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Acknowledging 26 January

#ChangeTheHeart Prayer Service

Pray, listen, learn and act

You are invited to join Aunty Jean Phillips, along with Common Grace, calling Christians to pray, listen, learn and act at the #ChangeTheHeart Prayer Service.

When: Tuesday 25 January 2022 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (AEDT)

Where: Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, 15 Blackall St Barton, ACT

Register: to attend the service in person here

More information: Change the Heart Prayer Service - Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (csu.edu.au)

Watch the service online

If you cannot participate in person at the service in Canberra, you can watch the service online. The service will be streamed on the Common Grace's  ChangeTheHeart webpage

For more information about the event and how you can participate with your church group or community, visit the Common Grace homepage: www.commongrace.org.au 

An Australian Eucharist for Lament & Hope

The following service can be used on 26th January to recognise the history of this country and to instigate the healing of hearts for all.

Permission is given for non-commercial use in worship and similar events.

An Australian Eucharist for Lament & Hope - RedShoesWalking

Author: Rev Glenn Loughrey

Glenn has worked with young people and their families for over 30 years in various fields. He’s currently a Vicar at St Oswald’s Anglican Church, Glen Iris in Melbourne.

He’s greatly interested in the work of Thomas Merton and his impact on the 20th century. He is an indigenous man with a particular interest in indigenous issues and spirituality.

Also, Glenn is an artist — Learn more at glennloughrey.com


Acknowledgement of Country:

Today, as we gather to worship,

we acknowledge the [Werrundjeri] people,

who are and always will be

the sovereign custodians of this place.


We acknowledge that through this land,

the First Peoples were nurtured and sustained

by the Spirit alive in this place,

and in a spirit of responsibility and reciprocity,

they cared for it.


We honour them for their custodianship

of the land on which we gather today.


We acknowledge that the First Peoples

already had a sophisticated understanding

of the Great Creator Spirit

before the arrival of the colonisers;

this Spirit was already in the land,

revealing the Way to be on country

through law, language, custom and ceremony.


We acknowledge that this understanding resembles

the love and grace

that was revealed in Jesus Christ,

and that it sustained the First Peoples

and gave them particular insights into God’s ways:

and so we rejoice

in the hope of reconciliation

found in the good news about Jesus the Christ, our Elder.

(From Rev Glenn Loughrey’s ‘An Australian Eucharist for Lament and Hope’)  


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