Worship resources

Hunger for justice

All worship resources below are from Hunger for Justice: A Worship Resource for World Food Day 2016 by Canadian Foodgrains Bank. To view the complete set of worship materials, visit foodgrainsbank.ca.

World Food Day is October 16 but your congregation may choose to use these materials at Thanksgiving or any other time during the year.

Suggested Scripture readings

Luke 18:1-8 Persisting in prayer

Jeremiah 31:27-34 A new covenant written on our hearts

Psalm 119:97-104 The law of the Lord

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Hold fast to what you have learned

 

Opening prayer

God of love and justice,

we gather together to worship you:

to offer our thanks and praise

and to proclaim your goodness and mercy.

Meet us here.

Breathe your Word into our souls;

engrave your covenant of love upon our hearts.

Teach us faithfulness and compassion

so that our lives may reflect

your love and justice to the world. Amen.

 

Praise litany (based on Psalm 146)

Come! Sing praise to God!

We will praise God as long as we live!

Blessed are those

who have the God of Israel as their helper,

whose hope is in the Most High–

Creator of heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them.

 

Come! Sing praise to God!

We will praise God as long as we live!

 

God keeps every promise forever.

God gives justice to the oppressed,

and food to those who hunger.

 

Come! Sing praise to God!

We will praise God as long as we live!

 

God frees the prisoners,

opens the eyes of the blind,

and lifts the burdens of those bowed down.

God watches over the refugee,

and upholds the orphan and widow.

 

Come! Sing praise to God!

We will praise God as long as we live!

 

Our God loves those who do right,

but deliberately thwarts those who do evil.

 

Come! Sing praise to God!

We will praise God as long as we live!

 

Prayer for the offering

Generous God,

through your Son, Jesus Christ,

you have shown us what it means to love.

And you call us to follow Your example–

to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

 

Continue to write your law of love on our hearts.

Give us an unwavering passion for justice,

and a tenacious faith that will not rest

until the hungry are fed,

the oppressed find relief,

and the outsider finds a welcome. Amen.