Prayer today and everyday!!
As a Diocese it is far too easy to get lost in the immediacy of the moment and forget the things that we are called to as children of faith, to pray, love and that especially hard one... confess and forgive. As we remember our calling, to begin and end our day with prayer, we start to see how important prayer is, not only for ourselves but for those that we pray for. I remember reading that the most precious and powerful prayer is one when we pray for something or someone other than ourselves.
I thank everyone that keeps the ministry and leadership of the Diocese of Saskatoon in their daily prayers, we desperately need prayer!! I am strengthened to know that the churches in our Diocese pray for Tracy and I every Sunday. I ask everyone to please lift up your prayers and remember the requests that we have before us written on small scraps of paper or even from last Sundays bulletin. Remember in your prayers those that have started new lives in faith through Baptism and confirmation. Remember and pray for your Godchildren as you do your own children and grandchildren. Remember and pray for the children in distress and those lost.
I have emblazed on my memory the power and presence as I stood among the many when we prayed the Lords Prayer together in an arena in Humbolt Sk, when we prayed for the families and memory of those lost in the horrific bus crash. The power of prayer is indeed felt when many lift up their voices together.
Archbishop Mark MacDonald has asked the churches to pray daily for four days Sept. 27-30, 2019 in his update and request to the Anglican Churches of Canada. May we remember, pray and lift up our voices together not only in this moment, but especially this Sunday in the church we call home and our family in faith.
Prayer and peace,
Dear Relatives, friends, and people of compassion,
On September 30th at 10am Eastern Time in the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will hold a ceremony to honour all the children who did not return home from the Residential Schools. The ceremony will include, for the first time, the sharing of the first known names of children lost to the schools. This is a significant spiritual event and the calls us to join in heart, mind, and soul to honour and remember the children.
I am asking that our congregations and peoples across the Land offer prayer and ceremony for the children who did not return home. For four days, beginning on September 27th, I am asking that people gather in prayer and ceremony for the children, each person and community in your own respectful way. If it is not possible for you in your church, pray with your family or by yourself. On Sunday, September 29th, we will remember the children in all of our churches. We pray remembering the children. We pray for the healing of the Land.
In Toronto, we will gather for prayer on September 27th and 28th at 10am at the Chapel of the Holy Apostles at the Anglican Church House at 80 Hayden Street, Toronto. On Sunday, September 29th, we will join with Church of the Redeemer at their Sunday Eucharists, 9:30am and 11:00am. On September 30th, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Melanie Delva, and I will join those who gather at the Museum of History. We ask that those who cannot be there in Ottawa join with us in spirit, prayer, and ceremony in their own communities.
The Most Rev. Mark Macdonald
National Anglican Indigenous Archbishop