Saint Andrew United Methodist Church

1528 Church Road

Toms River NJ 08755

On the Backs of the Poor

Posted by on Monday, March 5, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

3rd Week of Lent

Prayer of the Week

(pray this prayer each day this week)

O’ God of Justice,

I am extravagantly blessed. Even in the midst of my daily trials and challenges I pause this day to remember how much I have been given… and to acknowledge how many people in the world live with much much less. Half of all the people in the world live on less than $2.50 per day. 22,000 children die each day as a result of poverty. More than 805 million people do not have enough to eat. More than 750 million people do not have adequate access to clean water. This week, help me to remember with thanksgiving all that I have. Help me express this thanksgiving in generosity and acts of mercy. Above all, O’ God, help me understand how my society, government, and economy contribute to my blessing at the expense of the poor and help me become part of the solution that brings justice to all the world

In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Read Amos 5:10-13; Amos 5:21-24

Week 3: Questions for Reflection

It’s easy to forget, in our comfort and security, that many people are suffering and vulnerable. We live our days according to the laws and customs of our society, and congratulate ourselves for being good citizens. We might even see what we receive as a ‘reward’ for good behavior. The Israelites in Amos’ time were doing just that…   living and enjoying life. The problem was that the rich, influential people in society were getting an ever-larger share of the land, money, and resources by stripping the poor, powerless people of the little they had…  through various lawful but unjust practices relating to taxes, the law, etc. God rejects all activity that lacks a central concern for justice

How much time do you spend giving thanks for all you have received? How much time do you spend ‘remembering the poor’ and those who have very little in your prayers?

Have our society’s practices cheated the less fortunate among us? If so, How?

Are you currently involved in a ‘cause’ for justice? Do you do something to improve the lot of those who are not just poor but poor as a result of disadvantage?

Action for the Week

Choose an area in your life where you feel that society has given you an advantage (financial, education, job, health, etc.) and do something to help someone who is disadvantaged in that same area

Pastor Erik

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