This weekend was a historic event at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury.
On Sunday during the 11:00 service, a Covenant of agreement between Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and St. John’s
Lutheran was signed by both Pastors, Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac and Rev. Rhodes Woolly. Pastor Munther preached at St. John’s Sunday services and led a community forum later that evening.
Christmas Church has a long history of faithful work in Bethlehem and has committed itself to the hard work of peace-making
in a region loaded down with violence and discord. Despite their cry for peace — perhaps because of it — the Palestinian Christian community has struggled mightily over the years, especially in Bethlehem, where it has dwindled from 80 percent of the population
in 1950 to 12 percent today.
The signed Covenant invites us into a time of prayer and support for brothers and sisters who live, work, and worship
just three blocks from the birthplace of Jesus. It’s not easy being a Christian in Bethlehem, but they cling to a message first proclaimed by the angels long ago: “Do not be afraid, for I bring to you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this
day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord.”