Do what is just, show mercy and live in humble fellowship with all humanity

Hello everyone!  I am back again as I want to share the service I experienced this morning as it made a wonderful start to One World Week.  Our new deacon David Hunt led the worship.  For the children’s address he threw a ball of string to the choir, who had to hold one end and throw it down to the congregation, and round until it ran out of length.  He then asked each person to pull the string, so they could see how it affected the others holding the string; it illustrated how interrelated we all are.  As we face difficulties in our country over the credit crunch, the poorest in the world are affected more drastically.  If each of us did something to reduce our carbon footprint, to buy goods which have been fairly traded and recycle goods, we would help the situation.  He used as his text Micah chapter 6 v8 ‘No, the Lord has told us what is good.  What he requires of us is this; to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.’  We have responsibility to the rest of the world and those who are vulnerable in our country and we need to reduce our wants, so that the majority of the world can just live.  Before the offering we read these important words to ourselves:

 

  • Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
  • Goal 5: Improve maternal health
  • Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

 

If we agreed with those sentiments we were asked to make a stand against poverty and we said these words as we stood up:

 

As part of the generation that demands an end to poverty, I stand up:

 

  • For the people killed by poverty today
  • To insist that governments keep their promises to the poor
  • To reach the Millennium Development Goals* and aim even higher
  • For action not excuses
  • For justice and equality

 

I stand up against poverty.  Amen

 

* the Millennium Goals are listed above.

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2 Responses to Do what is just, show mercy and live in humble fellowship with all humanity

  1. Steven says:

    Hi Helen thats a lot of goals I dont think we have a credit crunch I am sure its  myth thats been started by gossip to bring down the banks.
    Some ones making a fortune out of this.
    Steve

  2. Helen says:

    Hi Steven
    I am sure that the media has to take a lot of the blame for the credit crunch.  If people had not decided to move their money then it would not have happened.  I am still with the Halifax and will not move the little I have.  I am most concerned about my daughter and her partner, who cannot sell their home, when they have to struggle each month to pay their mortgage!

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