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“We believe in a good and just God and that his goodness will triumph over the evil of hatred and death that persist in our land. Only then will we see in Jerusalem “a new earth” and a “new human being” capable of loving all his/her brothers and sisters in this land.” – Kairos Palestine

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Palestinian man pouring water for sheeps from a water cistern reconstructed during a joint DCA and YMCA project assisting the vulnerable communities in Area C in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital operates a Mobile Mammography Unit which strives to identify women with breast cancer at an early stage so they may be referred to AVH for treatment with better outcomes. Photo by M. Brown
A pediatric dialysis patient at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital proudly displays the coloring she has done as part of the psycho-social care facilitated for children in the hospital’s Specialized Child Care Center. Photo by K.Brown
A trainee at the Lutheran World Federation’s Vocational Training Program concentrates on his instructor’s advice for learning the important skill of drafting. Photo by K. Brown
Students in the East Jerusalem village of Bethany proudly receive school supplies distributed by the Lutheran World Federation. Photo by B. Moyer
As part of its commitment to protect the rights of those most marginalized, the LWF promotes access to educational loans and grants awarded to Palestinian youth, such as Dr. Maysa’a Sea’fan, who received a scholarship to study medicine at Al-Quds University and has become one of three female obstetricians/gynecologists serving in Hebron. Photo by B. Moyer

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ACT Palestine Forum: 24 December Prayers

December 21, 2016 –

Prayer Petitions: 24 December 2016 ACT PALESTINE FORUM PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST 24TH of every month

Every day in the month ahead, we continue to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month. APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find, and also contribute, updates, photos, stories, advocacy ideas, and special prayers.

A special thanks to the Kairos Palestine for contributing to this month’s prayers.


ACT Palestine Forum Prayers

24 December 2016

A Message of Hope

Kairos Palestine is a Christian Palestinian movement which advocates for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a just solution to the conflict. In 2009, Kairos Palestine issued the Kairos Document “A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering”, which calls on the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine against the Israeli occupation. The Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2016 is a reflection on the seasons of Advent and Christmas. It contains scripture, prayers, reflections, and updates that remind us of the realities of life under military occupation, especially the injustices faced by children of Palestine. However, it also contains a message of hope. This Christmas, let us remember the good news proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem and turn our hearts toward love, justice, and peace for Palestine.

SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:1-12

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman World. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angel had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

REFLECTION

“What is the Meaning of Hope” – Kairos Palestine Document, Chapter 3.2

Hope within us means first and foremost our faith in God and secondly our expectation, despite everything, for a better future. Thirdly, it means not chasing after illusions – we realize that release is not close at hand. Hope is the capacity to see God in the midst of trouble, and to be co-workers with the Holy Spirit who is dwelling in us. From this vision derives the strength to be steadfast, remain firm and work to change the reality in which we find ourselves. Hope means not giving in to evil but rather standing up to it and continuing to resist it. We see nothing in the present or future except ruin and destruction. We see the upper hand of the strong, the growing orientation towards racist separation and the imposition of laws that deny our existence and our dignity. We see the confusion and division in the Palestinian position. If, despite all this, we do resist this reality today and work hard, perhaps the destruction that looms on the horizon may not come upon us.

PRAYERS: H.B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah 

Thank you, O Lord, for coming among us. Humbly, you wanted to become our companion on earth, The earth rejoiced, and the angels chanted in the sky: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth for all people of peace.” Thank you, Lord, for coming among us in our land.

Yet, Lord, we are in war. Save us from the spirit of war and death. Lord, we rejoice in the day of your Nativity, We rejoice because you came to live with us. To you we raise our prayers. Take away war from your land.

To you O Lord, on this Christmas day, we raise our prayers for our children. Grant them peace and fill them with the joy of Christmas, and Peace. Lord, keep them away from death prevailing in our land.

Death is part of their life too. They too are killed. O Lord, have mercy on them and fill them with your love. O Lord, remove war and death from the hearts of their jailers and those who kill them. Fill the hearts of those also with the joy of Christmas. Renew their hearts and the face of our land.

O Lord, you said: Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them. Do not put death in their life; do not deprive them of love. Protect their childhood and innocence. Keep them among us as angels of peace; Angels who love and do not hate.

Though war killed them also, destroyed their humanity, and filled their hearts with war, death and hatred. No one incites them. No one speaks to them about war. Yet their daily life is full with war.

Their daily bread is war. In their parent’s eyes they see pain and war, a war imposed upon them. In the absence of loved ones: a father, a brother or sister, they knew death.

You came to give us and give them love and abundant life, Life with light and joy, free of darkness and hate. Lord, give us the joy of life and love. Give the joy of life and love to those who obstinately want us to remain in war, death, under occupation and humiliation.


For more information on the work of Kairos Palestine, visit www.kairospalestine.ps

A printable version of this month’s Prayer Vigil can be found here.

ACT Palestine Forum: 24 November 2016 Prayers

November 25, 2016 – Prayer Petitions: 24 November 2016

ACT PALESTINE FORUM PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

24TH of every month

Every day in the month ahead, we continue to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month. APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find, and also contribute, updates, photos, stories, advocacy ideas, and special prayers. A special thanks to the ELCJHL for authoring this month‘s prayers.

ACT Palestine Forum Prayers 24 November 2016

Prayer Focus: “Reaffirming Our Commitment to Fundamental Freedoms and the Protection of Human Rights”

The ACT Palestine prayers for 24 November – 23 December are written to coordinate with two upcoming United Nations international days: 29 November:

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

"Today, 136 countries recognize the State of Palestine and its flag flies at the United Nations next to those of all Member States. However, these advances are not felt by children in Gaza, or by the residents of Nablus, Hebron and East Jerusalem [...] let us reaffirm our commitment to bring about the just peace that the peoples of Israel and Palestine deserve.

-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/index.shtml

10 December: Human Rights Day

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.The time for this is now. We the peoples can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

Scripture

Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.‘

Genesis 1:26

When he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor.‘

Luke 4:16-19

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

'See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.‘

Revelation 21:1-4

Prayer of Confession

Holy God, we confess:

In the beginning, we were made in your image.

In the beginning, you gave each of us your likeness, so that if we want to see you, if we want to know you, we must only look into the eyes of our neighbor.

In the beginning, we were created to be in relationship: cooperating, co-working, and co-creating your kingdom.

But from the beginning, we have failed to acknowledge your image in our neighbors.

From the beginning, we have created division, built walls, and justified violence and hatred, often in your name.

From the beginning, we have failed to speak out when our neighbors were hungry, homeless, or denied freedoms, but have sought our own comfort and protected our own interests. By what we have done—and by what we have failed to do—we have denied the rights of our fellow human beings.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Let your Son Jesus‘ concern for the poor and the marginalized inspire us. Let the prophet‘s vision of a world with no more pain, no more crying, and no more death, revive our vision of a world with no separation walls, no checkpoints, no war, and no occupation.

And by your Spirit, send us to speak and act for peace, justice, and human rights for all. Let this be a new day, and a new beginning—not only for Palestine, but for all of your beloved creation.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Suggested Music

For Everyone Born - by Shirley Erena Murray

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYQus85djK8

For everyone born, a place at the table, for everyone born, clean water and bread, a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, for everyone born, a star overhead, and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace: yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

For woman and man, a place at the table, revising the roles, deciding the share, with wisdom and grace, dividing the power, for woman and man, a system that's fair, and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace: yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

For young and for old, a place at the table, a voice to be heard, a part in the song, the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, for young and for old, the right to belong, and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace: yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

For just and unjust, a place at the table, abuser, abused, with need to forgive, in anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy, for just and unjust, a new way to live, and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace: yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

For everyone born, a place at the table, to live without fear, and simply to be, to work, to speak out, to witness and worship, for everyone born, the right to be free, and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace: yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

A printable version of this month's prayers is available here: APF Prayers November 2016.

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