Healing and Reconciliation Sunday is a time to focus renewed attention each year on walking a path of healing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. This year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Confession; as we re-commit to it, we remember the words that closed our Confession, “With God’s guidance, our Church will seek opportunities to walk with Indigenous people to find healing and wholeness together as God’s people.” In that spirit and with that desire, we offer this prayer.
Prayer For Healing and Reconciliation Sunday
Leader: Creator God, we give you thanks for the beauty, the power, and the gifts of your creation.
People: We give you thanks for the rising sun and for the birds and animals and plants and oceans and lakes and rivers that bless us with their abundance.
L: Lord Jesus, we confess that we have not always been kind to our neighbours and we have failed to be good stewards of your creation. Please forgive us.
P: Eternal Lord, we thank you for going to the cross for us and for giving us your forgiveness and peace.
L: Lord, we have made many mistakes and we have hurt our Indigenous brothers and sisters all throughout the history of this land. Colonialism, the Doctrine of Discovery, and Residential Schools have resulted in the loss of language and culture, isolation, fear, abuse and even death for our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
P: For all this we are truly sorry and we ask for your forgiveness.
L: Creator God, help us now to embrace and support the spiritualities and the ceremonies of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis of this land.
P: Help us to find the courage to support our Indigenous brothers and sisters as they seek to have their rights honoured. Help us to support the lives and dreams of Indigenous youth; in their education, in the workplace, and in society.
All: And let us all walk together to seek Christ and to seek his will and his healing power and to live as the family of your creation. All this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Stewart Folster, Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry