## Prayer & Scriptures - The Economic Community

##### Opening Prayer

"A Worker's Prayer"

My Lord, Jesus Christ

I offer You, this day,

all my work, my hopes and struggles,

my joys and sorrows.

Grant me, and all my fellow workers,

the grace to think like You,

to work with You,

and to live in You.

Help me to love You with all my heart,

and to serve You with all my strength.

Lord, Jesus Christ, Carpenter of Nazareth,

You were a worker as I am.

Give me, and all workers, the privilege

to work as You did,

so that everything we do

will be to the greater glory of God.,

and the benefit of our fellow men.

May Your kingdom come into our offices,

our factories and shops,

into our homes and into our streets.

Give us this day a living wage,

so that we may be able to keep Your law.

May we earn it without envy or injustice.

To us who labor and are heavily burdened,

send speedily the refreshment of Your love.

May we never sin against You.

Show us Your way to work,

and when our work here is done,

may we, with all our fellow workers,

rest in peace.

Amen.

Gilbert Hay, The Father Gilbert Prayer Book, 1st ed. (Silver Spring, MD: Trinity Missions, 1965).

##### Scriptures

Deuteronomy 24:10-17 (NIV)

When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, do not go into their house to get what is offered to you as a pledge. Stay outside and let the neighbor to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you. If the neighbor is poor, do not go to sleep with their pledge in your possession. Return their cloak by sunset so that your neighbor may sleep in it. Then they will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the Lord your God.

Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.

Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.

Luke 19:45-47 (NIV)

When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.

Acts 4:32-37 (NRSV)

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.