Seattle or Jerusalem?
Rev. Kristen Brown, the Liaison from the Methodist Office in Jerusalem, picked me up from my hotel. We had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant in East Jerusalem operated by Palestinian Christians. This delightful coffee, reminding me of Seattle, was served after the meal.
House of Hope Guesthouse
Kristen drove me to the guesthouse. I met the manager last year and we have kept in touch by email. It is was good to see a familiar face. She had already been able to bring in the first bouquet of roses from the garden.
The living room is welcoming.
For me the bookcase is a taste of home. I found in it, Face to Face Praying the Scriptures for Spiritual Growth Volume II by Kenneth Boa. Because of suitcase weight I had to leave that book at home taking with me only Volume I Face to Face Praying the Scriptures for Intimate Worship.
"Trust in the Lord and do good;...Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
So God had waiting for me here, the book I had sadly left behind.
Praise God with me!
There is a full kitchen with breakfast food available. I have a bedroom to myself even though there are two other beds in it.
Currently I am the only guest.
My first Sunday I worshiped in Jerusalem at St. Andrews's Church of Scotland. Rev. Kristen Brown was part of the clergy team for the worship. Regretfully I failed to bring my camera so a photo of the bulletin will need to give you an idea of this beautiful large church until I can return with my camera.
I assisted by handing out the bulletins. To my delight, I got to ring the church bells over Jerusalem.