In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. It is also in this month that we celebrate Pride. We encourage you to mark this month and celebrate the lives and ministry of LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people in all their diversity.
Why do we acknowledge the territory in worship?
Canada is Indigenous territory. It is respectful protocol to acknowledge at the start of every gathering or meeting the particular nation(s) that had a relationship with the land you are on since time immemorial. In The United Church of Canada it has become common practice to acknowledge the land on which we gather. It is a small step toward reconciliation but it does not stop with some words. When you begin your meetings or gatherings by acknowledging the land on which you are worshiping, working, and living, you also acknowledge the presence of Indigenous people in the present as well as the past before colonization. You acknowledge connection and disrupted connection to the land and that there are things you need to do to act on your words and reconnect relationships. As one of the church parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, The United Church of Canada intentionally responds to the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #49.
Why are Rev.'s Lorraine and Andy wearing orange and green ribbons on their stoles?
The green ribbon refers to the Green Square Campaign in the week leading up to January 29 each year since the Mosque attack in Quebec City in 2017. The colour represents the green carpets of the Quebec City Mosque and is a symbolic push back against Islamophobia.
The orange ribbon refers to Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters - remembered on September 30 of each year. Orange Shirt Day provides all Canadians with an opportunity to participate in a collective act of reconciliation. The orange ribbon is worn to remember and honour the 215 children found in a mass grave at Kamloops Residential School.
Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:
Today we pray for Northwest Barrie United Church, Keswick United Church, Leaside United Church, and Mayfield United Church, Caledon.
Minute For Mission:
Good Grief! Helping People Grieve Well
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Prayer for the Third Sunday After Pentecost from Liturgy: Spiritual Practices for a digital world
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Images used in worship video...
Come, Let Us Sing - Nostalgic Italian
In the Bulb There is a Flower – Elle Decor
Be Thou My Vision – Benjamin Hardy
The hymn recordings today are from…
More Voices: Audio CD (The United Church of Canada, 2007) and YouTube
Come, Let Us Sing - Jim and Jean Strathdee & friends (2015)
In the Bulb There is a Flower - Performed by the choir of St. Pauls’ Episcopal Church, Walnut Creek, California. Accompanied by Larry Crummer. July 19, 2020.
Be Thou My Vision – Golden Ears United Church, Maple Ridge, BC. Keyboard: Diane Lines, Vocals: Sam Ellington. May 9, 2021.