Living Psalms Book
Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.
Living Psalm 106:1-5—Pentecost 19 A
Thanksgiving Day in Canada—Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States
Welcome to Living Psalms Nancy Arthur Best, Mohawk name, Golden Feather Woman.
Nancy is a guest writer for this week as a person of First Nations heritage writing for the US commemoration of Indigenous People’s Day and a Canadian writing for Canadian Thanksgiving.
Praise our Creator!
O Meegwetch give thanks to the Maker,
for Turtle Island nurtures us;
love lives forever in ancestors dancing in the aurora borealis.
Who can truth talk the mighty doings of the Creator, or drum all his praise?
Joyful are those who observe justice, who work for right relations at all times.
Remember me, O Great Spirit, when you show honour to your people;
help me when you lead us places of protection;
I see the grateful hunting of creatures,
generous gathering and abundant harvest prosperity of our clans,
that I may dance in the ceremonies of our nation’s people,
that I may glory in your ancestry.
All my Relations.
Living Psalm 106 for Canadian Thanksgiving and Indigenous Peoples’ Day (US), was written by Nancy Arthur Best: Mohawk name, Golden Feather Woman.
Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community.
Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.
© Copyright 2020 Maren Nancy Arthur Best. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.
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