In this guest blog, Neil Carpenter talks about his new book Austerity’s Victims.
St Leonard’s Church in Sunningwell, Oxfordshire, held a service recently to mark Church Action on Poverty Sunday. They kindly agreed to share their prayers with us here.
With Church Action on Poverty Sunday approaching on 11 February, our Director Niall Cooper says that as Christians, our challenge is to hear, value and amplify the voices of those at the margins of society.
This reflection on Matthew 22:1-14 and ‘voices from the margins’ was written by Revd Raj Bharath Patta. You could use it in your church or house group to mark Church Action on Poverty Sunday, 11 February.
We usually read Jesus’ interaction with the rich young man in Mark’s Gospel as being addressed to one person with wealth. Sue Richardson from Christian Aid suggests it could be interpreted as an invitation to the whole church, following Pope Francis’ appeal for “a poor church, of the poor”. This reflection includes questions for groups to explore the idea – why not use it on Church Action on Poverty Sunday?
Helen Hood, a member of our Council of Management, led us in a reflection at our 2017 conference on ‘voices from the margins’. Helen has kindly adapted her reflection so you can use it in your church – it’s suitable for Church Action on Poverty Sunday.
Nick Jowett of Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield wrote this prayer for our 2017 annual conference. You could also use it on Church Action on Poverty Sunday 2018.