Saturday, June 11, 2016

Walk Like a Corinthian

Our journey led us to Corinth where Paul spent eighteen months and wrote multiple letters after his departure. 

Before we got to the ancient city we stopped by the Corinthian Canal. This canal was completed in the 1890s and connects the Agean Sea to the Ionian Sea. It is quite the site. As were the views from the top of the Acrocorinth. Yes, the all hiked all the way up!

After an amazing lunch looking over the ruins of the ancient city, we made our way in. Walking along the same roadways and seeing the same sites that the Apostle Paul experienced is humbling and overwhelming. 

We took a group shot in front of the bema where Paul spoke of this strange new message he was proclaiming. 

The Temple of Apollo is an incredible site to see. 

At the end of our tour we sat in the shade of the Cyprus and pine trees to reflect on what we had ecperienced, Paul's message to the Corinthians, and to celebrate Communion together. The church in Corinth is the community to which Paul wrote the beautiful words about what it means to be the body,  how to live into love ("a more excellent way"), and what it looked like to serve one another even when eating (the Words of Institution used during Communion). What better place to be reminded that we belong to Christ and to one another. It was great to have Madison and Jon serve as our celebrants. 

Our evening ended here with a fantastic dinner. The food was as good as the view and the company. 

Thank you for your prayers. Continue to pray that we might be present. 

We hold each of you in our hearts. 

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