‘The Lord loves a cheerful taxpayer (!?): Tax Justice as a Christian Concern

Sunday 14th June can be marked as Tax Justice Sunday. The Pre-recorded Circuit Service that day, which premieres at 5pm and is available any time after that, includes an introduction to the issue of Tax Justice and can be found here once released:
Bromsgrove & Redditch YouTube Service June 14th 5pm

For a fuller service created by Churches Action on Tax Justice visit the same YouTube channel from 8am at
Churches Action on Tax Justice service for June 14th

To find out more, including reading material, worship material and an opportunity to make a donation visit their website at
Church Action on Tax Justice Website

Here is a prayer of Intercession. Though devised for a congregational setting it is still valuable for individual use.

Prayers of Intercession, Solidarity and Commitment

Leader Let us pray for all those affected by tax avoidance and evasion, the poor in developing countries and the poor in our own, who do not get the services they need because tax is not paid.

Lord, we are upset…
Response Lord, hear our distress.

Leader Let us pray for all those who strive, sometimes desperately, to provide public services, in education, health, social care, housing, water and energy, that they may feel support and encouragement as they seek to provide adequately for those in need.

Lord we are troubled…
Response Lord, hear our distress.

Leader Let us pray for all those with wealth, both individually and collectively, earned or unearned, who are tempted to retain their wealth at the expense of the powerless and the poor.
Lord we are angry…
Response Lord, hear our distress.

Leader Let us pray for those who have responsibility for political and economic policies in our nation and among the nations, that they may resist self-interested pressures from the powerful, and develop their policies for the common good.
Lord, hear our prayer…
Response And help us make it happen.

Leader Let us pray for those who seek aggressively to avoid their taxes, as individuals or representing corporations, and those in the legal, accountancy and financial professions who advise them, that they may comprehend the deceit they sustain.
Lord, hear our prayer…
Response And help us make it happen.

Leader Let us pray for all those with leadership responsibilities in our Churches, especially in the financial sphere, that they may be eager to engage with issues of economic inequality and speak out actively despite any criticism, to challenge all injustice.
Lord, hear our prayer…
Response And help us make it happen.

Leader In the Name of Christ, who always brings good news to the poor,
Response Amen

Revd David Haslam

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