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Bradford churches pray for politicians

"What makes the country great is great people"

Bradford Baptist Church hosts a Canada Day Service every year, giving thanks for the gift of living in a free and democratic country, and offering prayers for the safety of the nation and the wisdom of its politicians.

“We pray for our local governments — and it’s not just this Sunday, but many, many Sundays,” said Pastor Tim Walker.

The service was attended by Bradford West Gwillimbury Mayor Rob Keffer and Coun. Raj Sandhu, and newly-elected MPP for York Simcoe Caroline Mulroney and her family.

Although MP Peter Van Loan was unable to attend because he was hosting an Old-Fashioned Dominion Day Pancake Breakfast in East Gwillimbury, he sent a video message.

“We are very fortunate to live in one of the best countries in the world — I think the best country in the world, one founded on freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” Van Loan said. “Our country has endured and grown, from the four provinces that joined Confederation, to 10 provinces and three territories. Canadians have changed the world for the better.”

The Canada Day Service held at Bradford Baptist Church was a joint effort with Bradford Community Church, Greater Life Assembly, and Portuguese-language Comunidade Agua Viva Congregaçao.

Pastors from each church shared their Canada Day messages and prayers for Canada’s leaders.

Pastor Eaton Hope Grant, of Greater Life Assembly, delivered a sermon on the Faith of a Nation. The message: “Trust God.”

“It’s never too late for God to use you… There’s greatness in you,” Eaton said. “That’s what makes the country great. What makes the country great is great people.”

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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