As we mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada,
we remember and give thanks
for the people who have been the stewards of this land
since time immemorial,
and commit ourselves to the work of justice, healing, and reconciliation.
Together we dream about the country that we hope to become,
a country where all are free to be their best selves.
Creator, we come to you with both the joys and the sorrows of our hearts.
We are grateful for the gift of life and the joy that it can bring.
For families and friends who love us.
For allies who stick up for us,
even when we cannot risk sticking up for ourselves.
For the great diversity you have created in our world.
We pray for those who suffer from discrimination
because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Who worry about their employment or who cannot find a job.
God in whom we live and move and have our being:
From sea to sea to sea we gather in prayer;
from generation to generation we sing;
on this anniversary we give thanks
for your care
In this heritage of trust
we pray for this United Church
and for faithful living on this land,
Our Source of Life, Living Word, and Bonding Love:
Great and glorious God,
you have rolled away the stone and raised Christ to life,
and now you invite us to share in the Good News.
Give us the courage to welcome the winds of change in our lives
as it sweeps the sidewalks
and brings hope to hungry families, released prisoners,
sick and sad people of all ages.
In this season of Easter,
run with us in the joy of new life
that transforms the way we see the world and one another.
For Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Carrying a vision of creation healed and restored,
we welcome all in the name of Christ.
Invited to the table where none shall go hungry,
we gather as Christ’s guests and friends.
In holy communion
we are commissioned to feed as we have been fed,
forgive as we have been forgiven,
love as we have been loved.
The open table speaks of the shining promise
of barriers broken and creation healed.
In the communion meal, wine poured out and bread broken,
Christ, when we survey the wondrous cross,
strengthen us to face the very worst in our world:
lust for power,
fear that we are small/insignificant/ugly/unworthy,
Help us to bring your truth, grace, faith, hope, wisdom, and love—
the greatest of these being love.
For your love has the power to destroy all that has brought you
to this cross and us to your side. Amen.
—a prayer for Good Friday
from Parables, Prayers, & Promises (UCPH, 2016)