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 creator
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 marginalized.

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 the earth.

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.

 

 Legacies 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.

 

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CONTACT INFO

Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3217
schuenem@ucc.org

Ms. Barbara T. Baylor
Minister for Heathcare Justice
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3708
baylorb@ucc.org