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Last updated: 
August 14, 2017

God of life,
we are thankful for this pilgrimage,
a journey that is not measured in distance, but in transformation.

We give thanks for this journey and the people we journey with.

As we travel, provide us with the humility, wisdom, and grace needed
to deepen our understanding of what it means to be the church
in our time and place.

May we continue to follow in the way that you are leading
with hopeful and daring hearts,
until we have reached your common wealth of justice and peace for all.

Amen.

Last updated: 
August 11, 2017

Ever present God,
for all the times in the past you have carried us,
we give you thanks.

For all the times in the future you will keep us,
we praise your holy name.

Help us today to find strength, patience, wisdom,
and your presence. Amen.

—a prayer by Wehn-In Ng from Celebrate God’s Presence (p. 553) offered for United Church youth, young adults, and leaders on their way to the Rendez-vous gathering in Montreal

Last updated: 
July 12, 2017

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.

Last updated: 
June 26, 2017

Creating God,
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.
Amen.

- a prayer for Canada Day

Last updated: 
June 2, 2017

Constant Friend, because

People of every sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity have the right to live with dignity and without persecution or discrimination, we

Remember in our prayers:

LGBTQ+ people of Chechnya, Uganda, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and elsewhere who have been murdered and tortured because of who they are. We remember them and the people who love them.

Last updated: 
June 12, 2017

Let us give thanks to our Creator
for the Creator is always with us.

God is with us in the call of a loon
and in the flight of an eagle.

Our Creator is with us in the changing of the seasons.

God is with us when we gather together
and when we are alone.

Our Creator is with us in our giftedness
and in our search for new understandings of ourselves,
new visions of our communities.

Let us give thanks to God, our Creator.

Last updated: 
May 29, 2017

Holy Spirit, love divine,
glow within this heart of mine.
Kindle every high desire,
purify me with your fire....

Holy Spirit, peace divine,
still this restless heart of mine.
Speak to calm this tossing sea,
grant me your tranqillity.

—from "Holy Spirit, Truth Divine" (Voices United 368),
words Samuel Longfellow 1864,
suitable for Pentecost Sunday

Last updated: 
May 15, 2017

Creator,
We pray, with others around the world,
for those facing extreme hunger and starvation in
South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Yemen.

Redeemer,
Let us be part of a world response
that cares for all people in need with love.

Sustainer,
Help us, with others, answer the call to end famine
and eradicate poverty.
Amen.

—a prayer for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, May 21

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May 10, 2017

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.

Last updated: 
September 25, 2017

Thank you, Jesus, for the opportunity to remember you
in the ordinary things of our lives.
When we eat our daily bread, rice, tortilla, or potato,
we remember how you shared what you had with your friends,
breaking yourself open.
When we drink from the fruits of our harvest,
we are reminded of how you continually bless us
with your teachings;
our chipped and well-used cups overflow.
Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

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