Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land
Matthew 10:40-42 NRSV
‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’
It takes courage to welcome, to be generous and inclusive. Often fear gets in the way of us being welcoming, generous and loving. Take courage, take your strength from the fact that it is with the authority of Jesus that you love. Take heart and be not afraid in the knowledge that God knows you so intimately that the number of hairs on your head are known. Go forth out into the harvest to share God’s love to those you meet, through welcome, generosity and justice.
Prayers of the people
God of courageous love,
we come today prepared to serve our neighbours.
Help us to keep a clear mind and a firm heart.
We pray to hear the promise and calm that lives at the heart of your being.
We pray to recognize how that same voice lives in us.
When we choose the braver path of love, let us know that we live in you.
We pray to turn away form worldly riches and toward inner joy.
You, O God, long for a world in which the last shall be first, in which the lowly are cared for.
We trust in your vision, and long to make it so.
Seasons of the Spirit