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Prayers for the Presbytery & Synod meeting
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Presbytery and Synod meetings are times of joy for the whole Uniting Church SA, as members share together in worship and gather in community. They can also be times of difficulty, as members discuss and debate different topics upon which they have differing views.
At the upcoming Presbytery and Synod meeting, to be held at Adelaide West Uniting Church from 23-25 November, members will be engaging in discussions about a number of topics, such as marriage and treaty, on which members are known to hold a diverse array of views. Earlier this week, the Uniting Church SA Moderator and General Secretary released two pastoral statements related to meeting correspondence and papers on the topic of marriage. These are available to read online here and here.
Uniting Church members across Australia are encouraged to pray for the November meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery and Synod of South Australia, as its members take part in important discussions and deliberations, as well as in worship and celebration.
Please pray that people will listen and speak with respect.
Please pray that people will feel acknowledged, valued, respected and heard, especially where there are differing opinions.
Please pray for compassion and grace for all those attending.
Please pray for support and discernment for those leading discussions and worship.
Please pray for the ministry of all those in attendance, particularly those who are candidates for ordination or who are being ordained at the meeting.
Please pray for those considering new leadership roles or who are nominated to attend the 2018 Assembly meeting, that they may feel God’s guidance and the support of the wider Church.
Please pray that all present will feel God’s love and a sense of community throughout the meeting.
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For more information about the upcoming Presbytery and Synod meeting, please click here.
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