Thursday, December 11, 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, 11th of December 2008

We pray for the quick cessation of violence around the world especially in Greece, where the confrontations between youth and police led to the shooting of a young boy. We also pray for the women in the conflict zone of eastern D.R. Congo who are helplessly subjected to extreme forms of violence carried out by rebel soldiers.

We pray for all Muslim communities around the world as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, this week. We pray for the safety of those who celebrate in areas of conflict and tension.

We lift up the deplorable humanitarian situation in Gaza today due to the ongoing siege. We call upon churches around the world to join together in prayer for all the needy families, for the Christian community living in Gaza, and for organizations struggling to enter Gaza in order to distribute humanitarian aid.

As Christmas approaches, we pray that as Christians, our hearts will be awakened to the needs in our communities. May our prayers and financial contributions make a difference in people’s lives.

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