Sunday, January 11
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: Human Trafficking Awareness
Whether working to stop the commercial sexual exploitation of children with ECPAT-USA or partnering with the Campaign for Fair Food and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Human Trafficking Roundtable connects Presbyterians to partners in the United States and around the world to end human trafficking. By linking congregations, presbyteries, and groups such as Presbyterian Women and Presbyterian Men to anti-trafficking organizations in this way, the Human Trafficking Roundtable helps to make the world a safer and more just place for all God’s children.
Human trafficking takes many forms, including, but not limited to, sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, and the use of children as soldiers. The Human Trafficking Roundtable includes staff members from various agencies and offices of the PC(USA) who connect the work of their offices to the broad work of the church to stop human trafficking.
Presbyterian General Assemblies have repeatedly called for an end to human trafficking and for changes in the unjust systems that perpetuate human rights abuses like human trafficking.
The evening psalm for today closes with two impassioned pleas: “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”
May it be so.
—Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the United Nations
Let us pray
May the Lord give strength to his people, especially persons who have been trafficked. May the Lord give strength to his people, especially persons working to change unjust systems. May the Lord bless his people with peace, with a promise for a just and better future, a future without slavery. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“Morning Has Broken”
GTG 664, HB 464, PH 469
“Sing Praise to God Who
GTG 645, HB 15, PH 483
“Take Me to the Water”
“Christ, When for Us
You Were Baptized”