As tensions rise in the Middle East, it is the constant hope of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee for deescalation and the prevalence of peace. Below are resources from various organizations within the Episcopal Church and abroad for the uplifting of prayer for and assistance to the Middle East.
O God of all justice and peace,
we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma
of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land.
Be with those who need you in these days of suffering;
we pray for people of all faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land.
While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace,
we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples.
Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated
with dignity and honour as your children, for, to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
A Prayer by the Most Rev. Hosam Elias Naoum, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Statement from Churches for Middle East Peace, of which The Episcopal Church is a member
Church for Middle East Peace weekly Zoom briefing
Statement from leaders of churches in Jerusalem
Episcopal News Service article: “Christian leaders call for end to violence after Hamas’ attack ignites new war with Israel“
Facebook page for Archbishop Hosam Naoum of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Facebook page for American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
“A Litany for the Restoration of Peace in the Holy Land” – American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Bishop Deon K. Johnson’s prayer for peace
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Al Ahli Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, to provide emergency support in Gaza following the outbreak of war in the region.
Al Ahli Hospital, with the support of Episcopal Relief & Development, is recruiting emergency staff and acquiring essential supplies such as medicines, ICU equipment, fuel and food. Staff are also providing psychosocial support to all people affected by the war.
Episcopal Relief & Development remains in touch with the Diocese of Jerusalem and other partners in the region as the events unfold. Please pray for peace in the Holy Land as they experience violence and consider making a contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development Middle East Fund. Support of this fund will help to provide medicine and other supplies and help our partners tend to the physical and psychosocial wounds of all people affected by this conflict.