An extract from the pastoral prayers on 10 July:
“Lord God, within our own country Australia we have followed the results
of voting in our recent Federal election this week. We have seen that high
numbers of our fellow citizens, including many past migrants, have voted
for candidates with extreme racist views and policies, including some who
are either unaware of their own racism or who seem to genuinely believe
that their views are not racist. We weep for our country.
At the same time, we have elected a number of this country’s indigenous
people, including our first ever indigenous woman in the House of
Representatives. We are very glad that some indigenous Australians will
be part of our Federal democratic decision-making processes. We rejoice
for them and their country.”
(If there are particular matters you would like to have included in the
pastoral prayers at worship services, please tell the person listed in
the pew sheet as being rostered to do the prayers each week or
write the matters in the prayer book as you enter the church for a
All members of St Margaret’s and the broader Hackett-DownerWatson community are invited to contribute articles and photographs about things that have happened or are going to happen at
the St Margaret’s/Holy Cross complex or in the local community.
Articles about members of the community’s own involvements in
things of interest to others in the community may also be
submitted for potential publication.
The deadline for material for the next issue is 19 August, with
that issue being published on 12 August. Material should be given
to the editor Brian Rope or to Lynda at the church office. It may be
handwritten or typed. It may be posted, emailed or personally delivered.
The Editor reserves the right to edit, or even not use, material.
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