On 9 May 2018 Vanessa Crimmins, Canberra Region Presbytery Co-Chair, attended the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the opening of Parliament House, representing the NSW/ACT Synod Moderator, Rev Simon Hansford.
Faith leaders were invited to give the final prayer of blessing, having a minute each. Vanessa gave the following prayer of blessing from the Uniting Church.
“I pay my respects to the Ngunnawal people on whose land Parliament House sits and honour past, present and future elders. May we always have a heart to hear the wisdom of our First Peoples, who have cultivated and respected this land for more than 60,000 years.
I was blessed to work in this grand building of great beauty and was struck by the glorious aesthetics of the often small details of its design. I pay tribute to all who brought it to fruition, including the Hon Malcolm Fraser for his determined vision, and those who maintain it.
I loved this building and it loved me back. It still does.
Love is all powerful. Greater than fear, the lust for power, and contention.
Jesus commands us to love God and our neighbour as ourselves. Love is above all. It makes straight the path and fosters unity which this nation once knew and now craves.
Living God, please nurture and encourage all who work here to live with love and kindness and to respect one another in the face of diversity and difference.
May Australia be known for its unity, kindness, and compassion particularly for the stranger in the land.
Loving God, please bless all who serve in this House, and through them, the nation, now and forever.