Thursday, September 30, 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, September 30, 2010

Tensions continue in Jerusalem after an armed settler killed a Palestinian man in Silwan, IDF troops fired tear gas into a family home killing a 14 month old baby, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah were really Jewish owned, and the settlement freeze came to an end. You, O Christ, know the challenges of this ancient city, hear our prayers for peace with justice for all in Jerusalem.

We give thanks for the latest boat attempting to break the siege of Gaza, organized by Jewish activist for justice and peace. Alongside the South African University of Johannesburg students who are seeking to boycott Ben Gurion University for its complicity with the Israeli government and military forces, these actions remind us of the need for continued engagement in highlighting Israel's failure to live by international laws and norms of behavior. Lord, keep us strong and active and give us energy and encouragement in following your paths and walking in your ways.

As we begin to finalize the practical arrangements for the Eighth International Sabeel Conference in Bethlehem in February 2011, we pray for wisdom in finalizing the speakers and activities to interest, attract and inspire our friends around the world to join us.

In many towns and villages, festivals are being organized to help keep alive the history and life of the local community. This weekend we celebrate the life enhancing and humanity restoring resilience of the Palestinian people when, in an act of non-violent resistance to the occupation, local and international participants will come from far and near to celebrate the Taybeh Oktoberfest. Thanks be to God for friends and neighbors, for food and drink, for laughter and love to sustain us and encourage us.

With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia


Wave of Prayer for Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 21 was the International Day of Peace, coinciding with the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations. We pray for peace where there is conflict and we pray for a fruitful gathering of the General Assembly.

On Tuesday 28 September, many Christians from all over the world will come to mark Succoth and take part in the Christian Zionist walk in Jerusalem to express their support for Israel. We pray that people will have open minds and hearts, to be open to transformation, and to seek a just peace for all in this land.

This coming week, the World Council of Churches will host its United Nations Advocacy Week. This year the focus will be on Nigeria and Palestine/Israel. Sabeel will be represented in the participants. Let us pray that this advocacy week will help broaden the understanding of the situation in Nigeria and in Palestine and Israel. We pray people will be inspired to even greater peace-building and peacemaking efforts.

The Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) withdrew its support from a trip of Israeli mayors to Holland after it learned that settler council heads were among the group's participants. Let us thank God for every time people speak out truth to power and pray that this experience will encourage others to find the courage to stand up for justice.

With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:

Belarus, Moldavia, Russia and Ukraine


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