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Praying with Indigenous Peoples

A Prayer for the Suicide Crisis

Indigenous youth are succumbing to the harsh legacy of residential schools, the forced adoptions of Indigenous children in the 1960s, and the current child welfare system. Suicide rates among First Nations youth are five to seven times higher than that of non-Indigenous youths, and rates among Inuit youth are eleven times the national average. Please pray for their lives. Pray for action and for conviction in our hearts.

Lord, hear our prayer.

I Thank My God

A Thanksgiving Worship Service

Prelude

*Gathering Song: “Let All Things Now Living” Davis, LUYH 5, GtG 37, PsH 453

*Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1–7

*All Sing: “We Praise You, O God” Cory, LUYH 560

*God’s Greeting & Mutual Greeting

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Written to be sung following the second stanza (“God of God . . .”) of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Gently she holds him, deity enshrouded.
Love comes redeeming our mortal estate.
Sharing our dying, firstborn of our rising.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!

“What If . . . ?”

A Reflection on the Flight into Egypt

Voice 1: A reading of Matthew 2:13–14
When [the magi] had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt.

Voice 2:
What if . . . ?

What if the angel hadn’t warned Joseph in a dream that Herod was seeking to kill Jesus?