Thursday, July 03, 2008

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

Each Thursday at noon in Jerusalem, Sabeel holds a Communion service that is open to the community. It is a time to join together to celebrate the Eucharist, to discuss how the scriptures apply to our lives today, and to pray for the specific needs of this region. Following the 2006 Sabeel International Conference, the Friends of Sabeel coordinators met and discussed the idea of "Waves of Prayer." The premise is that in their respective time zones, individuals and groups around the world will pray together at 12:00 on Thursdays, in solidarity with Sabeel in Jerusalem and with "Friends of Sabeel" worldwide. Starting in Australia, passing through Palestine, and on around the world we will pray for Peace with Justice and focus on specific issues each week.

Wave of Prayer for Thursday, July 3, 2008

We pray for all people who are struggling with serious economic situations. We pray for those facing poverty in our local communities, from Gaza to Nablus, as well as for those around the world, including in the world's richest countries, who struggle to make ends meet. We pray that the church worldwide will remember its commitment to the poor.

We pray for the safety of the children during summer vacations. We particularly lift up the orphanages in Hebron which remain under closure orders from the Israeli military. We pray that this situation will come to a just resolution and that all of the children of this land will be able to live in a more just and safe future.

We lift in prayer the upcoming Sabeel young adult trip on Saturday to Tiberias to visit demolished villages of 1948 and meet former residents. We pray that this visit will be another step to enable these Palestinian Christian young adults to gain a greater understanding of their own history.

We pray for new members and energy in our new Friends of Sabeel Germany and all chapters as they reach out to others who want to work for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Reprinted with Permission

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