June 19th Worship at Kamloops United Church
Aboriginal Sunday – Year A
June 19, 2011
*Denotes, please rise as you are able.
Meditation for Personal Preparation:
“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours….Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.” ~ Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man, 1863-1950.
“There are many things to be shared with the Four Colors of humanity in our common destiny as one with our Mother the Earth. It is this sharing that must be considered with great care by the Elders and the medicine people who carry the Sacred Trusts, so that no harm may come to people through ignorance and misuse of these powerful forces.” ~ Resolution of the Fifth Annual Meetings of the Traditional Elders Circle, 1980
“A native American grandparent was talking to his grandchild about how he felt. He said ‘I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.’ The grandchild asked him, ‘Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?’ The grandparent answered: ‘The one I feed.”’ ~ Native American Story
“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys.” ~ Chief Dan George
“Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike–brothers of one father and one another, with one sky above us and one country around us, and one government for all.” – Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
We Gather as People of God
Hymn Sing & Welcome
Life & Work of the KUC Community
Secwepemc Greeting & Prayer
Lighting of the Christ Candle & Procession of our Prayers with Music for Centering
*Call to Worship & Gathering Prayer
The Creator calls us into Community: young and old; women and men. The Christ calls us into the Circle: to live and to love; to dance, to be still. The Spirit calls us into Community: to learn and to teach; to heal and be healed. The Sacred One calls us into the Circle: And we answer the call. The Embodied One calls us into Community: And we live out our call. The Untameable One calls us into the Circle: And we love into our call. Are we ready to meet God? – – Are we ready to meet each other? – – Are we ready to meet ourselves? – – Then let’s give thanks that God meets us in the middle, at the crossroads and at the edges of the Sacred Circle. Amen.
*Hymn: VU#374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”
Prayer for Healing & Renewal: We come before our Sacred Source, the One we know in different ways and by different names, with our hearts open to love, forgiveness, healing. In this time, we acknowledge a shared history that hasn‟t always been just, compassionate, reciprocal or respectful. Sometimes, when we might have had the opportunity to learn new things about one another, we have spent more time talking about ourselves rather than listening. Sometimes, when we might have had opportunity to build bridges and reconcile relationships, we have built walls, judged our differences, and divided allegiances and opinions. Sometimes, when we have had opportunity to do what is right, say what is right, we have left the circle to do our own thing, our own way, in our own time; to do or say what looks good in the moment but then we may not walk our talk.
Great Spirit, Holy One, Divine Mystery, breathe into this moment your purpose for your gathered people – for your Creation; that truth be named and people listen; that justice sought be justice found; that loving compassion be the rule and mutual respect and appreciation the norm; that humility and graciousness reside in our spirits; that broken relationships, broken people and broken nations be made whole; that two-legged, four-legged, winged, swimmers and crawlers, rock and plants live together harmoniously on Mother Earth, rooted and free.
Sung Response: MV#141 “We Are All one People”We are all one people, we all come from one Creation way on high. We are all one nation under one great sky, you and I. We are all one people, we are all one colour in Love’s eyes.
Assurance:For our Sacred Source, we walk our talk. For the earth (water, sky and land), we walk our talk. For our ancestors (past, present and future), we walk our talk. For ourselves (body, mind and spirit), we walk our talk.
Be assured, that God, our starting point and our destination, walks with us on the way, loving us forward, encouraging us when we falter, redirecting us when we lose our way, and resting with us while we catch our breath and sit awhile.
Thanks be to God, for a new day and a sacred way to be in the world. Amen.
We Listen for God’s Word
Time with the People of God: “The Kairos Banner Train” – Global & Community Action
Song of Blessing: MV#30 “It’s A Song of Praise to the Maker”
Scriptures:Micah 6:6-8 Luke 4: 16-21 Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. Response: Thanks be to God!
Reflection: Evelyn Camille – TK’emlups Indian Band
Hymn of Reflection: MV#135: “Called by Earth and Sky”
We Respond in Faith
Four Directional Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer:
Please rise as you are able, facing the centre of the circle.
Let us pray: Creator God, we look to the centre where all directions intersect: North, South, East, West, sky above and earth below. Where the nations’ colours are one: White and Red, Yellow and Black. Where Air, Fire, Earth and Water, come together. And we remember that from this creative centre of possibilities, all creation is born. You are the centre of our circle, you are the circle, and you hold the circle.
We turn to the East, and we give thanks for new beginnings, new birth, a new day; second- chances; new learnings, awareness and insights. We give thanks for the renewing energy of the Spring as the northern hemisphere welcomes longer, warmer days, the greening of the earth, the replenishment of dry waterways. We look east and pray for the people in the near and far east as they struggle with natural and human-made disasters. We turn to the east yearning for reconciliation, reconnection and recommitments in relationships between the nations; between governments and their people; between family members and friends; between ourselves and our sacred centre. We take a breath and breathe in the positive potential of a new day to live and love in new ways.
We turn to the South, and we give thanks for Summer’s growth; the deepening of colour and enrichment of experience. We give thanks for the opportunity to work and play, to sing and pray. And we pray for all people who seek purpose in their lives; who are looking for work; looking for a place to call home; looking for acceptance and validation. As we face the south, we remember our sisters and brothers of the southern hemisphere who are entering winter’s greys and pray for their well-being. We pray for the Americas, for its First Peoples, that they know themselves valued as human spiritual beings. And we pray for a nation made poor in so many ways by its unfailing commitment to war. We acknowledge the fire in our bellies that ignites our passion for justice; for truth; for appreciation for all of Creation.
We turn to the West, and we give thanks for the richness of autumn colours, for a time of introspection and integration of life’s lessons; for a time of listening in deeper, more intentional ways to one another, to the earth, and to you. We give thanks for a time of looking with eyes that see connection rather than disconnection. As we look west, we celebrate our strengths and accomplishments; we contemplate our weakness and failures that make us who we are, as a nation, as a family, as individuals in a sacred circle. We bring to mind our brothers and sisters the far and near west: may the sense of disenfranchisement, of brokenness be lost; may your spirit of creativity and adventure be ours. We look to the waters of the rivers that flow from lakes and watersheds to the western sea, with a longing to flow into you.
We turn to the North, and we give thanks for Winter’s blessings, as we retreat into the warmth of home and family; as our actions slow and we connect to our dreams and visions. We give thanks for the dancing lights, for the home of the muskox and polar bear, the whale and snowy owl. We pray for the people of the north as they struggle to find their way between pipeline jobs and migration routes. As we look north, we celebrate our elders. We celebrate wisdom gained through a life time of new beginnings, work and play, and the integration of their experiences. We look north and see full circle in the unity of body, mind and spirit. We stand upon your earth, your thinning permafrost, your rocky shield and muskeg, and we give thanks for the Great Spirit, for our ancestors and all life.
We turn and face the centre once more, and see across the circle our sisters and brothers from north, south, east and west and we give thanks. And into the centre of the circle where all energy is received and released, we pray for those in our midst and those not here.
Especially today, we pray for:
– Those who journeyed from across Canada to Ottawa in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
– Those who are sharing their stories and those who are listening during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada;
– (Naming people and issues…)
Into the silence, into the centre, with lift our prayers to you. All this we pray together in the language of our choosing, and in the name of Jesus, remembering all our relations, past, present and future,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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Folk of Note Anthem: “Sing & Dance, Children of God” ~ Michael Bedford
*Passing of the Peace:
We have heard the stories and know what peace without justice looks like; what peace without compassion, without humility sounds like; what peace without wisdom, without humanity tastes like. It tastes bitter. It is whispered; it is screamed; it is silent. It remains in shadow, in boxes, in cells.
Christ’s Peace is not like the world’s peace – it is compassionate and grace-filled; it is just and equitable; it is all encompassing and unfathomable. Its taste is sweet and you always want more. Its sound is unlike any other, it is boundless, breathtaking beauty. To look upon it means we can never see anything else in the same way ever again. This is the Peace we pass to one another. Pour it into each other’s hands and bring it into your hearts.
May the Peace of Christ be with you all…
…And also with you.
With thanksgiving in our hearts, and with humble, joyful spirits, let us give back what we are able and willing to give to the Creator; the Mysterious One who has gifted us with love, with grace, with beauty, forgiveness, friendship and opportunities to learn. The offering shall now be received.
*Presentation Song: VU#308 “Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works”Many and great, O God, are your works, Maker of earth and sky. Your hands have set the heavens with stars, your fingers spread the mountains and plains. Lo, at your word the waters were formed; deep seas obey your voice. Grant unto us communion with you, O star-abiding one. Come unto us and dwell with us, with you are found the gifts of life. Bless us with life that has no end, eternal life with you.
* Prayer of Dedication:
Sacred Source, Ground of Being, bless now the work of our hands, our thoughts, our dreams and inspirations, that our gathered resources, our talents and skills, our finances, our wisdom and knowledge, our compassion and curiosity, our integrity and our authentic selves may be used for the pursuit of justice; the promotion of reconciliation; the eradication of ignorance; the healing of relationships, and the individual and communal soul; and establishment of your Peace on earth. And the people say… Amen.
Hymn of Thanksgiving: VU#691 “Though Ancient Walls”
We Are Sent Forth
*Commissioning & Benediction:
As we leave this sacred circle, this time of learning and challenge; of prayer and promise; of possibilities and dreams, may the Great Spirit bless us with the knowledge of our connection, and the necessity of reconnection, with all life, and with all of Creation.
May our awareness of the Christ in our lives and our loves, lift us up on the wings of eagles, that we may find the courage to fly to new heights, and see things from a different vantage point.
May the Spirit, embodied in wind and fire, song and prayer, the resting place in silence, fill us with such longing for equitable justice, for compassionate relations, that we can do nothing else but answer God’s call.
…Today and forever, Amen.
*Choral Closing: MV#217 “Hey Ney Yana”Refrain: Hey ney yana, hey ney yana, hey ney yana, hey ya hey yo, hey ya hey yo.
1. We walk in beauty, yes we do, yes we do, We talk in beauty, yes we do, yes we do, We sing of beauty, hey ya hey yo, hey ya hey yo. 2. We leave in beauty, yes we do, yes we do, We sleep in beauty, yes we do, yes we do, We dream of beauty, hey ya hey yo, hey ya hey yo.
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Participating in today’s service:Rev. Teri Meyer Evelyn Camille – Councillor for the Tk‟emlups Indian Band Members of KUC Global and Community Action: Judy Bergman Kathy Johnson Lynda Fisher George Johnson Scripture Reader: Sandy Baird Music Leadership: Mary Jackson & “Folk of Note”