The following letter has been received from Pastor Rasik Ranchord re the proposed change to the Parliamentary Prayer.

It asks us for URGENT action

Prayer @ Parliament

15 November 2017

URGENT

Dear Christian Leaders, Prayer @ Parliament Supporters and other fellow Christians

THE PROPOSED CHANGE TO PARLIAMENTARY PRAYER
The new Speaker of the House Rt. Hon Trevor Mallard has asked Members of Parliament for their
Feedback on the new version of the Prayer that is prayed by the Speaker at the opening of
Proceedings each Sitting Day.

THE TWO PRAYER VERSIONS
A. The Former Version
“Almighty God,
Humbly acknowledging our need for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private
and personal interests, we beseech Thee to grant that we may conduct the affairs of this
House and of our country to the glory of Thy Holy Name, the maintenance of true religion
and justice, the honour of the Queen, and the public welfare, peace and tranquillity
of New Zealand, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

B. The New Version (in English and also in Te Reo)
“Almighty God,
We give thanks for the blessings which have been bestowed on New Zealand.
Laying aside all personal interests, we pray for guidance in our deliberations, that we may
conduct the affairs of this House with wisdom and humility, for the public welfare and peace
of New Zealand. Amen.”

There are at least two significant omissions –
(1) The Queen 2) Jesus Christ our Lord

ACTION REQUIRED

Please write to the Speaker of the House and send copies to the following:

  1. Speaker Rt. Hon Trevor Mallard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Prime Minister Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Deputy Prime Minister Rt. Hon Winston Peters This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon Bill English This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. Your local MP
  6. Other Christian MPs

This matter is very urgent. The Speaker is already using the new version! He has asked MPs for their
feedback within a very short time. It is therefore imperative that we respond immediately.

GUIDELINES

  1. Keep it brief
  2. Write in your own words (mass produced letters have little impact)
  3. Be respectful

Here are some reasons for retaining the Former Version-

a)HISTORICAL

  1.  History shapes every Nation example, India is shaped by Hinduism; Thailand by Buddhism; Pakistan by Islam; Israel by Judaism. Each country uses its predominant faith in public prayers. NZ has been shaped by Christianity. Wecelebrated the 200th Anniversary of the coming of the gospel in 2014!
  2. Some of our Statutory (i.e. mandated by Law not just custom) Holidays are obviously Christian namely Easter and Christmas. Religious Days of no other Religion has been mandated by law in NZ.
  3. Christianity is still the largest faith in NZ. According to the last Census (2013) almost 45% of the population (almost 2million) described themselves as Christians.
  4. The former version has been used since 1962, over 50 years ago and some form of Christian prayer has been used since 1854!
  5. Proposed revised prayers have been rejected 3 times in recent Parliamentary History under Speakers Jonathan Hunt, Margaret Wilson and David Carter in 2014.

b) OTHER REASONS
You can add other reasons

DISTRIBUTION

In a democracy numbers count. Please circulate this information to

  1. Your Congregation
  2. Ministers in your own denomination
  3. Ministers’ associations in your area

and appeal to them to act immediately.

PRAYER
Please saturate this issue with much prayer. Jesus said Christians are salt of the earth and
the light of the world (Matt 5:13-14). New Zealand has a Christian Heritage which has not only blessed
us spiritually but also politically, economically and socially (see Duet 28).

LET US ACT NOW TO STOP FURTHER EROSION OF OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE!

Together for our Nation
Rasik Ranchord
Convener Prayer@Parliament
Spokesperson on Public Issues New Life Churches International