The Uniting Church in Australia is celebrating 40 years as a uniquely Australian church.
The first 40 hours of prayer will begin in Melbourne, from 3pm Sunday 14 May to 8am Tuesday 16 May, with our President, President-elect, Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal Islander and Christian Congress, Moderators and General Secretaries coming together for the continuing life and renewal of the Uniting Church.
During this time, we will pray together for renewal for ourselves, our communities, our world and our Church.
We pray together: six times throughout the 40 hours, we will pray corporately together for 1 hour, with two people being responsible for guiding us through each of these times
We pray alongside each other: at other times we will pray in the same space together, taking breaks when we need them
We hold the space: throughout each of the two nights, we will hold the prayer space for each other using a roster where we pray for an hour, allowing others to rest and sleep
We listen for what God is saying to us: throughout the 40 hours we will hold the Uniting Church before God, praying for renewal and listening for what God is saying to us