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