We invite Community of Christ members and friends to join with other people of faith in a global “wave of prayer.” Pray December 10 at noon local time to end hunger as part of our effort to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.
Started at Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis’ call to people around the world to join in prayer to end hunger and poverty has prompted other organizations and faith leaders to be part of this worldwide prayer event. Bread for the World, an organization Community of Christ partners with, is one group urging its members to get involved:
Please plan to pray—individually, in small groups, in community gatherings, at your church—December 10 at noon. Some congregations also will pray during their worship services December 8.
Christian Churches Together notes that those “leading this global prayer event see it as the beginning of an extended,faith-grounded effort to end hunger and poverty. They understand that personal involvement with people in need and changes in public policy are crucial to progress against hunger and poverty.”
As we pursue Christ’s mission, we look for opportunities to engage with other organizations that value the Worth of All Persons. Together we promote our concern for hunger as we seek to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. Another example is our sponsorship of Ecumenical Advocacy Days, whose 2013 focus was food justice for a healthy world.
The prayer from Caritas is below, or you can create your own. Additional resources for worship and starting local ministries to end hunger are available from Community of Christ World Hunger Ministries.
Caritas Internationalis Prayer for December 10
O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.
You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through his death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.
Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food—even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served 5,000 and many more.
We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.
Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world's citizens, to find just and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.
Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for divine judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All.” Amen.