Wednesday, August 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, August 27, 2009

Students in the West Bank and Jerusalem will soon begin the new school year. In spite of the severe shortage of teachers and classrooms, we pray that these students will have a productive and educational year. May their teachers have the creativity to inspire, the compassion to anticipate difficulties, and the wisdom to teach in meaningful ways.

Nine members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Middle East study team are visiting Jerusalem this week as part of their trip to the region. The team was asked by the PC(USA) General Assembly to "prepare a comprehensive study, with recommendations, that is focused on Israel Palestine within the complex context of the Middle East." We pray that their meetings will be beneficial and that the Presbyterian Church (USA) continue to pursue a peace based on justice.

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As "swine flu" continues to spread through the Middle East and millions of Muslims from around the world gather in Mecca during the month of Ramadan, we pray that the Hajj pilgrimage will not rapidly escalate the transmission of the H1N1 virus. We also pray for strength and wisdom for the professionals who are working to eradicate the disease and bring healing to the sick.

This week, Rev. Naim Ateek is meeting with churches, individuals, and peace groups in Scotland to discuss the contemporary theological and political issues facing Palestinians. We pray that this tour will reach many people and will encourage many communities in their struggles to bring about a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

This week we join with the World Council of Churches in praying for:
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

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