Indigenous leadership is vital to the life of the United Church, and this is a crucial time of journeying together toward reconciliation.

Worship Ideas

Apology 30th Anniversary: Litany: This litany and story are based on the memories of The Very Rev. Stanley McKay and others who took part in the earliest national Aboriginal ministries consultations in the 1980s.
Apology 30th Anniversary: Worship Service: In this year of the 30th anniversary of the apology, as the United Church turns 91, you are invited to consider how the apology has led to renewed life in the United Church.
Aboriginal Sunday: Celebration and Thanksgiving: With gratitude we gather to praise God, to seek transformation, and to celebrate the power of the Spirit who is always moving.
A Narrow, Rough Path to Reconciliation | Indigenous Day of Prayer: A worship service for the 2019 Indigenous Day of Prayer created to honour the meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day and intended for use by non-Indigenous communities of faith. Written by SunDo Hyun and Hoeun Lee.
Nîpin, Summer Is Here | Indigenous Day of Prayer: A worship service for the 2019 Indigenous Day of Prayer that celebrates the summer as a time when we give thanks to our Mother Earth for her gifts of the season and for the precious and sacred gifts of the land. Written by Murray Pruden.
Sermon: The Gift in Apology: This sermon marks the 20th anniversary of The United Church of Canada's 1986 Apology to First Nations Peoples.
The Pursuit of Right Relations: A worship service outline marking the 20 years since the United Church gave its apology to First Nations peoples.
2020 Palm Sunday Worship Resources: Written by Murray Pruden, Indigenous Minister for Pacific Mountain Region, these resources remind us that even in these pandemic times, in God’s eyes we matter every moment and breath of our daily life.
Lenten Lament: Seeking Right Relations: For the 150th year of Confederation, an invitation to acknowledge the damage done to the First Peoples of this land and seek reconciliation in worship and through next steps. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.
Passion Story and Prayers for Good Friday 2020: Written by Murray Pruden, Indigenous Minister for Pacific Mountain Region, these resources remind us that even in these pandemic times, in God’s eyes we matter every moment and breath of our daily life.
Living on the Path of Respect: A worship service on the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
Easter Sunday 2020--Worship Materials: Written by Murray Pruden, Indigenous Minister for Pacific Mountain Region, these resources remind us that even in these pandemic times, in God’s eyes we matter every moment and breath of our daily life.
Living with Respect for Children: This worship service on "Living in Right Relationship" invites all ages to live in respectful relationship with all people and nature.
Sacrament of Communion for Seeking Right Relations: In response to the suffering inflicted upon children and families by the Indian residential school system. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.
2020 Indigenous Day of Prayer | The Covenant of Reconciliation: A worship service for the Indigenous Day of Prayer created to honour the meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day and intended for use by non-Indigenous communities of faith. Written by Rev. Carolyn Wilson Wynne.
Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day: Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
Worship for 150 Years since the Confederation of Canada, 1867-2017: This is a service of celebration and lament marking 150 years since the Confederation of Canada.
2020 Indigenous Day of Prayer | The Seven Grandfather Teachings: A worship service for the Indigenous Day of Prayer that reflects on the Seven Grandfather Teachings (or laws for living a good life): Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth. Written by Deb Anderson-Pratt.
Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women: Worship excerpts from Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women
Reconciliation in the Watershed: A Creation Time Resource : Weekly reflections on the themes of "All My Relations" and "watershed discipleship."
Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship: An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
Truth and Reconciliation: Three Services: Created to mark the TRC closing, worship on the themes of Turning and Lamentation, Seeking the Spirit, and Celebration and Thanksgiving.

Prayers

Prayers of the People for Reconciliation: A reflection on the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada
Braiding Reconciliation: Prayer Ritual and Background: A prayer ritual to mark the anniversary of the United Church's 1998 Residential Schools Apology.
After the Apology of June 11, 2008: A Prayer: A prayer to mark Canada’s apology to survivors of residential schools and their families and communities.
Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.
For the Beauty of Those Lost, for Healing Founded on Justice: A prayer for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people, their families, and the public inquiry into what happened to them.
We Dare to Hope: A prayer for committing to the genuine inclusion of Indigenous peoples in decision making on all matters that affect them

Related Material

Apology 30th Anniversary: Hymn: "This Path We Walk" by Rev. S. Curtis Tufts, sung to the tune "O WALY WALY"
Reconciliation Journey to Australia video:
Have a Heart Day 2020: Sunday School Activity: An activity to do with the children in your community of faith between January 26 and February 9 to mark a different kind of Valentine’s Day: Have a Heart Day.
Moving Forward, Together:
Acknowledging the Territory in Worship: A brief guide to help congregations and bodies of the church incorporate an Acknowledgement of Territory into their gatherings.
Bulletin Insert: A Time of Celebration for Aboriginal Sunday: You can download and print this insert to distribute with your bulletin on Aboriginal Sunday.