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The celebration of May as Asian Heritage Month begins this week. Officially recognized in Canada since 2002, this is a time to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society.

Worship Ideas
PDF icon Asia Sunday 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Christian Conference of Asia worship service has the theme "God, Heal Us as We Are Vulnerable."
File Asian Heritage Month | A Step Nearer to Harmony
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that encourages harmonious living.
PDF icon Asian Heritage Month | Centennial of Korean Independence
2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement of the Korean people, who rose against colonial occupation by Japan in 1919. This worship resource can be used in Sunday service in May, Asian Heritage Month.
PDF icon Asian Heritage Month | Our God Goes with Us
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month worship service this year that focuses on the United Churches of Japanese-Canadian background and reminds us that no matter where we go and whatever the future holds, we need not fear, for God goes with us and before us.
File Asian Heritage Month | Rice Is Heaven
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that uses rice as a symbol of life and harmony.
File Come, Drink of Living Water
A liturgy honouring an intercultural ministry, suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
File Liturgical Resources | Christian Conference of Asia
The CCA issues annual Asia Sunday resources for thematic worship.
File Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship
An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
File Surrounded by So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that awakens the senses and celebrates diversity while seeking harmony.
File Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
Prayers
File Litany of Thanksgiving for Asian Heritage Month
This litany is used at Tsurukawa Church located in the city of Machida, a part of Tokyo Prefecture and of the West Tokyo District of the United Church of Christ in Japan. Translation by Rob Witmer.
File Prayer for All Affected by the East Japan Earthquake
This prayer is used at the Mizonokuchi Church in the city of Kawasaki, a part of Kanagawa Prefecture and of the Kanagawa District of the United Church of Christ in Japan. Translation by Rob Witmer.
Music
PDF icon Sing, Thanks to Our God (Song of Many Tongues)
A unison worship song (includes optional descant) with piano accompaniment for use during Asian Heritage Month. Written by Amy Yea Kyong Lee.
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the international ecumenical movement.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support overseas personnel and work with global partners.
Related Material
File Asian Cultures, Asian Heritage
This video celebrates Asian cultures within the United Church today. Asian leaders speak of their experiences in the church.
File Intercultural Hymn Service
A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
PDF icon Scripture and Incense
A Bible study for Asian Heritage Month on Psalm 141:1–4
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