Sacred Heart Memorial
August 18 2018
On Sunday 19 August 2018 we dedicated the Sacred Heart Memorial.
“We Remember” is a tribute to those who have died in our community. In erecting this memorial, we hold them forever in our hearts.
“We Remember”, depicts a small gathering holding their friend who has died. In this act of intimacy, through their grief, in some ways they hold each other. The figures are close with each other. They hold the body of their friend through the interweaving of their hands and bodies. This is an experience of deep intimacy in a place vulnerability.
Prayer written by Mark Dohrmann AM
Lord, kind master of our lives –
Please hear our prayer for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless tonight.
For those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus shelters.
For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime.
For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent.
For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in.
For those who have no place to keep possessions that remind them who they are.
For those who are afraid and hopeless.
For those who have been betrayed by our social safety net.
For those confused and troubled by mental illness.
For all these people, we pray that you will provide shelter, security and hope.
We pray for Mission staff and volunteers, especially those on the front line, that they can always provide the acceptance and self-belief our clients deserve.
We pray for the believers and non-believers who see what is good and human in what we are trying to do.
Help the Mission Board make sense of “church” in its fidelity to our supporters, to our founders, to the Association, to each other, to our staff,
but most of all to those with whom we choose to walk.
Finally, we pray for ourselves with our warm houses and comfortable beds, that we not be lulled into complacency or forgetfulness.
Jesus, help us to see your face in the eyes of every person who is homeless
so that we may be empowered through word and deed,
and through the political means we have,
bring justice and peace to those who are homeless.