of the Uniting City and Country and the work of each of congregations, community groups and schools in rural communities. We pray for growth of city and country communities, mutually enriched by each other’s interactions.

We see God around us in other faiths

We remember the victims of violence at the al-Rawdah mosque.

The Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Mohamad and the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan have condemned the horrific attack on worshippers at the al-Rawdah mosque in Egypt and lament the terrible loss of lives.

As Muslims and Christians, we share a deep desire and hope for peace in our world. At this time, we call upon and join with people of faith and goodwill everywhere to pray for peace to prevail.

The more we see evil and hate perpetrating violence and death, the more we must embrace one another in love.



December 2017