Worship Resources

How Ought We to Pray for the Middle East? by Anne E. Zaki

(Reformed Worship, April 22, 2015)

 

Churches for Middle East Peace

The Christian Reformed Church is a member of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). CMEP offers resources for congregations.  

 

Songs

Here are three songs that come from the church in Egypt that can assist your congregation in faithful worship to the God that we share with Christians around the world.

Abana Alathi Fi Ssama (Abana in Heaven)

Listen to Greg Scheer play it here.

Ha Hallelujah/Magdan Lik

Watch Christians in Egypt worship with these two songs here.

Watch CRC Pastor Sandra Van Opstal lead worshipers in the song Magdan Lik at Urbana here.
 

 

Educational Resources

Overviews

A Cry for Home - Mennonite Central Committee 

Everything You Need to Know about Israel-Palestine - Vox News

Israel & Palestine: A Very Short Introduction - Jewish Voice for Peace

 

Israel-Palestine: The View From Here Do Justice Blog Series

When it comes to the conflict in Israel-Palestine, opinions are many but facts are often thin. When we’re working with different facts, real conversation about the conflict and real contributions to positive change become difficult.

  • Who is the persecuted Church in Israel-Palestine?
  • Would Jesus be a Zionist?
  • What should North American Christians know about the situation in Israel/Palestine? What is our role?
  • What does hope look like in this troubled area?

We’ve brought together various people with experience in Israel-Palestine—a New Testament professor, a Messianic Jewish woman, a nonprofit director working for peace in the Middle East, and several CRC members and pastors who have travelled recently to the Middle East—to share their views on these questions so that we may find hopeful ways of engaging together. 

Read all six blog posts in the series on our Do Justice blog here. 

 

Articles

Here are some articles about Israel and the Palestinian territories written by members of the Christian Reformed Church.

“Lament for Israel and Palestine” by Sidney DeWaal (The Banner, 2010)

“Befriending Bethlehem Believers” by Karen Gorter (The Banner, 2011)

“Our View of Israel” by Gary Roest (The Banner, 2011)

“Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine” by Shannon Jammal-Hollemans (Calvin Theological Seminary Forum, Winter 2011, page 14)

“Lessons of a Holy Land Tour” by Don Klompeen (The Banner, 2014)Vo

“Taste and See: The Bible Comes to Life for Calvin Seminary Students” by Emily Sajdak (The Banner, 2016)

The Olive Trees of Cremisan by Peter Vander Meulen

Palestinian Farmers by Liz Tolkamp

 

Books

Present Day

Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour (1984)

A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land edited by Mae Cannon (2017)

Revenge: A Story of Hope by Laura Blumenfeld (2003)

 

History

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers by Dale Hanson Bourke (2013)

Understanding the Palestinian Israeli Conflict: A Primer by Phyllis Bennis (2015)

 

Theology

Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to “Holy Land” Theology by Gary Burge (2010)

Arabs in the Shadow of Israel: The Unfolding of God’s Prophetic Plan for Ishmael’s Line by Tony Maalouf (2003)

 

Films

5 Broken Cameras (2011) documentary

Encounter Point (2006) documentary

The Lemon Tree (2008) drama

Little Town of Bethlehem (2010) documentary

 

Awareness Resources

The following are good sources for ongoing information about what is going on in the region:

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world/middle_east (International)

B’Tselem: http://www.btselem.org/ (Israeli)

Jewish Voice for Peace: https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ (American)

National Association of Evangelicals: https://www.nae.net/tag/middle-east/

 

The Faith Forum on Middle East Policy is a network of organizations committed to peacebuilding and just policy in the Middle East and an OSJ staff member serves as a representative:.