Disability Awareness Sunday

Today, in the church I attend, was Disability Awareness Sunday.  A Sunday where we as a church are reminded of the call we have to live as the body of Christ– the call to unity and inclusion.

Part of the service included a litany that was written by Lynell Bergen,  Spiritual Care Associate for Hope Centre Ministries.

There may be other churches who are looking for resources.  If you find this helpful, please feel free to use it and then let us know!

Jesus Loves Me
by Lynell Bergen
Lord, we come to you today with gifts and challenges.  We are a diverse group, but we can all agree:
                Jesus loves me, this I know.

Some us of struggle with the realities of aging:  ears and eyes, knees and hands that don’t work as well as they used to.  But some things stay the same:
                Jesus loves me, this I know.
Some of us can’t keep up with reading the PowerPoint, or with all the words in the sermon.  But we do understand:
                Jesus loves me, this I know.
Some of us live with depression or other mental health challenges.  It can be hard to believe:

                Jesus loves me, this I know.
Some of us are strong and independent.  We assume our hard work earns:
                Jesus loves me, this I know.
Some of us are made fearful or anxious by crowds or noises.  Can you say it quietly:
                Jesus loves me, this I know.
Some of us can’t speak.  But we can hold up our hands to say:

                Jesus loves me, this I know.
Weak or strong, worried or self-assured, lonely or cared-for, we all need to experience Jesus’ love through others around us.  So let’s say it together:
                Jesus loves me, this I know.
                Jesus loves us, this we know.
Thanks be to God.

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