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.
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.
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.
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!