Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Home Away From Home

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.   

Psalms 37:3-4
"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.

Sunday Worship

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.

Pray with me for the peace of Jerusalem, 

Peace with justice in Jesus' name.