Friday, June 26, 2009

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, June 25, 2009

The election in Iran proves once again the necessity for integrity and honesty in democracy. As clashes continue, we pray that a peaceful resolution can be found before more people are imprisoned or killed.

This week, Sabeel is hosting an Open Forum event for Palestinian Christians from Jerusalem to discuss their vision for the local community. The meeting will emphasize creative ways for individuals to contribute to the health of their society. We pray that this experience will encourage people in their struggles to achieve justice and peace for all.

The end of the school year in Palestine means that many thousands of children are searching for activities to fill their days. We pray that they will find constructive and stimulating outlets this summer. We also pray for the hundreds of adults who are volunteering at summer camps. May this time be a valuable and pleasant experience for all involved.

Next week, Rev. Naim Ateek will begin a five week speaking and advocacy tour of the American west coast. The invitation for this trip, President Obama's firm stance against settlements, and recent victories in the morally responsible investment movement are indications of a growing interest-in the United States and elsewhere-in the Palestinian cause. We pray that Rev. Ateek's time in the United States will inspire more people to seek true peace through justice.

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