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“God Keep Our Land” – Prayers for Canada Day

June 30, 2014


Our God of infinite love, we humbly ask you today to look upon us with mercy and grace. From your Word in the Seventy-second Psalm, our founders took this motto:
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”

We thank you, O God, that our founders recognized that you are over us as a people. We thank you that, aware of our need of your assistance, in the years following Confederation, we have asked you to govern in the affairs of our country, including in our National Anthem these words:
God keep our land.

As we remember before you Elizabeth our Queen, our Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Dave Hancock, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and Bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, we pray, as Paul directed in his first letter to Timothy, for “all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all goodness and reverence.”
God keep our leaders.

We acknowledge, O God, that the family reflects your Triune Nature as love-in-community. We pray for all families and homes in our land. Intervene in strained relationships, turn the hearts of parents to their children and children to their parents and save all family members from abuse of any kind, that our homes might be places of safe refuge and life-giving love.
God keep our homes.

O Lord, make us sensitive to the needs of others. We pray especially for those whose lives were thrown into turmoil by last year’s flooding in our province. We pray for comfort for all who lost loved ones, and all who lost homes, property, or their livelihoods. We pray for guidance and strength to continue together the mission of rebuilding and restoring people’s lives.
God keep our neighbours.  

Our Great Physician, we ask you to send your healing power to restore all who are broken. We lift to you those of our parish who are ill in body, mind or spirit. And we offer our prayers, silently or aloud, for all whom you have laid on our hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Touch us all, we pray.  
God keep our healing.

In these challenging times, it is easy to become paralyzed with fear. Recall to our mind, O God, your saving help, shown throughout history. Give wisdom, courage and patience to all. Strengthen us in our faith.
God keep our hope.

O Lord, we pray for the First Nations’ peoples in our land. May the deep wounds of the past and present be healed, so that we may embrace together a future in which all who share this great land are able to realize their full human potential.
God keep our justice.

We pray for peace among the peoples of Canada, and all the nations of this planet. We pray that you      would touch the hearts of leaders and turn them to the path of peace. We especially remember all members of law enforcement and our armed forces, who put themselves in harm’s way at home and abroad. Give each of us mercy and compassion in our hearts, that we might love our neighbours as ourselves.
God keep our world.

O God, pour out your Spirit on us all, that we may turn from our own paths and walk in your ways more faithfully than ever before.
God keep our hearts, our souls, our minds, and our strength, in fullness of love for you, now and for ever. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

(We shared the above Litany at our 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Services on June 29 at St. Paul’s.)

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