All Saints Messenger - June 29, 2017

posted Jun 29, 2017, 11:43 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

That greeting to the beloved community of Christians in the Epistles of Paul has become an often used greeting in our tradition. For me, in light of our Holy Land Pilgrimage it carries much more meaning than ever before. In reality, everything about our faith, our Savior, His ministry and suffering has become for me so different, so real, so alive.

Our 13 days in The Holy Land were filled with sights, sounds, smells, experiences, prayers, liturgies and so much more that they cannot be condensed down into one column. Let me say for you that I have been changed...I have been transformed by this experience.

From gaining a new understanding that Jerusalem is indeed the center of the world to truly living in the midst of dynamic tension, to experiencing a million faithful Muslims making their way to pray to walking The Way of Sorrows, The Via Delarosa, The Stations of the Cross and experiencing this where it really happened was life-changing for me. (The image below is a 16th C map locating Jerusalem as the center of the world.)

 

As I wrote in my blog, "It will take years to fully process everything I have experienced here" and by then I hope to return again to gain an even deeper insight into this mysteriously, hauntingly, faithful place where the three Abrahamic Faiths come together and try to co-exist together. Sometimes well...sometimes not so much. But the important part is that they continually try.

For now that is my biggest learning, to arise every morning, give thanks and venture out into this amazing world trying to do what God has called me and all of us to do! May it be so!

Note: Some are wondering when a presentation will be made about The Holy Land. My guess is that there will be many presentations. There will be a presentation on Tuesday, August 15th at 10 AM with the Pacesetters.

See ya Sunday,
Gary+
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