Friends,

For the past three years, the General Council 42 planning team has been preparing for this important gathering.

For the last two years, the Newfoundland and Labrador Conference local arrangements team has been arranging a warm welcome. Soon, we will be able to say “All is now ready!”

The scripture passage that has informed our preparations is Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new." The Moderator, The Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson, has been intentional to have it inform his leadership and reflection on the work of the General Council during this time. As the commissioners to GC42 prepare to make a physical pilgrimage to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, we invite the entire United Church of Canada into a prayer pilgrimage.

For the next 40 days we will pray together. The following prayers (PRAYER PILGRIMAGE) have been prayed, written, and shared with us as a daily prayer practice. As you pray each day, please hold in your heart our whole United Church. Think of the power of all of us praying together. So “May it be so." Amen.

With gratitude for the gifts and competency of the Gathering editorial team, and the wisdom and tenderness with which these prayers have been offered to the church, let us pray.

Rev. Maya Landell
Coordinator of Worship at GC42

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