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The Inconvenient Indian -Thomas King 

Moon of the Crusted Snow - Waubgeshig Rice 

The Gospel in a Handshake - Kevin J. Adams 

A Rhythm of Prayer - edited by Sarah Bessey

Morning and Evening Prayers - Cornelius Plantinga

Five Little Indians - Michelle Good

In Search of April Raintree - Beatrice Mosionier

A Burning in My Bones - Winn Collier  (biography of Eugene Peterson)

Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese

No Cure for Being Human - Kate Bowler

Right now I'm reading "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America" by Thomas King.  A few of us are studying it with a small group, using the Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee's short teaching videos to jump-start our discussion.  Much injustice has been done in the colonizing of our countries, and this learning is one step towards reconciliation and action on my part, and on the part of our church (I hope).  It is a quasi-history written with warmth and wit, honesty and power by master story-teller Thomas King.  I highly recommend it. 

I've also just begun to use Cornelius Plantinga's new book "Morning and Evening Prayers"   His language and word choices, and authenticity help me pray in new ways.  

"Gutter Child" by Canadian Jael Richardson is a powerful first novel, and while it's "fantasy" you will immediately see the parallels to systemic racism in our present world. 

I also really enjoyed "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah, the comedian born and raised in apartheid South Africa.

here's the playlist I made for our congregation: Songs of Hope for an Anxious Time


He Shall Reign Forevermore (Chris Tomlin) 

A Christmas Hallelujah (Cohen's tune; Cloverton lyrics)

Glory (let there be peace) - Matt Maher

Majesty in the Manger - Greg Sykes

Sing we the Song of Emmanuel - Getty/Matt Papa

Noel - Chris Tomlin & Lauren Daigle

Thanks for this!  Great playlist.  I make a playlist for our congregation each new "season" (Lent/Easter; Fall series; Advent/Christmas) to help them worship during the week, and be ready for Sunday worship, especially with new songs, and to help young families.  I don't mind sharing my Advent/Christmas playlist if you want! 

This is a great idea!  I would suggest placing the scripture in a particular "role" in the liturgy: if it's a good call to worship, label it as such and have the kids recite it there.  If it's a scripture that calls us to live God's way and follow Jesus, place it after the confession & forgiveness.  etc.  In other words, let the recitations serve the liturgy. 

Right now I'm loving "Is he Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson.  And "King of kings" by Hillsong. Both work for Advent, and beyond.  

Build Your Kingdom Here - Rend Collective;  Send Me Out - Steven Fee; Multiply Your love - Andy Park; Father let your kingdom come -Porters Gate; Christ be our Light (LUYH); Show Your Power - Kevin Prosch; Hope of the Nations - Brian Doerksen

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