The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
December 8, 2018
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” — James 2:15-16
This week, the IJM Kenya team facilitated dialogues with the family members of victims of extrajudicial killings. These dialogues create an opportunity for communities to share the realities of police abuse, bringing attention to the issue and creating an opportunity for leaders to recognize the need for change and improved policing. Pray that the stories of these families would inspire leaders to take the necessary steps to ensure that police no longer abuse their power, but protect the citizens of Kenya.
Praise God for over 60 volunteers in Bolivia who recently celebrated the first-ever graduation from our “AVES” Program (Specialized Advocates for Victims). With this program, IJM is training local volunteers, students and professionals to guide child survivors of sexual violence and their families through the complexities of the justice system. Please pray that this first-ever graduating class will be successful in providing the support survivors need.
Please pray for a potential rescue operation targeting dozens of people who have been held in bondage for years — some for decades. We cannot share many details publicly, but please pray the government would approve this rescue soon and that these families could be free at last. Pray for strong aftercare for these rescued families, and that those who abused them would be held accountable.
Praise God for IJM’s team and partners in Manila, who celebrated with more than 100 survivors of sex trafficking and cybersex trafficking at this week’s annual Christmas party. Join us in praising God for his great provision — for the churches who opened their doors and donated gifts, for the aftercare partners who are helping survivors heal and thrive and for all of the survivors who are looking toward the future with courage and hope.
IJM HQ & Global Partners: IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Please pray for the advocates who will be wearing a dress each day this month, partnering with our friends at Dressember to generate awareness and support for ending slavery. Ask God to give these advocates creativity, enthusiasm and joy as they participate in the campaign and rally others to the fight against trafficking.
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The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community. Also available are three Lite apps: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer.
ordinarily follows the scripture sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary. Longer reflections on the daily scripture readings are presented for Sundays, weekdays and many saints are presented daily. Make a 'Sacred Space' a daily practice, spend ten minutes, praying here and now, at a computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day. (multiple languages)
The Other 6
Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits, devised an “examination of consciousness”—a prayerful review of the day intended to help people recognize where they were finding, or needing to find, God in their lives. Other6 takes the essence of this centuries-old practice of the Examen and adapts it for today’s Internet-driven world by posing two questions: Where have you found God today? and Where do you need to find God today?
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Take Time for Personal Prayer
Prayer is a very personal experience of being with God. Each person finds different meaningful ways to pray. Centering Prayer is a style of meditative prayer that many people find significant while others find the long silence boring. The only way you’ll find out if it helps you connect with your deepest spiritual yearnings is to try it.
Maybe you’re not the memorized prayer type of person, nor do you like to be confined to a scripture reading or a devotional book. Not to worry, there are many ways to pray and this one only takes your presence and attention. For those who have plenty of excuses for not praying but genuinely want to know God’s presence, contemplative prayer may be something to try.
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