Prayers for Israel / Palestine
We would like to ask to keep remembering the situation in Gaza and the rest of Israel/Palestine in their prayers, since matters are getting worse, and it rarely reaches the news at the moment.
We offer three prayers below, from the three different faiths, and a reminder of the Christian Aid vigil for peace.
Two peoples, one land,
Three faiths, one root,
One earth, one mother,
One sky, one beginning, one future, one destiny,
One broken heart, One God.
We pray to You: Grant us a vision of unity.
May we see the many in the one and the one in the many.
May you, Life of All the Worlds, Source of All Amazing Differences help us to see clearly.
Guide us gently and firmly toward each other, toward peace.
- Rabbi Sheila Weinberg
God of Peace
In the name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful: Guide us on the straight way, the way of those whom thou has blessed. Help us so that we do not transgress the bounds of what is right and lawful. Take us out of deep darkness into light. Make us not bear burdens which we have no strength to bear. Help us bring about mutual affection and understanding between us. Grant us Thy forgiveness and blessings, O Our Sustainer, for with Thee is all journeys' end.
- Mian Ashraf
Sovereign God, we pray for all people living in Israel/Palestine;
for those who continue to be traumatised by the events of the past and who carry the burden of survival and the duty of remembrance;
for those who hear the leaders of neighbouring nations threaten to annihilate them;
for the courageous who reach out with tentative hands;
for the widow and the orphan, the victims of terror, the anxious and afraid, the bold and the brave.
May your blessing of peace be upon them all and may we, far from the reality, be open and receptive to a deeper understanding of the complexities that assail them.
- Rev'd Bruce Thompson
Christian Aid has an ecumenical prayer vigil for peace on 24th of each month with some prayers/liturgy/responses: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/worship/ecumenical-prayer-vigil-peace-gaza.