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This morning when you hear, “Divine Spirit, please strengthen us,” say, “Thank you for the power of love.”

Let us pray together. Let us find our breath and our centre; let us rest in peace and listen for the spirit. Let us listen to the Lord’s Prayer translated from the original Aramaic, Jesus’ language:

O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos/ you create all that moves in light.
Focus your light within us–make it useful: as the rays of a beacon show the way
Create your reign of unity now–through our firey hearts and willing hands.
Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight: 
subsistence for the call of growing life
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.
Don’t let us enter forgetfulness
But free us from unripeness
From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews.
Truly–power to these statements–
may they be the source from which all my actions grow.
Sealed in trust & faith. Amen.

Divine Spirit, please strengthen us – “Thank you for the power of love.”

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism created as a response to the killing of 69 protesters at a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has been observed around the world every year on March 21 since 1966. Let’s celebrate The United Church of Canada’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist denomination.

Let the light of love within our hearts today ray out to our brothers and sisters in our nation and in the world who are suffering from and perpetuating domestic violence. Cases are rising around the world. Shine our compassion on all those experiencing racist hate and violence – Asian Canadians and Americans; our indigenous neighbours; African, and black-or-coloured skinned, friends from foreign countries; Uighurs in China,  and even those who hate, all needing the light of our holding. We pray for peace and justice to transform the church, society, and people of Hong Kong.

We pray the World Council of Churches’ ecumenical prayer:

Come, all of you who have been ostracised and marginalized. Come, all of you who have been indifferent in the face of racial injustice. Come, all of you who have prophetically challenged racism. Come, all of you who have perpetrated acts of racial injustice. Come all and receive rest for your weary souls. Come to the fountain of life and receive grace upon grace. Triune God, in whom we see the perfect interpersonal relation of love as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come responding to your love and rejoicing, knowing as we come to you, none will be turned away.

Divine Spirit, please strengthen us –”Thank you for the power of love.”

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle takes us through every region of the world over the course of a year. Praying for each place on earth and its people at least once a year, we affirm our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems, and sharing diverse gifts. Pray with us! For Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

In our Pacific Mountain Region, we send prayers of support to Cawston Pastoral Charge on the way to Keremeos on Highway 3.

At home, we think warm thoughts for all our staff and volunteers at Nelson United. And, our friends still in need or newly added to our prayer list:

Our Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala,
Our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe,
Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers, and many who serve throughout the world through many organizations.
All affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind, or spirit.
LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries. The future of our environment; protecting and
respecting this gift of creation. All those named in our Prayer List…  

And the people say, “Amen!”


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