(Note to readers: Canada day was celebrated at this date because all our musicians and singers were part of the Branches and Roots Festival the next week)
CANADA DAY SERVICE
PRELUDE: Madrigal Choir
PROCESSIONAL: 0 Canada
INTROIT: Not On This Land Alone Madrigal
CALL TO WORSHIP:
ONE: In a world filled with violence and war,
ALL: we gather together to celebrate the promise of peace.
ONE: in a world filled with tyranny and oppression,
ALL: we gather together to celebrate the promise of justice for all.
ONE: In a world filled with hunger and greed,
ALL: we gather together to celebrate the promise of plenty for all.
ONE: Our hope is in the name of the Almighty God,
ALL: the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of heaven and earth.
CANADA DAY PRAYER & THE LORD'S PRAYER: Thank you God for this piece of the world, a slice of land broad and wide, blessed with rivers and great lakes, wide skies and great forests, high mountains and gracious plains, beautiful from sea to sea to sea. Thank you for letting us live in this land, even though we do not own it; this land is your land, which we use in trust for future generations. Thank you for its rich history, which includes Aboriginal and Metis and Inuit peoples. We pray for justice and wisdom as we work on relationships with First Peoples.
Thank you for our system of government, for the right to speak freely, and to elect our leaders. Thank you for the freedom of religion and conscience that we enjoy. Thank you for universal health care, and a social safety net, even though not all are caught by it, and not all
dwell in safety.
We want a country that is the best it can be, a home for all, welcoming refugees and newcomers, sharing this wealthy country with the world. Bless our leaders, our Prime Minister and all members of parliament; guide their steps, and help us use our voice to guide them as they make difficult and far-reaching decisions. We thank you today for our home and native land, thank you for giving us a home here, where we live in peace and security. God keep our land, Canada, keep it strong and free, keep it safe and beautiful for future generations.
Now let us pray together the prayer Jesus taught us: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Amazing Grace Madrigal
SPECIAL MUSIC: Montreal Madrigal
OFFERING: Inuit Vignette Madrigal
Generous God, you have blessed us with the resources to share the good news of your love for all creation. We dedicate these gifts and pray that
they may bring healing, wholeness and hope to the world so that future generations may also know your graciousness and love. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Farewell to NovaScottia Howard Welburn
LITANY: "The Nation"
ONE: 0 my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
ALL: Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
ONE: But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the
ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.
ALL: But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing
stream. Hate evil, love good.
ONE: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose
for His inheritance.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Une Colombe Elisabeth Churchill
Peace Like A River
Just a few short weeks ago there was flooding in our communities
and surrounding areas. The winter ice melted, the rains came pouring
down, the rivers and lakes swelled and the water came rushing over the
banks. Many people faced the loss of their homes, personal belongings
and irreplaceable memorabilia. To these people, peace is NOT like a
But whenever these rivers and lakes overflow their banks, the
waters always recede and things eventually return to normal. It's a fact
of life that we can always expect trials, hardships, sacrifices and
difficulties. Isaiah tells us that when we go God's way, there is a
beautiful peace which falls over us. God doesn't want us to back away
from the hardships and trials that face us from time to time. They are
part of His plan. When we receive them in the right spirit, they can
increase our desire to do God's will.
God is the source of all peace and His peace is like a river. A river
is constant. God's peace is constant. It keeps flowing no matter what.
God's peace keeps flowing no matter what we do or say.
A river receives fresh supplies of water from springs and small
streams. God's peace is kept by a constant supply of grace from the
At its source a river can be small, but it grows as it moves along its
path. As we grow spiritually, God's peace also grows.
True peace is only found in a relationship with God. There is a
Buddhist saying I'd like to share with you: If there is to be peace in the
world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the
nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the
cities, there must be peace between neighbours. If there is to be peace
between neighbours, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be
peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.
Whenever I think about peace I think about this beautiful saying.
But there is one thing missing. It doesn't tell us where peace in the
heart comes from. For a Christian the only source for peace in the
human heart comes from God. Each one of us must accept God's truth
and believe in the Lord.
Until each individual is at peace, there can be no peace between
us and the people around us. The lost man has no peace. Man was
made to be in communion with God. When he is separated from God
by his sin, there is only confusion, emptiness and frustration. He is
always seeking contentment and peace, and is never able to find it.
Believe in God. Accept Him as your Saviour. Ask God to forgive
your sins. Then you will be reconciled with Him. Isaiah 48, verse 18,
says: "If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace
would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the
sea." The promise of peace like a river suggests the idea of increase. It
constantly grows stronger and fills us.
When we take our sins to God, the peace that He bestows on us
transforms our life. God never stops loving us. God never gives up on
us. He never stops thinking about us. So we must never give up on God.
We don't always see the obvious. Sometimes we can't see the
forest for the trees. The truth can be as plain as the nose on our face,
but we just don't see it.
There's a story about Batman and Robin going on a trip:
The story goes that Batman and Robin decided to go camping.
They set up their tent and fell asleep. A couple of hours later, Batman
wakes his faithful friend, "Robin, look up at the sky and tell me what
Robin ponders for a minute, and then replies, "Astronomically
speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially
billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.
Chronologically, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three.
Theologically, it's evident that God is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Batman?"
Batman is silent for a moment, then speaks: "Robin, you're an
idiot, it means that while we were sleeping, somebody stole our tent."
This funny little story reminds us that we don't always see the
obvious. We can be misled by many things and we sometimes fail to
see what is most important. Along with God's grace, God's peace is one
of the most important things we need to know. By knowing God's
peace we are able to live a valuable Christian life.
Lasting peace only comes from God. "Oh the peace I find in Jesus,
peace no power on earth can shake; peace that makes the Lord so
precious, peace that none from me can take." If you want peace, real
peace, everlasting peace, you can come to the Prince of Peace, the Lord
Jesus Christ, and you can give His peace a chance.
Don't worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell
God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this,
you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the
human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and
minds as you live in Jesus Christ.
Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, this world is crazy, chaotic
and quick. Everything is fast paced, problems compile, issues simmer,
and there seems to be no time to address much of anything, let alone
Evil parades around and takes lives. Terrorism strikes fear in the
hearts of everyone. Please give us peace among the chaos in life. I pray
that in our culture and in the time we have, we would make it a priority to rest in Your peace. To comfort others who are going through a rough time. To take a break from the never-ending transitions we face, to appreciate life to the fullest.
To experience the beauty of creation, the detailed craftsmanship
of others and their relationships, to explore with our senses, and find
joy in the stillness. Your power rejuvenates, Your soft whispers
encourage, Your comfort is warming to the soul, and Your presence is
However, we will miss out if we don't stop to rest and soak it all
up. Please help us to make time to seek You daily. Thank you Lord for
Your love. You are truly amazing and You have gifted us much more
than we deserve. May You be blessed by our lives, as we have been
blessed by Yours, and may peace flow like a river in our hearts. In Jesus
name we pray, Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Peace Like A River 4 members of the Madrigal
BENEDICTION: Let us depart in peace, and in love and charity with our neighbours. May we be joined together in the common goal of service to our God and our Country. Let us drive safely and carefully to our homes, and may God's blessing be with us all.
POSTLUDE: C-A-N-A-D-A Madrigal