A call to Prayer and Fasting for Israel and Gaza
A statement from the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem urges prayer support for the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza
‘Our beloved Holy Land has changed dramatically over the past week. We are witnessing a new cycle of violence with an unjustifiable attack against civillians in Israel. Tensions continue to rise and more innocent and vulnerable people are paying the ultimate price as the dramatic amount of deaths and destruction in Gaza clearly show. In support of all those who have suffered in this war, and of the families reeling from the violence, we call upon the people of our congregations and all those of goodwill around the world, to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Tuesday 17th October. There is yet time to stop the hatred.’
As an Abbey Church family, let us stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel and Gaza, and let us join with them in praying for God’s powerful intervention and peace to break through. If you are able to, please do join with us in committing to this day of prayer and fasting tomorrow.
Sovereign God, we cry out to you for peace in Israel and Gaza – for an end to the violent hostilities and for peacemakers to be raised up on both sides. Comfort all who mourn and all who are waiting to hear news of missing loved ones. Give boldness and compassion to Christians on both sides that they would shine the light of Christ in their communities, and please equip national and international leaders with your wisdom. May your will be done, and may your loving kindness be evident to all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.