Congregations are asked to participate in the Homeless Sabbath Weekend by including prayers and readings in their service(s) held on December 16th, 17th and 18th, 2016, at their respective house of worship. On this weekend, we will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community.
“The Homeless Sabbath is a unique opportunity for the Interfaith Communities in Union County to not only to pray for our homeless neighbors but also to begin to take steps to end homelessness in our community,” said Reverend Howard Bryant of Townley Presbyterian Church.
Many of us will prepare for the upcoming holiday celebrations in our homes and congregations and it is important that we remember the many individuals, families and children who do not have a home for the holidays or throughout the year.
The Sabbath Weekend will specifically align with the “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil,” which will be hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 639 Mountain Ave., Springfield, NJ, on December 21st at 7 PM.
“The weekend of the Homeless Sabbath was selected as it is only a few days prior to the longest night of the year. On that night, December 21, we will hold a vigil to remember all homeless people who died in the past year because they had no place to call home,” said Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.
A variety of resources are available to assist with planning a Homeless Sabbath in your congregation.