The Dead Miners:
Conrad Adams, Malcolm Campbell, Glen Cruse, Allan Dixon, Zen Drew, Christopher Duggan, Joseph Dunbar, John Hale, Daniel Herk, David Hoggart, Richard Holling, Andrew Hurren, Jacobus 'Koos' Jonker, William Joynson, Riki Keane, Terry Kitchin, Samuel Mackie, Francis Marden, Michael Monk, Stuart Mudge, Kane Nieper, Peter O'Neill, Milton Osborne, Brendon Palmer, Benjamin Rockhouse, Peter Rodger, Blair Sims, Joshua Ufer Keith Valli
Psalm 88: 1 – 6
O Lord, God of my salvation,
when, at night, I cry out in your presence,
let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry.
For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;
I am like those who have no help,
like those forsaken among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
God of mercy, today we mourn the deaths of the twenty-nine miners of Pike River. We acknowledge it is hard for us to understand, to forgive and to be forgiven. We want and need to express our anger, our fear, our distress, our sense of hopelessness.
As we light simple candles, may they remind us that even in tragedy and death, Christ is with us – we are not alone.
So we pray for the families of those who have died, the wives and sweethearts, the children, the brothers and sisters, the mothers and fathers, the friends and relatives, the whole whanau. We pray for their communities as they face the reality of death in their midst.
We pray for all who have worked and longed for a different outcome – be with them in this difficult time when failure looms all too large.
We thank you, God of life and death.
Christ facing death on the cross gives us courage;
Christ rising from the dead brings us hope.
The dawn breaks and gives light for the new day. Amen.
A Prayer for our Country
God of the southern sea and of these islands, of Maori, Pakeha and of all who live in our land; we give you thanks and praise for our country, and for what we have achieved together. Increase our faith in one another; strengthen our quest for justice, and bring us to unity and a common purpose. You have made us of one blood; make us also of one mind.