Sabeel Wave of Prayer 5/21/15

Wave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.


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abeel Wave of Prayer

May 21, 2015

Last week the Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a treaty between the two. This news came just days before the canonization by Pope Francis of two 19th-century Palestinian nuns, the first Palestinian saints of modern times.  Lord, we are grateful for the hope and joy their sainthood brought to the Palestinian people and for the inspiration they gave for lives dedicated to God and community work. Lord in your mercy…

Thousands of young Israelis mostly from right-wing yeshivas danced and sang throughout the Muslim Quarter of the Old City during the annual “march of the flags” on Jerusalem Day.  This march marks Israel’s seizure of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later its annexation, a move never recognized by the international community.    Lord, we pray that instead of declaring Jerusalem the capital “of the Jewish people alone” and showing domination over the indigenous Palestinian population, Israeli leaders and right-wing groups will seek peace based on true justice.  Lord in your mercy…

In the West Bank this past weekend, a photographer captured shocking images of Israeli soldiers spraying a young child with “skunk water” during the town of Kafr Qaddum’s weekly march.  Lord, we pray for the Palestinian people, especially the children, living in dangerous and inhumane conditions under Israel’s military might.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray for our programs this week, including a joint Sabeel Jerusalem-Nazareth youth educational trip in Jerusalem.  We also ask for your blessings as we plan for our November 2015Witness Trip to the Holy Land, led by Sabeel founder and father of Palestinian Liberation Theology, Rev. Naim Ateek.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Malawi and Zambia.  Lord in your mercy…

Sabeel Wave of Prayer Jan. 15

January 15, 2015

We mourn along with the world the victims of the recent terror attacks in Paris, France in a supermarket and at the office of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper.  Lord, we pray that such violent attacks by extremists everywhere will end. We also pray that there will be free press and true freedom of expression practiced with responsibility in every country, and that such freedom will not only be protected for certain topics and certain people while excluding others.  Lord in your mercy…

Last week several people, mostly children, died in both Syria and Gaza from the winter storm that brought cold temperatures, snow and flooding to the region.  In Syria the victims were refugees, and in Gaza, mostly the displaced and those living in partially destroyed homes due to Israel’s massive military offensive in Gaza last summer. The world has failed to protect vulnerable children such as these from a preventable tragedy; God of mercy, we pray that all will hear their cries.  Lord in your mercy…

On Sunday Jewish settlers in the nearby illegal Tappuah settlement tore down more than 170 ancient (over 100-year old) olive trees in the village of Yasuf near Nablus, the third such attack in the West Bank within three days. Lord, we ask for your protection of around 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank whose livelihoods depend on the olive tree industry and who are threatened by such settler attacks meant to drive them out of their lands.  Lord in your mercy…

God of grace, we are thankful for the many international groups that visit our Sabeel offices seeking to learn about Palestinian Liberation Theology and the struggles of all Palestinians under Israeli occupation.  We pray for your blessing upon these visits as we welcome several groups in the coming weeks.  We also pray for our women’s meeting in Nazareth to discuss the activities for the year.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey.  Lord in your mercy…

Sabeel Prayer Wave September 4, 2014

TheWave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.
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Sabeel Wave of Prayer September 4, 2014

God of peace, we lift up our gratitude for the cessation of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket fire. In Gaza, people are uncovering the extent of the devastation to this small region where nobody was untouched by tragedy. Some estimate that it could take as many as 20 years to rebuild Gaza. Lord, as food and medical supplies enter through narrow Gaza border openings, we pray that this will be the last time the Gazans have to rebuild. Show your people there a future with freedom and human rights, merciful God, and let your peace and justice prevail. Lord in your mercy…

The Palestinian children in the West Bank and Jerusalem returned to school this week. Lord, give them safe passage as some cross checkpoints or travel near settlements or walk along busy roads. Many children in Gaza will start the school year late. Loving God, provide Gaza with safe school structures and the capacity it desperately needs so that the children there too can return to school and childhood. Lord in your mercy…

Lord, this week Israel announced the biggest plan in several decades to illegally confiscate Palestinian land (nearly 1000 acres/3799 dunams near Bethlehem) and turn it into land belonging to the state of Israel. Israel intends to build a large Jewish settlement there, which jeopardizes the possibly of establishing a Palestinian state. God of wisdom, we pray that the international community acts on this unjust land grab and others so that a permanent political solution can finally make its way to this weary region. Lord in your mercy…

We thank you for the people from organizations who are taking on the important task of counseling some of the traumatized children in Gaza: listening to their stories, providing creative outlets for expression, and offering support to their families to help them start to feel safe again. These social workers and educators are a light in the darkness, nurturing the littlest of your children. Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Lord in your mercy…

Conversation at Sabeel

Sabeel Wave of Prayer for Dec. 4, 2014

Wave of Prayer: This prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this “wave of prayer” washes over the world.

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

December 4, 2014

Lord, we are thankful that hundreds of Jewish Israelis protested against the Nation-State Bill that if passed, would declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, subordinate democracy to a Jewish character, and institutionalize discrimination of Palestinian citizens of Israel.  God of justice, we pray that instead there will be a law that grants true equality to all of its citizens.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we are thankful for the gift of plentiful rain for this area of the world that suffers from water shortages; however, we worry for the thousands of displaced people in Gaza, many who are living in the ruins of their homes or in temporary, moveable homes.  The recent flood waters in Gaza are worsened by infrastructure damage due to Israel’s massive military offensive this past summer.  God, shelter and protect the people of Gaza. Lord in your mercy…

The Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon have doubled in population due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.  This is a second Nakba for some of the 5,000 Palestinian refugees of Syria at these camps who were forced out of or fled their homes in historic Palestine in 1948.  These refugees have suffered long enough. God, we pray that they find permanent homes through a just resolution based on international law. Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray for the Kairos Conference in Bethlehem titled, “Life with Dignity,” that it may be a reflective and motivating time for its local and international participants.  We also pray for the Sabeel staff and volunteers as they prepare for the annual ecumenical Sabeel Christmas dinner later this month that will give clergy from different churches an opportunity to celebrate ecumenically with the community.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Lord in your mercy…

Sabeel Wave of Prayer Nov. 27

Lord, we thank you for the beginning of Advent this weekend – for valuing humanity enough to become one of us, for taking on flesh and teaching us how to love.  God, we ask for your guidance so that we not only reflect on this time with hope, joy, peace, love and joy, but also act upon it.    Lord in your mercy…

We continue to worry about Jerusalem, including the city’s increased violence and Israel’s forms of collective punishment on Palestinians living there, such as home demolitions, revocation of residency rights and many other measures. We are also concerned with the increasingly negative economic effects experienced in the Palestinian community of East Jerusalem. God, we pray for an end to injustice and suffering in this already economically depressed area.  Lord in your mercy…

Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian physician who has volunteered as a medical solidarity worker during the past three Gaza bombardments, has been banned from entering Gaza through Israel, currently the only possible way in.  God of healing, we pray that this unjust ban by Israel is lifted and that he and other humanitarian workers are not prevented from doing their critical work in this devastated region.  Lord in your mercy…

We are thankful for our friendships and partnerships with many churches worldwide, including The United Methodist Church Global Ministries.  We pray that many people will be inspired to give generously as part of the Global Ministries “Giving Tuesday” campaign on December 2nd for Advance projects and partners worldwide.   Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray this week for our community Advent program in Bethlehem, which will reflect on Luke 2:10when the angel appeared to the shepherds, and for our Nazareth activities, including a youth retreat for Advent.  This Thursday at the Dominican Church, Sabeel will hold an ecumenical prayer service for Jerusalem.  Lord, comfort the community as it comes together in prayer. Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.  Lord in your mercy…

Sabeel Prayer Wave November 20, 2014

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

November 20, 2014

Lord, a Palestinian bus driver who works for an Israeli bus company was found dead and hanged in his bus earlier this week. There is strong suspicion and anger in the Palestinian community that this was a result of a terror attack by Jewish extremists and not suicide.  On Tuesday, several people died and several were injured in a seemingly retaliatory attack on a West Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinians.  God of mercy, we pray that the cycle of revenge and extremist violence will end; bring your calm and healing to your people in Jerusalem.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray that the Jewish Nation-State Bill will not be presented to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation in the Knesset.  This bill, if passed, would declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people and would subordinate democracy to a Jewish character. God of justice, we are deeply concerned that discriminatory practices against Palestinian citizens of Israel, already treated as second-class citizens, would then have the force of constitutional law.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, nearly 700 Israeli public figures, including academics, former ambassadors, and IDF officers, have called upon the Danish parliament to recognize the State of Palestine during its upcoming vote on this issue.  We pray that Denmark will act upon this courageous call and that other European countries will follow suit, including France and Spain, both with similar votes in the near future.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we are grateful that 106 retired Israeli security personnel, including army generals, have signed a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to push for peace with the Palestinians, saying that Israel has the strength and means to achieve a two-state solution that “does not entail a security risk.” Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray for our “Living Together” interfaith program this week with the YWCA about the challenges that Muslims and Christians face together in Jerusalem.  We also pray for Sabeel Nazareth’s lecture by Patriarch Michel Sabbah and next week’s Kairos conference in Bethlehem.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea.  Lord in your mercy…

Sabeel Wave of Prayer Nov. 11, 2014

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

November 13, 2014

Lord, we pray fervently that violence on both sides will not continue to escalate in Israel and the West Bank, including Jerusalem.  This week a West Bank Palestinian from a refugee camp stabbed and killed an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv and another Palestinian stabbed several people near the Alon Shvut settlement in the West Bank, killing one.  God of peace, we pray that the root causes of violence of occupation and oppression will not increase extremist actions on both sides and that peace will come soon to this wounded land.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, tensions in the Galilee reached new heights last week when a Palestinian man from the town of Kafr Kana in northern Israel was shot and killed by police in an obviously non-life-threatening attack.  This excessive force is an example of the discrimination experienced by Palestinians living in Israel as second-class citizens.  God of justice, we pray that Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jewish citizens will be treated as equals under the law. Lord in your mercy…

Lord, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation this week approved a bill that would apply Israeli law to illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank. This bill is sponsored by Knesset members who want to annex the settlements on Palestinian lands.  The bill, if passed, would not apply to the majority population in the West Bank, the occupied Palestinians, who live under strict and oppressive military law.  God, we pray for a stop to any step towards Israel’s unjust land grab and an end to Israel’s unequal treatment of two peoples.  Lord in your mercy…

Thank you, Lord, for your continuous blessings on Sabeel and its programs, its hard-working staff and volunteers, and its loyal community.  We also extend our gratitude for the peace and justice work happening abroad. In the Netherlands this week there will be a film launch of “The Stones Cry Out” about Palestinian Christians.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe.  Lord in your mercy…