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‘BLUE KNOT’ WORSHIP SERVICE - South Sydney Uniting Church


In 2009 we were approached by the national charity Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) to write prayers that could be promoted for use by churches all over Australia at the time of their inaugural day of raising awareness called Forget-me-knot Day. We met the challenge and have since held an annual prayer service and have encouraged and continue to encourage other churches to hear the cry: “Please pray for and with us.” For each of the 3 services held to date, blue ribbon has been tied across the front of the church building. A blue knotted ribbon is the symbol of Forget-me-knot Day, representing the knot of pain and the tangled mess of life that is carried into adulthood by children who are abused. During the worship service, knots are symbolically untied. Through our collaboration with ASCA we were introduced last year to the Alliance of Forgotten Australians (AFA). We look forward to continuing to work with both these groups and strengthening our ties with them.


http://southsydneyuniting.org.au/reports.html


Links to liturgy Resources

Preventing Child Abuse and Supporting Adult Survivors - South Sydney Uniting Church November 14, 2010 (http://www.southsydneyuniting.org.au/liturgies/2010/november-14.html)

Preventing Child Abuse and Supporting Adult Survivors - South Sydney Uniting Church November 13, 2011 (http://www.southsydneyuniting.org.au/liturgies/2011/november-13.html)

Preventing Child Abuse and Supporting Adult Survivors - South Sydney Uniting Church November 3, 2013 (http://www.southsydneyuniting.org.au/liturgies/2013/november-3.html)

See also Media Article about the 2013 service of Lament: http://www.southsydneyherald.com.au/support-for-victims-gives-hope-for-recovery/#.UuCb1RBArq4

BLUE KNOT DAY



O God, help me
to face each day,
believing that you hold me
in genuine love.
Speak into my heart
with comfort and
assurances that I am safe.
Touch my wounded life
with your healing hand
and give to me
a new hope and trust
in the fullness of life
which Christ
came to bring to us.
Amen



ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) asks all Australians to unite in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma. PRAYERS have been prepared by Rev Dorothy McRae-McMahon to assist faith communities in formulating services.


Blue Knot Day Prayers


SEE ALSO:
Prayers addressing Sexual Abuse - CORPORATE WORSHIP




WHAT’S THE BLUE KNOT ALL ABOUT?

ASCA’s symbol for Blue Knot Day and its symbol all year round is the tangled knot.

When children are abused they become confused … life, even in adulthood, can be chaotic and tangled.


ASCA helps untangle the knot of child abuse for adults who were abused as children.


ASCA helps those who have experienced childhood trauma to recover.