Prayers for Israel and Palestine

On the 24th of each month prayers for Israel and Palestine will be held in All Saints beginning at 12 noon.

At General Synod in June 2015 those present were encouraged to join in an ecumenical initiative, promoted by Christian Aid, and pray for Israel/Palestine on the 24th day of every month.  The initiative was supported by a motion which called for the Scottish Episcopal Church to support of the Pope’s recent recognition of the State of Palestine and his call for reconciliation in the area.

Jesus, as he looked over Jerusalem said:

How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  Luke chapter 13

Within each of us is this deep desire for people to know peace and safety, the longing for people to live lives without fear and with hope for a future where bombs, missiles and bullets are  not constant shadow.  For decades a lasting solution for the area has been sought, as yet that has proved elusive and people continue to suffer, so your prayers are requested.  If you are not able to join us at the church you might like to join us in spirit.  Taking a moment to turn off the TV or radio, maybe light a candle, and remember before God those who live in those lands.  Those who are struggling for a peaceful solution and future, those who are grieving, those whose hurt runs deep, those who find forgiveness hard, even those that might lift arms that instead they may put them down and stall the spiral of violence.

These prayers are held as part of a global ecumenical prayer vigil encouraged by Christian Aid and ACT Alliance.  All are welcome regardless of your own personal faith journey.

ACT Alliance is a coalition of more than 130 churches and affiliated organisations working together in 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people – regardless of their religion, political stance, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality – in keeping with the highest international codes and standards.