‘I was glad when they said to me. let us go to the house of the Lord!
Our feet are standing within your gates,
We read this Psalm on my first night in Jerusalem when I went in 2012-13. I am not within the gates yet but am preparing to leave the Itchen Valley and the beauties of Hampshire.
I am going to Jerusalem for a placement as part of my curacy; although I am praying I will be open to all that God has planned for me, I am focussing on two areas:
- the power of place – what does it mean for Christians to live in the city where Jesus died and rose again?
- the Anglican church – what does Anglicanism look like in Jerusalem and what does Anglicanism have to offer the people the church is seeking to serve?
To do this I will be spending a week visiting sights, going to services and listening to the views of locals, two weeks based at Christ Church, the oldest Anglican church in the city and ten days doing a course for British clergy at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum. I will be spending my last week on the shores of Galilee at Tiberias and then have a luxurious final night in Tel Aviv.
This is very unlike anything I have done before but I really believe it is what God wants me to do so I am excited about what I am going to see and learn. It is a privilege to be able to spend 6 weeks in the Holy Land and I am looking forward to what is in store. Next step…Jerusalem!
Prayer: I am deeply touched by people’s kind words and support as I prepare to go on my placement. I would value your prayers whilst I am away; each week I will include some ideas for prayer in my post. I shall be continuing to pray for the good folk of the Itchen Valley.
I am giving thanks for the people of the Itchen Valley and for the privilege of going on placement.
I am praying for safe journeys and good relationships with those I meet.
Revd Rebecca Fardell
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