We are blessed with the bright, so clear, sunlight of the fall that shines on all people, and all creation, equally. How it flames out at sunset! We thank the Creator. When you hear the words “We pray in gratitude for all peoples and our world” please respond with, “Creator, listen to our hearts”.
Pondering today’s topics of creation and inclusivity made me think of a recent book I have read, One Native Life, by Richard Wagamese, who passed recently. He lived in a series of foster homes but did finally find and connect with his family. Here’s a quote from his book:
“My people say that we are of the earth. We come from her. We emerged from her bosom fully formed and ready to assume our place as stewards, caretakers, guardians. Our rich brown skin reminds us that we are her children, that we belong here, that our home is always at our feet, wherever we might travel. In the beginning, I had no access to these teachings. I was rootless. But in the world of my boyhood, I always found people, places or things that grounded me, allowed me to feel connected even if only in very fleeting ways, to the heartbeat of the earth. She is our salvation. The time we spend in communion with the earth is the time my people say, that we are truly spiritual. It enhances, empowers and frees us. Looking back, I see that as true…I started to see that this one native life, my own, reflected the character, the spirit and soul of native people all across the country. My neighbours had never gotten to hear about that…We’re all neighbours: that’s the reality…When you know your neighbours, when you can lean over the fence and hear each other’s stories, you foster understanding, harmony, and community.”
We pray in gratitude for all peoples and for our world… “Creator, listen to our hearts.“
Our hearts are sore with the troubles of the world, and we wish your light to shine out over our globe so we all can see the beauty and find hope.
Loving God, we pray together for our Bienestar partners involved in the Nelson United Church outreach project in Guatemala, our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe especially suffering now with weather woes, Peacemakers and Peacekeepers, Health care workers, Teachers, Engineers and the many who serve throughout the world for many organizations. Send comfort to the LGBTQ+ people who are persecuted in many countries. In the World council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we ask help for the countries of Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal. In the Pacific Mountain Region, we pray for Crosswoods United in Delta, Deer Lake in Burnaby, Denman Island, Duncan, and Eagle Ridge in Coquitlam. In our Kootenay prayer cycle this week we ask for blessings and care for the health and welfare of Reverend David Boyd.
Let us shine our light where we can. We pray in gratitude for all peoples and for our world… “Creator, listen to our hearts.“
So many of us feel alone, dogged by the emotions of fear and sadness. Several are sick in body. Too many are suffering loss. Please take out your prayer list and let us remember all those named in our Prayer List. We will pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern… …We pray in gratitude for all peoples and for our world… “Creator, listen to our hearts.“