Thursday, July 29, 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, July 29, 2010

Today, Jerusalem NGOs and Members of the Civil Society will launch The International Campaign against Revoking the Residency Rights of Palestinians from Jerusalem. We hope that this campaign will bring further awareness about the threatening conditions in Jerusalem, and they will urge global decision-makers to dare speak out and rectify the injustices committed against the Palestinians.

The Third Sabeel Local Women's Conference that will be held in Bethlehem on August 26, 27 and 28, 2010 will gather hundreds of participants from Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Galilee, who, together in this "Moment of Truth", will bravely meet the challenges facing them, and strategize to actively bring transformation and change in their communities. Let us constantly pray for the participants, speakers and organizers to find ways of bridging the spiritual, social and political gaps as they learn to live in tolerance and love.

The election of Palestinian Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan as President of the Lutheran World Federation for the coming seven years heralds positive signs of commitment for peace, at least among the 145 member churches in 79 countries around the world. We pray that Bishop Younan, with the support of all who strive for a just peace, will be able to contribute to building peace in the Middle East.

Echoing Bishop Munib Younan's prayers that " Palestinian Christians may not lose faith and leave the country", Sabeel Clergy and spouses from the Galilee and Jerusalem visited their brethren in Jenin, Birqin and other small hamlets in the West Bank in a gesture of solidarity and support. We pray that the deeply rooted "forgotten faithful", empowered by the spiritual encouragement of the visitors, will continue to witness and stand steadfast amidst the increasing difficult conditions that can dehumanize people.

This week we join in the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches in praying for:

The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago

Wave of Prayer for Thursday, July 22, 2010

40 youth from 12 countries worshipped in the church of All Nations at Gethsemane to open Sabeel's 5th International Young Adult Conference. They will meet with local people, undertake volunteer work and learn about life today in this place. We pray for their openness to learn and that they may build positive and long lasting relationships.

The summer holiday season is here. We give thanks for all who will have a chance to refresh body and soul in these weeks. We pray also for those in the West Bank and Gaza who have no chance to get away because of the imprisonment of the Palestinian people under the Israeli occupation regime.

It does not receive the publicity of Jerusalem, but the UN has noted an increase in demolitions in the Jordan valley. Earlier this week, Israel began removing over 20 farm buildings and tents in the Al-Farisiya area, aimed at expanding settlement outposts in the northern Jordan Valley. Hear our prayer, O God, for the families and communities affected by these demolitions.

The Olympia Food Co-Op in the home town of Rachel Corrie in Washington State, USA recently decided to boycott Israel products in protest against the continuing Israeli occupation. We give thanks for courageous moves by principled groups who see the moral imperative that goes beyond financial concern.

This week we join with the World Council of Churches in praying for:
Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

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