Native American Ministries Sunday, the third Sunday after Easter, serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. The special offering supports Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States.
With God’s grace and guidance, the NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES COMMITTEE will serve as the body that gathers to listen to and support fellow Native United Methodists, partners with all Native Peoples, educates non-Natives, and advocates for Native issues with our strong Native communities in the Northeastern Jurisdiction and beyond.
A BIDDING PRAYER FOR
NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY
Let us sit with our feet firmly planted on the ground…and notice that we have the gift of breath.
Thank God for the privilege of living on this planet that generously sustains us.
Let us share these bidding prayers:
….. offer gratitude for the ancestors who have stewarded this land for the generations before us…from the beginning of time to this moment.
….offer gratitude for the gifts given and the sacrifices made that bring us to this moment.
…. acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of many Indigenous communities including but not limited to the Adena and Seneca people
….. ask for courage to uncover the truth that has been buried revealing how many were unjustly treated as less than human and displaced.
… remember their elders past and present as we bring the past and future into the holistic now.
May God grant us grace, wisdom, and energy to work for healing, transformation, and repair as we hold their existence and their experience in our consciousness.