God of ever-new beginnings

God of ever-new beginnings,

God in whom past, present and future perpetually coalesce,

as a new year unfolds before us,

through the dark days of January,

tough storm, flood, ice or snow may unsettle us,

though personal difficulties may beset us,

help us always to remember

that your light shines through the deepest darkness,

that your love surrounds and summons us,

that your life is stronger than death itself;

and that your grace sustains us

and is sufficient.

written by Norman Shanks

Call to Action

Some of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission that have been explored in the worship series “Tapestry of Life”. To watch past worship videos, please go to –

https://www.facebook.com/beachunitedchurch/videos

#21. We call upon the federal government to provide sustainable funding for existing and new Aboriginal healing centres to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harms caused by residential schools, and to ensure that the funding of healing centres in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories is a priority. [Health]

#59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

#3. We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first and needs-based principle used in Canada to ensure that First Nations children living on and off reserve have equitable access to all government funded public services.

#17. We call upon all levels of government to enable residential school survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name-change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.

#6. We call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada. 

Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under their care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.

To read the full Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action click this link http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Check out “Music for the Soul”

This link will take you to the Music for the Soul webpage https://beachunitedchurch.com/worship-and-music/music-for-the-soul/