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 Oct. 9, 2014

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

October 9, 2014

God of grace, we lift our gratitude for Sweden’s announcement that it intends to recognize the state of Palestine. Currently 138 countries, representing over 80 percent of the world’s population, recognize the state of Palestine and its right to self-determination.  Lord, we pray that more countries will follow suit and invest in a lasting peace that is so long overdue in this land.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, last week Israel announced its plan to move forward with the construction of 2,610 new housing units in an illegal Jewish settlement in Beit Safafa in East Jerusalem.  If this plan is implemented, it would further isolate East Jerusalem from Bethlehem, continuing to fragment what is left of historic Palestine, and making a future two-state solution even more difficult to achieve.   Lord in your mercy…

As country representatives travel to Egypt later this week for an international donors’ conference on reconstructing the Gaza Strip, we raise our concerns to you about the ongoing suffering in Gaza.  So many people are unable to rebuild their homes due to Israel’s chronic blockade and its serious restrictions on the import of building materials into Gaza so urgently needed for massive reconstruction.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray this week for the Swedish and French group visits to Sabeel Nazareth and our upcoming youth olive picking event in the village of Kafr Ad-dik where a significant portion of land has been lost to illegal Jewish settlements.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Lord in your mercy…