Call to Prayer

June 30, 2014


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is grieving the news of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted and found dead today in the West Bank. The church condemns the actions of those responsible for the teens’ deaths.

The loss of a child is devastating under any circumstances. We grieve with all families in Israel and Palestine who suffer the loss of children and the hope for the future that dies with them.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) remains committed to working for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict in Israel-Palestine. We join the National Council of Churches in the United States of America, "We pray no one else, not a single Israeli or Palestinian, will die in this struggle.”

Join us as we pray for all those who weep this day…

Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort:

Deal graciously with those who mourn,

that, casting all their sorrow on you,

they may know the consolation of your love.


  1. I think the PCUSA has forgotten God's Word in Genesis 12:3 "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you." We need to stand beside Irsael - the only democracy in the Middle East.

    by Nancy Oates

    July 5, 2014

  2. John - what occupation? The Israelis took what now is rightfully theirs. After being invaded three times by surrounding hostile nations, they finally said enough is enough. The land is theirs, and they aren't giving it back. Get used to it. Get on the right side for a change.

    by Ray Greenberg

    July 2, 2014

  3. The PCUSA composed a note of condolence, above, about the deaths of three teens - appropriate. And comments in response, on the very same page, are dealing with justification of a controversial divestment decision which has caused deep offense to the very people who are supposed to be comforted by the pastoral letter. This is not the place nor the time for self-justification.

    by Kenneth Cohen

    July 1, 2014

  4. Cliff, the word on the street is wrong. Please spread the truth about divesting our pensions from 3 U.S. companies supporting the occupation. To be invested is to take a side -- to divest is to move to a position of neutrality. It is really nothing bold; it is simply choosing not to invest in the illegal occupation.

    by John Morgan

    July 1, 2014

  5. Seems like the divestment vote is only encouraging more violence by some. When one side thinks it's winning, it only encourages it to keep on doing what it has been. What incentives do the Palestinians have now to compromise? After all, the "unity government" between Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas has had no consequence from PCUSA; it has had a victory.

    by M Kaye

    July 1, 2014

  6. I hope our General Assembly has some idea of the communications nightmare this divestment action has caused at the local level of our denomination. Mark my words - this action will end up doing much more harm than good. The word on the street is that the PCUSA is taking sides.

    by Cliff Stewart

    June 30, 2014