Archive for May 17th, 2009

Ancient Corinth, Loutraki, then Home

Sunday, May 17th, 2009
Cassandra regards an occupied sarcophagus.

Cassandra regards an occupied sarcophagus.

Sunday morning started with a drive to church for a light breakfast at 9:30 and then a couple services that lasted until about 12:30.  Music before the Sunday School hour was led by three people playing guitars as we sang a collection of choruses.  A ladies choir sang before the morning service, accompanied by a piano that has no doubt seen better days.  In fact, I played the piano for the midweek service on Wednesday night, and though the keys and notes were in fairly decent shape, the sustain pedal didn’t work at all, relegating everything to a rather vapid staccato.  It would be the perfect piano for Bach though!

The morning service was dedicated in large part to a communion service, something the church here in Athens does a few times a year.  Pastor Lawson mentioned Deuteronomy 32:14 as part of an explanation how transubstantiation is not Biblical.  The verse uses the words “thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.”  I had never noticed this verse before, and found it to be an interesting cross reference to the passages talking about the Lord’s supper.

After church, the Lawsons and I drove to ancient Corinth where we explored the vast ruins and museum of this Biblically-significant city.  An imposing, granite mountain looms in the background, and I could see the parapets and walls of a lofty citadel perched on its peak.  Brent told me a bit about the citadel, but then somewhat discounted it by saying that it was from the Medieval period and thus was much more modern than the ruins we were exploring here in ancient Corinth.  I suddenly realized how many layers of history a place like Greece has. (more…)