During our worship gathering on Sunday we joined with thousands of other communities of faith around the globe partnering with the Micah Challenge in the Lend a Hand campaign. 2010 is a year of great challenge and opportunity in the fight against global poverty. It’s ten years since the nations of the world made promises to the poor amongst us and the Lend a Hand campaign was an initiative designed to bring 100 million people together in a worldwide cry that the poor and our promises to them cannot be forgotten.
If the nations of the world did what they promised to do in 2000, half a billion people would be lifted out of poverty by 2015. With full recognition that poverty will not be solved solely by governments, I do believe that as citizens and as followers of Christ we can ask our leaders to follow-through on the commitments we made to do our part in eliminating the sin of extreme poverty. And as Christians and members of the Body of Christ we have a special calling to love and serve the poor. As Micah 6:8 reminds us: “What does the Lord require? To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbling with your God.”
During our worship gathering we provided the opportunity and space for people to gather around prayer stations to “lend a hand” We invited them to promise to live justly or to advocate for the poor around the world. And we invited people to pray passionately because we can’t achieve anything as big as this without God’s help. The image in this post contains that hand-prints of many who participated in this time of prayer and commitment.
What is the connection between worship and justice? Is it right to advocate for justice in the context of a worship gathering? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Our worship set for the morning included:
- Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall)
- Not to Us/Here is Our King (Todd Fields version)
- Small Rebellions (song from Jars of Clay new project, “Shelter”)
- Follow Me (Leeland)
- You Have Shown Us (Compassion Art Project)
You can learn what other churches experienced in worship at The Worship Community.