Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2
Date:
19th January 2018
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

DAY 2 RESISTING MODERN SLAVERY

STARTING POINT

Human trafficking is modern day slavery. How should this be challenged and ended?

In the parable of the Good Samaritan and in Paul’s response to the slave Onesimus we

see how transgressing social norms affirms the image of God in every individual, and

thereby challenges those things that exclude people or hold them in chains. A united

Christian voice is essential and unless Christians act together, modern day slavery will

be too strong to resist.

Genesis 1.26-28

God created humankind in God’s own image

Psalm 10.1-10

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?

Philemon

No longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother

Luke 10.25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

REFLECTION

Not a daughter, but a dollar

not a sister, but profit gained

not a brother, but cheap labour

not a family fleeing terror

but a fortune to be made.

Captured by a web of lies

Snared by fear and manipulation

Seized by deceitful hands

Bound by broken promises

All dignity denied

Heart hard

a commodity to exploit

Heart sore

a beloved child of God

Heart held

in hope of liberation.

QUESTIONS

What do the words ‘human trafficking’ and ‘slavery’ evoke for you?

To what extent do you think Paul challenges slavery in the letter to Philemon?

How does a united Christian response make a difference in challenging injustices,

such as human trafficking?

PRAYER

Just and righteous God

You called your people out of slavery

And onwards to the new humanity

Where all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Enfold with your love those trafficked as slaves today.

Empower your Church

To denounce and work to end that evil trade

Living out the love and compassion of Christ

As we tend its victims.

Amen.

GO AND DO

(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)

Reformed Churches in the Caribbean have joined with the Council for World

Mission and the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission to

educate Christian communities to end the scourge of human trafficking.

Visit Go and Do to read the story of Sanlaap, helping those who

have been trafficked.

Organise a meeting between the churches in your area and invite

a speaker from an anti-trafficking organisation to come along to

inform, educate and inspire you to take action together against

human trafficking. Visit Go and Do to find out more.

 

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