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December 11, 2012

Advent/Christmas service from Bethlehem and Washingon

O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.

A Simultaneous Service from
Washington National Cathedral
The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church
In Bethlehem, Palestine

Saturday, December 22, 2012
10:00 AM EST in Washington, DC
5:00 PM in Bethlehem
Join live on-line

Wherever you are in the world, you are invited to come to Bethlehem to worship Christ, the newborn King!   The service will be broadcast live at 10:00 AM EST at the National Cathedral's website, so that people everywhere can tune in ...

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December 12, 2011

Worship in Bethlehem - Saturday, December 17

From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

This Saturday, December 17, 2011, you are invited to join with worshippers in Bethlehem, Washington, D.C., and around the world for the fifth annual joint simulcast Christmas service. 

Prayers, readings, and hymns alternate between Washington, D.C., and Palestine via the Internet, drawing together people of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace. 

To widen the congregation, the service is also webcast live from the home page of the National Cathedral starting at 10 AM EST on Saturday, 17 ...

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May 10, 2011

YouTube films for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

From the convenor for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, to be held from 29 May to 4 June 2011: A number of partners around the world have been working together to create new resources for our common...

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January 21, 2011

A prayer by the Heads of churches in Jerusalem

Prayer by the Heads of churches in Jerusalem (3 persons to pray different sections) For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Heavenly Father, We give you thanks and praise for your gift to us of your only Son, Jesus...

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December 23, 2010

Heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem issue Christmas message

The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem have issued a joint Christmas message for 2010 condemning violence in any form and saying that peace and reconciliation requires the active participation of people of faith. Full text of the message: "Glory...

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December 21, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 21, 2010

Scripture - Luke 1:26–38 The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestine, marks the birthplace of Jesus. Pilgrims shuffle through the Byzantine church to wait their turn to enter the cave where Jesus was born. At Christmas we assemble Nativity...

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December 10, 2010

The hopes and fears of all the years

Reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service: Louisville The following statement is from Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council. Each December Presbyterians join...

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December 19, 2009

Palestinian Christians call for just peace

On December 11, Palestinian Christian Leaders released a statement commonly called the Kairos Palestine Document. The ceremony that launched the document took place at the International Center of Bethlehem and was attended by over fifty people, included members of the...

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December 14, 2009

Pray with the people of Bethlehem

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! 3rd Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service Saturday, December 19, 2009 9:30 AM Gathering, 10:00 AM Service (All times are Eastern Standard Time.) This will be a joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem and people...

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December 3, 2009

Send prayers to the people of Bethlehem for Christmas 2009

Pax Christi International invites us to send Christmas prayer greetings to the people of Bethlehem. Once again, Christmas celebrations will take place in a difficult climate for people in the Holy Land. As we prepare to celebrate Advent and Christmas...

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November 17, 2009

Blogging Presbyterian peacemakers

Presbyterian peacemakers have several blogs going: Trinity Presbytery blogs at Trinity Peacemakers. A recent post invites prayers for RECONCILE's Peace Institute in South Sudan. The Presbytery of Genesee Valley blogs at Presbytery Peacemaking blog. Satyagraha and Humble Service is the...

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January 15, 2009

A View on Gaza from Bethlehem

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, recently posted a reflection on events in Gaza. Here are some excerpts. Mitri writes: "The most important thing, I believe, is not what we are told and shown,...

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December 6, 2008

More on Prayers with Bethlehem, Israel, Palestine

An earlier posting addressed the new tradition of praying for justice, peace and security for Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel. The email messages go to the Arab Educational Institute (also known as AEI-Open Windows). Their email address is AEI-Open Windows...

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November 28, 2008

Pray for the Little Town of Bethlehem . . .

. . . and the people of Israel and Palestine. As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, we are invited to pray for justice, peace and security for Palestine and Israel - and to send a prayer or...

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June 6, 2008

Pray for the Peace of Bethlehem

Read prayers and greetings from over thirty countries for the people of Bethlehem and Jerusalem for all Palestinians and Israelis. These prayers and greetings have been sent as part of International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel. The...

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May 29, 2008

Pray for Bethlehem

Bethlehem participants in a global week of church advocacy invite individuals and groups around the world to send them wishes and prayers for peace. Incoming emails will be shared with parishes, schools and organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem as part...

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