Fort Mill Times

St. Paul's invites the faithful on 'journey'

See the land where Jesus walked, without ever leaving Fort Mill.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, St. Paul's Episcopal Church will present "Journey through the Land of the Bible" at the Indian Land Recreation Center. The slideshow presentation will show pictures of the Rev. Sally Franklin's travels through Israel and Jerusalem, to biblically significant spots such as Mount Sinai and Galilee.

Seeing the geography is interesting, Franklin said, but it also brings the Bible to life.

"It helps to understand the story if you see the land," Franklin said. "It gives you a better understanding. It helps the story become more real to you."

Franklin visited the region in 1993, as part of her seminary training. Since then, travel to Israel has been too dangerous. The 45-minute presentation will bring the land of Jesus to the community, she said.

Franklin retraces Moses' steps at Mount Sinai and shows current pictures of the Wailing Wall, the mountain where Jesus was transfigured, and the hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus was reported to have preached the Sermon on the Mount.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church began a contemporary Sunday evening service at the Indian Land Recreation Center in September. Services are still small, she said, but growing. She hopes "Journey through the Land of the Bible" will attract new guests.

Everyone is welcome, Franklin said. The presentation will lead the congregation into Holy Week, Franklin said - the seven days from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.

"It brings you in touch with the reality of Jesus' life, especially," she said. "The fact that he was a real man that lived and walked and we walked over some of the same paths he walked over. It's a real sense of his humanness."