We acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnabe, the Neutral Nation and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. We acknowledge that we who are the newcomers to this land have gained so much and our gain has come at a great cost to these peoples.
In this season of hope and new birth; of shepherds angels and Inns, we pray that we who are newcomers to this land will accept that the stories of past abuses are true. And that those stories will motivate us to make space ‘inn’ our hearts and lives. Shame and sadness of the past can immobilize us or it can empower and prepare our hearts and minds to change. As John the Baptist said, “prepare a way in the wilderness for the coming of the Lord.” Come Lord Jesus Come and show us the way of change.