Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bethlehem Prayer Service will be webcast from the National Cathedral Dec. 19

Third Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service webcast live from the National Cathedral

Join worshippers at Washington, D.C., or gather with others online to watch the service broadcast live on the internet: http://www.nationalcathedral.org/.

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Third Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service
Saturday, December 19, 2009
9:30 AM Gathering, 10:00 AM Service (All times are Eastern Standard Time.)

A joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem at the Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Are you in the DC area? Then you are invited to join worshipers in the Bethlehem Chapel. If you are elsewhere, we encourage to you gather with others in your own community to watch the service by internet as it is broadcast live at http://www.nationalcathedral.org/.

In Bethlehem, behind the wall that separates neighbor from neighbor, patient from hospital, student from school and farmer from land, Palestinian Christians continue to bear witness to their faith this Christmas, as they have done for generations. Once again, let us join our voices with theirs in seeking and offering hope for a better future.

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

In Bethlehem, participants include the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem; the Rt. Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb from Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

Participants in Washington include the Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, Episcopal bishop of Washington; the Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod; and the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, dean of the Cathedral.

Sponsored by:
Ad Hoc Committee for Bethlehem
Bright Stars of Bethlehem
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
Sharing Jerusalem
Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP)

For updated information about the service, go to http://www.brightstarsbethlehem.org/

Bright Stars of Bethlehem (BSB) is a US 501(c)3 organization founded in 2003 to promote and spread the word about the many outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem to build hope and a brighter future for Palestine. Bright Stars provides funding and support to local initiatives serving the educational, medical, professional and spiritual development needs of people living in Christ's birthplace.

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