Friday, December 05, 2008

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

Each week at 12:00 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. Our hope is that in our 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 continuing on around the world we pray for Peace with Justice and focus on specific issues each week.

Wave of Prayer for Thursday, 4th of December 2008

We pray for all the Christians in the Holy Land as Advent started this week in many Christian traditions. This year Sabeel’s advent program focuses On the “ Incarnation and Humanity ”. We pray that Advent will be a time of preparation through quiet reflection and prayer.

We pray for the families of over 150 people killed and more than 300 injured in the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai - India. We also pray that calm will quickly return in Nigeria after the current post-election violence between Christians and Muslims.

We pray for the international conference that will take place in Germany this week in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and where Sabeel will be represented. We pray that the conference will produce fruitful discussion, ideas and commitment to peace and justice in conflict areas around the world.

We pray for a just solution concerning the House of Contention in Hebron that Israeli settlers have invaded. We pray that the Israeli government will make the right decision to stop the forceful struggle of Israeli settlers to illegally occupy buildings and homes in the Hebron area and else where in the West Bank.

No comments: