***UPDATE – Today’s outside worship cancelled due to weather. ***

***UPDATE – Today’s outside worship cancelled due to weather. ***

Due to high winds we will CANCEL today’s outside worship service.  High winds make being outside difficult for hearing and connecting.  We intend to meet again next weekend, weather permitting.  Look for announcements leading into the weekend.  Please email [email protected] or text Dar at 204-304-9080 and include how many people will be attending in your family party and which time slot (10am or 11am).

This morning you are invited to take a moment to reflect on the racial injustice of our present time and specifically lamenting the lack of justice for people of colour in our nation and world.

May this prayer of lament guide you in your reflections.

Repenting and Lamenting in Times Like These

You are the God who hears:

hear our prayer today for all who lament or repent.

For those among us who face discrimination every day

because of their skin colour,

we lament.

For those among us with white skin who benefit

from racist systems sometimes even without realizing it,

we repent.

For those among us who have struggled and waited so long

for the Promised Land of freedom and equality,

we lament.

For those among us who have acted in racist ways

and have hurt people of colour,

we repent.

For those protesting injustice who face police brutality

and a justice system rigged against them,

we lament.

For those who think racism is someone else’s problem,

and not a problem for humanity,

we repent.

God of hope, show us how to work for justice together,

standing up for what is right,

stepping in when something’s wrong,

shouldering each other’s burdens,

holding each other accountable,

righting the wrongs we’ve done,

speaking truth to power.

We pray for change, lasting change,

for protection for protesters,

for a de-escalation of violence

and for government leaders who listen.

Deliver us from evil, within and without,

in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Carol Penner (Carol is a pastor and Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont.)