An ecumenical pilgrimage sponsored by
Hope Lutheran Church and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
Led by Pastor Derek Fossey, the Rev. Lane Hensley and Canon Iyad Qumri
12-Days: Sunday, October 8 – Thursday, October 19, 2017
Jesus turned. He saw them coming after him. He said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Teacher, where do you live?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1:38-39a)
Is your heart yearning to see with the eyes of the Holy One of Israel — to make its way to the sacred places where Jesus lived and died and appeared after his Resurrection? Join us for this unforgettable journey.
Highlights of the trip include, beginning in Jerusalem, visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site venerated as Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected; the famous Western Wall, the most holy site in Judaism; the Dome of the Rock and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square , the oldest church in Christendom, as well as Shepherds’ Field and Jericho, where Jesus told Zaccheaus, “Come down from that tree.” The group will visit the Churches of the Annunciation in Nazareth, where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. And after nightfall, we will visit an underground site of such incredible holiness and aspiration we won’t describe it until you’re there.
In the north, at Galilee, we will walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum, the site of St. Peter’s house; the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount; and then Tabgha, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said to have occurred. We will drink from the well of the woman who thirsted for live. We will turn and give thanks where lepers were healed. Then it is back to Jerusalem where we will visit the Mount of Olives, the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven; walk the Palm Sunday Road, and experience for ourselves prayer at Gethsemane. We’ll see the Church of St. Peter, where Gallicantu crowed when Peter denied Jesus three times, walk the Via Delarosa (Stations of the Cross), and pause for silent reflection at the empty tomb.
Will you come, and never be the same?
The trip to the Holy Land has now made the passages in the Bible, especially in the New Testament, come alive as we can visualize the layout and description of the land mentioned in any particular story.
Brad and Vikki Burr, 2013 Pilgrims
I felt totally safe at all times. Our highly accomplished guide, Iyad, a Palestinian Christian always knew where and when to take us to avoid crowds and have an opportunity for a truly spiritual experience. A highlight for me was the opportunity to stay in the Sisters of the Nativity Convent across from Mary’s home and to discover all they had to share with us. Now when I read or hear scripture I can visualize those places because I’ve been there. Traveling with the St. Margaret’s community has also created deep friendships and made me feel so much more a part of our congregation.
Audrey Carey, 2013 Pilgrim
Our 2013 trip to the Holy Land with fellow St. Margaret’s parishioners was an amazing experience. Iyad, our guide, was outstanding! As we visited Biblical sites we read scripture that described the events that occurred there. We will always remember the quiet sail on the Sea of Galilee, renewing our baptism in the Jordan River, trying to stay upright in the Dead Sea, strolling through old Jerusalem mingling with Greek Orthodox, Jews, Muslims and other Christians, and much more. These memorable experiences bonded us as a group of Pilgrims who will always be special friends.
Marcia and Jim Hatfield, 2013 Pilgrims