Thursday, September 04, 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, September 4, 2008

We pray for the millions of people affected by flooding in India, and those in the Caribbean and southern United States who are in the path of Hurricane Gustav. We pray for justice in the face of the structural poverty and racial division that is exposed by these natural disasters

We pray for the Muslim community in Palestine, Israel, and around the world, as they enter into the fasting month of Ramadan. May this be a time of spiritual renewal and an opportunity to strengthen ties between families and friends.

We celebrate all of the many visitors to Sabeel this week and pray that their work for justice and peace will be fruitful.

We raise up the delegation from Friends of Sabeel Netherlands who arrive this week. We pray that their visit will be a meaningful journey encouraging them to become effective advocates for justice and peace.

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