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National Memorial Service For the victims of the terrorist attacks in Bali

View in ParlView

Songs of prayer were performed—
Master of Ceremonies: Grace, peace and the love of God be with you all. I welcome you all to this national memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Bali on Saturday, 12 October 2002. We have come together to pray to God and to be with the families and the friends of those who have died or are missing. We will give thanks for the lives of those who have been killed. We will pray for those who have been injured. We will intercede for those who are still missing and we will give thanks for the work of so many in caring for the injured and the bereaved. While prayer is predicated on faith, those with faith are joined to those with different religious beliefs and those with none today by a shared sense of outrage and grief at what happened in Bali 12 days ago. The deaths of so many Australians in such a cruel and cowardly act has deeply touched our nation and drawn us together as a people for mutual support and consolation. The three candles in our midst symbolise those who have gathered today. The first symbolises the victims; the second, those who mourn and grieve; and the third, all the Australian people and those who support our nation drawn together in sadness and in sorrow.
Today we gather in a place that symbolises our national life to symbolise our common sentiment. It is appropriate then that we commence our service by singing the national anthem.
The national anthem of Australia was then performed—
Master of Ceremonies: We read in the scriptures:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness, Oh Lord.
It is to this God that we offer an opening prayer. Let us pray:
God of light, shine in our darkness that we may see that this world, for all its distortion by sin, is still your world.
Give us the virtue of courage to fear rightly that which we should rightly fear.
Give us the virtue of love that we might rightly hate that which is hateful.
Give us the virtue of prudence that we might know what to fear and what to hate.
This task we pray that we learn to trust one another as we are incapable of being faithful alone.
Loving God, you alone are the source of life.
May your life-giving Spirit flow through us,
and fill us with compassion, one for another.
In our sorrow give us the calm of your peace.
Kindle our hope, and let our grief give way to joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We stand and sing the first hymn for the healing of the nations.
A hymn was then performed—
Master of Ceremonies: Would you please be seated. The first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah will be delivered by His Excellency, the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Bishop Hollingworth: Some words of challenge and hope from the prophet Isaiah—the 55th chapter, beginning at the sixth verse:
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
The people in Bali have begun to think about a memorial to all those who lost their lives or who are maimed or who are missing due to those murderous bomb blasts last week. The prophet speaks a clear word in the next verse, which will lead us out of our present pain and so offer an everlasting memorial that is ingrained in our hearts:
Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
For the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Master of Ceremonies: For words of comfort, Psalm 25 will be recited by alternate half verses. The congregational response is printed in bold type and will be led by Lieutenant Colonel Jocelyn Knapp, the National Secretary of the Salvation Army in Australia.
Psalm 25 was then recited—
In you, O Lord my God, have I put my hope:
in you have I trusted, let me not be ashamed,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Let none who wait for you be put to shame:
but let those that break faith be confounded and gain nothing.
Show me your ways, O Lord:
and teach me your paths.
Lead me in the ways of your truth, and teach me:
for you are the God of my salvation.
In you have I hoped all the day long:
because of your goodness, O Lord.
Call to mind your compassion and your loving-kindness:
for they are from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:
but according to your mercy think on me.
Good and upright is the Lord:
therefore will he direct sinners in the way.
The meek he will guide in the path of justice:
and teach the humble his ways.
All the paths of the Lord are faithful and true:
for those who keep his covenant and his commandments.
Master of Ceremonies: The first reflection will be offered by the Hon. John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia.
Prime Minister Howard: The outrage in Bali on 12 October has touched and resonated through and shocked our nation like no other event in the lifetime of all of us in this gathering. Not only are we consumed with a national sense of grief and sadness and justifiable anger that in such a brutal way so many lives, especially young ones, should have been cut short but this event has told us something of our nation. It has reminded us of things that we knew and understood about our nature and our character as a people. It has reminded us of the great verity of Australian life that, in crisis, we are all mates together. The sense of mateship that ensured that within 48 hours the injured were evacuated to Australia and the support mechanisms that have been delivered to people in the days that have followed the tragedy have reminded us of that great trait of the Australian character.
The other great characteristic of which we have been reminded is our sense of defiance. We will not be deterred from living our lives. The young of Australia will not be deterred from traveling in the years ahead. We will not forsake the values of this nation which mark it with great respect around the world. We will continue to live the kinds of lives that we regard as the birthright of all Australians.
And we have also been reminded of the great tolerance of the Australian people. The Australian people, deeply angered and grieved as they are, are not about to abandon the spirit of openness and tolerance, which is also one of our great hallmarks.
I also think, my fellow Australians, that this terrible tragedy has perhaps revealed another side of our nature: the uninhibited outpouring of compassion towards those—and many are gathered here today—who have lost so much and grieved so much and will continue to grieve for so long into the future. The national outpouring in an uninhibited way of a sense not only of sadness but also of deep compassion. A nation has literally been moved in unison and in grief in response to these terrible deeds. And they have taught us something perhaps that we didn't quite appreciate before. We may in times of stress, challenge and crisis be as tough as tungsten but we are also a soft and loving people who will wrap our arms around those who have lost so much and will reach out to those who have suffered so much.
This terrible event has also taught us something of the world in which we live. It has taught us, in a brutal and cruel fashion, that terror's reach is potentially everywhere. We cannot imagine avoiding it but we are, in the response to terror, with all the other nations of the world, and only the united resolution of the Australian people and the united resolution of the nations of the world can adequately respond. It must be a many-faceted response. It must be strong, determined and defiant where necessary. It must also be a response that reaches out to unite in tolerance the nations of the world. It has also reminded us that although we are in the fight against terror with all the other nations of the world, ultimately the measure of the security of this nation will be the contribution that we as Australians together are willing to make towards our own security.
Can I say to those who are here today, who have lost their children, their mothers, their fathers, their brothers, their sisters, their husbands, their wives, their lovers or their mates: there are no words that can adequately salve the sense of grief and hurt you feel. I hope that this gathering—more representative of the strands of Australian life and the responsibilities held in Australian life than, I think, any gathering held in this building since it was opened in 1988—is a united mark of a loving and caring nation. And I hope you go from this gathering thinking that, in every corner of 19½ million Australian hearts, there is a place for you and for the person you have lost. However inadequately, we are endeavouring to give you all the love and compassion that you deserve, you need, and we can deliver.
Master of Ceremonies: The second reading, taken from the third chapter of the first letter of St John the Apostle will be offered by the Hon. John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party.
Mr Anderson:
Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he—
That is, Jesus Christ—
laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
Here ends the second reading. May I take this opportunity to say, to those of you who are here today because of those you love that you have lost, that I too would extend every comfort that I could to you. Even those of us who have buried siblings and our own children cannot understand or fully go through with you the experience that derives from the horrors that you have been through and the terrible waiting that I know you are enduring. I can only join with the Prime Minister in saying that this is your day, every one of us here reaches out to you, and I know that there are 19½ million other Australians who are doing just that with us here this morning.
Master of Ceremonies: The second reflection is brought to us by the Hon. Simon Crean, Leader of the Opposition.
Mr Crean: We come together today to mourn, to remember and to give hope, to the families and to the survivors, to share with them their grief—a grief that John Howard, John Anderson and I have shared with so many in the last week up in Bali, a grief that is difficult to comprehend because it touches so many people. I say in particular to those that still have missing relatives and missing loved ones: even though the hope might be gone, I share with you the deep and hurtful experience of just not knowing, of not having finality. As a family, we have been through it. I think it is the hardest dimension of the lot—not having closure, having expectation but not having closure. It is a difficult period, and for some it will go on for a long time. But have hope and have faith, and, most of all, draw the family and friends together to help you through that time.
These are circumstances in which it is always difficult to find the right words, particularly when it is a tragedy that has struck so many people in so many different ways. In a sense the common bond is that as Australians we have come together, the grieving families have come together. Some knew each other because they were associated with football clubs, communities in their own right. They have been wrenched and torn apart, and those scars will take a long time to heal.
In searching for the words, when I was up there in Bali I was speaking with a couple of Western Australians who had gone up looking for their mate. They had not found him, but they had gone up with letters from their mate's two children, Matthew and Tasha. With the permission of the family, I would like to read those words, because I think they themselves stand in my mind as the testament, from this terrible event, of love, of understanding and of loss. The first letter is from young Matthew. This was sent with the mates looking for the father in the expectation that they would find him alive. Matthew says: 'Get well, Dad, and hurry up so that we can go fishing. Bye. Matthew. Get well.'
Natasha wrote this letter to her dad: 'Dear Daddy. Hi. It's Tasha-Bear. Hopefully this letter will come to you when the boys find you safe. It's just been so confusing around lately with all of the stories Mum and Lyn have been getting. And on Wednesday they held a service at the sports centre for the whole school. Our names were mentioned three times. There is also another girl from my school, who is in year 10 or 11, and she has burns to 80 per cent of her body and has lost two fingers. She is currently in the Fremantle Hospital and her mum and stepsister are in Darwin with very bad burns, and her mother had spinal injuries. Her stepfather is still missing out there. We are all at home waiting for you, especially Nanna, because she has really been fretting and has gone to stay with Ted and Beryl. Matthew is coping. He just hasn't been going to school for the past week. I've been at school except for Tuesday. When you get the chance, could you please ring because there are so many people—people we don't even know—that are really worried about you. Talk to you when I see you next. Big hugs and kisses. Tasha-Bear.'
Whilst I think that there have been many great words and tributes paid in the context of this great tragedy, those words are the ones that were last in my mind as testament to what this tragedy has done to families, to innocence, to love, to association. Let's all reflect upon that and ensure that the losses have not been in vain, that we resolve to work better at ensuring that we are a safer place so that those who have suffered great loss will themselves not be exposed to the same terror.
Master of Ceremonies: A tribute to and on the half of the people of Bali will be made by Mr Imron Cotan, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
Mr Cotan: In the name of God, the most compassionate and merciful, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the government of the Republic of Indonesia and its people, and on my own behalf, I wish once again to use this occasion to convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Australia, especially those who have fallen victim of this apparent act of terrorism in Bali on 12 October 2002. This tragic incident has claimed many lives of innocent people, while injuring many others. They come from different nationalities, notably Australians and Indonesians. Our hearts and thoughts are with the grieving families at this time of sorrow. Only through understanding and solidarity can we pass through this difficult moment and only through our determination and resolve can we confront the forces of evil as to allow us to live in peace and harmony.
Finally, on behalf of the government of the Republic of Indonesia and its people, I also wish to sincerely thank the government of Australia and its people and, indeed, other friendly countries for extending to us their helping hands not only in tending the victims of this tragic incident but also in assisting us to track down those responsible in order to be able to bring them to justice. United we shall prevail. I thank you.
A candle was lit for the people of Bali and Indonesia by representatives of the Hindu and Islamic faith communities.
Master of Ceremonies: In solidarity with those who grieve and mourn we stand and sing the hymn Amazing Grace. After the hymn, would you please be seated for the lighting of candles by those family members of the victims who may care to do so.
The hymn Amazing Grace was then sung.
Bishop Frame: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Oh Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.
There are few things that make us question the meaning and value of life more than death. We acknowledge with sadness the death of someone who has lived long and productively, and there is cause for thanksgiving. We commemorate the deaths of those lost in wars when we believe they died in pursuit of a principle, and there is reason to honour their sacrifice. But we find it difficult if not impossible to accept death when it comes to the young and vital, and particularly from some other source than disease or misadventure.
Today, as a nation, we sit with the surviving victims and their families and their friends. We do not know, because we cannot know, what the victims are feeling or how this one event will change forever the course of their lives. The terrible physical injuries suffered by so many victims are just one of the wounds that has been inflicted upon them. The physical wounds might in time be healed but the emotional and physical scars will remain and cause pain. The families and friends who have gathered today also face a different future. They have that gaping void in their lives created by the sudden absence of someone who enriched their living and gave them meaning. Every person is unique. All we have to do is look at our hand and our fingerprint and even at that superficial level we realise how different we are and that we cannot be replaced or exchanged with someone else or by something else. Therein lies, if it needs any other source, our fundamental dignity as human beings.
The deaths of these people in Bali served no useful purpose. Their deaths were and are without redemption. They did not die in the service of others or in the extension of a great cause. Their dying has devastated their families, as we have seen, and diminished the world in which they and we live. Human life, potential, hopes and dreams tragically have all been wasted. So those who have lost someone should not be restrained in their mourning. They must be allowed to weep because they have properly grasped the magnitude of this moment and their tears are tears of truth and understanding. There is a time to mourn, to grieve, and it is now, and it will not just end today; for many it will go on for the rest of their lives, and for us we are all touched.
As we mark United Nations Day and recall that the UN was established in the wake of World War II, we also recognise that political violence is not new to human society. In fact, it casts a long shadow over human civilisation. We do not yet know why the Sari Club was bombed and what those who planted the bomb believed it would achieve for their cause. Even when and if we do know, we might not be able to understand why innocent people were murdered without respect for life, heed to justice or cognisance of pain. We cannot imagine what it would be like to live in a world where you thought what they did in Bali was all right, that it would achieve anything, that it would make human civilisation better. We ought to pity people that live in that kind of world—how destructive it is to us and to them.
This political violence is something that we as Australians have not much known. We do not face it in the ordinary course of our lives. Our heritage of parliamentary democracy and the rule of law and a continuing commitment to personal freedom and political liberty stand squarely against violence, coercion and intimidation in public life. And because we are an island nation, separated from the rest of the world by vast bodies of water—in our anthem we celebrate that our home is girt by sea—praise be that usually we are able to protect our institutions and protect our culture with minimal interference. But there are times when we are reminded that we participate in a world where the virtues that guide and govern our common life are not shared by all, or even held to be self-evident. Although we know we are very often the final destination for international air flights, we are not the end of the world and we are not immune from the tensions and troubles that beset other societies.
Because we are a trading nation and our citizens are free, and we encourage them to travel all over the world for business and for pleasure, our concerns as a people are international and our interests are global. So, while we enjoy the benefits of these activities beyond our shores, we inevitably assume a share in the world's challenges and sometimes even complicity in its problems, including the scourge of political violence. The root causes of violence are varied and profound. If there is a pervasive cause, our experience would probably nominate poverty, because poverty breeds instability, stability breeds fanaticism, fanaticism breeds hatred, and hatred, we know, breeds terrorism. So let us never, in our individual or corporate life, do anything, whether consciously or otherwise, in which we may be rightly accused of overlooking injustice, neglecting the poor or giving priority to our own security.
As we look at what has happened, let us with humility and contrition consider our own national life and our place in the world, even as we rightly and strongly condemn those who have done this evil thing in Bali. But there are two things that we can and ought to do as a nation. The first is to maintain and strengthen our democratic institutions and remain committed to playing a productive role in international affairs. I believe the philosopher Immanuel Kant was right when he identified a clear link between the domestic constitution of states and international order. Kant believed that the most peaceful kind of world is one based on a confederation of democratic states, because, he said, democracies are less inclined to do bad things than authoritarian or despotic regimes. Violence does not determine who is right or wrong, merely who will be left.
And, second, while our initial and natural response to the Bali bombing might be to withdraw from a world we don't like, a world that may even frighten us, this is not the answer; nor is it a viable strategy, because we can contribute positively as Australians to the alleviation of poverty, the enhancement of security and the promotion of stability. It is by engagement rather than disengagement, mission rather than maintenance, that we will fashion a world in which political violence of the kind witnessed in Bali has no philosophical appeal, no practical advantage and no political utility.
And, finally, let me say something about the consequences of last week's or, rather, the weekend before last's events for all of humanity. Each and every generation that has known and endured politically sponsored violence has expressed a commitment to avoid its repetition not just in their lifetimes but for all time; and each generation that inherits responsibility for a world it did not create and for problems it did not cause finds that, despite the best efforts of their forebears, individuals and organisations seem to have a tendency within them towards violence. But violence is never the final word.
The crucifixion of Christ was meant to proclaim the success of political violence in Palestine and be a sign of defeat for the kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit, proclaimed and embodied by this Jesus. And yet what did we find? The cross was an announcement of love and it became a symbol of victory. And, even as he died, Jesus prayed for those who were inflicting death upon him and asked that God would forgive them.
Violence has its origins in the human heart. It is born of many things: pride, vanity, selfishness and greed—those things that assert the primacy and priority of the individual. But, when individuals do place themselves at the centre of the universe rather than God or others, their respective worlds invariably collide and people are hurt. Because, if me and my interests are paramount and you in turn think and act likewise, we are going to compete and conflict with one another. I might even begin to imagine that my interests are so important and so pressing that I am justified in resorting to violence and perhaps even taking away your life if you get between me and those things for which I am striving. And so, as we heard in the reading, hatred culminates in murder.
So there must be another centre for human living, because human self-centredness is fatal and the loss of an opportunity for wisdom and insight, as the prophet Isaiah made clear: 'Know the centre, the true centre, must be God.' So let us not today mourn one death, that death being the death of self-will, but decide by an act of defeated self-will to centre ourselves on God in whom we live and move and have our being. Because, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and now the Bali bombing, we have begun to focus on what matters to us individually and collectively, and on what matters ultimately. Our world and what other civilisation we thought we had achieved we now know is fragile and easily threatened.
We are realising with new clarity that the primary engagement for individuals and nations is perhaps not with political crises, economic problems or social upheavals; the primary engagement is with God. And there is now no avoiding the God question for Christians, for Muslims, for Jews or even for agnostics, because the character of the God or gods that we worship will inevitably determine the things for which we strive and guide how we believe we ought to live.
The leaders of Australia's major faith communities gathered here today are united in their complete rejection of violence as an expression or the fulfilment of their religious convictions and beliefs, and they are resolute in their belief that we must together negotiate the road to peace and to harmony. The recent atrocity in Bali will forever be a reminder that we cannot travel this road alone as individuals, as religions or as nations. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: We now enter into a time of prayer. The first prayer will be offered by Chaplain Haydn Swinbourn, of the Royal Australian Army Chaplains Department, who participated in Operation Bali Assist.
Padre Swinbourn: My friend Ian and I have had a rich supply of tears these last weeks, and our rich supply of tears, I think, has come from the rich supply of courage, love, care and compassion that we saw in Australians caring for and loving each other in Bali. Shall we pray.
God of all, our nation and its common life have been diminished by the sudden and senseless deaths of so many Australians, together with their abilities and aptitudes, their hopes and dreams; and Bali, a place of pleasure, was transformed into a venue for terror. And we struggle to know why someone thought our loved ones needed to die. Guide us as a people in these strange surroundings and in this unfamiliar time. And, especially, we ask that you give to those in positions of authority the gifts of discernment and leadership as they respond to this tragedy, courage to promote what they believe to be right, integrity in their words and motives, and a dedication to the service of this nation and its people. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: Lieutenant Colonel Jocelyn Knapp, National Secretary of the Salvation Army.
Lt Col. Knapp: A prayer for the victims of other nations. God of the nations, you love and delight in all that you have made and grieve at the death of each one of your children. We remember before you with sorrow every victim of this terrible action, the enormous loss of human life and the many nations that have been touched by this tragedy. Heal their wounds. Console their mourners. Support their sufferers. Give us sympathy for their losses and empathy for their grief. Remind us of our common humanity and shared destiny, and renew within all people a commitment to upholding the dignity of every human being and respecting the sanctity of all human life. As we have been affected by this wicked act, provoke us into showing concern and compassion for all who face oppression and violence. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: Chaplain Ian Whitley, Royal Australian Air Force, who also participated in Operation Bali Assist.
Sqn Ldr Chaplain Whitley: A prayer for the community of Bali and the people of Indonesia. God of all creation, we thank you for the community of Bali and all the people of Indonesia. We thank you for the beauty of the island and its cultural heritage, the diversity of its people and the welcome it offers to travellers and tourists. Now we ask for your healing hand to be upon both the community of Bali and the people of Indonesia as this outrage was committed on their land. We pray for those living in Bali whose businesses are waning, whose livelihoods are threatened in the wake of the bombing, and ask that you would give wisdom and courage to the Indonesian President and parliament in their efforts to combat terrorism and political violence. Bless the whole community of Bali as they build a new future and bind together the nation of Indonesia as it seeks peace and prosperity for all citizens. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: Father Constantine Tsacalos, representing the Greek Orthodox Church.
Father Tsacalos: A prayer of thanksgiving for those who have died. Merciful God and Lord of Life, we praise you that humankind is made in your image and is called to reflect truth and light. We thank you for those who have died as a result of the Bali bombing whom we commemorate and honour. On this day in this place we give thanks for the love and goodness that is sent from you and shown amongst us. Above all, we rejoice in your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed: we shall be made one again at the coming of Christ. We ask that in due time we may share with them the clear vision of you having the glory through Jesus Christ who conquered death and the grave. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: The Right Reverend George Browning, representing the Anglican Church of Australia.
Bishop Browning: God of all consolation, in your unending love and limitless mercy for us you turn the darkness of death into the dawn of a new life. Be close to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones and those who anxiously await news of a missing relative or companion in Bali. Comfort them and draw them closer to each other in their common sorrow or anxiety. Be their refuge and strength and give us all a glimpse of the way it will be when love will never be taken away, when life itself will not be diminished and when all that we hold most precious will live and remain with us forever. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: The Reverend Professor James Haire, President of the Uniting Church of Australia.
Rev. Prof. Haire: Let us pray a prayer for those recovering from injuries to body, mind and spirit. Gracious and healing God, we bring before you those whose bodies have been broken and torn, those whose minds have been distressed and traumatised and those whose spirits have been shaken and broken. Grant to them relief from their pain, clarity in their confusion and light in their darkness. Give them fresh courage to face each day and the comfort of the knowledge that you love and care for them. Strengthen them with the shield of faith and enable them to accept what is to come in the future. Heal them and bear their pain. Keep them in peace and fix their hearts anew. Open our eyes and touch our hearts that we may be sensitive to their needs, both seen and already acknowledged, and unseen and as yet denied, and give us the grace to do all that we can to help them. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: The Most Reverend Francis Carroll, chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Archbishop Carroll: We pray, seeking strength for carers, supporters and investigators. Give your strength, gracious God, to those who care for the victims of this tragedy, particularly doctors and nurses, those who assist and support recovery and healing, and remembering members of the Australian Defence Force, emergency services, philanthropic organisations, clergy, counsellors, social workers, family and friends, and those whose continuing task it is to gather evidence and bring the perpetrators to justice—the federal and other police services. Hear us as we pray for wisdom, compassion and diligence, as the victims are made well, lives are rebuilt and justice is pursued. Grant them the grace to face every test and to confront every challenge confident in your generous provision. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: The Reverend Tim Costello, President of the Baptist Union of Australia.
Rev. Costello: A prayer of thanksgiving for volunteers and helpers. Servant God, we give thanks and praise for the spirit of service. Compassion has led so many to offer themselves and their energies to those afflicted by this tragedy in Bali, without hesitation or self-regard. We thank you for the countless acts of kindness and courage that shone in the midst of darkness, and a willingness among so many to help a neighbour simply because they were in need. Inspire us by their example, that we might serve others, especially the injured, lonely, poor and outcast, because in doing so we serve you, and know the blessing of love. In the same way that you have been generous to us, may we continue to share from the abundance of what we have as a testimony to your spirit working within us. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: The Reverend Doctor Paul Logan, representing the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
Rev. Dr Logan: A prayer for world peace and regional stability. Lord, we pray this day mindful of the sorry confusion of our world. Look with mercy upon this generation of your children so steeped in misery of their own contriving, so strayed from your ways and so blinded by passions. We pray for all victims of tyranny and violence, that they may resist oppression with courage and resist lies with truth. We pray for the callous and cruel, whose arrogance reveals to us what the sin of our hearts is like when it has conceived and brought forth its final fruit. On this United Nations Day, we pray for all who have some vision and understanding of your will, and, despite the confusions and betrayals of human sin, pray that they may humbly and resolutely plan for and fashion the foundations of a peaceful world order built on justice and development.
May we strive for stability within our own region through the promotion of trust and cooperation. Remove from us every selfish thought and deed, and banish from our hearts the spirit that makes for war. Amen.
Master of Ceremonies: Let us conclude our time of prayer with the words that Jesus taught his followers when they asked him to pray:
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
We now stand for our final hymn, Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer.
A hymn was then performed—
Master of Ceremonies: There is one final matter before we conclude. It is to thank those who have contributed to this occasion: the Band of the Royal Military College of Australia, under the direction of Major Craig Johnson; the Canberra Grammar School's Motet Choir, led by Craig Woodland and Adrian Keenan; the Sing Australia Gospel Choir and their director Mr Brian Triglone; the Piper, Mr Norman Maclean; and everyone who has attended this service and offered their support for those who have been injured and those who mourn the loss of loved ones. I invite you all to sign the condolence books on leaving the Great Hall today if you have not already done so. Now to the final blessing:
Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening, to the gate of Heaven
Where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
No noise nor silence, but one equal music;
No fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
No ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity.
And now to God's gracious mercy and protection we commit you
The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
And those for whom you have prayed,
And give you and this world His peace.
Now and forever.
As music was played those present left the Great Hall in procession—