Micah Sunday 2008
Sunday Liturgy and Guide
Micah Sunday is a global day of prayer to mobilize churches to engage with global poverty issues. It is a time for churches to learn, reflect and act on their belief about the importance of justice, and to commit to the fight for dignity for the most vulnerable.
Micah Sunday is celebrated with activities in church services around the world. These activities include prayer times, Biblical reflections and mobilization of faith communities to present public petitions in the fight against poverty within each context.
Micah Sunday 2008 is set for October 19, after the Stand Up 2008. However if you cannot mark Micah Sunday on October 19th, please choose another Sunday before October 19. This year’s Micah Sunday will coincide with Stand Up 2008, a period of high profile for the reduction of poverty in various communities in Zambia.
Aims of Micah Sunday
The aim of this year’s Micah Sunday is to:
- Mobilize Christians against poverty
- Intercede for our leaders to keep their promise to halve poverty by 2015.
- Pray for Zambia to meet her side of commitments to the MDGs.
- Take stock of what your church has done to lessen poverty in your community
- Discuss your aims for the service, including any local aims (e.g. Special Outreach)
- Hang posters, send invitations etc
- Involve all church members in preparing for the service (e.g. prepare posters illustrating the MDGs)
- Ask children to prepare a play, poem and/or song around the MDGs.
- Decorate the church in Micah Challenge Colors: Yellow and blue
Be ready to greet the congregation before the usual start time. Four options:
- Display MDG posters in the church
- Arrange the children to present Bible verses, poem or song to illustrate Micah Sunday
- Show the Micah Challenge Zambia Video, Agenda to End poverty
- Children and youth perform a 5 minute poverty drama.
- Read out statistics illustrating the Millennium Development Goals, with pauses for meditation and prayer.
Briefly introduce Micah Challenge Zambia and read the Micah Call. You could mention the two aims of Micah Challenge and the meaning of integral mission.
Read Isaiah 62: 1-12
Songs of Praise
Choose songs that praise the God of life, protector and carer of creation
Please ask the congregation to join in one or more of the actions indicated below:
- Read out the Micah Call and ask everyone to sign it as they leave the church
- To pray for our leaders to commit themselves to halve poverty by 2015.
Possible sermon Themes
Psalm 33:1-5 Justice and Righteousness, Isaiah 58 True fasting, Amos 5:21-24 Let Justice roll, Matthew 25:31-46 The least of These, Luke 4:14-19 Good news to the poor, Luke 10:25-37 Who is our neighbour? Luke 11:37-52 neglecting justice, James 1:19-27 Pure religion, James 2: 14-46 Faith and deeds.
To bring to mind the people of many lands and cultures who are joined with us in the Body of Christ, prayers of commitment could be said individually or jointly in as many languages as are represented in the church gathering, or as many languages as you wish.
This is a moment in history of unique potential, when the stated intentions of world leaders echo something of the mind of the Biblical prophets and the teachings of Jesus concerning the poor, and when we have the means to dramatically reduce poverty.
We commit ourselves, as followers of Jesus, to work together for the holistic transformation of our communities, to pursue justice, be passionate about kindness and to walk humbly with God.
We call on international and national decision-makers of both rich and poor nations, to fulfill their public promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015.
We call on Christians everywhere to be agents of hope for and with the poor, and to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountable in securing a more just and merciful world.