Prayers, Prayer Requests

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2017

Pope's Monthly Prayer Intention for June

National Leaders- That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

For Kathleen Hale's intentions.

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

June 29th, 2017

There have been a string of attacks by Israeli settlers in the West Bank recently, particularly in the region of Nablus. At the same time, the Knesset has just approved the preliminary reading of a bill to annex some of the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which would further solidify the system of applying Israeli civilian law to settlers and military law to Palestinians living in the same areas.

· God, we lament the violence that comes from the settlements and the ways that the Israeli government excuses and condones this theft of land. We pray that the words of international law will be more than just rhetoric and that people around the world will act for justice and accountability. We pray that Israeli authorities will take responsibility to stop this violence, and that the eyes of the settlers who perpetrate this violence will be opened and that they will see the harm they are causing.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

In the past months, there have been many women who have been killed by their family members both in Palestine and Israel, as well as around the world. Some of these women had previously filed domestic violence complaints or asked for legal or social service help in other ways.

· Lord, we lament the violent deaths of women around the world. We pray for legal and societal changes which will curb the tide of violence and discrimination against women, and that law enforcement and social services will be attentive to the needs of the vulnerable people who ask for their help. We pray that perpetrators of violence against women will be held accountable for their actions, and that no more men will see the lives of the women closest to them as expendable.

Lord, in your mercy…

Inside Palestine and Israel, freedom of the press is being restricted and news sources are being blocked. Many of the groups and organizations being restricted have been critical of their governments or associated with their political competitors. NGOs reporting human rights abuses are also particularly at risk of being suppressed.

· Lord, freedom of the press has been threatened by both Palestinian and Israeli authorities. We pray that all journalists are able to tell their stories without fear of suppression, and we thank you for the work of people who try to provide the public with fair and accurate information and speak truth to power.

Lord, in your mercy…

Israel has restricted water access across the West Bank this month, with some areas, including Ramallah and Kufr Aqab, having been deprived of water for over two weeks. Many people have run out of stored water. At the same time, people living in nearby settlements have enough water to fill swimming pools.

· Lord, many thirst and feel weak. We lament the water shortages caused by unjust distribution and misuse of limited resources. Access to clean water is the most basic and essential of human rights. We pray that the Palestinian people whose water is being stolen and denied to them will soon be able to meet their needs.

Lord, in your mercy…

We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Kenya and Tanzania.

· Lord, in your mercy…



Sabeel Wave of Prayer

June 22nd, 2017

Israeli Occupation forces shot and killed two 18-year-old Palestinians after they attacked and killed an Israeli border policewoman outside the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

· Lord, the people ask how long the streets of Jerusalem will be a battle ground. Why won’t the Israeli occupation end? The decision makers remain silent and unashamed. The weeping of Palestinian and Israeli families are loud and clear, and the anger that thrives on the streets only promises more loss and sorrow. Dear God, we pray for justice; we pray for the day that the occupation will end.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

This weekend, our Muslim sisters and brothers in Palestine, Israel, and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of Ramadan.

· Gracious God, we pray that this time of feasting and celebration may be a blessed time for all who are celebrating and that they will have opportunities for fellowship with friends and family.

Lord, in your mercy…

Last week, Israeli forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 114th time. The temporary aluminum shelters, which had been put up since the last time the village was demolished, were bulldozed, and the residents of the town have been ordered to pay for the cumulative cost of demolitions. Members of the village committee say that residents will continue to rebuild their homes and remain in the village.

· Lord, we thank you for the courage and stubbornness of the people as they continue to rebuild and refuse to be forced out of their land. We pray that you will help the Israeli decision makers accept that truth and justice always triumph over the power of violence.

Lord, in your mercy…

The Israeli Knesset recently extended the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law for another year. This law prohibits family reunification permits allowing people from the West Bank and Gaza to live with their spouses inside Israel or East Jerusalem. The law was originally passed in 2003 and has been extended each year since.

· Loving God, we pray for the Palestinian families who are forced to live separately because they do not have permits to live together. We ask for guidance for families who have to make difficult choices regarding their futures, whether that means moving or living separately. As they face the intimate consequences of a law intended to diminish the number of Palestinians in Israel, we pray for their wellbeing.

Lord, in your mercy…

On Saturday, a group from Sabeel will take a trip to the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights to visit a church and villages there. On Monday and Tuesday, a group of Bible study facilitators will meet in the village of Taybeh, in the West Bank, for training on how to lead Bible studies.

· Lord, we thank you for these opportunities for learning and fellowship. We are thankful for each person who participates in Sabeel programming. We pray that these programs may be meaningful times of renewal and encouragement.

Lord, in your mercy…

We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Malawi and Zambia.

· Lord, in your mercy…

Prayer Requests

For victims of the FInsbury Park Mosque terror attack

For all victims of the forest fire in Portugal

For the people of Gaza suffering massive powercuts

For all those in the Grenfell tower block fire, the victims, their families and the emergency services.

For the UK government after the election.

For Hayley and Ian, getting married on Saturday. Bless their marriage.


Sabeel Wave of Prayer
June 8th, 2017

2017 marks many anniversaries in the history of Palestine. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

· Lord, this week we lament 50 years of occupation, which gave birth to so much injustice, suffering, and dispossession for the Palestinian people. We pray that 2017, this fiftieth year, will be a biblical year of Jubilee, a year in which we proclaim liberty to our land and all its inhabitants. Lord, we cry out to you that this year will be a time to speak truth to power, a time to break the silence surrounding injustice, a year for peace, a year for Palestine.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

Last week, 15-year-old Nouf Iqab Infeiat was shot by Israeli soldiers who alleged that she was holding a knife, although the videos don’t show that. She died a few hours later. As she laid bleeding on the street, the soldiers stood around her and shouted insults at her rather than getting her medical help.

· Lord, the Israeli occupation continues to thrive on hate, violence, and fear while the children continue to pay the price. We ask you to comfort Nouf’s family as they grieve the loss of their beloved daughter. We pray for an end to the occupation that devours children and the humanity of the occupiers.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

Last Sunday, churches around the world celebrated Pentecost and remembered the beginning of the church in Jerusalem. Now, as then, the church here lives in a context of occupation and seeks to show an alternate Way in a world enamored with empire.

· Blessed Redeemer of all the earth, this week we pray especially for your church in the Middle East. Stand with the women, men, and children who are your body in the Middle East and send your Holy Spirit to them. Protect your church from all evil and let it shine with the light of your love, truth, grace, and goodness.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

For their 2017 Conference, Friends of Sabeel – UK is holding a series of events around the UK during the first two weeks of June. These events will allow people in the UK to learn about the work of Sabeel Jerusalem and to focus on areas of advocacy that they can support, providing an opportunity for as many people as possible to hear the Palestinian Christian story.

· God, we lift this conference up to you. Send your Spirit on the speakers, especially Omar from Jerusalem. Grant the participants ears to hear, and hearts that are willing to connect with their brothers and sisters living here in Palestine. We pray that each person involved in the conference will grow in faith and knowledge.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.

· Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…



For all victims and those affected by the London Bridge attack

Praying for SE1 (from Southwark Cathedral website)

Loving God, when terror came to our doorstep,
and stalked our streets
you were there with us
in the fear and agony.
Remain with us
and with all those caught up
in the horror of these events,
the injured and distressed
those who died
and all who seek your peace
which passes understanding.
Amen.

For everyone participating in the UK parliamentary election campaign

For all the victims of the bomb blast in Baghdad

Roger Moore RIP

For the victims of the terror attack in Manchester, their families and friends.

For Beckie in ICU and not much time. She just got her High School diploma. Childhood Leukemia

For Chuck Haddad’s intentions

For dear Matt who has died, and his family

For Abby who is going through chemo at the moment. Please give her a complete recovery.

Mark who has pneumonia

Maria Varley CP and Jac van Leeuwen CP RIP

For the people of France and their new government.

For Matt who is very ill and his family

For all prisoners on Death Row in the USA. For all victims of crime.

For Jean who is fading fast

For Leo who has been executed after years of incarceration in Arkansas - and his family

For Christopher and his parents

Please pray for Ivy who is very ill.

For Colin and Andrew

For Cardinal André Vingt-trois.

For a very troubled family

For Maureen and Patrick in hospital

For all victims of the attacks in Stockholm and Egypt.

Charles Owen CP RIP

For Edwin's special intention

For a friend going to visit her sick mother

John who has serious addiction problems.

For all victims of the attack in St Petersburg and other recent attacks

For Maureen and Pat - much loved couple, who were knocked down by a car and are recovering in hospital.

For Andrzej recovering from operation

For all the victims of the terrorist attack in Westminster

Urgent prayers needed for Carola. She had a life-threatening accident and now has contracted a hospital infection.

For Josephine Rosaria's intentions
Chuck Berry RIP

For Helen - young wife and mother who died on 16 March 2017, and her family.

Sheila Rowan RIP

Please pray for Helen - a young wife and mother who has liver failure.

MK appeals for prayers - Donors, all miracles needed for my single father 21 adopted families 40 daughters in India.

For Matt - husband, father, brother, who is undergoing treatment for a spinal tumour and other problems. Please for Matt and his family.

For a friend with anorexia

For Timea - that she gets a good job very soon

Sister Cecilia Goodman CJ RIP

Little Jonah is recovering from his op in intensive care.

Please pray for Charles who is seriously ill.

Little Jonah who is recovering from his second liver transplant.

Fr Augustine Measures OSB RIP

Friends and relatives in hospital undergoing chemo

Kak Awat Hassan

John Hurt RIP


Worldwide day of prayer for Standing Rock http://globalprayeraction.com/homepage


For all the poor souls executed in Saudi Arabia recently - and their families
A friend in hospital

For Paul who is unwell tonight

Please pray for the Mums of Andrew Papist and Fr Jim Sichko

For Peter Karol, dear husband and father RIP

For Ellen Teague's mother, Margaret Foley, who died this morning, 7 January. And all her family at this time.

Terry's intentions

For the release of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen,

All the unnamed victims of war and violence in Syria, Iraq, DR Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Colombia and elsewhere.

Carrie Fisher RIP

George Michael RIP

All those with AIDS/ HIV and their loved ones

For the intentions of Sukwinder Pal and his family

Christina who is feeling unwell and having medical tests

For the people of Syria, trapped in Aleppo and other cities. For the people of Gaza and Yemen trapped under appalling conditions. For peace in the Middle East and the world.

For all the people of the United States and their leaders - that they unite and work for peace, justice and the environment in their country and the world

For John struggling with addiction

For a difficult family situation

Sue who is ill

For all countries suffering drought

Joan Reilly - much loved teacher at St Mary's, Strawberry Hill, RIP

For Ged going through cancer treatment

Please pray for Sudhakaran suffering from secondary stage of cancer.
For Jean Woodcock RIP and her husband John.