Sorry Day

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Sorry Day

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    Saying Sorry Day


We Gather

    Song: Hands of Healing (Marty Haugen taken from “The Song and the Silence”)

    Saying Sorry: Joining people all over Australia, we remember the hurt inflicted onto our Indigenous brothers and sisters and commit ourselves to reconciliation.

    We acknowledge the Traditional Owners/Custodians who have cared for this land for

    thousands of years. We also acknowledge their descendants who maintain spiritual

    connections and traditions.

    Let us reflect together, before we pray, on the millions of footprints that have travelled the

    Dreaming pathways and our own loved ones who have gone before us.

    Brisbane Justice and peace Commission and Toowoomba Social Justice Commission and Aboriginal Partners Opening Prayer:

    Let us pray,

    God of Justice,

    We come to seek your guidance, wisdom and compassion

    As we pray for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been wronged in the past.

    May our hearts be open to receive your healing grace,

    So that we in turn bring healing to each other.

We ask this prayer through Christ, our Lord,

    All: AMEN

    We Listen

    Reading: Matthew 5:3-11

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heave.

    Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This is a reading of the Good News

    ALL: Thanks be to God.

We Share


    Reader: thWednesday 13 February 2008 marked a significant event for all Australians. Our Federal parliament said sorry to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were so wronged in the past. We here today focus on the healing dimension of reconciliation and remember the suffering of the indigenous people. We come to say sorry and truly work together to make amends. We recognise that true healing starts by making amends, not in isolation, but by all Australians coming together in compassion and love. Today we come united as we pray to God, who will heal our wounds, and free us to love and show compassion, justice and peace to all.

    Song: The Cry of the Poor: (Taken from J. Foley. Gather Australia: Singing the Liturgy: As One Voice (1))

    Participants are asked to write their own thoughts and prayers onto their healing hands. These are then placed around the sacred space. (See healing hands resource at end of this staff prayer)

Together we pray the Lord’s Prayer (taken from the Koenpal Stradbroke Island People)

    Brisbane Justice and Peace Commission and Toowoomba Social Justice commission and Aboriginal Partners Provided by Evelyn Parkin and Kerry Charlton

(Unite hands)

    Our father

    Who stop up there

    Your name is good

    Come down to us

    We do here what

    They do up there

Today give us bread

    Forgive us this time

    Don’t lead us to do wrong

    Take us away from bad

    You are great, all is yours.


    Let us turn to God in prayer for what we need to be true followers of Jesus

Reader 1:

    God of justice,

    We pray that all Australians recognise the hurts of our past that have been inflicted on our Indigenous brothers and sisters. May we learn from our mistakes and act with justice and compassion as we work towards equality and justice for all people.

For this we pray.....

    ALL: In unity, God hear our prayer.

Reader 2:

    God of comfort,

    We pray for reconciliation and compassion and the grace to move forward together in peace.

For this we pray....

    ALL: In unity, God hear our prayer.

Reader 3:

    God of fairness

    We pray that Australians act with fairness and justice towards Indigenous Australians.

    May we bring comfort to those who are suffering and healing love to those whose lives have been shattered broken.

For this we pray.....

    ALL: In unity, God hear our prayer.

Reader 4:

    God of community,

    We pray for the human community: that we will continue to nurture our relationships with you, our Creator God, with one another and with all creation.

    For this we pray....

    ALL: In unity, God hear our prayer.

    Reader 5:

    God of reconciliation and mercy,

    We pray for ourselves as followers of Jesus: that we will build reconciling and inclusive communities to which people are drawn and have a strong sense of belonging.

For this we pray....

    ALL: In unity, God hear our prayer.

Reader 6:

    God of the marginalised,

    We pray for all Christians: that we will cultivate a deep awareness of, and commitment to, social justice and social welfare by hearing and answering the cry of the poor and outcast in our local communities.

For this we pray......

    ALL: In unity, God hear our prayer.

    We Go

    Concluding Prayer


    Loving God,

    You who created all people in your image and likeness,

    May we listen with care to all all people of this land and treat all with respect Source of all creation and unity, bless us in our endeavours to live as one in Christ. ALL: Amen.

    May you our God of justice, give us the strength and courage to transform the world according to the vision of Jesus.

    ALL: Amen.

    May you our God, model of community and equality, inspire us to bring harmony and a new vision of reconciliation to all.

    ALL: Amen.

And may almighty God bless you,

    the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.

    ALL: Amen.

Song: A new heart for a new world

    Trisha watts/ M. O’Brien Gather Australia As One Voice (1)


    Create a new heart holy Lord,

    Beckon our lives through your word,

    Open our eyes to your call,

    United as one, for your world.

    Heighten our minds to your thoughts,

Heal of pride, and of hurt

    May we go forth in your name, we pray our hearts change.

    The heart of the cross, lowly and poor, calls us on. Lord, it is you promising hope, promising truth. Chorus

    Restless the hearts who yearn for your peace in this land. Deepen the dream, justice brings life, justice redeems.

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