Thursday, December 02, 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, December 2, 2010

We join many across the world in praying for life-giving rain, especially in this dry region. Last month Muslims, Christians and Jews gathered to pray for rain in al-Walajeh village, while Israeli and Palestinian women came together in Jerusalem for a silent walking meditation dedicated to bringing rain. We give thanks for these peaceful gatherings that recognize each person's humanity in mutual need. We trust in you, Lord, for abundant rains to come this winter and pray that the water may be used for the benefit of all peoples.

For the second year in a row Gaza will export strawberries and carnations to Holland over the next three to five months. This Dutch government initiative that directly benefits the farmers remains the only export program in Gaza. We pray for these exports to go smoothly and unhindered and that the still-pending approval for exports of more vegetables will go through. May the inhumane Gaza blockade end quickly, bringing a future where the people of Gaza can sustain themselves in peace and freedom.

A Palestinian family of 14 was evicted by police from their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber after Israeli courts ruled that the sale of the homewas legal, even though it was proven that signatures used in the sale were forged. This ruling has allowed ideologically driven Jewish settlers to move in. Please be with the family, Lord, in this unjust homelessness, and with the neighborhood as tensions with illegal settlers increase, that this will not lead to further home evictions or violence.

As the Christmas Season starts we remember the many local markets and bazaars that highlight thriving Palestinian food, art, and culture. We pray for the work and people of the many organizations and towns which these benefit.

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


Wave of Prayer for Thursday, November 25, 2010

On Sunday families visiting relatives in Israel's Remon prison were assaulted by the guards after some of the women protested the way they were disrespectfully searched, injuring one wife and one mother of the prisoners. We pray for an end to this system of oppression and humiliation that has resulted in the detention of approximately 40% of the male Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967, not to mention women and children. We remember the families of prisoners who fear for their relatives' safety and the possibility of future arrests, and pray for their safety as they become targets of violence. (

We pray for the "unrecognized villages," Palestinian communities in Israel not recognized by the government who thereby do not receive any social services such as roads, water, education, etc. On Monday, the Bedouin village Al-Arakib was violently demolished for the 7th time in three months, while the Prime Minister's Office blocked Tel Arad and Atir-Um al-Hiran from receiving official recognition in court. May this violence against the 76,000 people of the 45 unrecognized villages in the Negev come to an end and may they find justice in their non-violent struggle to stay on their land.

As the Advent Season begins this Sunday we pray for the world-wide church, that all who work for the Kingdom of God this new church year be filled with the joy of Christ that cannot be taken away and find strength to continue the journey of seeking peace with justice.

We pray for Sabeel's Clergy Retreat this weekend in Taybeh. As priests come together from all over Israel and Palestine for this ecumenical gathering, we pray for the Holy Spirit to enable all attendees to translate discussion of how to be a humble and hospitable disciple of Christ into action to best serve the community.

With the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for:
Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger


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