God of grace, God of life, hear the cries from the heart of Australia:
The cry of the farmers, struggling for survival in the face of change and uncertainty, seeking direction, shaping the future.
The cry of the cities, busy and noisy, with so many people who need to learn to live together in peace.
The cry of Aboriginal communities, struggling for justice, sustaining meaning, nurturing creativity, seeking freedom, shaping the future.
The cry of the refugees and immigrants, grieving and dislocated, wondering if they are welcome, hopeful for the future, seeking a home.
The cry of this diverse land, for respect, for hope, for harmony, for peace.
God of grace, God of life, hear our prayer. In the name of Jesus Christ.
– Original prayer was from Uniting Church 1997 Assembly Mission Prayer Handbook. This prayer has been rewritten and adapted for 2015.