Wednesday, August 18, 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, August 19, 2010

Three weeks have passed since the flood rains began in Pakistan but much of the country continues to be plagued with flooding in what the UN Secretary General is calling the worst natural disaster he has ever seen. More than 1500 people have died and up to 3.5 million children are at risk from deadly waterborne diseases. We pray for relief, and hope that as Christians around the world awaken to this crisis, they will respond with action.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a plan to build 23 new mobile classrooms in West Bank settlements, contradicting his own standing order for a freeze on all settlement construction outside of East Jerusalem. God of peace, grant us the vision to transcend our own narrow needs and see the truth.

This week Sabeel will send a delegate to Alberta, Canada, to be one of ten international resource speakers for a week-long high school camp designed to bring together young adults from different backgrounds and explore issues of peace. Speakers will be coming from Nigeria, Uganda, Columbia, Palestine and Israel. May the gathering inspire the young participants to stand against injustice and live the way of peace.

Pressure to restart direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israel has been mounting in past weeks. But at a time when the world is looking for diplomacy, we pray for action and integrity. We pray for unity among Palestinians, and that any future negotiations are approached with a clear mind and sound heart.

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

The Pacific islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and the French Overseas Territories of New Caledonia (Kanaky) and French Polynesia (Tahiti)

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