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, May 6, 2010
This week, the board of Sabeel will hold their semi-annual General Assembly. We pray for wisdom for these decision-makers as they strategize and plan exciting new ways to expand Sabeel's work towards a just peace.
On Friday, Christian clergy from the Galilee will gather at the Sabeel office in Nazareth. The ecumenical group will have a Bible study and will discuss opportunities for conversations with other religious communities within Israel. May this meeting and the events that stem from it promote tolerance between various faith groups.
Israeli soldiers destroyed a mosque in the Gaza Strip and settlers torched a mosque near Nablus on Tuesday. We pray for the many people who face these and other provocations and yet steadfastly refuse to violently retaliate. May they be comforted in these times of trial.
Even before proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have begun, the forecast for the negotiations is bleak. Projected to begin in the middle of the month, these talks are the first to take place since Israels attack on Gaza last January. In spite of this, we pray that these talks will move us one step closer to a just peace for all people in Israel and Palestine.
This week we join with the World Council of Churches in praying for: