Canada Day, celebration and committment

Happy Canada Day! Our service this morning focused on celebration and gratitude as well as lament for all that we have been, and hope for our future.

Here is the link to an article I mentioned in church today. It is written by Idris Elbakri, former president of the Manitoba Islamic Association. It is about the desire to celebrate the country he and his family, as immigrants, have chosen to live in and all the things they love about Canada, and balancing that with the painful history between Canada and Indigenous peoples and wanting to be in solidarity.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/manitoba/canada-150-immigrants-indigenous-opinion-1.4184134

Here is an article about the teepee set up at Parliament Hill and our Prime Minister’s visit with the people gathered there. I mentioned I hope this would be a sign of hope for our future, that our leaders and all Canadians would work for reconciliation and right relationships.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pm-trudeau-visits-parliament-hill-protest-teepee-1.3483713

Here are our Prayers of the People- which today was Prayers of Gratitude, Lament and Hope- this was adapted from a service of worship developed the United Church of Canada for the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. May we all pray and work together for God’s vision of justice and peace in this land and in the whole world.

Canada Day Prayers of Gratitude Lament and Hope