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, October 7, 2010
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was imprisoned on arrival at Ben Gurion airport and then deported after a Supreme Court intervention. Judicial complicity in the occupation is an every day reality on the ground. We give thanks for those who highlight and challenge it and pray for an end to such bias and discrimination.
October marks the beginning of the olive harvest, and this has been marked by a settler attack on olive trees and Palestinians beginning to pick their annual crop. We pray for the protection of the olive trees and the safety of all farmers and helpers during the coming harvest.
Arson damaged the Al-Anbiya Mosque in Beit Fajjar, near Bethlehem, the fourth time a mosque has been burnt and vandalized by Israeli settlers in the West Bank in the past year. Israeli authorities have yet to hold anyone accountable for any of these attacks. Lord, hear our prayer for those who suffer under extremist persecution, and be with all who seek your peace and comfort.
The coming weeks, representatives of Sabeel are traveling in Europe and the USA to speak in conferences and in churches. We pray for safety during their travels and that their witness will open the eyes of many to the need for justice as the basis of a true peace in this region.
With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan