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June/July 2020

June/July 2020

Thanksgiving and Prayer Sunday

churches of Tasmania:

Heads of Tasmanian churches, led by Anglican Bishop Richard Condie, have set Sunday August 2 to pray with thanksgiving for our state's current clean bill of health during this unsettled pandemic era.

Tasmanian Baptists were represented by our Mission Director, Stephen Baxter, as the church leaders convened last week. Together they agreed to a unified response, and expression of gratefulness, to the Tasmanian government for their handing of the crisis.

Did you know Premier Peter Gutwein was the only state premier to offer an encouragement specifically to churches!
His most recent message was released just before Easter.

Peter Gutwein messgae to churches 2020

Below is the letter sent to churches by Bishop Condie last week.

Please carefully consider your response - can your church pray with thanksgiving during your service on August 2?

From Bishop Richard Condie

16 July 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am writing to ask if you would set aside a part of your Sunday service (on-line or in person) for prayers of thanksgiving on Sunday 2 August 2020.
A group of church leaders met this week, and thought that it would be good if there was a united move of the churches in Tasmania to . . .

1. Give thanks to God for:

  • protecting our state from a serious outbreak of Coronavirus
  • our leaders and their advisors who have served us well in protecting the lives of
  • Tasmanians
  • and for limiting the loss of life;

2. And to pray for:

  • our leaders to persist in their wise leadership
  • the ongoing protection of every person in Tasmania
  • and for other states of Australia who continue to battle this pandemic.

We encourage you to invite your local Member of Parliament to join you for worship on
that Sunday as an act of support.
We hope to invite the media to be present at some services, and to have Opinion Pieces
giving thanks, published in the major newspapers.
Please join together across our denominations to unite in thanksgiving and prayer.
With warm wishes in Christ,

The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie
Bishop of Tasmania

Bishop Richard Condie

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