Another horrific act of family violence in Brisbane (19th February) that has resulted in the death of 5 people. Struggling to find words, but this resource from Common Grace may provide some information and prayer resources. Also ‘Break the Silence Sunday‘ resources and Domestic Violence resources.
“Humanise the perpetrator – Former footy player, fitness instructor, doting dad… and demonize the victim “his estranged wife” And that’s how we frame domestic and intimate partner violence. And it continues”.
“It is imperative that we do not create a narrative where domestic violence is seen as “mutual combat” or “relationship conflict”. It occurs when one person makes a unilateral choice to exert power and control over another person”. (Susan Heward Belle, from ABC online article ‘What we’re getting wrong about domestic violence‘)
WCC Prayer Cycle: France, Germany, Monaco (Feb 16-22)
COCU15A (Transfiguration) February 23rd, 2020
WCC Prayer Cycle: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands (Feb 23-29)
COCU 18A, Ash Wednesday, 26th February 2020
(Also, Ash Wednesday Year C)
(Season of autumn – in Australia 1st March – 31st May)
COCU19A, Lent 1, 1 March 2020
WCC Prayer Cycle: Ireland, UK (Northern Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland) (March 1-7)
World Day of Prayer, March 6, 2020
COCU20A, Lent 2, 8 March 2020
International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020
COCU21A, Lent 3, 15 March 2020
World Down Syndrome day, 21 March (link here)
Harmony Day, March 21st
UN World Water Day, March 22
‘Water for the Journey‘ by Craig Mitchell NEW
‘Where do we go from here‘ by Steve Daughtry and Matt Anstey NEW
(explores Book of Acts and 5 Marks of Mission – online version here)
Christine Sine has listed a number of Lenten study books and practices here. Definitely worth exploring!
NEW We will Rise: Rising from the ashes to a new beginning
This is a new 46-day devotional study which focuses on building hope out of loss following the aftermath of the Australian bushfires. The booklet offers daily devotionals and prayers, encouraging people to turn to Jesus for hope, healing, comfort and courage. Sample here. Order through MediaCom.
New Common Grace has prepared a Lenten Study on the 7 ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus. You can subscribe online and you will receive a video, Bible reading and reflection each week. Here’s a promotional video with Brooke Prentis. You can also ‘like’ the Common Grace Facebook page for updates.
Lenten liturgical resource, Wilderness (A Sanctified Art)
Good Friday April 10th, Easter Sunday April 12th
Anzac Day, 25th April (or acknowledged in services on 26th April)
Break the Silence Sunday (usually 4th Sunday in April, so 26th April 2020, or at any other time that works for your congregation)
Reconciliation Sunday 31st May, 2020
Components of worship – general
Acknowledgement of Land
Prayer of thanksgiving
Prayer of confession/prayers of who we are/Words of Assurance
Prayer for Illumination
Readings (see specific weeks)
Prayers for others
Prayer of Dedication
Benediction and sending out