Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pilgrimage Day 3

We spent the day in the Galilee, firt renewing baptismal vows in the Jordan, taking a ride on the lake, and visiting several churches. Perhaps the most memorable church was our last, a church right on the lake that marks Jesus’ appearance to the disciples after his resurrection, where he cooked breakfast for them. Read more

Pilgrimage Day 2

This morning we toured the (hot, dry) ruins of Sepphoris near Nazareth. In Jesus’ time Sepphoris was a large city of about 40,000 people located near a major trade route connecting Egypt and Mesopotamia. It is close enough to Nazareth that Jesus’ father Joseph likely went there often to ply his trade as a master builder. Sepphorus had a Roman theater, and James won many points with our guide Iyad when he correctly identified the exit of a Roman theater as the vomitorium. Read more

Pilgrims have arrived in Jerusalem

All 19 pilgrims arrived safely at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth. One of the first things we did naturally was celebrate the Eucharist. We used the same order of service as the 8 o’clockers did on 5 Easter and what was so wonderful was we celebrated at the same time. Our 6pm Sunday service was happening at exaclty the same time as the 8:00 service in Seattle. Everyone seems to have slept well last night and we are excited to see what today brings. Read more

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April 28, 2013, Charissa Bradstreet preaching

We often hear at Epiphany that, “In the kingdom of heaven, relationship is primary; all else is secondary.” Relationship is primary. It’s an extraordinary statement, placing relationship above right thinking and right acting. It seems to suggest in fact that when we make relationship primary, that is how we know we are thinking and acting in a way that is congruent with the heart of God and the kingdom of heaven. Read more

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After These Things…God Will Wipe Away Every Tear

April 21, 2013, The Rev Doyt Conn preaching

“After these things” are the first words we hear in today’s reading from the book of Revelation. “After these things” are words that now adequately describe our life after bombs have gone off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Read more

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