The Mission Prayer Handbook aims to connect the national council with other councils and church members in a meaningful way. With contributions from Assembly staff and agencies, it has been shaped by the theme of the 13th Assembly, Life Overflowing.
“There are many prayer resources available for church members, but the Mission Prayer Handbook is uniquely Uniting Church in Australia, uniquely National Assembly, and uniquely associated with the Assembly theme,” says Amy Goodhew, Assembly Communication Projects Officer and editor of the handbook.
The year of the triennial Assembly is an exciting time for the national council and for the life of the church. It provides an opportunity for members of congregations and other councils to learn about, understand, reflect on and engage with the work of the Assembly and its agencies.
"The Mission Prayer is a great opportunity for Uniting Church people to engage with the work of the Assembly in a practical way,” says Amy.
It also illustrates, through prayers and reflections, the work of Assembly agencies like UnitingCare, Frontier Services and UnitingJustice.
To explore the theme ‘Life Overflowing’ we’ve split the Handbook into four sections – the tree of life, the bread of life, the water of life and the word of life. You can dip into the ?Handbook randomly or use them four sections to find resources suited to aparticualr theme,” says Amy. “It lends itself to both personal reflection and group discussion so there is considerable flexibility.”
The Life Overflowing theme was conceptualised by the President-elect. It refers to a vision of life that is abundant, joyful and focus on Christ.
Click on the image below to see a sample entry from the Mission Prayer Handbook.