MarionLIFE Month June 2024

Loving Lord, we give you thanks for MCC and ML being placed here in this mission field. May Your community and church flourish—where neighbours learn to love each other and come to know Jesus. We pray that we can be good stewards of Your love to each one of our neighbours, community and church. Fill us with your grace, Lord God as You help us to learn from our community, and it may be a place where all are welcomed.

We give thanks to You Lord for MarionLIFE and the hands and feet of the team that work and volunteer in the Community Centre. Grant them Your wisdom, discernment, and humility as they serve the needs of the people. May they be guided by Your truth and by Your love.


Common Grace Lent Series 2024


Following up from Aboriginal Sunday 21 January

Here are some prayers and blessings written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians

Aboriginal Sunday is observed in your church or faith community the Sunday before January 26 (therefore the date changes each year).

Pray for justice, healing and true reconciliation in these lands

Blessing by Uncle Vince Ross

May the God of creation warm your heart like the campfires of old

Bring wisdom and peace as shown to the first peoples of this land

Shake off the dust from the desert plains by the refreshing rains

Followed by the glow and warmth of the sun

Let the light of God show us the right path and stand tall like the big

River gums drawing life from the ever flowing waters.

An Aboriginal Prayer For Truth and Hope by Brooke Prentis

May the God of all wonder who set the stars in the sky,

bless you with relentless unsettledness –

that drives you to seek truth.

May the God of all justice who gave motion to the rivers,

bless you with righteous anger –

that drives you to seek freedom for all.

May the God of all love who placed laughter in the kookaburra,

bless you with the friendship –

that looks like the love where one lays down their life for another.

May the God of all comfort who determined the height of the mountains,

bless you with tears from shared pain and mourning –

that shows you hope.

Now with wonder, righteous anger, sacrifice, and lament –

Go in truth, justice, love, and hope –

to Change The Heart of Australia.


"When I'm afraid I put my trust in You" Psalm 56:3

Our Prayer for Israel and Palestine

Loving God, we come to you in this time of tragedy, after the sudden loss of loved ones

due to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. For those who have been injured, captured,

and for those whose homes have been destroyed. Father, we ask for your loving arms

to embrace our brothers and sisters who are in so much pain.

Loving God, we pray for a miraculous de-escalation of this dangerous conflict. Terrible

things are being done, many hundreds have died, hospitals are overflowing, many are

suddenly grieving. Violence is provoking violence but we pray for reason to prevail over

rage and revenge.

Loving God, as the people grapple with the severe loss, the injury and destruction that

is all around them. God, we remember that you are higher than any other, we ask you

to hold them in their time of anguish and uncertainty. May your presence and your

compassion bring them peace.

Loving God, we lift up the people of Israel and Palestine. We pray for all those

impacted, and we pray for active and effective peacemaking. Lord we also pray for the

first responders, the medical professionals, the rescue workers, and for all those who

volunteered to offer a helping hand. We pray that you grant them strength and courage

in the hours and days to come.

Loving God, we pray for all Christians in the Holy Land, that they would be your hands

and feet in this time. Give them strength to love both Jews and Muslims in their time of

despair. May they be your peacemakers and a witness to your faithfulness and never

ending love for all people.

Loving God, upon you we rely, and to you we turn. You do not waver, and you do not

abandon. Be with the people of Israel and Palestine in these days, and the weeks

ahead as they face the tragedy of loss.

We bring you all of these prayers, and ask them in the precious name of Jesus Christ.



Compassion Australia

Thank you David Helyard for joining our Sunday 10am service from Compassion Australia.

Join Compassion’s Prayer Partners Network and become a prayer warrior on behalf of children living in poverty.

Each month, you’ll receive prayer updates outlining specific issues affecting the lives of children, families and Compassion staff all around the world.

There are thousands of Compassion Prayer Partners across Australia. Together, we can believe God for an end to poverty, abuse and exploitation—all through the power of prayer.


Did Jesus Exist - Alpha Week 2

We had many people come along last Sunday to Cafe Church where we enjoyed a wonderful meal of winter soups (3 types), watched a video and enjoyed a chat with those on our table. There were new faces and others we knew!

We came with an open mind - to sit around a table and explore the question: Did Jesus exist?

The video looked at the evidence outside the New Testament about Jesus and evidence within the New Testament.

What did Jesus say about himself?

What evidence is there to support his claims?

Check out the link to the video from last Sunday if you were unable to come along, and consider joining us this Sunday at Cafe Church. We'd love to have you come along. Everyone's Welcome. :)

God Bless

Church Office Team


Prayer Night Wed 19 July 2023 7.30-8.30pm

We welcome you to join us inperson or online for our monthly prayer night.

Come - YOU are welcome!

Wed 21 June 7.30-8.30pm

Marion Church of Christ

As a church one of our core values is connecting with God through prayer and worship. With your church family, we gather together to lift up needs in the church and around the world, believing God is going to move in mighty ways. Won’t you please join us this for our July Prayer Night as we pray with faith that the Lord will help us in every area of our lives!

God Bless, see you there!


Is there more to life than this? Alpha

We had many people come along last Sunday to Cafe Church to have a meal, watch a video and have a conversation. There were new faces and others we knew!

We came with an open mind - to sit around a table and explore the question: Is there more to life than this?

What, if any, has been your experience of Christianity? Boring? Untrue? Irrelevant?

At the heart of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (JOHN 14:6)

Each week Nicky Gumbel tackles key questions people may be contemplating.

Watch the video link attached and plan to come along to this Sunday at Cafe Church at 6pm as we look at the next question: Who is Jesus?


Pastoral Care—what does that look like?

There are many different ways to show we care, and caring is a privilege and responsibility of every member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:24-25).

Sometimes just showing up and being there for someone is a powerful way of comforting others. This brings comfort in simply knowing that when hurting, people can tangibly see that they are not alone.

Being present requires us to put our own concerns aside and give our full attention for that moment you are needed. Being with others and acknowledging the fact that they are precious and valued, is a wonderful and practical way to show God’s love and an incredible and timely reminder that they are not forgotten by Him. He promises us He will never leave, nor forsake us (Heb 13:5b).

As well as ‘being’, there are some ways to be ‘doing’ pastoral care.

Pray– Like all things we need to open our hearts to the Lord’s leading so we do as He would have us do. So we start with prayer.

Call– Get in touch, phone first. Depending on the circumstances, people may only be ok with a call at first. Allow them to guide you as appropriate. Perhaps offer to meet for a cuppa, or deliver a meal?

Resist-Sometimes we care so much we simply want to fix things. Here is where we need to resist the urge. Our role as pastoral care is to support and to show empathy, not to try and solve.

Empower and Encourage– Everyone is different and we will respond in a way often unique to us and our circumstances. In our being present for people, we need to encourage people to be ok to make their own decisions and do what they can for themselves. In some circumstances it may mean encouraging them to seek professional help in one form or another.

Trust– Confidentiality is imperative—we must not disclose personal information without the express permission of person/s involved. (Exceptions would only be due to requirement of the law or risk...speak to a Pastor if you are unclear on this.)

Pray– Just as we start with prayer—we continue in prayer. Offer to pray with people you are caring for. Sometimes people find it hard and intercession for those hurting allows God to do only what He can.

Pastoral Care month is a time to highlight that we need each other and ways we can do that. If you would like help, or learn more about Pastoral Care or perhaps joining the team. Please seek out a Pastor today, or contact the Church Office during the week.

Tender and compassionate God, You are our steadfast companion in the joyous times of our lives. When we rejoice, You celebrate with us; when we are anxious and afraid, You offer us a relationship where we can find courage to face the unknown; when we weep with sadness, You are our comforter. We give You thanks and praise for the wonderful God You are. We ask You to full us with Your Holy Spirit to love and serve one another. Bless us with wisdom and understanding and the courage to speak hope into despair. Thank You for Your Church, a family united by Your Son, Jesus. It is in His name we pray, Amen.