July 1 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. As we reflect on this milestone, there are “thoughts, feelings, and prayers Indigenous friends and relations want our whole church to hear. As we mark Canada 150, we need to contemplate them, share them in our networks, and lift them up in worship on July 2, the Sunday closest to Canada Day. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It takes two to speak the truth—one to speak and another to hear. (David Giuliano, Community Capacity Development Coordinator, Aboriginal Ministries, The United Church of Canada).
All My Relations Network: How Shall We Celebrate Canada 150?
Prayer (By Liz Mackenzie, Saskatchewan Conference Personnel Minister)
One: From the West to the East, the North and to the South;
All: we are your people, O God, and we live in your world.
One: From sea to sea to sea; from mountains to prairies; rock shields to Great Lakes; bountiful fruit orchards to windswept east coast cliffs;
All: we are your people, Creator God, called to celebrate your good creation.
One: From the first peoples to inhabit Turtle Island to the newest visitors to arrive in Canada;
All: your Spirit lives in all your peoples – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
One: Young and old, in the diversity of our abilities, sexualities, gender identities, ethnicity and race;
All: You gather us as sheaves of wheat and call us to live as one.
One: You call us together, Source of all Love, to be the bearers of your love in this great country of Canada;
All: As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, may we work together for a country and a world where all are included in your dream of justice, peace, reconciliation, and grace. May it be so, Gracious God. Amen.