Monthly Archives: December 2021

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)

A real sense of loss, and gratitude, for the life of Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s 1984 Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights. He was a tireless champion in the fight for equality and justice, an inspiration, … Continue reading

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COCU is a coding index so the lectionary weeks remain consistent for each year. Readings Jeremiah 1:4-10: Jeremiah is called to be a prophet, and God explains God’s knowledge of Jeremiah from his conception, and God’s message for Jeremiah to … Continue reading

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Australia Day resources – various (26 January)

Listen to the Whisper: Music written by Geoff Boyce, sung by Tim and Alison Solly, with images from Colebrook memorial (Adelaide, SA) – can be used for Acknowledgement of Land.View here on Youtube.

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Day of Mourning (Australia)

Every year on the Sunday before Australia Day, the Uniting Church marks a Day of Mourning to reflect on the dispossession of Australia’s First Peoples and the ongoing injustices faced by First Nations people in this land. All congregations and … Continue reading

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ReadingsNehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10: Ezra reads the book of the law to the people. They respond in remorse, but Nehemiah encourages them to be joyful and to celebrate. Psalm 19: A celebration of God’s word, proclaimed and revealed in creation, … Continue reading

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New Year prayers and blessings

May this be the dayWe come together.Mourning, we come to mend,Withered, we come to weather,Torn, we come to tend,Battered, we come to better.Tethered by this year of yearning,We are learningThat though we weren’t ready for this,We have been readied by … Continue reading

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Isaiah 62:1-5: Isaiah’s prayer for Jerusalem, and prophecy that God will restore her to be a place that people celebrate – even as bride and groom celebrate each other. Psalm 36:5-10: A song of celebration for God’s unfailing love and … Continue reading

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(See also Baptism on this site and COCU9B) Isaiah 43:1-7: God’s people have no reason to fear, for God has redeemed them, and they will not be harmed when passing through water or flame. God will bring the children of … Continue reading

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Isaiah 60:1-6: The light of God’s glory and God’s goodness shines on God’s people, and people from across the earth are drawn to bring gifts and worship God.Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14: A prayer for God’s love of justice to fill God’s … Continue reading

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(the Sunday before Epiphany on January 6th) See also prayers for the New Year and resources for a focus on Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Bible readings Jeremiah 31:7-14: A promise of God’s restoration for God’s exiled people in which God commits … Continue reading

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