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, September 16, 2010
On September 21 Sabeel is organizing its first religious Christian-Muslim encounter in Nazareth. Under the theme "Sharing Life," around 50-60 Christian and Muslim leaders will gather to discuss areas of common concern in an open and frank exchange. We pray that the participants will have a good experience seeking common ground.
The second round of direct peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis are being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead the negotiations with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attending. We pray for an outcome which is just and equitable and which can lead to peace for all.
September 2010 is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We pray for the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, with its pediatric oncology unit addressing the needs of Palestinian children. We pray also for access for patients from the West Bank and Gaza, and for all who look after the children's physical and social needs while they receive treatment.
In one month the latest Sabeel Witness Visit will get underway. We pray that people will continue to be open to learn about the Palestinian and Israeli people and the current political situation. We pray also for theological discernment and committed engagement for peacebuilding.
With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:
Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania
Wave of Prayer for Thursday, September 9, 2010
This week participants of the monthly Open Forum, a project of the Sabeel Community Program, will discuss topics brought up during the recent Sabeel Women's Conference in Bethlehem in order to give those who were not present at the conference the chance to reflect and activate new ideas within the community. Let us pray for equality, respect, and perseverance among all members of our society.
This Sunday, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel published a report outlining the "direct impact of Jewish settlement in Palestinian neighborhoods on the human rights of the original local residents" in East Jerusalem. The report determines that Israeli authorities including the police, the Housing Ministry, and the Jerusalem Municipality have contributed to steady violations of basic human rights and a serious disruption of the Palestinian way of life in the city. We pray that this report will inspire new advocates to speak out for justice.
Recently there has been an increase in cases of domestic violence in both Israel and the West Bank. Tensions and conflict within the community and the family are painful indicators of the state of our society today, and as we call on local leaders to make peace in their communities, we pray for strength and love.
This week Israelis and Palestinians will be observing two major religious holidays: the Muslim Eid al Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. May this time of feasting and celebration bring a measure of peace to the friends and families of this land.
This week we join in the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches in praying for:
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia