Good morning (at least it's morning in Jerusalem),
We leave shortly for the Galilee. We'll keep silence throughout breakfast and on the bus until we reach the Judean desert where we'll celebrate the Eucharist (Martin Smith will preach and preside). Yesterday was our first full day in the Holy Land. We began with a view from Mt. Scopus, here in Jerusalem, to get the lay of the land. From there we visited Herodion, the palace King Herod built for himself south of the city (this was a new site for many of us). A spectacular treat was lunch in a Palestinian Christian family's home (the chicken was cooked in a clay oven with a mud seal--the mud was caked on by Penny Shaw and Gloria Korta). At the end of the day we got toured our neighborhood; later in the evening some of us walked in the old city. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you.