Susan is having a very busy week but will be back soon!
"Will you be going to Bethlehem Belinda?" my brother Rob asked on Saturday. He seems as excited as I am that I am headed to Israel on February 20th and is keenly interested in where we'll be and what we will see.
Paul and I are going with a group from our own and a neighbouring church, on a trip led by our pastor, who went for the first time a couple of years ago. To see the places he had read of in the Bible and preached about, made everything come alive for him. The trip had a deep spiritual impact.
Last night I drove to church for worship practice to find that instead we had another assignment from pastor--to record 6 songs for a baptismal and communion service that he'll be leading while we are there. There were just five of us: Esther the pastor's wife, who played the piano and sang, Paivi (Brave Raven in the comments section); Frances a.k.a. Poppy; Cheryl and me.
After we practised each song, Lorne recorded them, one at a time. It was profoundly moving knowing that these songs would be used to lead a worship service in the Holy Land, probably beside the river Jordan. This is one of the songs we recorded: The River, by Brian Doerksen. The other songs were Jesus Messiah; All for Jesus; I Will Rise; In Christ Alone and The Power of Your Love. Hillside goes to the Holy Land!
I'm planning to take my laptop and hope take you with us on the journey.