Thursday, March 11, 2010

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, March 11, 2010

This week, many people and countries are marking and celebrating International Women's Day. We give thanks for the sumud, the steadfast resilience, of Palestinian women living under and trying to resist occupation and the systemic violence it entails. We pray for Palestinian, Israeli and all women and men who stand firm for equality, justice and right relationships.

Tonight, in the midst of Lent, Sabeel will host a service in Gethsemane Church to pray for all who suffer from poverty, natural disasters, marginalization, violence or whatever elements limit life. Please pray for our world and all that it contains, that all may come to know life in fullness, everywhere.

This Saturday the Catholic Scouts, with help from Sabeel, are organizing an egg hunt for children in orphanages in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We give thanks for those who work in these orphanages and pray for the children who grow up there. We offer also our prayers for all the children of Palestine and Israel, that they may grow up into a hope-filled future.

As Bethlehem Bible College begins its "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference, we give thanks for all those who will speak and participate - as well as those who are organizing it. We pray that hearts and minds will be moved, that new advocates will be born to speak out around the world in the cause of justice and peace for this land and its peoples.

This week we join with the World Council of Churches in praying for:
Myanmar, Thailand

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