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Our Mob, God's Story

Seven years in the making, Our Mob, God’s Story is an exclusive art book that celebrates the impact of the Bible on Australia’s First Nations People, along with Bible Society’s 200 years in Australia.

The art book showcases over 115 paintings by 65 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia.

Our Mob, God’s Story invites you to re-discover God’s Story through the personal faith stories and artworks of Australia’s First Nations peoples. The vibrant artworks are visually captivating and spiritually moving, depicting some of the most loved stories from the Old and New Testament Bible – from creation to crucifixion.

Cost is $34.99. To purchase a copy, please visit the Bible Society website.

 

 

Prayer for Australia

Following is Rev Lenore Parker’s Prayer for Australia which is in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer; Lenore is an Aboriginal Anglican priest in Lismore Diocese.

God of holy dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
from the dawn of creation you have given your children
the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and dense forest,
and in cities at the water’s edge,
creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on the tree you heard the cries of all your people
and became one with your wounded ones:
the convicts, the hunted, and the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew,
and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit,
as we gather from the four corners of the earth;
enable us to walk together in trust from the hurt of the past
into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ.
Amen.

© Lenore Parker 2002
 

Acknowledgement of Country

Some examples of acknowledgement plaques at parishes within the Diocese:

St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills

Waramai Wellamabaoi! It’s good to see you!

(have footprints on the plaque)

Before you take another step remember you are following in the footsteps of the ancestors of the Guringai people who first walked this land.

We acknowledge that our church is on the traditional lands of the Guringai people. In doing this, we embrace the past and present and the long continuous history of Aboriginal people.

Welcome to this sacred place.

We thank Richard Green and the local Aboriginal community for the traditional language.
March 2nd 2008

 

Corpus Christi, St Ives

Today we stand in footsteps millennia old.
May we acknowledge the traditional (owners) custodians past and present of Guringai land
upon which our church is built,
whose cultures and customs have nurtured,
and continue to nurture, this land,
since men and women
awoke from the great dream.
We honour the presence of these ancestors
who reside in the imagination of this land
and whose irrepressible spirituality
flows through all creation.

(Author: Jonathan Hill, an Aboriginal poet living in NSW.
Minor change by Jon Horan, on behalf of Corpus Christi Parish Social Justice Group, 10 February 2015)

 

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001
news@dbb.org.au

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