Celebrate Recovery Month With Anchor House

Celebrate Recovery Month With Anchor House

8/9/2015

A litany for use in September, National Recovery Month.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
     Since 1967, God has used Anchor House to touch the lives of thousands of men, women and their families as they recovery from the grip of addiction.  This unique ministry of the New York annual conference of the United Methodist Church needs your support. We are asking during the month of September if you would dedicate a small portion of your service as “Hope Sunday” in recognition of this great cause.
     Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues.  
     We are enclosing a special litany for you to use during a worship service during the month of
September. Perhaps there may be some families of persons in your congregation who could use the help of Anchor House.  Enclosed is a short litany to honor National Recovery Month and we are asking for your financial support for this ministry that transforms lives through the love and hope of Jesus Christ.  If your congregation would like to help us change lives we would ask that you take a special offering on the Sunday you use the litany of hope. Please make your check out to Anchor House Inc. and mail the offering check to:
          Anchor House
          1041 Bergen Street
          Brooklyn New York 11216
     If you need further information or you know someone in need of our ministry please feel free to give us a call at the above numbers.  Thank you for believing in the message of hope which will help Anchor House grow and be blessed. The Litany can be copied from the conference website.
Sincerely,
 
Alison King, MSW, CASAC
Administrator

The following litany can be used on a Sunday in September and we hope that you pray for our United Methodist Ministry of Recovery at Anchor House.
Leader: We are called to be a community in fellowship with others – we share common attitudes, interest and goals.  Addiction can disrupt communities and move us away from our collective goals.

People: Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8) 
Leader: We are all called to be neighbors – to extend our care to people in need of help or kindness. Untreated substance abuse creates neighborhoods that are less safe and less productive.
People:  Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:37-40)
 Leader: We are all brothers and sisters as children of God, called to be the household of faith that lives in harmony as family.  Addiction destroys families and negatively affects our relationship with our Heavenly Father. 
People: He predestined us for adoption to son-ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (Ephesians 1:5)
 Leader: Through the power of love and renewal in Christ Jesus we can find the path to recovery from addiction and we can be restored to a healthy mind, body and spirit. 
People: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Leader: All of us stand in need of the means of grace that comes to us through Christ Jesus. We all require God’s healing to restore us to right relationships and the purposes that God has in store for us. Seeking healing from addiction and addictive behaviors can help us regain all that has been stolen or lost.
People: And through Him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in Heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him. (Colossians 1:20-22)
 Leader: We must each aim for our purpose in life with clear intention.  Remaining in recovery from addiction ensures that we can live a life filled with purpose, actively participating in our lives.
People: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
 All: We give thanks to God for Anchor House, our United Methodist recovery ministry that provides an answer and solution. For more than four decades, Anchor House has provided a true anchor, a stable and reliable foundation where hope is born again.  We give thanks to God that the house of hope prepares men and women to re-enter society as productive members empowered to reach their destiny.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast . . . (Hebrews 6:19)