Thursday, September 25, 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 25, 2008

We pray for the political situation in Israel. As the Israeli government is in the process of transitioning its political leadership, we pray for the establishment of a new government that has the courage to make lasting peace that is based on justice.

As tensions between Fatah and Hamas have recently aggravated military clashes in Gaza, we pray for the current negotiations taking place between them. We pray that Fatah and Hamas will walk the path of reconciliation and agree upon a political agenda to work for the common interests of all Palestinians.

We pray for the weekly youth bible study at Sabeel. We raise up the youth and their commitment to studying their faith and deepening their understanding of the biblical texts.

We pray for the Sabeel conference "Peace, Palestine and U.S. Policy" that will take place this week in Detroit, Michigan. We pray for our Friends of Sabeel-North America who are attending the conference so that this will be a time of rekindled commitment to advocacy and just peace for Palestine.

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