Sunday, 26 January 2014

Prayer for Sunday 26th January 2014

Collect for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
“God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in Christ our Lord.” 

Today is Homelessness Sunday which is the beginning of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, the annual opportunity for Britain’s churches to show solidarity with people who are pushed to the edge of society through poverty or homelessness. Money given at the cafĂ© for the next two Thursdays will be donated to Church Action on Poverty.

This year’s aim is to “Speak up for the rights of all who are destitute”. “Low wages, zero-hours contracts, outrageous interest charges by  doorstep lenders, benefits cuts, benefits delays, ‘sanctions’ on job-seekers – all these and more contribute to a Britain where many are locked out of what the rest take for granted. And there are plenty who are not destitute, but teetering on the edge. “Just two pay-packets away from homelessness” is how many feel.”