Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bulletin

Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:

Today we pray for Wexford Heights United Church, Victoria Square United Church, Markham, Kimbourne Park United Church, Toronto, and Willowdale United Church, Toronto

Minute For Mission:

40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism

Wondering what more you can do to become anti-racist in your local communities? You aren’t alone. 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism may be the next step you are looking for.

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Images used in worship video... 

O God Beyond All Praising – Diego PH (Unsplash)

Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design – Alan De La Cruz (Unsplash)  

Come of Fount of Every Blessing - Futurity

The hymn recordings today are from… 

YouTube

O God Beyond All Praising  -  A virtual hymn performed by the Duke Chapel Choir and Amalgam Brass Ensemble in memory of J. Samuel Hammond, Duke University Carillonneur Emeritus. Directed by Dr. Zebulon Highben, director of Chapel Music. May 10, 2021. 

Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design - Boscombe Citadel Band of The Salvation Army. 

Come O Fount of Every Blessing – Peninsula United Church. Surrey, BC. July 2, 2021.

Reconciliation in the Watershed: Reflections for Creation Time

Nunatsiavut: A Story from the Atlantic Watershed

Nunatsiavut (what most Canadians know as the northern part of Labrador) is one of four self-governing Inuit regions in Canada, known collectively as Inuit Nunangat (an Inuit word meaning “land, water, and ice”). Inuit Nunangat comprises 30 percent of Canada’s land mass and 50 percent of its coastline. Inuit peoples have occupied this land for time immemorial.

This was reflected in the 2005 Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement—the modern treaty that created Nunatsiavut, recognizing the deep Inuit relationship to what they call “our beautiful land.”

The establishment of self-government in Nunatsiavut was a positive move for its people, providing the opportunity for Inuit to make their own decisions about their and their land’s future. Many non-Indigenous people would see this as a significant moment in Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, as a precursor of sorts to reconciliation. Yet profound issues remain unresolved in this furthest corner of the Atlantic Ocean watershed.

Two huge reconciliation issues currently face the people of Nunatsiavut.

Some are embroiled in a struggle over the hydro development at Muskrat Falls. To paraphrase a campaign around the project, how is it possible to “make Muskrat right”—to ensure economic development while also ensuring the protection of traditional hunting and fishing territories? How will the parties to the hydro development be in respectful relationship with those who are critical of it or oppose it?

Others in the region are awaiting the results of a settlement agreement recently concluded on their experience in residential schools. After years of delays, what will reconciliation look like in this context?

As we seek reconciliation, we look for signs of hope and new life. Where might we find them, and encourage their growth, in the story of Nunatsiavut?

Prayer: We are grateful, Creator, for good food, drink, clothing, and shelterthat sustain us in the present while nurturing future generations.Forgive us for the gardens, fields, and forests that we have mistreated or wasted, and all of the broken promises they represent…(allow time for silence of for broken promises to be named)May we care well for all our relations. Amen

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