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
God of Creation,
We live in a world where both beauty and danger surround us.
Receive our prayers for those impacted by, and living in fear of, the wildfires across the interior of British Columbia:
for all who cannot find adequate food, safety, or shelter…
for all who have lost their homes, churches, community centres, and workplaces…
for all your glorious natural Creation that has been destroyed and is in harm’s way…
for all things, places, and place that are in need of healing.
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.