Australia Day Thanksgiving

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The following Great Thanksgiving is derived from the Fifth Thanksgiving Prayer in A Prayer Book for Australia. As provided in the rubrics for that alternative prayer, other thanksgivings have been inserted into the preface. In this case, the words inserted are all from another authorised text, "A Prayer for Australia."

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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.
Lord our God, we give you thanks and praise.

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.
Lord our God, we give you thanks and praise.

When Jesus hung on the tree
You heard the cries of all your people
And become one with your wounded ones:
The convicts, the hunted, the dispossessed.
Lord our God, we give you thanks and praise.

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.
Lord our God, we give you thanks and praise.

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.
Lord our God, we give you thanks and praise.

And so with everyone who believes in you
with all the saints and angels,
we rejoice and praise you, saying,
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest.

And now we thank you for these gifts of bread and wine;
may we who receive them,
as Jesus said,
share his body and his blood.

On the night he was betrayed, he took bread,
and gave you thanks.
He broke the bread and gave it to his friends, and said,
"Take and eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."

After supper he took the cup
and gave you thanks.
He shared the cup with them and said,
"This is my blood poured out
so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in remembrance of me."
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

You have gathered us together
to feed on Christ
and to remember all he has done for us.
Fill us with your Spirit
that we may follow Jesus
in all we do and say,
working for justice and bringing your peace
to this world that you have made.
Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessing and honour and glory and power
Are yours for ever and ever. Amen.