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8 Daily Prayers for the 8 Days of NRW

Inspired by the Gospel and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the vision of Reconciliation for the Lutheran Church of Australia …

to bring to life an expression of our ministry that helps all peoples recognize, understand, value and respect the histories, cultures, lands and contributions of First Nations peoples, as we honour our common humanity and provide each other with equal opportunity to flourish, as together we grow as God’s people.

Did you know National Reconciliation Week (NRW) was once known as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation?  This occurred back in 1993 during the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It was supported by Australia’s major faith communities.

It was only in 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (now known as Reconciliation Australia) launched Australia’s first National Reconciliation Week. In 2001, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation.

The theme for the 2021 NRW is  More than just a word. Reconciliation takes action.

One thing we can all do is to engage in prayer.

This year you are invited to join us, individually or in groups, to meditate on each of 8 daily prayers for the 8 days of NRW (May 27 – June 3). As you meditate also pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you to be inspired to actioning something specific that will positively contribute to your personal Reconciliation journey.

Day 1 (May 27): Prayer for  the Journey of Healing

Day 2 (May 28): Prayer of Confession

Day 3 (May 29): Reconciliation Prayer

Day 4 (May 30): Gathering Prayer for Unity in the Trinity

Day 5 (May 31): Prayer for Reconciliation

Day 6 (June 1): The Lord’s Payer in Guugu Yimidhirr/English (Hopevale Community)

Day 7 (June 2): Prayer of Thanksgiving

Day 8 (June 3): Closing Prayer

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