God of Yellowknife by Mardi Tindal, United Church of Canada’s 40th Moderator

Via Scoop.itNWT News

Mardi Tindal, 40th Moderator

The United Church of Canada’s 40th Moderator of Brantford, Ontario.

@MardiTindal on Twitter at

http://twitter.com/marditindal

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I write from Yellowknife, NWT where General Secretary Nora Sanders and I are visiting the church ‘north of 60’. This visit follows my time with another northern community – Keewatin presbytery – meeting in Nelson House, Manitoba a couple of weeks ago. Having spent much of my winter in warmer-than-usual southern Ontario, it’s been good to be in snow and ice, even though it’s still warmer than normal in northern Manitoba and the Northwest Territories as well this winter.

I believe that Yellowknife United Church is the most northerly United Church congregation in Canada. And as we shared in worship this morning with the Rev. Peter Chynoweth and the congregation, we received a gift of hymn lyrics created by this congregation to ground their expression of faith in the bio-region in which they find themselves. Their own version of Jaroslav J. Vajda’s ‘God of the Sparrow’ (Voices United #229) had us singing lines such as:

God of the raven, God of the fox,
God of the northern lights…
God of the blizzard, God of the rain
God of the dene drum…
God of the greenstone, God of the ice,
God of the ptarmigan…
God of the taiga, God of the snow
God of the boreal…

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