Melchite Hirmologion written in Syriac Sertâ book script (11th century, St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Go to Aramaic: Efforts To Revive Jesus’ Language In Christian Villages Beit Jala, Jish In Holy Land, Sweden.
Recent conversations among us have led to a discovery of the delight of translations from Aramaic, particularly the Beatitudes and the prayer Jesus taught his disciples (aka the “our Father” or “The Lord’s Prayer). Various versions of these translations are easily found on a web search. An appreciation of the richly poetic and nuanced Aramaic and Syriac tongues adds a deeper dimension to biblical studies, and certainly has the potential to expand insights into the teaching and sayings of Jesus.
On another note, thanks to Graeme Worth for drawing our attention to ORBIS, a kind of Google Maps of the Mediterranean World for the centuries surrounding Jesus’ era. One could spend hours working out the most efficient travel routes by foot, donkey, chariot and trireme. A quick auto-calculation shows it would have taken Paul and his party 8.6 days to reach Damascus from Jerusalem whether by foot or donkey!
For the second week in a row the church building at the Downs will be empty – for good reason! We will join four other congregations for the annual celebration of an ecumenical Pentecost Eucharist at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Brompton Road.
It’s at 9.00 am – so set your alarm clocks half an hour earlier than usual.
Our eccentricity is that everyone is asked to wear something red – Pentecostal symbol of fire. (Also that way we can’t tell Anglicans from Uniting and Baptist!)
A shared plate for morning tea follows the service.
Another successful church camp followed the beatings of the wings of the Wild Goose (an ancient metaphor for the Holy Spirit.), paying attention to the variety of ways in which the Spirit leads in times of change and transition.
- Some playful exploration of the term through games, contests and video clips
- story-telling from the Acts of the Apostles
- meeting with Peter & Elissa Roberts as they launch a church-planting project under ours and others’ sponsorship
- letting our hair down with a unique “Around the World in 80 Minutes” activity (watch those hot-air balloons hover!)
- Traditional Saturday night bonfire
- excellent eating courtesy of John Isherwood
- great environment courtesy of the Landsdale Farm animal family
- worship and communion to climax the weekend
Thanks to the team who put it all together.
(Photos courtesy Janelle Charteris)
The Downs Church is in camp at Landsdale Farm School, Landsdale Rd, Darch. Our normal Sunday service will take place there at 11 am. Come and join us (earlier if you wish) . Day entry fee to the farm is $6.00.