Fourth After Pentecost - Indigenous Day of Prayer
Sunday, June 20, 2021
To find out more about the significance of the Two Row Wampum Belt,
please click on the image of the belt, above. [a]
On June 21, 2021, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous
Peoples Day. It provides us with an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous
heritage, customs, culture, language, and outstanding achievements of First
Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
The Sunday prior to June 21 (today) is Indigenous Day of Prayer and many
Christian denominations across Canada spend time in reflection, lament and
prayer of the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada. The United Church of
Canada acknowledged and apologized for its involvement in colonization in
1986, and for its role in the Indian Residential schools in 1998 and have made a
promise to "walk together... in the Spirit of Christ so that our peoples may be
blessed and God's creation healed."[a]
Thank you Rev. Read Sherman, of Trinity United Church in Montreal and the
United Church of Canada for having prepared a service for use by
congregations for Indigenous Day of Prayer. Parts of that service will be utilized
today and noted with an asterisk. All copyright information can be found in
the Closing Notes (below).
Acknowledging our Kinship*
Hymn: Voices United #567, Will You Come and Follow Me
Liane Catibog, Brian Elcombe, Stanley Farrow, and Kathleen McLarty came
together virtually this week to share their time and talent in creating the
following music video - voices lifted in worship of our Lord.
Thank you for your gift.
Lighting of the Christ Candle
With this being one of the longest days of sunlight for us in this part of Ontario,
we are thankful to our Creator for the light and life of Jesus Christ who we see
in the glorious golden sunrise,
in the brilliant morning rays,
in the cooling afternoon sun, and
in the diminishing ball of fire that sets over the horizon in the evening.
The light of Christ, be with us now.
Scripture Reading*: Genesis 1:26-27 NRSV
Humans shall have 'dominion'
Hymn: Voices United #652, Be Still My Soul (Golden Ears United Church)
Scripture Reading*: Matthew 22:34-40 (NRSV)
You shall love your neighbour as yourself
Sermon*: Finding Neighbours Everywhere
A time to reflect on the scripture while listening to this Haudenosaunee Seed Song.
"Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our
likeness" (Genesis 1:26), and similar to how we may bear resemblance to a
parent, we also bear a resemblance to our Creator. We do not have the right to
destroy creation. We have a family, a neighbourly, a kin responsibility to ensure
it bears fruit for our future generations.
Let us return to God, that which has first been given to us - we give to the
ministry and mission of the Church, and that we may care for a world in need.
Our offering is both a practical and symbolic act of our commitment to serve Christ and build His church. Although we can’t actually pass the plate’ online, you are encouraged to continue your gift to the church, as the work of the St Paul’s and the staff continues:
Drop your envelope (cheque or cash) at the church;
Mail your cheque to the church;
Go on PAR (call the church for details);
Use the Donate button at the top of the page (it will take you to SPUC’s Canada Helps page where you can donate online and get an instant tax receipt).
Donations to St. Paul's United Church have decreased over the past few months and your support is needed to maintain our ministry and mission. Thank you.
Offertory Hymn: Voices United #701, What Does the Lord Require of You?
O Lord, our Creator, you continue to bless us with your gifts.
Please accept these, our gifts given with humble and thankful hearts.
Because of, and in the name of, and through Jesus Christ, we pray.
Prayer for the Students of Kamloops Residential School
Written by Moderator Richard Bott, The United Church of Canada
Prayers of the People
Today, O God,
we thank you for this special day, and we pray deeply and reverently to you,
knowing that you will hear our prayers,
- that our nation's political and Indigenous leaders will work together to create
policies and action plans that sustain our planet and creation for future
- that our minds and hearts and hands are put to work to continue fostering a
right relationship with Indigenous peoples;
- that all of us know and recognize each other as beloved kin;
- that the sick and the lonely are comforted by your presence and abiding love;
- that those who have lost family, and friends are sheltered, protected and
cared for as they grieve;
- that those who struggle with life's challenges related to marginalization,
racism, oppression, hate, and violence find solace and strength in you O Lord.
We lift up to you the names of those who are foremost in our thoughts and
prayers this day, and may you grant them peace.
We commit these, our prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son.
Hymn: Voices United #960, The Lord's Prayer
Let us pray now the one prayer that unites us in Your presence, O Lord (you can sing with the video or recite the words below):
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed by thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
forever and ever. Amen.
Hymn: Songs of the Gospel #99, Trusting Jesus
Commissioning and Benediction*
As God's united yet diverse peoples,
we go to become neighbours to each other and to the earth.
For in Christ we are all kin.
We are called to be neighbours, to share generously with each other.
As we learn more, respect more, love more, we all can gain, not lose!
God as Creator will be our rock. Christ and Spirit be our guides.
God in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Hymn: Go Now in Peace
Food for the Journey
If you find yourself unfamiliar with Indigenous issues, please watch this video
made by TV Ontario with the presenter, Eddy Robinson.
It is both informative and educational, and more information can be
found at: https://www.tvo.org/indigenous.
Don't forget to extinguish your candle(s).
Rev. Debbie Johnson has joined St. Paul's to provide some Pastoral Care to our congregation on a part-time basis. If you would like a call or email from Rev. Debbie, please contact the office at 416-261-4222. More information and a video from Rev. Debbie can be found on our church homepage.
Please join us for Zoom Coffee Time on June 20, 2021 from 11:30 am-12:00 pm:
Meeting ID: 829 432 3094
Dial in: +1 647 558 0588
Worship Resources Used in this Service
Thank you Rev. Read Sherman, of Trinity United Church (https://wp.trinityuc.net/) in Montreal and the United Church of Canada for having prepared this service for use by congregations. All copyright information can be found in the Closing Notes section.
© 2021 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ca.
All biblical quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
[a] The Wampum Belt image at top is licensed under the
For more information on the Two Row Wampum Belt Treaty
[b] Source: United Church of Canada - The Apologies
Ian Sortwell for reading Acknowledging our Kinship
Max Laumeister for his web script that makes our YouTube videos work.
And, thank you to all of the artists whose music and videos were used in the service:
o St. Paul's United Church
o Golden Ears United Church
o Pacific Spirit United Church
o Kelly Cullen for the Haudenosaunee Seed Song
o Grace Bible Church - Adell
o TV Ontario and Eddy Robinson for sharing his story