May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society, and to honour and celebrate this important aspect of Canadian history.

Worship Ideas

Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship: An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
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."
Asian Heritage Month | A Step Nearer to Harmony: A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that encourages harmonious living.
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.
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.
Asian Heritage Month | Rice Is Heaven: A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that uses rice as a symbol of life and harmony.
Come, Drink of Living Water: A liturgy honouring an intercultural ministry, suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
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.
Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day: Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Prayers

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.
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

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.

Related Material

Asian Cultures, Asian Heritage: This video celebrates Asian cultures within the United Church today. Asian leaders speak of their experiences in the church.
Intercultural Hymn Service: A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
Scripture and Incense: A Bible study for Asian Heritage Month on Psalm 141:1–4
The Sound of a Church: An Intercultural reflection from a Japanese Canadian perspective, excerpted from Fire and Grace, UCPH, 1999.
Voices United: Intercultural Index: A listing of hymns from Voice United identified by their country of origin.