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, August 14, 2008
We pray for peace between Russia and Georgia. We mourn those who have died in this violence and pray for comfort for their families.
We pray for the small boy who died this week due to lack of permission to leave Gaza for medical treatment, moving this number to over one hundred who have died during this last year. We pray that efforts like the Free Gaza Boat will raise international consciousness about this deteriorating situation.
We give thanks for Sabeel's Open Forum this week that tackles the challenging subject of what a future Palestinian state would look like. We pray that participants will be inspired after the conversation to work for their vision of a just resolution to the conflict.
We give thanks for the work of Les Amis de Sabeel and their commitment to translating the work of Sabeel in French so that more people around the world are able to read, understand and act.