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 THANKSGIVING DAY, Thursday, November 27, 2008
We thank God for a fruitful Sabeel Seventh International conference (November 12-19, 2008). As conference participants return home, we pray that they may have the courage and creativeness to testify about what they have witnessed and heard during their time here.
We pray for comfort for the Al Kurd family who was evicted from their home and has recently lost the head of the family, Mohammed Al Kurd. We pray that they will be able to leave the tent they are currently living in temporarily and to find a permanent home.
We pray for the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza due to Israel's illegal blockade. We pray for all the Palestinians and especially for children living in Gaza in the midst of poverty and unemployment, and lack of education, health services, and fuel.
We pray for everyone around the world who is traveling this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. We also pray that, as Advent approaches, Christians around the world will remember the message of incarnation for all humanity.