In May, we celebrate Asian heritage in The United Church of Canada. Chinese and Japanese congregations took part in church union; strong Korean and Filipino communities have taken shape since. The Very Rev. Sang Chul Lee became the church's first Moderator of Asian heritage in 1988. The intercultural vitality of the church continues to expand today, including through mutual recognition of ministries with The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).
Click HERE to watch Martina McBride's Do It Anyway video referenced by Rev. Lorraine in today's sermon.
Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:
Today we pray for Wesley Mimico United Church, Toronto, Georgina Island Native Church, Ebenezer United Church, Midland and Stouffville United Church.
Minute For Mission:
COVID-19 Impacts Vulnerable Sex Workers
Everyone has felt the impacts of COVID-19, but vulnerable residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside have been hit especially hard, including people like Mikayla, a 47-year-old Transgender woman. Your Mission & Service gifts support WISH, an organization that works to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade.
The Rev. Stephen Fetter writes that the Ascension is about how the disciples, and the church, came to know Jesus differently.
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Images used in worship video...
God, We Praise You for the Morning -
Spirit, Open My Heart – Mel Shapcott
Come, O Fount of Every Blessing – Jacky Parker/Getty Images
The hymn recordings today are from…
Sing Hallelujah! Volume 1 & 2 (produced by Ralph Milton, The United Church of Canada, 2015) and YouTube.
God, We Praise You for the Morning - Jim and Jean Strathdee & friends (2015)
Spirit, Open My Heart – Peninsula United Church, Surrey BC. March 5, 2021.
Come, O Fount of Every Blessing – Linnea Good and David Jonsson (2015)