Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 5
Date:
22nd January 2018
Description:
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 5 PURSUING ECONOMIC JUSTICE
STARTING POINT
The inheritance of slavery and colonialism has meant that the economies of the
Caribbean have never been self-sustaining. As a result, they have become dependent
upon borrowing on the international markets in order to sustain economic
development, which impacts upon the poorest, with regard to things such as transport,
health and education. The Church is called to hear the voice of the poor that is often
silenced but the disunity of the Church hinders this prophetic voice. Therefore,
Christian unity is critical for the Church in its vocation to be on the side of the poor.
Deuteronomy 1.19-35
The Lord God goes before you and carried you
Psalm 145.9-20
The Lord upholds all who are falling
James 1.9-11
The rich will disappear like a flower in the field
Luke 18.35-43
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
REFLECTION
I don’t have time to hear
beyond the din of the crowd
the pointless bleating of some sightless tramp.
Just a nuisance.
More important things to do.
Plans to be completed.
Status to be sustained.
The field lies barren,
faded flowers crunching under foot.
Until God comes
to sow from bountiful hand
a meadow of new hope
and a feast for eyes that were blind.
QUESTIONS
How do you work with other Christians to engage with social issues?
How do churches working together in service to the community contribute to
Christian unity?
How has the unity of Christians enabled the prophetic voice? What can be learned
from this?
PRAYER
God of the poor and dispossessed,
You hear the cries of your despised ones.
You look with favour on the lowly
And bring down the powerful from their thrones.
Hear our cries for those who are silenced,
Our protests for those pushed to the margins.
In our advocacy with them
May we find the unity to which you call us
In Christ’s name.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
The Caribbean Conference of Churches has launched an initiative to address
the current debt crisis in the region and through their international networks
to come to the aid of the poor.
Visit Go and Do to read of how debt relief has made an enormous difference
to one farmer’s life.
Visit Go and Do to find out more about the Jubilee debt campaign and how
you can take action as churches together and be part of the global movement
to break the chains of debt.

 

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