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June 21 – Chosen to Become
United Church of Canada Indigenous Day of Prayer
Indigenous Day of Prayer, the Sunday before or on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), is an opportunity to celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ values, customs, languages, and culture.
(Except for the Prayers of the people, the prayers this week have been offered by the Indigenous ministries of the United Church of Canada.
PRELUDE: Elegy G. Thalben-Ball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZDqkiLmH_8
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: We acknowledge that we are gathered today on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Salish and Tsleil Waututh people. We rejoice in the gift of this land and give thanks that is has been shared with us. As people of faith we commit to living out the Creator’s wish for us to live as “all my relations”.
INTROIT: Wade in the Water: Spiritual arr. A. Koepke
Wade in the water, children, wade in the water,
God is gonna trouble the water, my Lord.
River Jordan chills, chills the body and not the soul,
God’s gonna trouble the water.
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Living Water, let us drink deeply.
Ground of our Being, help us be
rooted in you.
Sacred Fire, burn in our hearts.
Spirit’s Breath, open the windows of
our souls to the freshness of the new
life you offer.
HYMN: Bring Many Names Voices United #268 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTP85GwoE88
A world where all humans
are brother and sister.
That is your intention Mother/Father God.
Open our eyes to see in the other the child that you love.
Break down stereotypes, calm our fears, challenge our privilege.
Heal our hearts to love as you love. Amen.
LISTENING FOR THE WORD
ANTHEM: Do Not Be Afraid: P. Stopford
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name; you are mine.
When you walk through the waters, I’ll be with you;
You will never sink beneath the waves.
When the fire is burning all around you, you will never be consumed by the flames
When the fear of loneliness is looming, then remember I am at your side.
When you dwell in the exile of a stranger, remember you are precious in my eyes.
You are mine, o my child, I am your father, and I love you with perfect love.
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 10: 24-39 read by Heather Clarke
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[b]
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
HYMN: God of the Sparrow Voices United # 229 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OicrbXsTb4E
REFLECTION: Rev Dave Moors
Spirit of the Living God Fall Fresh on Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShhUWVKZnEk
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
Led by Rev. Deb Walker
CHORAL ANTHEM FOR REFLECTING ON OUR OFFERING:
A Covenant Prayer: D. Forrest https://youtu.be/nOVSblHj7Is
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
It is our privilege, Creating One, to share from our individual bounties. Through our financial offerings and in these bodies are our gifts to the world: money, commitment, and thanksgiving. We pray over these offerings in the name of the One who shared his all. Amen
HYMN: We Are All One People More Voices # 141 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRhXvwpXI4g
Move into your day a reconciled and reconciling people with assurance that Creator God, Brother Jesus, Great Spirit accompanies you this day and every day. Amen
Toccata (Suite Gothique) L. Boëllman