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, November 11, 2010
Last Friday hundreds gathered in Bethlehem and Ramallah for worship services in memory of the Christians killed in Iraq, followed by candlelight vigils calling for reconciliation and peace. We pray for strength, encouragement, and security for Iraq's Christian community, which has decreased by 60% since 2003 as members have fled abroad or been killed in the insecurity following the US invasion. We also pray for the world-wide Church as it responds to the ongoing violence in Iraq, that it will push for a just peace in Iraq with security for all.
We remember our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world in prayer this Tuesday as they celebrate Eid al-Adha, which commemorates Abraham's obedience to God, and for those returning from the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
We thank God for the resilience of the Palestinian spirit as shown in the cultural and performing arts that continue to thrive in Palestine. We pray especially for the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in their mission "to strengthen Palestinian cultural identity through music and to enhance children's artistic, intellectual and psychological development by making music a part of their lives."
We pray for Assis Naim Ateek as he travels to Germany for the launch next week of the German translation of his book, A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation. We give thanks that his son, Sari Ateek, will be installed as a pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church in Maryland on Sunday, and pray for him, his family, and the ministry of St. John's.
With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:
Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe