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Jesus the Aussie Life Saver

So, we come to prayers (so close to the end of the service).

I am only holding you up from going home presents and santa’s whisky.

We live in a lucky country.

With a quarter of a century of unbroken growth we are used to feeling ok year after year.

30% of us come from overseas and we mostly get along. We largely ignore those who would divide us, year after year.

We are blessed with resources beyond imagination – just look at the variety of food that we can access for Christmas and we have this year after year.

Surely our prayers should be for God to continue to bless our obvious personal and collective brilliance. We worked hard for this didn’t we; year after year?

Let us pray.

We do not need to step outside our borders to find oppression. We remember oppression in our country. Oppression of our indigenous folk. Oppression of rural communities. Oppression of children by institutions. Oppression of members of our LGBTIQ community.

Let us desire to be grown up, honest and capable of having conversations about oppression in our community as much as we desire our personal consumption. We thank you particularly for the Royal Commission. They are doing God’s work on earth.

We do not need to step outside our borders to find violence. We remember that 1 in 3 women have experienced physical and or sexual violence.

We remember Muslim women who will not take their children on the train because of violence and discrimination. 1 in 4 Australian Muslims have experienced discrimination.

Let us desire to be grown up, honest and capable of having conversations about violence in our community as much as we desire a personal circle of friends. We celebrate community initiatives such as “I’ll ride with you” who do God’s work on earth.

And lastly God, frankly, we need you to apologise for bringing yourself to earth as a peasant.
Surely, it would have been better if Jesus was an Australian, because then he would have the resources and brilliance to avoid oppression and violence around us.

Amen