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October 18, 2017

God of All,
During this time of unspeakable horror and unrest,
while fires continue to burn and the level of destruction is still being determined in Mogadishu,
we join with all those in Somalia who are praying against terror and for peace.

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October 6, 2017

God, giver of all good,
you continually pour your benefits upon us.
Age after age the living wait upon you and find
that your faithfulness has no end,
that your care is unfailing.
We praise you that the mystery of life
is a mystery of infinite goodness.
We praise you
for the order and constancy of nature;
for the beauty and bounty of the earth;
for day and night, summer and winter,
seedtime and harvest;
for the varied gifts of loveliness which every season brings.
We give you thanks

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September 11, 2017

Great and Holy Mystery, Comforter, Advocate,

Receive our prayers at this sacred time for the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people

They have waited for a very long time to share their stories
They have waited for a very long time to obtain a true sense of justice and reach a true place of peace

Receive our prayers, at this important time, for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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September 20, 2017

Great Creator,

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August 30, 2017

Please join the Aboriginal Ministries Circle of The United Church of Canada in prayer for First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and elsewhere being evacuated due to forest fires.

O Great Spirit,
You reveal yourself to us
in all of creation.
You are known in still waters
and you are known in raging fire.

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August 19, 2017

We are people of the way.
We have been called to travel in new directions and in new ways.
Today, we will leave the paths that have brought us here,
to explore new ways of doing the work of our beloved church.

We give thanks for the way stretched out in front of us,
and all of the challenges, fears, and possibilities it brings.

We give thanks for the way that lies behind us;
it has faithfully led us this far.

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August 18, 2017

O God,
you have bound us together
and called us to be your church. 

We give you thanks for Rendez-vous,
and the many people who created this space.
We hold it as sacred.

We thank you for your presence,
for the deeper knowledge we have gained of you
and of one another because we have journeyed together.

As we leave this space,
may we be empowered to be our best selves,
may we be richly blessed by your love,
and may we be forever guided by your presence.
Amen.

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August 18, 2017

May we be a united and uniting people seeking to
     celebrate God’s presence,
     live with respect in Creation,
     love and serve others,
     seek justice and resist evil.

May we travel with purpose and passion,
     nurturing faith and comforting hearts,
     sharing our gifts for the good of all,
     resisting forces that exploit and marginalize,
     loving fiercely in the face of violence,
     defending the human dignity of all.

May we be your church.
Amen.

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August 17, 2017

Uniting God,
you call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship:
to celebrate your presence,
     to live with respect in Creation,
     to be your servants in the service of others,
     to seek justice and resist evil,
     to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,
     to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
          our judge and our hope.

Send your Holy Spirit to bind us in full communion
so that we may be a uniting church
     embodying your love for the world.

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August 16, 2017

It is a good day.
A good day for blessing.
A good day for receiving blessing.
A good day for living blessing for all creation,
All our relations, all who gather in Montreal to Be the Church.
It is a good day for a Rendez-vous.
Blessings galore!

—a prayer by Bob Root (of Peterborough, ON) adapted for United Church youth, young adults, and leaders gathering at Rendez-vous in Montreal

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