Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 5
Date:
22nd January 2018
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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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