June 26th, 2021

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

     come before Him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is He who made us, and we are His;

     we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;

    give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever, His faithfulness continues

    through all generations.

Hear Our Prayer:

Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being:

You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless

     until they rest in you.

Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose,

     that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will,

     no weakness keep us from doing it,

that in Your light we may see clearly,

     and in Your service find perfect freedom, through Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God

      now and forever. Amen

               #343 Voices Together

The congregations of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan sit in a season of grief in the wake of the discovery of a further 751 unmarked graves near a former Indian residential school close by the Cowessess First Nation. We also join with them in lament, in solidarity with the sorrow of Indigenous neighbours and communities throughout southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba whose children were abducted to the Marieval Indian Residential School. We too grieve with those who are impacted by the news of these deaths, and we pray for all those who bear the wounds of the residential school system, as well as for those who have been retraumatized by this discovery. God bring healing to minds and hearts.

God we pray for your peace, comfort and presence in our community, in our families and in our church family. We give thanks for your leading in our lives, and rejoice in the strength and grace your provide each day.

We pray for our Households of Faith.

Oh God, hear our prayers for those in need of healing, hope and wholeness.

Oh God, we also pray for others in our church family who are in need of healing, who need your encouragement Father, or simply need the hope that comes from your presence. We pray for your healing grace and for your strength to all who today are serving as caregivers.

Oh God, we confess our need of you. Hear our prayers.

We rejoice and give thanks.

In the Name of Jesus we pray.