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“God Keep Our Land” – Prayers for Canada Day

June 30, 2016


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 Justin Trudeau, Premier Rachel Notley, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and Archbishop 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 who lost homes, property, or their livelihoods as a result of the fire in Fort McMurray. 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 pray for all who are grieving the loss of loved ones, particularly the people of Orlando and Istanbul. We pray for all who have been forced to flee their homes, due to violence, flood, or famine – especially remembering the family from Syria it is our great privilege to sponsor. We lift to you those of our parish who are ill in body, mind or spirit, offering our prayers at this time, silently or aloud, for all whom you have particularly laid upon 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 peoples of this planet. We pray that you would touch the hearts of all who are agents of war and terror and turn them to paths of peace and reconciliation. 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 may 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’ll be sharing the above Litany and the singing of “O Canada” at our 9:30 a.m. Canada Day Service on July 3 at St. Paul’s.]

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