Bishop Arthur Malcolm. Australia’s first
I will hear what the Lord God will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful ones, whose hearts are turned to him.
St Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that we are reconciled to God through Christ, who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We recognise that peace in our world begins with peace in our own hearts in order that we might become ambassadors of reconciliation.
On this day we call to mind our broken and fevered world; and so we pray for –
Lord God, bring us together as one, reconciled with you and reconciled with each other. You have made us in your likeness, you gave us your son, Jesus Christ. He has given us forgiveness from sin. Lord God, bring us together as one, different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ, together as your body, your Church, your people. 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.
[Prayer by Bishop Arthur and Colleen Malcolm]