Thursday, October 21, 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, October 21, 2010

We pray for all the Friends of Sabeel chapters around the world as they continue to educate, advocate and mobilize for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. We particularly pray that the regional conferences in the USA will have a strong impact on decision-makers in both religious and political circles in order to rectify the continuous wrongs and injustices in the area.

We continue to pray for the Jerusalem and West Bank communities where settler harrassment against the residents is rising. We are apalled at Israel's arrogant decision to build 240 new housing units in Ramot and Pizgat Zeev in the Jerusalem area, in defiance of all diplomatic pressures for Israel to abide by moral and legal standards.

We hold in prayer the Jerusalem/Nazareth Sabeel's Young Adult joint event in the Galilee, this week-end. The participants will, in addition to helping in the olive picking of the Sakhnin villagers, welcome Nevine Nasrallah, the new Youth Coordinator, who is no stranger to Sabeel since she got involved as a teenager, eleven years ago. May God's blessings encourage the young adults to serve as responsible citizens and peacebuilders.

ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine is mobilizing its long-built global artistic network to produce recitals of the Gaza Mono-logues with youth groups in 30 world cities in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and the USA. The campaign that started on October 17 will end at the United Nations in New York on November 29, Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Let us pray that drama and art will be able to achieve the just peace where politicians and decision-maker failed.

With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:
India, Pakistan and Srilanka


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