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10.05.05 05:20 Age: 7 yrs

Lift High the Cross

A gift from the
churches of Jerusalem

Representatives of the Christian churches of Jerusalem bore gifts to Tuesday morning prayer at the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism near Athens: a five-metre cross made from Palestinian olive trees to serve as a focal point for prayer, small cross pendants carved from olive wood, and olive oil to provide light in the conference's worship tent.

The crosses, large and small, were fashioned from trees uprooted around the city of Bethlehem on Palestinian land that was confiscated as barriers were constructed.

As olive oil illuminated a traditional lamp, worship leader Ruth Bottoms recalled the olive branch borne to Noah by a dove, and the oil of anointing that served as a sign of God's power in healing and reconciliation.