THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
Territorial Land Acknowledgement
As we begin this service, we acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people, the traditional territory of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
May we honour the Indigenous stewards of this land, and grow in right relationship with all Indigenous peoples.
We recognize that Creator God moves us forward together in healing, respect, and unity for future generations.
Tobacco Offering to Elder Denise Anne Boissoneau & Knowledge Keeper William Mameanskum
Introduction about Drumming by Knowledge Keeper William Mameanskum
Drumming by Knowledge Keeper William Mameanskum
Celebrant: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit with us all, evermore. Amen.
Celebrant: Almighty God,
All: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect (from the Anglican Church of Canada)
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name.
You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love,
and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love,
and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership,
may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ,
who is our light and our life. Amen.
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD
First Reading – Isaiah 40.25-31
To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 19 Response: Their message has gone out to the ends of the world.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another,
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language,
and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands,
and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again;
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
Gracious creator of heaven and earth, your Word has come among us as the true Sun of righteousness, and the good news of his birth has gone out to the ends of the world. Open our eyes to the light of your law, that we may be purified from sin and serve you without reproach for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Light and our Life.
Gradual: Christ, Be Our Light” by Bernadette Farrell
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to . . .
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel – John 1.1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Sermon – The Reverend Kerri Brennan
Prayers of the People (video shared from the Litany offered from All My Relations’ service for National Indigenous Day of Prayer)
We are here on Turtle Island placed by the Creator
Some of us came seeking home, displaced or persecuted.
And we were here, diverse nations. many peoples at home.
Some of us came seeking adventure, riches or glory.
And we were here living with deep connection to the land.
Some of us came seeking a better life, security, and possibility.
We offered peace and friendship.
And some of us accepted, treaty people, living in relationship.
We shared the land and our deep wisdom of this place.
And some of us were open to hear.
At first you were few and we were many.
And then we were many with greater, and greater, hunger for the land.
The land of our ancestors, our identity.
The land we imagined could be ours.
At first we were friends and allies.
Then you became enemy, in the way of what we wanted.
We share, and still share a deep reverence for life gifted from the Creator.
We seemed unable to recognize your faith, seeking to impose our own.
We believed we could live side by side, two boats in the same river.
We could only imagine you becoming like us.
You spoke benefit but brought harm.
Trying to dissolve you into our image.
You brought unspeakable pain.
Abuses of power holding tight to a sense of superiority.
You took our children from us.
Breaking sacred bonds of kinship.
Your gospel of love distorted by hate.
How could we have been so wrong.
Your ways tried to break us.
But still you rise.
Your Mission tried to disappear us.
But still you stand.
We are resilient and strengthened.
We are beginning to understand.
We are coming home to our traditions.
We still seek calm but now along side and with you.
You are facing this truth.
We are listening, and learning and learning anew.
Stand beside us in acts of justice.
Receive our contrition, embodied in solidarity.
May the Creator’s plan, a right relation in this place, finally come to be. Amen.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
The Lord’s Prayer – Led by Knowledge Keeper William Mameanskum.
You are invited to share in the words of the Lord’s Prayer in your own language.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. |
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Blessing and Dismissal
Drumming by Knowledge Keeper William Mameanskum
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