LITURGY FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY – PROPER 23C

LITURGY FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY – PROPER 23C

A BELL IS RUNG.

 

WELCOME & OPENING PRAYER

( A Gathering Prayer from Native Ministries of the Episcopal Church. )

Words of Welcome to Church of the Apostles…

Please stand as you are able for our opening prayer:

Creator, we give you thanks

for all that you are

and all that you bring to us within your creation.

In Jesus, you placed the Gospel in the Center

of the Sacred Circle

through which all creation is related.

You show us the way

to live a generous

and compassionate life.

Give us your strength to live together with respect

and commitment

as we grow in your spirit,

for you are God,

now and forever. Amen.

 

OPENING SONG: Phos Hilaron

 

SEATED

“THE BIGGEST PROBLEM”: WORDS FROM RICHARD TWISS

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT & CONFESSION

In this video, Native American educator, author and theologian, Richard Twiss, discusses the biggest problem for Native North Americans. He graciously explains that, throughout history, we, as primarily white Christians, have been the biggest problem.

Tomorrow much of this country, still after all these years, will celebrate Columbus Day. It is no secret at this point that Columbus Day, in 1492, was just the beginning of a terrible and brutal history of violence and oppression toward indigenous peoples of North America. Columbus and those who followed were obsessed with conversion, brought over disease the natives had no way to cure, and ultimately desecrated entire peoples and cultures. This evening we want to acknowledge this history. We want to be honest about the ways our faith tradition has been used to colonize, to abuse, and to oppress people. And we seek to reclaim the truth of the Gospel. That Christ came to love and to serve, not to conquer and enslave.

Let us open our hearts, and begin our worship with confession:

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( from the Episcopal Church: Resources on the Doctrine of Discovery )

O Great Spirit, God of every people and every tribe,

we come to you as your many children,

to ask for your forgiveness and guidance.

Forgive us for the colonialism that stains our past,

the ignorance that allowed us to think

that we could claim another’s home for our own.

Heal us of this history.

Remind us that none of us were discovered

since none of us were lost,

but that we are all gathered within the sacred circle of your community.

Guide us through your wisdom to restore the truth of our heritage.

Help us to confront the racism that divides us

as we confess the pain it has caused to the human family.

Call us to kinship.

Mend the hoop of our hearts

and let us live in justice and peace,

through Jesus Christ, the One who came

that all people might live in dignity.

Amen.

 

FIRST READING – 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c

 

ALL STAND

GOSPEL SONG: Open Our Hearts

By Lacey Brown

 

THE HOLY GOSPEL – Luke 17:11-19

 

REVERB: Rev. Ivar Hillesland, Pastor

 

OPEN SPACE

The next few minutes are yours to pause, reflect, and pray. Feel free to move about the space and engage with the stations around the room. On the main screen, we will play a video with audio from Chief Seattle’s Treaty Oration of 1854. We also have stations to write prayers of lament for the brokenness of the past, and our hope for the future, which will be read aloud later in the service. There are icons for prayer and meditation, as well as a chapel on third floor. This time is yours. We will meet back together with a song in about 8 minutes.

 

Station One: Chief Seattle’s Treaty Oration of 1854

 

Station Two: Prayers written by Community Members, to be read aloud during the service.

A. You are invited to write down prayers of lament for the brokenness of the past. These may be specific toward the injustice inflicted upon the Indigenous Peoples of North America, or any other area of pain and brokenness that is on your heart today. Place your written prayer in the bowl below.

B. You are invited to write down prayers for healing and restoration. These may be specific toward the injustice inflicted upon the Indigenous Peoples of North America, or any other area in need of God’s healing and hope. Place your written prayer in the bowl below.

SONG: In Labor All Creation Groans

Music: Traditional, Words: Sister Delores Hufner

 

PRAYERS FOR HEALING & HOPE

( adapted from the Episcopal Church: Resources on the Doctrine of Discovery )

 

Let us come together now in prayer, recognizing brokenness suffered,

wounds not yet healed, and our hope for peace and restoration.

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O Great Spirit, God of all people and every tribe,

through whom all people are related;

Call us to the kinship of all your people.

Grant us vision to see through the lens of justice,

the brokenness of the past;

<Open Space prayers of lament for the brokenness of the past.>

In your great love, O God,

Hear our prayers.

 

Help us to listen to you and to one-another,

in order to heal the wounds of the present;

And give us courage, patience, and wisdom to work together

for healing and hope with all of your people,

now and in the future.

<Open Space prayers for healing and restoration>

In your great love, O God,

Hear our prayers.

 

And finally, O God, we pray for those in the Caribbean and southeast United States, and all who are affected by Hurricane Matthew. We pray for those whose lives have been lost, and for their loved ones; for those suffering injuries and loss of their homes and livelihood; and we pray for the first responders and those working to help those who find themselves in need. Be with these peoples and communities. Grant them peace and perseverance.

In your great love, O God,

Hear our prayers.

 

Mend the hoop of our hearts and let us live in justice and peace

through Jesus Christ, the One who comes to all people that we might live in dignity. Amen.

 

THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

Share with one another a sign of peace.

 

FAMILY BIZ

announcements are made

 

OFFERTORY PRAYER

A Native American Prayer of Thankfulness.

Let us now move into a time of offering.

Let us pray.

We thank you, Great Spirit,

for the resources that made this food possible;

we thank the Earth for producing it,

and we thank all those who labored to bring it to us.

May the Wholesomeness of the food before us,

bring out the Wholeness of the Spirit within us.

Amen.

 

OFFERTORY SONG: Come Healing by Leonard Cohen

 

ALL STAND

HOLY EUCHARIST

(Eucharistic Prayer from  Diarmuid O’Murchu: http://www.diarmuid13.com/eucharistic-prayers

The Lord’s Prayer – Native American Version: written by Hattie Corbett Enos, Nez Perce, great grandmother of Rev. Irvin Porter: Gifts of Many Cultures, 1995, Maren C. Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, United Church Press, Cleveland, OH.)

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

God of life, you nurture and sustain your people.

You bless us with abundance; you gift us with your graciousness;

you know our every need.

In the birthing forth of creation you call us into being.

You gift us with health and wholeness; you sustain our every endeavour.

You feed your hungering people.

You call us to work for justice, to share our table with all creation,

to feed the needy at our door, to see nobody left in need.

For the blessing of your gifts, and the challenge of your call to us,

we lift our voices as we acclaim in song your gracious love:

 

SANCTUS IS SUNG

 

The table we share is adorned with the gifts of creation,

gifts given for all to share in equality and justice, a table where all are welcome,

and from which nobody is to be excluded, from the greatest even to the least.

As a Christian people we celebrate the open table,

proclaimed by Jesus our liberator and our friend,

a table of abundant life, inclusive love, and redemptive liberation.

In the power of the creative Spirit, Jesus lived life to the full.

We, too, are blessed in the power of that same Spirit,

which we now invoke upon all gathered here,

to celebrate the transformative energy

symbolized in our gifts of bread and wine,

given to nourish and sustain us into the fullness of life.

 

On the night before he gave his life for us

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Bell/Bow

 

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Bell/Bow

 

Nurtured by your word, nourished by your food;

Called anew to be your people, we acclaim your praise:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

 

As we celebrate this Eucharistic feast, we call to mind that we are a people

nourished throughout the ages; and we look forward in hope

to that day when the justice of our God will guarantee

food for all who hunger for the fullness of life.

With grateful hearts we receive the gifts of this table.

May the creative Spirit who energizes these gifts,

activate in our hearts, too, a hunger for that justice

that will guarantee sustenance for every human being.

In the spirit of this celebration, we rejoice and thank our God for all

we have received; but we do so in the painful awareness

of all who are excluded from the table of God’s abundant life.

Awaken in us, O God, a passion for equality and generosity of spirit,

that all may be brought to the table of abundance,

from which our God wants no one to be excluded.

This prayer we make in union with all God’s people, living and dead,

and particularly with those laboring for justice in our world.

May we all know the blessing of our loving God,

Creator, Liberator, and Holy Spirit, in whose power we gather here,

nourished and sustained, now and forever.  Amen.

 

As our Brother Christ has taught us, we now pray,

using the words of a member of the Nez Perce tribe:

O Great Spirit, Creator of the universe,

You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.

Whose home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and moon.

Whatever you want done,

let it, also be done everywhere.

Give us your gift of bread day by day.

Forgive us our wrongs

as we forgive those who wrong us.

Take us away from wrong doings.

Free us from all evil.

For everything belongs to you.

Let your power and glory shine forever. Amen.

 

Communion Invitation

This is Christ’s table of love and forgiveness. ‘The Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation’ provide food for our souls. All are welcome to draw near and share these holy mysteries. Take Christ within your bodies, and become the Body of Christ.

 

DISTRIBUTION SONG: The Lord’s Prayer

By Massa Deux (Ben Kyle). Written for Mercy Seat Liturgy, MN.

 

BLESSSING & SENDING

( from the Episcopal Church: Resources on the Doctrine of Discovery )

Please stand and join me in prayer:

Loving God, we give you thanks

for creating all people in your image,

and for calling us together

this night in humble hope

that our offerings, witness, prayers, songs and stories

may serve to heal, transform and bind us together

in your compassionate wisdom and love.

As we leave this Sacred Circle,

may we carry away the memory of this time together

so that we may continue in the risen life of Christ,

the one who comes

that all people might live

with dignity and in peace. Amen.

 

May God bless you and keep you.

May God’s face shine upon you with grace and mercy.

May God look upon you with favor

and ☩ give you peace. Amen.

 

CLOSING SONG: Giver of All Things Good

By Paula Best, Church of the Beloved

 

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

 

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