Hello friends . . . grace and peace,
We’ve begun! The 37 of us who are taking the Palestine of Jesus course here at St. George’s College in Jerusalem gathered earlier this evening to have Eucharist together. Let us just say that to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ only a few miles from where Jesus himself first shared the bread and wine with his closest followers is a most sacred experience. We were moved. It was also beautiful to hear the Dean of the College say, “Here in Jerusalem, we invite everyone to say The Lord’s Prayer in their native tongue.” Talk about hearing God’s Word in a fresh way! So beautiful.
After a brief reception of some VERY lovely wine and snacks, we were served a beautiful meal with all the Mediterranean trimmings: creamed cucumbers, tomatoes & hyssop, a bowl of olives, etc. We were asked to sit at the 5 or 6 seat tables with as many people as possible that we didn’t know. We sat with New Zealanders, Canadians, Australians, Minnesotans, Washingtonians, Californians, Arizonians, and yes, us Wisconsinites all mixed in. There are Anglicans/Episcopalians, Catholics, Lutherans, Non-Denominationals, and more here among us. All a part of the Body of Christ, all here for the same reason: to draw closer to God and have The Spirit dwell more within them.
Finally, we spent time as a community listening to each other’s lives, stories, introductions, reasons for coming, and even songs. It was a beautiful time together and so encouraging to hear how and why people from all over the world have come to walk in the steps of Jesus.
Tomorrow, we begin our daily journeys out into the areas around Jerusalem. We’ll be in Jericho, Bethlehem, Galilee, Hebron, Mount Tabor, The Dead Sea, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and more. We will post photos and share stories. Please keep us in prayer.
peace to you