Thursday, November 06, 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, November 6, 2008

We pray for some 250,000 people in eastern D.R. Congo who have been displaced by fighting in rebel-held territories. We pray for the international community to act responsibly in bringing humanitarian relief and initiating peacekeeping efforts that will pacify the war-torn region.

We pray for the Palestinian families in the West Bank and the Bedouin families in Southern Israel that have become recently homeless due to an increase of demolition of homes by the Israeli army. We especially pray for the children who are traumatized by this experience of losing their homes especially as it gets closer to winter.

We pray for the conference sponsored by Friends of Sabeel-Scandinavia that will be held this week in Stavanger, Norway. We pray that it will be a fruitful time of gathering and learning for the participants.

As the final week of preparation for the Sabeel international conference ends, we pray for the creation of a conference that shares both information and hopes with people from around the world and locally. We thank God for all of the staff and international and local volunteers who are helping out during the conference and we pray for the safety for participants as they travel.

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