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O Canada

Here is a bit of the history to explain how we have gotten to where we are as a country. Let's take a look…

"On July 1, 1867, the British North Americas Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four provinces. This event is known as the Confederation of Canada. The four original provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Canada's boundaries have been extended since 1867. The country now consists of 10 provinces and three territories.

On June 20, 1868, Canada's Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation. July 1 became a holiday, known as Dominion Day, in 1879. However, no official celebrations were held until the 50th anniversary in 1917 and the 60th anniversary in 1927. After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and more events were organized by the national government. After the centenary of the confederation in 1967, Dominion Day events became more widespread. July 1 became popularly known as Canada Day. The date was also officially known as Canada Day from 1983 onwards.”

On Wednesday, we will celebrate our nation's birthday. We cannot do it as we would traditionally, in light of our present pandemic, but we all can stop and say thank you to God for all He has blessed us with living in this country. Our families have come to this country from all around the world. We are a rich mixture of people groups and cultures that make us such a wonderful nation. We have been so blessed.

God bless you, my friends, as we celebrate together from a distance. As we strive together as a people to pray for our country, support our country and cheer for our country, may God continue to encourage us and watch over us as a people. Have a great Canada Day! I close with our national anthem. May we sing in with dedication, thanksgiving and pride. God bless you, Canada!

O Canada! Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all of us command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God bless you – see you Thursday – Pastor Ralph

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