Greetings from Jerusalem

I arrived today in Jerusalem for an extended period during which it will be my privilege to participate in a variety of religious and professional activities.

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Olive trees along the wall of the old city in Jerusalem.

During Holy Week, I will be worshiping with the English-speaking congregation, The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Old City Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday will be like no other for me. At 4:30 pm there will be a multi language Eucharistic service in the main sanctuary at Redeemer. After the service we process while singing Lenten hymns to Gethsemane for a short service of prayer, song and readings.

6:30 am Good Friday there will be a joint Anglican-Lutheran Way of the Cross beginning at station one on the Via Dolorosa, ending at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise service at 5:30 am on the Mount of Olives, east of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, followed by Easter Brunch outdoors behind the home of Mark and Susanne Brown. Mark is the LWF rep in the Middle East. Then at 9:00 am, there is a traditional Easter service in Arabic and English at Redeemer, with the Reverend Bishop Younan, preaching.

All of this is bound to be wonderful and enriching! In the coming days and weeks, I will be happy to share my observations from these experiences and information as well as stories of the important service work of the Lutheran World Federation here in the region. This will include the LWF Augusta Victoria Hospital and the LWF Vocational Training Program.

May God bless this time together, to the glory of God!

Robert Granke

CLWR Executive Director

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