Ethiopian Eunuch
The Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch. A window in the Marsden chapel of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland New Zealand

Thank you God,
for our brother, the Ethiopian Eunuch,
baptised into your life
a forebear in the family of Christ.

Thank you for all of our forebears,
and siblings
who are embodied in ways
that disrupt heteropatriarchal norms;

who are part of the family you are making:
gay and lesbian
inside and outside of gender binaries
trans and intersex
queer and questioning
bisexual and heterosexual
those who bear children
and those who can not or do not,
all of us,
siblings of one another
and of the Ethiopian Eunuch.

Embolden us to ask in our churches
“Look, here is water!  What is to prevent us being baptised?”
“Look, here is the table!  What is to prevent us being fed?”
“Look, here is love! What is to prevent us being married?”

Embolden us to respond in our churches
with Philip:
proclaiming good news
in word and in action.

Make us your people.

Amen.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.


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