Special Worship Resources for Sunday 21 October

Special Worship Resources for Sunday 21 October

Next Monday morning (22 October) , Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, will rise in the National Parliament in Canberra to deliver a National Apology to people who were sexually abused as children in religious and non-religious institutions.

This landmark apology is a major outcome of the 5-year-long Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Commission identified the Lutheran Church of Australia among the churches that need to acknowledge their past failures to provide children with adequate protection from sexual abuse in their institutions.

To help us acknowledge the National Apology as a community of Christian believers, you may wish to include the following special prayers and a time of reflection and repentance in your worship on Sunday 21 October.

If you would prefer a ‘stand alone’ liturgy, you can use this document: LCA resources, Liturgy of Repentance, National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

An alternative (shorter) time of repentance can be found here:LCA resources, Time of Repentance, National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Psalm 34

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.

I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed are those who take refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers them from them all.

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

 

A time of reflection and repentance

We acknowledge the harm suffered by victims of sexual abuse by pastors, other people in positions of trust, and members of the Lutheran Church of Australia and the Lutheran synods that preceded it.

Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have failed to always shine your light.
Have mercy and forgive us.

Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have failed to always care for and protect children and other vulnerable people.
Have mercy and forgive us.

Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have failed to always speak up when we have seen or suspected wrongdoing against those who have no voice.
Have mercy and forgive us.

We reflect in silence …

… as we recall the harm suffered by victims of abuse, who were robbed of their innocence, whose trust was betrayed, whose potential was damaged
(silence)

… as we think about them as real people: little children, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers
(silence)

… as we think of the damage caused to their lives, then and now
(silence)

… as we pray for healing and help for them, and for us.
(silence)

Lord Jesus Christ, we have sinned in ignorance.
We have sinned in weakness.
We have sinned through our own conscious choices
and through our failures.
Lord Jesus Christ, we are truly sorry. We repent and turn to you.

Grant that we may serve you in newness of life. To the glory of your name.
Amen.

 

Prayers about child sexual abuse in our Church and our commitment to respond with meaningful support.

We pray for people who have been abused while in our care, particularly if they are children, or were children at the time of the abuse.
Lord, in your mercy …
Hear our prayer.

We pray for forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to people who should have been able to trust us, and that you will help us to care for them now in ways that will bring them healing.
Lord, in your mercy …
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the work of your Holy Spirit in giving us faith, convicting us of sin, and breathing in us the gift of new life, that we may discern how to work with those among us who have offended and confessed their offence, and learn how to give them the help they need to change their behaviours.
Lord, in your mercy …
Hear our prayer.

We pray that you will help us to do better, and that our church will always be a safe place for everyone, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Lord, in your mercy …
Hear our prayer.

The LCA acknowledges with thanks the permission of the Australian Salvation Army to adapt parts of its ‘A time for repentance’ liturgy prepared for the time of the Apology.

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