Living God you touch the deserts of our land with blossom; you awaken the rainforests with song; you surprise the cities with love and community; and every where we rejoice that the old and forsaken can live again. We remember your people of the ancient-time nourished by this land; the pioneers who expanded human horizons; the doctors, nurses and clergy, the builders, inventors and technologists, the journalists and architects, the poets and the dreamers who shape our destiny: and always you are present the life of our being the energy of our action. We pray for the parliaments of this land that every Australian may be recognised for their contribution to our national life. We thank you for those who uncover the past and tell the interweaving of our human story. We thank you for those who link our complex humanity with this vast, unconquerable land. We pray for those who remind us of our history and ask for them a gentle, inclusive spirit that welcomes every truth and challenge. Give us wisdom in the way we share time and talent that we set forward no faction or selfish cause but what is right for every man and woman to know and to believe without prejudice. And to you, Living God, through Jesus Word incarnate in human history we dedicate this Great South Land of the Holy Spirit.