Each Sunday morning we acknowledge that we gather on traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. This Sunday, in anticipation of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, we will hear the story of Turtle Island and consider our own understandings of creation … and its care.
During the prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, I will include the words of Art Solomon, an Anishinaabe elder (1914-1997):
O Sacred One, look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation, only the human family
has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones who are divided
and we are the ones who must come back together
to walk the Sacred Way.
O Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honour
that we may heal the earth and heal each other.
And after the service, to conclude our 200th anniversary year, some of us will walk two blocks over to McBurney (Skeleton) Park and stand for a moment before the only gravestone remaining in the former cemetery, that of the first minister of St. Andrew’s Kingston, the Rev. John Barclay, who arrived from Scotland Christmas Day 1821 and died of fever 30 years of age September 26, 1826.
If you are in the area, please join us. During the service there is offered a nursery for infants and a programme for young children. There is free parking in the city surface lot behind the church off Queen Street, and on neighbouring streets (the time of day restrictions north of Queen are not applicable on Sundays).
And have a look at our Order of Service, and the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to grow in Christian faith, study and service.