God of mercy and compassion, of grace and...

...reconciliation, pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East: Jews, Muslims and Christians, Palestinians and Israelis. Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust, despair to hope, oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation, that violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces and peace and justice could be experienced by all. -Rev. Said Ailabouni, ELCA

IDF Says Abbas Not to Blame for Current Violence

Disagreeing with Netanyahu, the head of Israeli Military Intelligence, Maj. General Herzl Halevi said that Abbas has taken measures to keep things quiet and prevent attacks on Israelis. Click here for more.

Preparing for Advent

Ahlan wa Sahlan: Welcome! Advent Stories for Children is a new Advent curriculum for children created by Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ as a part of their Global Ministries Middle East Initiative. Both are members of CMEP's Board of Directors.

Featuring the words of Nagham, John, Ronza, and Marianne – children living today in Nazareth, Ein Karem, Bethlehem, or Beit Sahour – student in your community will visit the cities where the Nativity happens today. Through personal and often painful stories, the message of the Advent and the promise of hope, peace, joy and love found in Jesus’ birth is conveyed in new and meaningful ways. Your child won’t want to miss this! This curriculum is also great content for children’s time during worship services. The resource is free and you may download it today! Share it with your pastor, youth minister and church teachers.692

If you know of other advent or worship resources that would be of interest to the CMEP community, share those with us at info(at)cmep.org.