Friday, October 24, 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, October 23, 2008

We pray for the meetings held between state leaders and international organizations to discuss the global financial crisis. As they make their decisions, we pray that they remember the needs of ordinary people who are the most affected by the crisis.

This week, we continue to raise in prayer both local and international volunteers participating in the Olive Harvest and their safety. We pray that Palestinian farmers and their families who are suffering from continuous settler violence and uprooting of olive trees may have a peaceful harvest.

We pray for the numerous pilgrimage groups coming to Jerusalem who take the time out of their Holy Land trips to participate in alternative tours - either the Contemporary Way of the Cross or other opportunities and make an effort to see and hear what is happening in Jerusalem and the OccupiedPalestinianTerritories.

We pray for all Sabeel staff and volunteers in Jerusalem and Nazareth planning the seventh international conference. As the conference dates quickly approach, we pray that all will be united in a spirit of love, encouragement, and commitment to the work of justice.

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