Rev Beth's Weekly Letter - June 21
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Sunday June 21 is National Indigenous Prayer Day. We are reminded on this day – and always – that we all walk together in the Creator’s love, encouraging each other to grow fully into the image of God.
The logo shown represents the Anglican Council of Indigenous People. The logo is rich in symbolism that combines both Indigenous and Christian beliefs. To appreciate the symbolism of the logo, read here.
Here is a Gathering Prayer from the Indigenous liturgy that speaks to all of us:
Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation. In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the center of this Sacred Circle through which all of creation is related. You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life. Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your Spirit, for you are God, now and forever. Amen
There are many resources on the Anglican Church web page to celebrate God’s love and mercy from an Indigenous perspective.
Reopening Churches with a safe and intentional plan. There are three stages to be considered as we approach worshipping together again as the physical body of Christ: the Red Stage, the Amber Stage, and the Green Stage. Currently we are in the Red Stage. Click here to read the two letters that Archbishop Anne has written about the stages and how they will impact our worshipping community.
Body, Mind and Spirit Praying: Sit back and watch this short clip on how to pray fully in body, mind and spirit. Thank you to Elaine and Nick Moor for this contribution.
Evening Prayer Service: Look for the Zoom link on Wednesday. This week Pam Handley and Carrie Birch are the readers and Joan Morris, the lay incumbent at Trillium Parish, will present the reflection.
Top, Top Top Secret: Anne Loder is graduating from high school. A drive-by parade will honor her accomplishment. Meet at 1:45pm on Saturday June 27th at Holy Name Church parking lot. Bring balloons, signs, and noise-makers to celebrate her tremendous success. Contact Dawn Clarke for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay cool and safe as we move towards summer.
Your sister in Christ,