January at St. Bede’s
Welcome to January at St. Bede’s.
January is a time for us to take stock, and keep the lessons of Christmas.
Our themes for January are:
January 5 – Epiphany
January 12 – Baptism of Jesus
January 19 – Come and See, Following Jesus
January 26 – Australia Day (Survival Day gathering in the City near Tanya).
Over the past months, we have seen this beautiful country and its communities devastated by bush-fire. As we listen to the following song, may our prayer be of the love and compassion of those who have responded to those in need.
THANKSGIVING FOR AUSTRALIA
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, 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 and shame of the past into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ. Amen
[From A Prayer Book for Australia, Alexandria, NSW, 1995, pp. 218-219]