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, October 9, 2008
We pray for the serious humanitarian situation in Somalia and the 3.2 million Somalis in urban and rural areas facing extreme poverty due to drought and high food prices. We pray for the Somali government and international agencies to respond adequately with a sustainable plan for humanitarian assistance.
We pray for the talks held in Cairo this week between the Hamas delegation and Egyptian officials towards ending the Hamas-Fatah power struggle. We pray that this meeting will serve as a significant step towards Palestinian national reconciliation.
We pray for the olive harvest that begins this week and continues through November. In light of assaults in previous years on Palestinian farmers, we pray for the protection of all Palestinians and international volunteers who will be participating in the harvest.
We pray for the meetings held this week in Netherlands organized by Pax Christi, between the delegation of Palestinian leaders and political and church leaders in Netherlands. We pray for the meetings to be a fruitful opportunity to garner religious and political support for ending the occupation.