Sunday 11th October is Homeless Sunday.
At this time of change, how do we pray, speak and act in solidarity with those who are homeless, and call for change in our housing policy?
We pray today for all women and men,
who are homeless this day.
For those sleeping under bridges,
on park benches, in doorways or bus stations,
or outside high street shops
and many other inappropriate places.
For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime.
For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent.
For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in.
For those who have no place to keep possessions that remind them who they are.
For those who are afraid and hopeless.
For those who have been let down by our social safety net.
For all these people, we pray that you will provide shelter, security and hope.
We pray that those of us with warm houses not be lulled into complacency and forgetfulness.
Jesus, help us to see your face in the eyes of every person experiencing homelessness who we meet. So that we may be empowered through word and deed, and by your grace, to bring justice and peace to those who are homeless.