[As with many Christians around the world, it appears that the sitemaster at Sabeel had planned to take a few days off around the Christmas holidays. There was no Wave of Prayer posted for Christmas Day and none planned for New Year's Day. The recent events in Gaza appear to have changed that plan. Reprinted with permission.]
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, Thursday 1th of January 2009
We bring the situation in Gaza to the Lord in prayer. We pray for healing for the 1700 people injured in the assault, for comfort for the families of the 363 people killed, and for strength for the people who continue to face violence. We pray that Israel will stop its ruthless bombardment, that Hamas will refrain from retaliating violently, and that justice will prevail. We pray that expressions of solidarity in the West Bank and around the world will be well attended and remain peaceful.
We pray that the prayer service for Gaza called for by Sabeel and the National Coalition of Christian Organizations will be a sacred time for remembrance, comfort, and prayer. We pray that this gathering of Christians from all traditions on Sunday, January 4 at 5:00pm will be a powerful expression of unity and solidarity with the people of Gaza.
We pray that Friends of Sabeel around the globe will find meaningful ways of sharing with the world what is happening in Gaza. We pray for their courage to speak the truth in spite of popular misconceptions. We hope that the latest Sabeel statement on the situation [available on Sabeel’s website] will prove valuable.