UCC Health and Human Service Sunday
Sunday, January 29, 2012
(Any Sunday may be chosen for the observance.)
"Legacies of Compassion and Human Service"
Shedding the spirit of apathy, we are all called to engage in diakonal ministry.
Health and Human Service Sunday is a special opportunity to create awareness of the health concerns of our communities and world, and to learn about the many and various health and human service ministries of the United Church of Christ. It is observed annually in the United Church of Christ and is an opportunity to talk about health in a holistic way, address the issues of justice in our health care systems and learn about how each of us can become involved.
The resources for observing Health and Human Service are available throughout the year and may be used for the many opportunities congregations and other organizations have for creating awareness of and responding to the health needs of their communities and throughout the world.
Resources for 2012
Reflections on Mark 1:21-28
A Litany for Diakonal Ministry
Leader: God, our loving
People: Make us care
enough to trust you.
L: Jesus, friend
of all – even the outcasts, the apathetic, all those marginalized
P: Open our eyes
to see you in all creation – including the outcasts, the apathetic, all those
L: Holy Spirit,
God’s fire, make us sharers in the holiness of God
P: Guide us in the
direction of those who are vulnerable.
L: God of grace,
who creates us into a new community
P: Warm our hearts
and souls to love our neighbors as we love you.
L: God of love,
you are a wellspring of hope and compassion
P: Give us strength and courage to be a
sanctuary to those who are in need of grace and mercy
L: God, our
refuge and strength, help our congregations be places of extravagant welcome
P: Help us work tirelessly to make changes in
ourselves and in our communities that model a welcoming spirit.
L: Creator God,
with your love you support and sustain us.
P: Help us
recreate the human community to promote justice and peace for the healing of
L: O God, pour upon
us the precious oil of unity
P: Let us move
forward together with one mind and one spirit
L: Almighty God,
you have called us to feed the hungry welcome the stranger; shelter the
homeless; clothe the naked; and comfort the sick and imprisoned.
P: Help us to
remember that we are an extension of Jesus Christ’s ministry in the world. Give
us courage to practice diakonia – the ministry of healing, service, care
compassion and hospitality.
All: Where the
Church is, there is the mission. Where the Church is, there are those who have
been called to live “for the sake of the other.” Let the love and grace of God be made visible
in our mission in health and human service.
of Compassion and Human Service
Stories from UCC-related health and human service agencies
The Rev. Louis Edward Nollau and the founding of Evangelical Children's Home
Hope Finds a Home at Earl's Place
United Church Home Society Creates Haven for Homeless Teens
Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry Network Harnesses the Power of Story
Partnership Provides Role Models for Teen Moms
Volunteers Help Lydia's House Renovate Shelter
Arcadia Meets Growing Seniors' Needs in Honolulu, Hawaii
Fowlkes Brings Healing Hand to UCAN
Health and Human Service Sunday Archives
To check-out resources from previous years, click here.