Lower Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Sellicks Beach, © Mark Hewitt
God engages with us in unexpected ways. We have connections to place. A connection made by our head or heart.
For our first peoples their connection to place is deaper and thorough. A connection made through head, heart and soul.
We heard the Tjilbruke Story http://sa.uca.org.au/documents/covenanting/reconciliation-sunday-2018/Tjirbruki-Story.pdf
Which is the story of this area. Which is the Story of the land on which this church is built.
Dreaming Stories can been seen in a way like stories of the Old Testament stories. Dreaming stories are stories of Law – Spiritual Law; Teach about rules for living; Teach about environment; Teach about the Spiritual world.
Isaiah 6:1-8 (NRSV)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’
Holy Father, God of love,
you are the creator of this land and all good things.
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history
and the suffering of our peoples
and we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of indigenous cultures.
Our hope is in you because you gave your son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive,
accept and love one another
as you love us and forgive and accept us
in the sacrifice of your Son.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history
so that we may build a better future for our nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly
the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change
to improve the quality of life
for all groups in our communities,
especially the disadvantaged.
Help our young people to find true dignity
and self-esteem by your Spirit.
May your power and love be the foundations
on which we build our families,
our communities and our nation.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Prepared by the Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group, March 1997)