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Sunday, June 21

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


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.



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          


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.




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 READINGMatthew 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

REFLECTION:   Rev Dave Moors



Spirit of the Living God Fall Fresh on Me



Led by Rev. Deb Walker





A Covenant Prayer: D. Forrest


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


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



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