Week of prayer for Reconciliation/Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
An Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, and their elders past and present. We honour the connection that traditional custodians have with this land.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
reconciled with you and reconciled with each other.
You made us in your likeness,
and gave us your Son, Jesus Christ.
He has given us forgiveness from sin.
Lord God, bring us together as one
reconciled, healed, forgiven,
Sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one. Amen APBA p.203
GOSPEL for the Day: John 17: 20-26
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Shirley Curnow
In these verses Jesus prays for his disciples and for all who hear their message and believe. He has prepared his disciples to spread His message by sending them out into the world after He has gone. His prayer is for them, and for those who hear and believe His message. This message is also for us today, as we are believers, and therefore should continue to spread God’s word.
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 always to look to you to see the wisdom of your ways.
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 Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Final Prayer Adapted by Rev’d Sandra Kjellgren from Prayer of Rev’d Robyn Davis, NATSIAC Life Member,
Diocese of Bendigo)
Daily Bible Bite (answer tomorrow): Which of these mountains is nearest to Jerusalem? Zion Nebo Ararat Sinai
From yesterday: In which Gospel do you find the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman (a gentile) who responded to the words of Jesus saying “Ah yes, sir, but little dogs under the table eat the scraps from the children”. She went home to find her daughter healed.
Answer: Mark chapter 7