2012 Many Peoples Sunday:
All Families of the Nations Shall Worship Before God
We live in a society where we interact regularly with people of other cultures and other races on a daily basis. Whether it is through work, school, at the grocery store or at the neighbourhood playground, we see a wonderful display of colour, clothing and culture, yet most of our congregations are culturally and racially quite uniform.
This worship resource emphasizes the diverse nature of God’s church and urges Mennonite Church Canada toward a better integration of God’s people. We have 225 congregations and over 31,000 members worshipping God across Canada. However, most congregations are not integrated culturally and racially.
Our family histories remind us that suffering and hardship often accompanies immigrants or refugees, and that newcomers want to pray to the Lord in the language of their hearts as they encounter the steep learning curve of acculturation. This has shaped our congregations, but also gives us compassion for today’s newcomers to Canada. We believe it is the desire of the Holy Spirit to see the church as it was on the day of Pentecost, with many people, many languages, many cultures, altogether, made one in Christ.
Our theme comes from Psalm 22: 27. David’s prophetic words call us to the living hope we have, that ALL the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord. All people, all colours…. and all the families of the nations shall worship before God for dominion belongs to the Lord.
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